Revolver has teamed with Portrayal of Guilt for an exclusive vinyl variant of their new album, Devil Music. Only 200 made — order yours now!
Portrayal of Guilt have always been uncompromising, experimental and hard to pin down — but maybe never more so than on their upcoming album, Devil Music. It offers five new original songs on Side A, and then reimaginings of those same five songs on Side B, replacing much of the traditional "metal band" instrumentation with a classical string section, acoustic bass and brass.
Befitting such an usual record, today (March 29th), the Texan extremists have unleashed not just a lead single, but the album's entire orchestral Side B along with a stunning black-and-white short film, also titled Devil Music, directed by Emmanuella Zachariou. Watch and listen above.
"When I first heard the B-side of Devil Music, I was extremely impressed by the cinematic nature of the music," Zachariou commented of her short film. "As a filmmaker and artist who started working in this industry through being an avid lover of music, especially heavier and darker sounds, it has always been a deep personal goal of mine to create more projects that not only highlight the extremely intricate nature of such compositions, but to really try to bring in a true cinematic atmosphere to help visualize them. The string elements in the tracks really helped inspire the medieval blueprint in my mind's eye, and going off of that I wanted to implement slight nods to Nineties black-metal promo photos, and some of my favorite directors and films.
She added: "Everything in this was a deliberate, carefully curated nod to some of my favorite films, books, artists and albums. Some examples include Marketa Lazarová (1967), The Wicker Man (1973), The Devils (1971), To the Devil a Daughter (1976), The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), Wim Wenders, Jean Rollin, Jesús Franco, Mortiis, down to the choice of title card text (inspired by Medieval Marginalia and even Abigor's 1995 albums, Nachthymnen and Orkblut - The Retaliation)."
Devil Music is due out digitally April 20th and on physical formats April 21st via Run for Cover. The vinyl pressing includes a Revolver-exclusive colored variant limited to 200. Order yours at our shop.
Devil Music tracklisting:
One Last Taste of Heaven
Where Angels Come to Die
I (One Last Taste of Heaven)
III (Burning Hand)
IV (Where Angels Come to Die)
V (Devil Music)