Por­trait

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Subterrane­a - LIAM YATES

BURN THE WORLD

METAL BLADE

SWEDISH MASTERS OF STEEL FIRE ON ALL CYLIN­DERS

Por­trait are back with an­other ra­zor-sharp as­sault of late-70s/ early-80s pure heavy metal glory that lately only Scan­di­na­vians seem ca­pa­ble of con­jur­ing with enough au­then­tic­ity and con­vic­tion to not be dragged into the realms of cheesy re­vival or retro fod­der. The core of Por­trait’s sound comes from the dun­geons of Den­ner and Sher­man and the sub­ject mat­ter of their fourth full-length still re­mains dark, fo­cus­ing on Satanism and oc­cult themes. The King Di­a­mond and Mer­cy­ful Fate tem­plate has been built upon, how­ever, and the band’s own iden­tity shines through. Por­trait have pro­gressed into a faster, harder-sound­ing unit, which at times reaches the in­ten­sity of pre-Painkiller Ju­das Priest. Burn The World’s dy­namic mix­ture of raw power, aggression and speedy in­ten­sity marks out a new high.

FOR FANS OF: Mer­cy­ful Fate, Ju­das Priest, Cirith Un­gol

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