por­trayal Of guilt

Chan­nelling neg­a­tiv­ity through hard­core so heavy it’ll shat­ter your senses

Metal Hammer (UK) - - New Noise Round-up - WORDS: MATT MILLS

“Re­al­ity,” front­man Matt

King an­swers flatly when asked what in­spires Por­trayal Of Guilt’s skull­shat­ter­ing hard­core mu­sic. The ni­hilis­tic out­fit first formed as a sec­ondary ven­ture for Matt and his co-con­spir­a­tor James Bev­eridge, both from the Texan death/sludge metal band Il­lus­tra­tions.

“James and I ended up prac­tis­ing to­gether, just for fun,” the front­man re­calls. “Then we even­tu­ally recorded it as a side-project. Il­lus­tra­tions broke up around the time we put Por­trayal Of Guilt’s self-ti­tled EP out; peo­ple seemed to like it, so we thought, ‘Well, we might as well do this, then.’”

Now a fully formed band and a main pri­or­ity for its mem­bers, Matt con­sid­ers Por­trayal of Guilt’s black­ened anger to be an out­let for his bat­tles with de­pres­sion. He states that each gut­tural song on their new de­but al­bum, Let

Pain Be Your Guide, is an ex­plo­ration of a dif­fer­ent type of psy­cho­log­i­cal pain.

“A lot of the al­bum has to do with de­pres­sion and al­ways look­ing for a way to get out of it, when the re­al­ity is you have to suf­fer through it. I’m pretty neg­a­tive as a per­son and a lot of peo­ple can re­late to that: there are a lot of messed-up things go­ing on right now around the world. It’s sad to see.” On Let Pain Be Your Guide, Por­trayal Of Guilt com­mu­ni­cate this strife via 10 suc­cinct and bruis­ing hard­core tracks.

Matt him­self is con­stantly wail­ing wildly, while his gui­tar adopts a cleaner, un­set­tling tone, in­spired by a self-pro­fessed affin­ity for 90s screamo mu­sic.

“There are a lot of things taken from old screamo bands,” he ad­mits. “I like a good, clean tone and when I hear gui­tar parts that have that, I get re­ally ex­cited.”

Por­trayal Of Guilt’s mu­si­cal core is a man­i­fes­ta­tion of their front­man’s rage and frus­tra­tions. Yet Matt con­cludes by af­firm­ing that his band’s grue­some tunes are one place in which he can find true so­lace.

“It’s some­thing that puts me in a state of mind that I def­i­nitely en­joy,” he says. “I en­joy play­ing it, I en­joy writ­ing it; it’s a very good out­let for me.”



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