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Latest Portal News

Below is our complete Portal news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Portal Debut New Song "Phreqs" From Upcoming Album

Portal debut a new song entitled "Phreqs", taken from their upcoming new album "Ion", which be released by Profound Lore on January 26.

Check out now "Phreqs" below.

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Portal Shares New Teaser For Upcoming New Album

Australian experimental death metal unit Portal shares a new teaser for the band's upcoming new album "Ion".

Check out now the new "Ion" teaser below.

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Housecore Horror Film Festival Day 1

The festival was able to condense four hours down to one but the first day of HHFF started an hour late. I didn’t expect to see any of Evil United since they were suppose to have ended at 12:30, but my 1:15 arrival time allowed me to catch a couple of songs from the Austin-based band. Evil United may be local, but the group consists of veterans such as Jason McMaster—who was well known in the eighties as front man for Dangerous Toys and Watchtower. In addition to Evil United, he now sings in Ignitor and Broken Teeth. McMaster’s voice soared through the parking lot that comprised Midway’s stage, Evil U was the sole representative of classic heavy metal at the festival. More...

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Housecore Horror Film Fest Announces Day Schedule

Heavy metal legend Philip Anselmo and best-selling true crime author Corey Mitchell’s groundbreaking horror-meets-metal extravaganza, the Housecore™ Horror Film Festival, has just released individual day tickets! On a tight schedule? Dying to see that one special band? Mean old boss won't let you have the whole weekend off? Never fear, HHFF is here for you! It’s all going down at Emo’s in Austin, TX, right before Halloween, between the unhallowed dates of October 23-26, 2014; tickets for each show are now available, as well as the Combo and Music badges. More...

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Housecore Horror Announces Special TCM Luncheon

Ever wonder what it would be like to be held hostage in the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre house and break bread with the craziest family in horror history? Have you always dreamed of eating in the same room as Leatherface?! Well, the fiendish ghouls from the Housecore™ Horror Film Festival would love to offer you a once-in-a-lifetime invitation to make your nightmare a reality!

On Saturday, October 25th, for the first time in 40 years, the entire cast of TXCM will return to the Grand Central Café in Kingsland, Texas, 90 minutes outside of Austin,to spend an afternoon at the actual Texas Chain Saw Massacre house. In addition, they will be joined by the cast of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2,as well as HHFF co-founders heavy metal legend Philip H. Anselmo and best-selling true crime author, Corey Mitchell. More...

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Satyricon Drops Off Housecore Horror Film Festival

We regret to inform everyone that Norwegian black metal legends Satryicon will no longer be able to perform at this year's Housecore™ Horror Film Festival. The band explained via its official Facebook page:

"Dear U.S fans. We regret to inform that Satyricon will not perform at Knotfest in San Bernardino, CA and Horror Fest in Austin, TX in October 2014. The reasons for not being able to perform at these two festivals are both pragmatic ones and entirely different from each other.

"Satyricon will now shift its attention towards the writing of a new album, re-editing the footage from the 'Live at the Opera' live album/DVD and another project that will be announced at a later stage. It is important for the band that the U.S fans understand that you are far from forgotten and that the band look forward to come over for a full scale U.S tour as soon as it is possible. You deserve it." More...

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Superjoint Ritual Added To Housecore Horror Fest

Heavy metal legend Philip Anselmo and best-selling true crime author Corey Mitchell’s horror-meets-metal extravaganza, the Housecore Horror Film Festival, has already released several huge jaw-dropping bands and film events for this year’s lineup.

The event features the Official 40th Anniversary Reunion of the surviving cast members of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, including “Leatherface” himself, Gunnar Hansen; a TXCM 2 reunion with the cast including Bill “Chop-Top” Moseley; and a U.S. exclusive combined headline performance by the legendary Glenn Danzig of immortal classics from both Danzig and Samhain.

Now, they’ve returned for their biggest announcement yet, the return of Philip Anselmo’s legendary band, Superjoint. More...

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Samhain Added to Housecore Horror Film Festival

Heavy metal legend Philip Anselmo and best-selling true crime author Corey Mitchell’s groundbreaking horror-meets-metal extravaganza, the Housecore™ Horror Film Festival, already released a slew of jaw-dropping additions to this year's lineup, and have now returned with an even bigger announcement.

They are very proud to welcome on board the legendary Glenn Danzig, who will treat fans to a U.S. exclusive combined headline performance of immortal classics from both Danzig and Samhain! More...

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First Bands and Dates Announced For MDF 2015

The first round of band confirmations have been made for Maryland Deathfest 2015. The thirteenth edition of the festival will take place in Baltimore, Maryland from May 21-24, 2015.

The bands confirmed so far are as follows:

Aeternus (Norway) - exclusive US appearance
Arcturus (Norway) - exclusive US appearance
Aura Noir (Norway) - exclusive US appearance
Bulldozer (Italy) - exclusive US appearance
Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult (Germany)
Dragged into Sunlight (UK)
Einherjer (Norway) - exclusive US appearance
Impetuous Ritual (Australia) - exclusive US appearance
Lock Up - exclusive US appearance
Lycanthropy (Czech Republic)
Melt-Banana (Japan)
Metal Church
Portal (Australia) - exclusive US appearance
Serpentine Path
Skepticism (Finland) - exclusive US appearance
Suffering Mind (Poland)
Triptykon (Switzerland) - exclusive US appearance
Tsjuder (Norway) - exclusive US appearance
Twilight of the Gods - exclusive US appearance
Ufomammut (Italy)
Vallenfyre (UK) - exclusive US appearance
Vulcano (Brazil) - exclusive US appearance
Wolfbrigade (Sweden) - exclusive US appearance

Dates that each band performs and running times will not be set until closer to the festival dates.

The organizers are satisfied with the venue situation this year and have decided to use the same set up next year. This means that Maryland Deathfest 2015 will use the Edison Lot (located at 545 N. High St) for the two main stages, Rams Head (located at 20 Market Place) will be used each night and will host death/black metal bands, and Soundstage (located at 124 Market Pl) will be used each day/night for grind/hardcore/punk bands. On Thursday, only Rams Head will be used.

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Housecore Horror Film Fest Announces First Bands

Housecore Horror Film Festival has announced its first round of bands for 2014 set for October 23-26 in Austin, Texas. The second annual horror-and-metal festival will include Satyricon, Eyehategod, Macabre, Cattle Decapitation, Unearth, Warbeast, Portal, Wizards of Gore (surviving Rigor Mortis members), Ringworm, KEN Mode, SubRosa and many others. Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe will host the event. More...

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Portal Releases New Music Video

Portal's new music video for “Curtain,” directed by Zev Deans (Chelsea Wolfe, Liturgy), has now been posted online and can be viewed below. The "Curtain" track comes off the band's latest album "Vexovoid," which has the following track listing:

1. Kilter
2. The Back Wards
3. Curtain
4. Plasm
5. Awryeon
6. Orbmorphia
7. Oblotten

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Portal Shooting New Music Video

Profound Lore Records has issued the following update about Portal working on a new music video:

"Portal is currently shooting a video for the song 'Curtain.' It is being directed by Zev Deans who has directed videos for Chelsea Wolfe and Liturgy respectively.

"Below are a couple of still images from the video shoot. This is destined to hopefully be one of the most disturbing and nightmarish metal videos ever."

The "Curtain" track comes off the band's latest album "Vexovoid," which has the following track listing:

1. Kilter
2. The Back Wards
3. Curtain
4. Plasm
5. Awryeon
6. Orbmorphia
7. Oblotten More...

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Portal Announces New Tour Dates

Portal will be embarking on the band's first European live shows, which include Denmark’s Metal Magic Festival and will climax with an appearance at Germany’s infamous Hell’s Pleasure fest (along with a handful of Scandinavian live dates in between). Dates are as follows:

07/12 – Fredericia, Denmark @ Metal Magic Festival
07/14 – Stockholm, Sweden @ The Liffey
07/15 – Gothenburg, Sweden @ Henriksberg
07/17 – Helsinki, Finland @ PRKL Club
07/19 – Pößneck, Germany @ Hell’s Pleasure Metal Fest

And in other Portal live actions, the band will be heading to Japan this fall for a few dates. The Japanese jaunt will look like this:

11/28 Osaka, JP @ CONPASS
11/29 Tokyo, JP @Earthdom
11/30 Tokyo, JP @ ERA, Tokyo More...

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Portal Reveals "Vexovoid" Details

Australian surrealist death metal terror unit Portal has completed work on a fourth full-length album entitled “Vexovoid,” the follow-up to the “Swarth” release. Profound Lore Records also commented:

"Taking their sound of singular death metal psychosis by creating their darkest and most-dense sounding album to date, 'Vexovoid' carries the tradition Portal have laid upon since their inception 18 years ago. Through the band’s strange, unsettling, avant-garde, and polarizing take on death metal (on a musical, lyrical, visual, and aesthetical level), throughout the years PORTAL have shape-shifted and inverted the genre into multiple realms of dementia. 'Vexovoid,' as expected, is another dreadful and frightening observation of unorthodox death metal terror unparalleled."

To be officially released on February 19th (LP version to be released not too long after the CD version) and featuring artwork by Reverend Kriss Hades, the track listing for “Vexovoid” is as follows:

1. Kilter
2. The Back Wards
3. Curtain
4. Plasm
5. Awryeon
6. Orbmorphia
7. Oblotten More...

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Portal Announces U.S. Tour

Australian death metallers Portal have announced they will be touring the U.S. in May. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

5/14 2010 Oasis Club Los Angeles, California
5/15 2010 Thee Parkside San Francisco, California
5/18 2010 Club Satyricon Portland, Oregon
5/19 2010 The Funhouse Seattle, Washington
5/23 2010 Now That’s Class Cleveland, Ohio
5/24 2010 Mohawk Place Buffalo, New York
5/25 2010 Great Scott Boston, Massachusetts
5/26 2010 Knitting Factory Brooklyn, New York
5/27 2010 Kung Fu Neck Tie Philidelphia, Pennsylvania
5/29 2010 Sonar Baltimore, Maryland

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Portal Completes Work On New Album

Australian death metal band PORTAL have completed work on their new album, “Swarth,” which will be released on October 20th through Profound Lore Records. The band has also posted a track, “Larvae,” online at this location.

Tracklisting for “Swarth” [cover art] goes as follows:

1. Swarth
2. Larvae
3. Illoomorpheme
4. The Swayy
5. Writhen
6. Omenknow
7. Werships
8. Marityme

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First Bands Announced For Maryland Deathfest 2010

The organizers of the Maryland Deathfest has announced the first batch of bands for the next edition of the festival. More bands will be announced shortly, including the headliners.

The first bands to be announced are as follows:


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Only Portal Show For 2008 Announced

Portal will be playing their one and only show for 2008 alongside Gospel Of The Horns, Urgrund and Ignivomous. The show will take place on the 26th April, somewhere in Melbourne with the actual venue yet to be announced. This will also be Gospel Of The Horn's last show before they embark on a tour of Europe and the USA. Another show featuring Gospel Of The Horns, Ignivomous and Order Of Orias will take place at The Tote in Collingwood, Melbourne, on February 16th, with doors opening at 9pm.

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Portal Reveal New Album Title

Australian chaotic expressionistic death metal nightmare PORTAL are currently putting the (very) finishing touches on their dreaded anticipated follow-up to “Seepia”, which will be entitled “Outre."

Their label, Profiound Lore Records states in their release: "More experimental, unconventional, atmospheric, alien, and disturbing “Outre” sees Portal going further within the pollution stage of their warped sound canvas by conjuring up their un-easiest and most challenging album yet. One in which will simply alienate Portal even more within the underground extreme music scene. With cover art by the unique artist Jeff Lowe, and plans for a special kind of package to house this new warped abomination, expect “Outre” to bring a new face of horror onto death metal."

Some song titles set to appear on “Outre”: ‘Abysmill’, ‘Heirships’, ’13 Globes’, and ‘Sourlows’. Expect “Outre” to entice sometime late September.

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