1. Glumurphonel (05:05) 2. Vessel of Balon (02:42) 3. Tempus Fugit (04:19) 4. Sunken (03:10) 5. Atmosblisters (04:10) 6. Transcending a Mere Multiverse (03:02) 7. Antiquate (02:40) 8. The Endmills (06:40)
Самый правильный из всех существующих Порталов (даже правильней, чем Портал от Valve). Абсолютно ...хм... элитная (?) музыка - бесструктурная, антимелодичная, припадочная. Музыка, сыгранная людьми-скворечниками. Тем, кто любит поздний Мэйхем, понравится, тем, кто любит metal - вряд ли.
'The first time the intense aural assault of Brisbane's Portal violated my virgin ears, I was utterly flummoxed.What in the fuck did I just hear? To say this metaphorical cherry popping left me baffled is a cavernous understatement. Through sheer intrigue, I persisted with Portal, attempting to decipher what disguised significance lay beneath their nigh-impenetrable outer shell. With time, I grew to appreciate the controlled delivered at the hands of Portal and have since witnessed their live antics on multiple occasions. 'Seepia' was my first experience of this acquired taste and after consistently revisiting the album over the last couple of years, I have concluded that it is a most exquisite showcase of musical excellence destined to please but a minuscule niché.
Odds are, the vast majority of those who have the opportunity to hear Portal just won't "get" them. My mind wonders whether the assemblage of Portal simply got bored with their other musical endeavors and decided to concoct the most extreme, challenging, chaotic, overwhelming musical outfit conceivable. Further intrigue ponders whether they believed anyone would actually appreciate their sonic outputs. Portal are about as close as you're ever going to get to knowing the sound two guitars, a drum kit and bass having simultaneous seizures may produce, but I tell you, the resulting reverberations are most pleasing.
From the moment 'Glumurphonel' passes its atmospheric introduction, 'Seepia' is absurdly extreme. My initial thoughts upon hearing said track, were that it sounded very much like a band composed of musicians and a vocalist all acting completely independently of each other. There was no apparent cohesion. No direction. No purpose. I have since come to realise that every riff, bass line, drum beat and vocal regurgitation has been carefully considered. There are subtle intricacies that show sterling musicianship. 'Seepia' is unnerving and so far removed from convention it's easy to dismiss as nothing more than disorderly noise. Ghastly as they may initially appear to be, precise consideration appears to have gone into every aspect of each of the eight tracks. Intent listening reveals musicianship that is fluent and far beyond commendable. Vocals themselves are often a distant element rather than dominating force, lacking definition in their delivery, they act as much as an instrumental component as a they do a vessel of verse. Laced with ever-changing, dynamically composed songs, one thing 'Seepia' cannot be denied is its complex and unstatic nature.
Perhaps the only example of logical restraint shown by Portal comes in the form of the momentary (albeit necessary) relief offered at select intervals during the course of the 32-minute album when ambient soundscapes allow temporarily escape from the maniacal music. After much contemplation, I shall make specific mention of just three tracks, each with their own merit, each also standing out as one of the more memorable cuts on display. They are 'Vessel Of Balon', 'Sunken' and 'Transcending A Mere Multiverse' - sublime. 'Vessel Of Balon' is especially noteworthy with some spectacular riffing awarding it my pick for the most enjoyable inclusion on 'Seepia'.
Ultimately, it is entirely up to you, the listener, to decide whether or not you are willing even to make an attempt at listening to Portal. They're not particularly infectious initially. If my incessant ramblings have resulted in some interest, I highly recommend further investigation. I would appear that the internet is a tool at your disposal - utilise it. Portal do have a virtual presence. If you've still no interest at all, yet have read this far, I leave you with a little food for thought. These are not house-cleaning tunes. This is not conventional music. This is not conventional metal.It is absolutely, unequivocally, everything that it should not be.'