Portrait: Lengthy-Operating Swedish Heavy Steel Outfit Reveals “From the Urn” Video

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– June sixth, 2024 –

The Host Full-Size To See Launch June twenty first On Steel Blade Data

Picture by Stefan Johansson

Watch/stream PORTRAIT’s “From The Urn” HERE.

Following 2021′s critically adored At One With None, Sweden’s PORTRAIT returns with their sixth album The Host, their first ever idea album, set for launch on June twenty first by Steel Blade Data. Upfront of its official unveiling, at this time the band reveals the most recent single, “From The Urn.”

Founding guitarist Christian Lindell describes the brand new providing as “an occult story of sword and sorcery, accompanied by among the most passionate heavy metallic ever recorded. The story takes place in seventeenth century Sweden and revolves round an unnamed protagonist who, due to his experiences with the injustice and hypocrisy of this world, decides to hunt fact and power by its ‘Adversary.’

On the musical aspect, PORTRAIT‘s co-founding drummer Anders Persson provides that the album, “is a flexible entity, exhibiting all sides of what has change into our personal model of heavy metallic, identification, and sense of melody, but with some new areas explored in a number of instructions. There are songs which might be our quickest and most ‘excessive’ to date together with songs of an nearly semi ballad feeling. It blends completely collectively musically and matches the dramaturgy of the story.”

Elaborates Lindell on the band’s newest single, “‘From The Urn’ is a track through which the primary character of the story realizes that he has stronger connections with the realm of the lifeless than with any individual nonetheless alive. Plenty of stuff happening on this one musically, showcasing a little bit of our progressive aspect, however nonetheless full of hooks that shall depart incurable wounds.”

Watch PORTRAIT‘s “From The Urn” video at THIS LOCATION.

Watch the band’s beforehand launched video for “The Blood Covenant” at THIS LOCATION.

The story of The Host takes place within the Swedish Empire in the course of the Period Of Nice Energy, an period of fixed battle. The church performed a central function in Swedish society in these days and the duty of selecting the boys that will be despatched out to battle was given to the clergymen. All males above the age of fifteen have been summoned to the church hill yearly, the place the priest then determined who could be the “fortunate” ones (the rule of steerage being that each tenth man was to be picked).

It was preached that the rationale for battle was all sins dedicated by widespread man, and to be a part of the military throughout these instances was to be thought of one thing sacred. Biblical passages have been typically quoted as references to be able to legitimize the conquering of enemy territory, and to be able to set up a “worry of god” inside the military, spiritual companies have been held within the army camps twice a day and anybody not attending could be punished.

However there are additionally courtroom paperwork from this period exhibiting that some troopers stood accused of getting made pacts with the Satan with the intent of receiving power and safety in battle, in addition to luck and prosperity, in change for one’s personal blood and different choices. A central a part of this course of was the sacrament of the Eucharist. As soon as consecrated by the priest, the bread of communion turns into the Host or physique of Jesus Christ, elevated to one thing past its mere kinds and imbued with magical powers.

There have been totally different strategies to make use of the Host for sorcerous ends. One of the crucial widespread methods was to easily conduct one’s magical rites after having partaken of the sacrament in church, because it was believed that one’s personal magical talents have been at their strongest by then. One other strategy was to steal it from church and provides it as an providing to the Satan or different spirits summoned for the work at hand.

The Host serves as PORTRAIT‘s first album to characteristic guitarist Karl Gustafsson as a part of the band’s lineup and was recorded in JFK Studio in Sweden. Mixing and manufacturing duties have been dealt with by singer Per Lengstedt at his personal Perilous Productions Studio whereas mastering was dealt with by Bart Gabriel. The report will probably be launched on CD and digital codecs in addition to vinyl within the following colour variants:

Multicolored Splatter – Ltd. 200
White Black Marbled – Ltd. 300
180-gram Black
Burgundy Crimson Marbled

Discover pre-orders at: metalblade.com/portrait

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Per Lengstedt – vocals
Christian Lindell – guitars
Karl Gustafsson – guitars
Fredrik Petersson – bass
Anders Persson – drums


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