The only thing that would make sense of how this album came to be is the following scenario: Portal managed to somehow open a gateway to the realms of the Great Old Ones and were granted supernatural powers by malicious beings, such as Azathoth, Nyarlathotep, Yog-Sothoth, Tsathoggua and obviously Cthulhu. And soon enough, Portal decided to put their newfound powers into good use…and that is how Vexovoid came to be. If you have a more likely explanation please let me know.
So all that aside, Portal continue to do what they know how to do the best: create unconventional death metal that most people will probably be unable to tolerate, but this time they have outdone themselves with Vexovoid, and this here is probably the darker that death metal can get. Seriously the malice and pure evilness of this album is unparalleled, it is completely chaotic, it does not feature almost any melodies, the rhythmic patterns are weird to say the least and the atmosphere is as dark as one of H.P. Lovecraft’s books.
From the opening track of the album “Kilter” you realize that this will not be an easy album to listen to, even with its short duration (about thirty-five minutes). The guitar leads are impressively dissonant, the drums are hitting relentlessly and the vocals sound like they are coming through the deepest, most buried and long forgotten dungeons of hell. The trip to the outer dimensions continues the more you listen to this album, from the more easy listening (compared to the other tracks of the album, they sound like hits) songs like, “Curtain” and “Awryeon” to the completely crazy “Orbmorphia, “ I think that there are some jazz influences at places in this one but would not say for sure (how the fuck can I?), and “The Back Wards," to finally reach the pitch black darkness of the monumental “Plasm” and the closing instrumental track of the album “Oblotten," seriously now, this is the stuff that nightmares are made of.
So if you think that you are an extreme music fan (better think again), this is an album that will challenge even you, we are probably talking about the most extreme kind of death metal that there currently is out there, it might not be the fastest or the heaviest record around but it is definitely one of the nastiest and the meanest that you will hear.
9.5 / 10
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