Friday, January 2, 2009

Portrait (SWE) - Portrait

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Hailing from Sweden, Portrait plays heavy metal very reminiscent of Mercyful Fate, but it’s accomplished in such a way that it’s much better than Mercyful Fate worship.

What makes Portrait so great? It’s the amount of awesome heavy metal riffs. The freelance style of their riffs is absolutely what you’d want in a heavy metal album. Every sing riffs I catchy, dark, fast, and perfect for headbanging. The approach of the riffs are similar to Mercyful Fate, but there is never a time throughout the album where it sounds like a Mercyful Fate riff; however, the vocals are quite similar to King Diamond, but the vocalist uses it in such a great way. The vocals are filled with loads and load of falsettos, but the vocal lines and melodies are absolutely stunning.

If you want an album that is filled with heavy metal riffs, superb vocals, and all around great song writing, Portrait is the band for you. What can be better than listening to a bunch of heavy metal riffs and singing about Satan?