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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.

Customer Reviews

And the trumpets sounded......

Put on your headphones and strap in for the grueling ride that is PORTAL.. This right here is album of the year, if you like your blackened/death metal played at lightning speed and with skill you will not be disappointed with this release.. Same old PORTAL tone but with much better production, and leaps and bounds better than Swarth.. Not much to say other than thank you profound lore records and PORTAL for releasing such blasphemous art for all of us to enjoy.. Go buy this NOW!!!!

Headphones required

I got this today and listened a few times at work and through headphones at home. You def need headphones to hear everything. I love it.

i can't wait

everything i've heard of this album rules.


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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