Saturday, 5 December 2009

Album Review: Portal - Swarth

This is not music. This is sheer, shit-yourself horror. Remember the first time you watched Hellraiser? Well the first time I put on the new album by Australian death metal giants, Portal, it was a similar experience. There are no listener friendly grooves or hooky rhythms here, this is pure demonic sonic torture.

Normally I'd try and pick out individual tracks to discuss and tell you about. That task is simply impossible with Swarth. It would be something akin to trying to describe the sensation of having rusty nails hammered in to your ears.

What Portal have managed to achieve with this latest release is, at least for me, to help restore faith in what death metal can and should be. This is music for art's sake, not for the sake of shifting records.

If you think you've got the stomach for this album, then definitely pick up a copy, but be warned: this album is most definitely not for the faint of heart.

Album rating: 8/10
For fans of: Horror films, insane asylums and the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch
Best tracks: n/a

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