This sonic offering marks the pinnacle of the band’s creative endeavor, showcasing their ambition and raw talent. The album comprises five ethereal compositions on the A-side, while the B-side features a reimagining of these pieces infused with the haunting melodies of strings, acoustic bass, and brass. Remarkably, the album retains the ghostly rasp and primal screams of Matt King, the band’s guitarist-vocalist, amidst the orchestral arrangement.
In anticipation of the album’s release, Portrayal of Guilt has unveiled the B-side in its entirety, accompanied by a mesmerizing short film directed by Emmanuella Zachariou. WATCH HERE.
The 15-minute clip is a captivating visual portrayal of a medieval silent film, adorned with stark black-and-white cinematography and occult imagery that may not be suitable for all viewers. Drawing inspiration from the likes of the Czech epic “Marketa Lazarová”, 90s black metal promotional photos, and dungeon synth pioneer Mortiis, Zachariou has crafted a cinematic masterpiece that perfectly captures the essence of the album.
The teaser for “Devil Music” is a sublime work of art that leaves the audience clamoring for more. The spellbinding vocals, ominous chords, and haunting melodies on the orchestral versions allude to yet another savage offering from Portrayal of Guilt. With each subsequent release, the band’s music grows increasingly malevolent and wicked, making them a force to be reckoned with.
The album will be available on CD and vinyl starting April 21st via Run for Cover, along with a standalone DVD release of Zachariou’s mesmerizing short film. Prepare to be transported to a mystical realm of dark and enchanting sounds, for Portrayal of Guilt’s “Devil Music” is not for the faint of heart.
Portrayal of Guilt defy expectations with their latest release, Devil Music.
The album features five original songs on Side A and a reimagining of those songs on Side B with an orchestral string section, acoustic bass, and brass.
The band’s sound has evolved from traditional ’90s screamo to a more blackened and sludgy metal intensity, influenced by bands like Korn and Celtic Frost.
The album explores themes of affliction, isolation, and the underworld, with a unique and experimental approach to heavy music.
Devil Music showcases Portrayal of Guilt as a band playing by their own rules, with an unyielding commitment to their vision.