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Latest Portrait News

Below is our complete Portrait 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.

Ram And Portrait Cover Each Other's Tracks

Swedish heavy metal titans Ram and Portrait have joined forces for a split album entitled "Under Command," due to be released the 8th of December via Metal Blade Records. The spit will see new songs, as well as the band's covering each other's material. The track listing is:

Side A
Ram
1. Savage Machine (new song)
2. Welcome To My Funeral (originally performed by Portrait)
3. Creatures Of The Night (originally performed by KISS)

Side B
Portrait
1. Martial Lead (new song)
2. Blessed To Be Cursed (originally performed by RAM)
3. Aggressor (originally performed by Exciter)

Portrait just released a cover of Ram's "Blessed To Be Cursed," which can be heard below, along with Ram's cover of "Welcome To My Funeral" by Portrait. Pre-order info is available at this location. More...

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Portrait Announces New Tour Dates

Sweden's Portrait is pleased to announce a seven date tour of the U.K. and Ireland in support of third album "Crossroads."

Commencing in early 2015, the band will lay waste to venues the length and breadth of the country in a blaze of twin-guitar fuelled metal mayhem. Entitled the "Seven Ageless Rites UK and Ireland Tour," these shows will see Portrait take glorious, galloping, honest heavy metal to a whole new audience.

Support on this tour comes in the form of Northern Ireland's Rabid Bitch Of The North. Dates are as follows:

30/01/14 IE - Limerick - Dolan's Warehouse
31/01/14 IE - Dublin - Gypsy Rose Rock and Blues Bar
01/02/14 UK - Belfast - Voodoo
03/02/14 UK - Glasgow - Ivory Blacks
04/02/14 UK - Lancaster - The Yorkshire House
06/02/14 UK - Birmingham - The Asylum
07/02/14 UK - London - Black Heart Camden

In support of these dates and the "Crossroads" album, the band will also be releasing a split album entitled "Under Command" on Metal Blade, together with brothers-in-arms Ram on December 5th. Consisting of six songs (three from each band), the three Portrait songs on offer will feature an exclusive, brand-new tune entitled "Martial Lead," a cover of the Ram song "Blessed to be Cursed," and the band's unique take on the classic Exciter song "Aggressor."

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Portrait To Play Live Evil Fest

Portrait has announced the band will make its U.K. debut at this year's Live Evil festival. The Swedish outfit will join Nifelheim, Manilla road, Quartz, Vulcano, Antichrist, Nocturnal and a host of others already announced.

Portrait comments: "We are looking forward to spread heavy metal darkness over London and to raze away the English capital! Light's out! Total Death!"

Live Evil 2014 takes place at The Dome, Tufnell Park, London between October 17th - 19th, 2014. For more head to this location.

Portrait released new album "Crossroads" on Metal Blade earlier this year. You can catch the band live supporting the release on these dates:

18/10 Live Evil, The Dome, London, England
20/11 Knust, Hamburg, Germany (Supporting PRIMORDIAL)
21/11 Turock, Essen, Germany (Supporting PRIMORDIAL)
22/11 Brutz & Brakel Stromgitarrenfest, Berlin, Germany

2015:
30/1 Dolan's Warehouse Dock Road, Limerick, Ireland
31/1 Fibber Magee's, Dublin, Ireland More...

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Portrait Streaming "We Are Not Alone"

Swedish metal outfit Portrait just released the 2nd song taken off new album "Crossroads," which is due out April 29th via Metal Blade Records. Check out "We Were Not Alone" in the player below, thanks to Rockhard.de.

Portrait comments: "'Crossroads' is a sevenfold blessing and curse upon a dying music scene, an album imbued with something untouchable and yet undeniable. 'We Were Not Alone' is a haunting mid-tempo song that should not disappoint any real headbanger!"

The track listing for "Crossroads" is as follows:

01. Liberation
02. At the Ghost Gate
03. We Were Not Alone
04. In Time (streaming here)
05. Black Easter
06. Ageless Rites
07. Our Roads Must Never Cross
08. Lily More...

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Portrait Announces New Album

Swedish heavy metal act Portrait today announces the release of new album "Crossroads" for April 25th in Europe and April 29th in North America.

Pre-order information is available via Metal Blade here and the new single "In Time" can be heard below. Portrait also comments:

"'Crossroads' is a sevenfold blessing and curse upon a dying music scene, an album imbued with something untouchable and yet undeniable. This first single 'In Time' was the first song written for 'Crossroads' and is one of the more straight-forward ones of the album. Bang or be banged!"

Guitarist Christian Lindell adds: "This is our most important album up to date in so many ways, and we couldn't be more satisfied with the final outcome. To me personally, Portrait has finally become what I have always wanted the band to be, and we are hungrier than ever. The new album will speak for itself, and the year 2014 will be a year of Truth and of Conquest. Beware!"

The album's track listing is as follows: More...

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Portrait Issues Album Update

Sweden's Portrait has checked in with the following update about working on a new album:

"The writing process for the upcoming album is done, and Portrait is now moving on to the next and final phase of the establishment of Crossroads.

"In a few weeks from now, we will enter the studio to start the pre-productions. Release date and further album details will be revealed when the time is right. Long live the Silent. F.T.M.R.O.A."

Further details will be announced as they are made available, and you can also find more info on the band via Facebook here.

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Amorphis To Play Sweden Rock Cruise

Amorphis has announced the band will be aboard the Sweden Rock Cruise on the Silja Galaxy, which leaves from Stockholm (SE) to Turku (FI) on Friday, October 5th and returns on the following day. Ticket prices start at 595 SEK per person (incl. cabin and access to all concerts and other onboard entertainment). Other bands to perform include Satyricon, Portrait, Rage, and more.

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Portrait Working On New Album

Sweden's Portrait has issued the following announcement about upcoming festival appearances and working on a new album:

"Some time has passed since we lastly issued a news update here on the internet. There have been speculations regarding the current state of the line-up, not least the vocalist position. About this we can say, don't believe everything you see.

"As you might have noticed, a handful of European festivals are confirmed for this spring and summer, among them Keep It True, Rock Hard, Headbangers Open Air and Metal Inferno in Germany, Hammer Open Air in Finland and Pounding Metal in Madrid. Looking forward to see you all on these events.

"Meanwhile, off stage, and as far away as possible from everything of this world, the creation of the follow-up to 2011's acclaimed 'Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae' opus is blossoming. The title of the third Portrait album will be 'CROSSROADS.'"

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Sodom Announces Winterfire Festival Cancelled

German thrash legends Sodom announced that the Winterfire Festival scheduled for March 3, 2012 in Osnabrück, Germany (Eventhalle Neulandstr. 26 - ex-Ballroom/ex-NB) has been cancelled by the promoter. In a post on Facebook, the band stated:

"Unfortunately we reveived the news from the local promoter that the Winterfire Festival 2012 is cancelled."

The event was scheduled to include performances by: Sodom, Powerwolf, In Solitude, Onslaught, Accuser, Portrait, Bitter Piece.

In other Sodom news, the band is currently rehearsing and writing material for the follow up to "In War and Pieces" for a summer 2012 release, which coincides with the band's 30th Anniversary.

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Evile Updates "Five Serpents" Tour Routing

As was previously announced, Evile will be joining Portrait and Dr. Living Dead on the European "Five Serpents" tour. Metal Blade Records has now issued the following brief announcement about changes to the tour routing:

"PLEASE NOTE: The Polish dates have been cancelled, Budapest date got moved. The Siegen show got cancelled, the trek will play in Essen instead!"

The tour dates are as follows:

14/01/12 – HU – Budapest – Club 202 *
15/01/12 – DE – Rostock – Alte Zuckerfabrik
17/01/12 – DE – München – Backstage
18/01/12 – IT – Milan – Bitte Club
19/01/12 – DE – Aalen – Rock It
20/01/12 – DE – Wangen – Jugendhaus
21/01/12 – CH – Aarau – Kiff
22/01/12 – DE – Köln – Werkstatt
24/01/12 – FR – Paris – La Scene Bastille
25/01/12 – DE – Weinheim – Café Central
26/01/12 – NL – Tilburg – 013
27/01/12 – NL – Enschede – Atak
28/01/12 – DK – Randers – Midwinter Meltdown
29/01/12 – DE – Hamburg – Hafenklang
31/01/12 – DE – Osnabrück – Bastard Club
01/02/12 – DE – Saarbrücken – Garage
02/02/12 – DE – Braunschweig – Schweinebarmann
03/02/12 – BE – Vosselaar – Biebob
04/02/12 – DE – Bamberg – Live Club
05/02/12 – DE – Essen - Turock
* without DR. LIVING DEAD

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Portrait Joining Evile On Tour

After their successful gigs at this year's Bang Your Head Festival and Headbangers Open Air, Swedish heavy metal killers Portrait will return to mainland Europe to support English thrashers Evile on the "Five Serpents Tour 2012." Dr. Living Dead complete the line-up, and the tour dates are as follows:

10/01/12 – CZ – Prague - Modra Vopice *
11/01/12 – HU – Budapest – Club 202 *
12/01/12 – PL – Katowice – Mega Club *
13/01/12 – PL – Warsaw – Progresja
14/01/12 – PL – Bydgoszcz – Estrada
15/01/12 – DE – Rostock – Alte Zuckerfabrik
17/01/12 – DE – München – Backstage
18/01/12 – IT – Milan – Bitte Club
19/01/12 – DE – Aalen – Rock It
20/01/12 – DE – Wangen – Jugendhaus
21/01/12 – CH – Aarau – Kiff
22/01/12 – DE – Köln – Werkstatt
24/01/12 – FR – Paris – La Scene Bastille
25/01/12 – DE – Weinheim – Café Central
26/01/12 – NL – Tilburg – 013
27/01/12 – NL – Enschede – Atak
28/01/12 – DK – Randers – Midwinter Meltdown
29/01/12 – DE – Hamburg – Hafenklang
31/01/12 – DE – Osnabrück – Bastard Club
01/02/12 – DE – Saarbrücken – Garage
02/02/12 – DE – Braunschweig – Schweinebarmann
03/02/12 – BE – Vosselaar – Biebob
04/02/12 – DE – Bamberg – Live Club
05/02/12 – DE – Siegen - Vortex
* without DR. LIVING DEAD

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Powerwolf Added To Winterfire Festival

German band Powerwolf has been added to the Winterfire Festival in Osnabrück, Germany (Eventhalle Neulandstr. 26 - ex-Ballroom/ex-NB) on March 3, 2012.

The lineup for the festival is as follows:

Sodom
Powerwolf
In Solitude
Onslaught
Accuser
Portrait
Bitter Piece

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Portrait Posts New Album Online

Swedish heavy metallers Portrait are streaming all of their new album "Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae" online through Zero Tolerance. You can check out the whole album at this location.

Portrait guitarist Richard Lagergren also commented on the album, "The eight songs on 'Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae' constitutes Portrait's by far darkest, hardest and most intense material to date. This album is an outburst of a long time of targeted hard work, an intense creative process and pure black magic. To Hell and back and to Hell again! To achieve the goals we had for this album, working with someone not being the obvious choice for our type of music proved to be just the right (or if you will, wrong) decision. 'Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae' sounds like Portrait was always meant to. It is hate, and it is love. And in many ways, it is our true debut album."

The track listing for "Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae" is as follows:

1. Beast of Fire
2. Infinite Descension
3. The Wilderness Beyond
4. Bloodbath
5. Darkness Forever
6. The Nightcomers
7. The Passion
8. Der Todesking

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Portrait Posts New Song Online

Portrait has posted a new song online titled "Beast of Fire." The track is off the band's upcoming album "Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae." Head over to the album's new landing page here to check out the track.

Guitarist Richard Lagergren also commented on the new album: "The eight songs on 'Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae' constitutes Portrait's by far darkest, hardest and most intense material to date. This album is an outburst of a long time of targeted hard work, an intense creative process and pure black magic. To Hell and back and to Hell again! To achieve the goals we had for this album, working with someone not being the obvious choice for our type of music proved to be just the right (or if you will, wrong) decision. 'Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae' sounds like Portrait was always meant to. It is hate, and it is love. And in many ways, it is our true debut album."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Beast of Fire
2. Infinite Descension
3. The Wilderness Beyond
4. Bloodbath
5. Darkness Forever
6. The Nightcomers
7. The Passion
8. Der Todesking

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Portrait Comments On Upcoming Album

Guitarist Richard Lagergren of Swedish heavy metal act Portrait has issued the following statement about the band's upcoming album:

"The eight songs on 'Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae' constitutes Portrait's by far darkest, hardest and most intense material to date. This album is an outburst of a long time of targeted hard work, an intense creative process and pure black magic. To Hell and back and to Hell again! To achieve the goals we had for this album, working with someone not being the obvious choice for our type of music proved to be just the right (or if you will, wrong) decision. 'Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae' sounds like Portrait was always meant to. It is hate, and it is love. And in many ways, it is our true debut album."

Portrait guitarist Christian Lindell also commented about the recordings: "Outside the walls danced the plague that is man its one-way dance, so blindly strutting about the path that leads to its ever-hungry end. Inside the fires burned and the cauldron bubbled, enhancing forever the fierce opus that is 'Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae'. A beastly support was present in the Necromorbus Studio, pointing us in the right directions all the way through those dark days in November. The songs could not have materialized in a more satisfying way than they have on this album. Prepare to get burnt to ash by its fires, swallowed by its darkness and forever trapped in its boundless abyss, in anguish trying to convince yourself that what you've gone through was only music. If this one doesn't kill you, you’re already dead!"

The track listing for "Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae" is as follows:

1. Beast of Fire
2. Infinite Descension
3. The Wilderness Beyond
4. Bloodbath
5. Darkness Forever
6. The Nightcomers
7. The Passion
8. Der Todesking

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Portrait Hires Nicke Andersson To Mix New Album

Swedish heavy metallers PORTRAIT have tapped Nicke Andersson (Imperial State, Death Breath, Entombed, The Hellacopters) to mix their second full-length album, "Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae," at Deuce Studio. The CD is currently being recorded at Necromorbus Studio (Watain, Deströyer 666, Razor Of Occam, Valkyrja, a.o.) in Alvik, Sweden for a tentative early 2011 release via Metal Blade Records. The CD will feature cover artwork by Rok (Sadistik Exekution) and a guest appearance by Kimmo Kuusniemi from the Finnish cult act Sarcofagus.

PORTRAIT's lineup is as follows:

Per Karlsson - Vocals
Christian Lindell - Guitar
Richard Lagergren - Guitar
Erik Jansson - Bass
Anders Persson - Drums

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Portrait Announces New Album Details

Swedish heavy metallers Portrait have tapped Nicke Andersson (Imperial State, Death Breath, Entombed, The Hellacopters) to mix their second full-length album, "Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae," at Deuce Studio. The CD is currently being recorded at Necromorbus Studio in Alvik, Sweden for an early 2011 release via Metal Blade Records. The CD will feature cover artwork by Rok (Sadistik Exekution) and a guest appearance by Kimmo Kuusniemi from the Finnish cult act Sarcofagus. The Portrait lineup is as follows:

Per Karlsson - Vocals
Christian Lindell - Guitar
Richard Lagergren - Guitar
Erik Jansson - Bass
Anders Persson - Drums

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Portrait Announces Irish Shows

Swedish metal act Portrait has announced three upcoming Irish live shows in March, 2011. The currently announced dates are as follows:

3/10 2011 An Cruiscin Lan Cork, IRELAND
3/11 2011 The Pint Dublin, IRELAND
3/12 2011 The Limelight Belfast, IRELAND

Portrait is also currently in the process of recording a new album. Additional details on the album's title and release date will be announced as they are made avialable.

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Portrait To Enter The Studio

Swedish heavy metal band PORTRAIT will play Helsinki on November 12th and will enter the studio shortly after. The band issues the following update about the shows:

"On November 12th, Portrait returns to Helsinki to play the Helvation Festival together with among others Grand Magus. This will be the last show to be performed before the recording of the new album, and the first time the material is performed live. See all you Finnish maniacs there! Some new merchandise stock just in: The limited picture disc version of the debut LP, plus new patches. Check the 'releases' section on the website for details."

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Enforcer Announces European Tour Dates

Swedish metal band Enforcer have announced an upcoming European tour alongside Portrait. The tour dates are as follows:

2/7 - Murcia, Spain - Heavy Metal Espectros Fest
2/20 - Pforsheim, Germany - Kupferdachle
2/21 - Wurzburg, Germany - Fist Held High Festival
2/22 - Berlin, Germany - Amnesie
2/23 - Kiel, Germany - Pumpe
2/24 - Osnabruck, Germany - Bastard Club
2/25 - Lille, France - Chimere
2/26 - Gent, Belgium - TBA
2/27 - Leeuwarden, Holland - Mukkes
2/28 - Oberhausen, Germany - Helvete

3/21 - Sandviken, Sweden @ Byggeriet Metal Club

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