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2009 release from the Australian Death Metal band. An enigma within the realm of Death Metal, Portal have defined themselves, over the course of two full-length albums and a handful of demos and EPs, as a bizarre and frightening entity with a unique and unparalleled sound. No other band currently in existence has such a polarizing effect on the underground Metal scene-they are regarded as either pure geniuses or incomprehensible noisemakers. Their madness and chaos is the soundtrack to a F.W. Murnau film gone terribly awry. Swarth slowly crawls under the listener's skin and penetrates the psyche. This eight-track monolith combines the off-kilter dynamics of their debut with the surging atmospherics of Outre, taking their sound to new ungodly levels. No other album released this year is as unique or frightening as Swarth. Portal is the future of Death Metal.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 20, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Profound Lore
  • ASIN: B002LFFLA6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,996 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul E. Lee on December 5, 2009
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Portal provide the soundtrack to one of the most horrifying, riveting and shocking movie that was never made with "Swarth". There's is the nightmare that you never thought could exist and yet there is an element that is completely addictive about their avant-garde take on death and black metal. If you ever experience Gorguts' "Obscura", just imagine it twisted ten times over and set on fire. There are no rules for these men of absolute shadows and I haven't heard a band yet that can compare to the crushing darkness of their sound. Grinding chord progressions and unholy and fast sweep picking are (dis)order of the day. It all may seem total chaos, but there is an insane order to the creepy chaos of "Swath" that those who are sonic adventurers must hear.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alexandre Alves on November 11, 2009
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Portal is definitely the most innovative death metal act these days. Swarth, the 3rd full lenght release (there's a hard to find ep also) is the perfect soundtrack of a horror movie, and epic horror movie, something like a disturbing vision of our future, as we could hear a monster approaching, getting near and near, the chaos being installed in our lives, the panic of things to come...that's what you feel when listen those songs.

The artwork is perfect, somber and dark, fitting the sounds perfectly. If you are sick of the million death metal bands that sounds the same, give Portal a try.
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Defying convention is the first concept one must accept when visiting Portal's music for the first time. This might be placed into the genre of "Death Metal" or "Black Metal" or even "Avant-Garde Metal", but these are mere tints in the vast spectrum of wavelengths that encompass the band called Portal.

While there is no shortage of brutal death metal bands out there, Portal are a welcome breath of putrid air that warrants multiple listens. If you're looking for super speed, look elsewhere. If you're looking for ultra-technicality, don't bother. If it's moshy hooks you want, Portal will not provide. In fact, there are few bands that play this type of noise. I would say that early Incantation is a definite influence in their sound. This precise influence being very loud, distorted guitars; muddy, pounding drums that are the aural equivalent of a migraine; dry, guttural vocal growls that don't deviate much from their constant drone.

Portal's song structures are just the opposite of the word: there is no conventional structure to be had. But don't think this means they just can't write a song... No, this is implicitly structured to be as schizophrenic as possible. Their namesake is the musical equivalent of the opening of Pandora's Box; or, the darkest, dirtiest room in an insane asylum; or, that dream you keep going back to - the one that makes you wake up in a cold sweat, heart racing uncontrollably, leaving you on edge and in no hurry to fall back to sleep. This is not music to enjoy whilst walking around the lake in the summer sun. This is meant to be blasted loudly at night, either on your most powerful stereo or else with headphones, allowing yourself to be pulled down into the swirling abyss of horror and chaos that Portal unleash.
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