Portal - Vexovoid

7.7 | 64 votes |
Release date: 19 February 2013
Style: Experimental death metal


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The Curator - vocals
Aphotic Mote - guitars
Horror Illogium - guitars
Ignis Fatuus - drums
Omenous Fugue - bass

Portal's brand of ultra-impenetrable death metal have afforded them a rare and paradoxical level of popularity for a band as extreme and unpalatable as they are. If you haven't heard them yet or found previous releases to be too much to handle then now's your chance to get to grips with them. Vexovoid eases up (very) slightly on the wall-of-noise approach and allows a rare glimpse into the structural mechanisms at the heart of Portal. Listen now before they submerge themselves back into the murk once again.

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11.05.2013 - 00:15
Rating: 8
Written by Guest on 10.05.2013 at 23:36

If you ask me people have a bad habit of throwing the term "experimental" at bands which are difficult to listen to so characteristics like dissonance and noisy, complex structures are often tied in with the idea of experimentation but I don't believe the two are synonymous, and people that do consider "fucked up" and "experimental" to be one and the same in all cases are just lazy in their choice of words. Then again I'm quite happy to use, and see used, the term "experimental" as an addendum to a much more official classification that more realistically looks at the structures and ultimately overall product at hand but people that outright class Portal (or at least recent Portal) as experimental are, as I say, lazy and letting affectations cloud their judgement.

An "experimental movement" is likely spearheaded by a particular band (likely a genuinely experimental one), which then spawned a following. That following wouldn't be much of an experiment if they're working off something already established. Post-metal was practically it's own area of music, there's nothing like that going on with Portal; it's just death metal but denser. Nothing new, nothing experimental, just great and interesting use of old ideas and paradigms. Even the so-called "post-death" movement is hardly ground for classing something as a whole new way of looking at metal (thus worthy of being called experimental) rather it's a nice fusion of two established sounds in metal.

By the way, I wouldn't regard Portal as progressive or avant-garde. To my ears there's not enough ingenuity to give them that tag. They're death metal, that's really it unless you wanted to start adding sparsely used flourishes, or "gradation" which is fine for personal use but completely impractical on a broader scale as you end up giving bands their own genre.

Haha, well I think that most people are going to continue using that word to describe Portal, unfortunately. Our conversation has certainly allowed me to see more of the conventional aspects of their music, although I still think there are experimental things going on, even on this record. I must be letting my feelings cloud my judgment, haha. Ah well... At least I only have you to debate with, and not all of Metal Storm like Merchant of Doom sometimes has to contend with
I completely agree that they are using old ideas and paradigms in a really great interesting way. That being said, I think to define them as simply great, creative death metal is to do Portal a little bit of an injustice. Maybe I've just tempered my expectations over the years about metal, since every genre under the sun is moving towards stagnation (in my view, of course). To see bands like Portal creatively taking up this death metal tradition behind them and finding room for fresh and vital ideas and well-executed atmosphere seems to be a rarity these days, enough for me to perhaps over-value the group. I truly think they have enough ingenuity to be classified as progressive as well, but 'progressive' is not the primary impression: 'atmospheric experimental' and 'death' are, for sure.
12.05.2013 - 14:46
Mr. Doctor
Written by Diverge on 11.05.2013 at 00:15
At least I only have you to debate with, and not all of Metal Storm like Merchant of Doom sometimes has to contend with

Two users... Three tops. That ain't everybody.
Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
29.06.2015 - 09:22
Holy shit, this is highly addictive, I might even up vote this.
I'm derp.

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