Portal – “Swarth” – [Invictus Productions]
This is the evil shit right here. This Australian death outfit reduces music to the basics: pain and violence and fear and insanity. Lead vocalist The Curator looks like the top half of a grandfather clock with claws and a robe, and he occasionally unleashes some weird satanic roaring but mostly stands center stage and looks menacing. The guitarists downtune their axes to Z-minor and sound like bench grinders being destroyed on bench grinders, while the drummer defies us to figure out what his rapid-fire violence has to do with anything else that’s going on. The mix buries everything under everything else. None of this makes any sense to me but it’s some supremely scary shit if that’s what you’re in the mood for. I give it negative 5 stars because positive 5 stars doesn’t express the truly contrary awesomeness of this project.