Portrayal Of Guilt are a band from Texas that plays a mixture of black, death metal, screamo, hardcore, power violence, punk and noise and this is a review of their 2021 album "We Are Always Alone" which will be released on January 29th by Closed Casket Activities.
A very fast and aggressive power violence sound starts off the album along with a great amount of blast beats. Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams with some touches of screamo while the riffs also add in a decent amount of melody and clean playing can also be heard in certain sections of the recording.
Elements of noise can also be heard at times while all of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them. Half of the tracks are also very short in length along with the faster sections of the songs also adding in a decent amount of blast beats as well as some of the riffing also showing an influence of death metal.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very dark yet melodic style along with some songs also adding in some apocalyptic sounding synths. Tremolo picking can also be heard in some of the faster riffing as well as the tracks also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts, hardcore style shouts can also be heard at times and the music also captures the raw energy of punk rock at times and as the album progresses a brief use of clean vocals can also be heard. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dread, apathy and dealing with a splintered society.
In my opinion Portrayal Of Guilt are a very great sounding mixture of black, death metal, screamo, hardcore, power violence, punk and noise and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Second Coming" "Masochistic Oath" "Garden of Despair" and "We Are Always Alone". 8 out of 10.