Por­trayal of Guilt

Exclaim! - - REVIEWS - MARK TREM­BLAY

Let Pain Be Your Guide

Por­trayal of Guilt have been gain­ing a lot of trac­tion over the past year with the re­lease of var­i­ous EPs and sin­gles. Their de­but record, Let Pain Be Your Guide, is an amal­ga­ma­tion of hard­core, screamo and ev­ery­thing in be­tween, mak­ing a unique ex­pe­ri­ence in heavy mu­sic. Let Pain Be Your Guide is fo­cused on melody. Songs like “Cham­ber of Mis­ery, Pt. II,” “A Bur­den” and “Among Friends” uti­lize a bal­ance of dis­torted and clean gui­tar riffs in a way that is un­ex­pected, and con­tin­u­ally pushes the al­bum for­ward. Not one to shy away from abrupt mu­si­cal changes, the use of in­dus­trial noise on Let Pain Be Your Guide

cre­ates sonic ex­is­ten­tial dread and sick feel­ings bet­ter than any riffs could. Let Pain Be Your Guide

is a rare en­try point where the worlds of mul­ti­ple gen­res come to­gether ef­fort­lessly. This is a heal­ing and de­pres­sive record that taps into feel­ings of per­sonal loathing. (Holy Roar)

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