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At times, listening to Portal’s complex music is a bit like enlisting in sonic boot camp. “Kilter” opens the Australian death/black metal band’s fourth studio album with a relentless pummeling of near-mechanical rhythms. Combined with similarly ferocious attacks of guitar distortion, this may leave listeners feeling exhausted. But it’d be a rewarding kind of exhaustion—one bound to leave smokers grabbing for their packs of cigarettes. There are some magical moments during the following song, “The Black Wards,” where a barrage of guitars, bass, and drums sounds like it’s folding in on itself, creating ambient overtones similar to those made by Wolves in the Throne Room. But any inadvertent beauty created within these soundscapes is violently ripped apart by the demonic vocal incantations of Portal's frontman, who goes by the stage name The Curator. Describing someone who mostly hisses and growls as a "lead singer" might be insulting to him. The evil sounds and textures he creates in “Plasm” (and throughout Vexovoid) can be considered another integral instrument of the band, rather than a traditional centerpiece.

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Blurred sludgy music- an excuse to be sloppy

All i hear is chugchugchugchugchugchug ugggggh. At least in some deathcore you can actually hear every instrument. Sorry, this aint cuttin' it.

Worst album ever!!!

1st off every songs sounds the same but that's not the worst part! U barley hear any scream that's any good and I love heavy metal but this is just crap it's like a group of monkey's got a hold of a few guitars and just play the same thing over and over again the only thing good about this is the drums that's it idk how this drummer stays with this band. Worst album ever!!

Vexovoid

Portal amazing

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Ever since their inauspicious founding in 1994, and beginning in earnest after the turn of the third millennium, Brisbane, Australia's Portal have attempted to demolish the boundaries of extreme metal with a death/black/grindcore hybrid style as technically ambitious as it is purposely mired in waves of distortion. As a result, and like most musical mavericks, bandmembers the Curator (vocals), Horror Illogium (lead guitar), Aphotic (rhythm guitar), Omenous Fugue (bass), and Ignis Fatuus (drums) have...
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Vexovoid, Portal
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  • $8.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: Feb 19, 2013

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