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This is classic denim 'n leather Heavy Metal that anyone can drink to.

Along with fellow Swedish band In Solitude, Portrait were seen as the ones most closely linked to the early booze and bruises of Iron Maiden when their debut albums were both released in 2008. Since IS went in a more Gothic direction with their astonishingly powerful most recent album 'Sister', Portrait are beginning to stand out on their own as purveyors of nostalgic Heavy Metal.

Thankfully they have done away with tongue-twister album names like 2011's rather brilliant 'Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae', the more straight-forwardly titled third album 'Crossroads' is a belching beast. Their playing has come on leaps and bounds since that last album, not to mention the now spot-on production and their sound has gently evolved into a wildly flailing Heavy Metal charge underpinned by a sturdy guitar chug and immovable drums.

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The postulating 'At The Ghost Gate' is showcased by squealing vocals and a guitar riff that manages to be evil and bouncy! In a similar vein is 'Black Easter' that chugs away over a Disco drum beat and Steve Harris-esque bass lines.

There's also a heavy helping of Mercyful Fate/King Diamond in this feast; foreboding tones matched by a sense of theatrics, sheer head crushing power and wailing guitars that are only outdone by even more soaring vocals that just beg to be head-banged along to.

With 'Crossroads', Portrait are beginning to paint themselves into a Modern Heavy Metal corner all of their own. But at the end of the night, this is classic denim 'n leather Heavy Metal that anyone can drink to.

Dan Bond

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