Portrait Join Evile To Conquer Europe In 2012

If old-school metal is your thing, then you definitely need to hit the road and check out the Evile-headlined Five Serpents Tour with supporting acts in Portrait and Dr. Living Dead! Check out the tour dates below and pick your venue.

Portrait – “Darkness Forever”

I’ve praised Evile for their thing on Five Serpent’s Teeth already, so you won’t see that here. I’ll admit, however, that before receiving the press release announcing Portrait’s confirmation that they’ll be joining Evile on the Five Serpents Tour in support of their own Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae, I never heard of the Swedish metallers. The press release, as they tend to do, extolled the greatness of the band. Curiously, I went to their MySpace page (isn’t MySpace dead yet?) to check them out. The first track my ears feasted upon was “Darkness Forever,” which was hungrily followed by “Bloodbath.” Both of these rippers are earnestly in the vein of power metal and/or the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM)… only, by a band formed in 2006.

Portrait – “Bloodbatth”

In case you haven’t noticed, there is a movement of sorts going on with newer bands tackling old-school metal. Good or bad, it’s fun. And while we can always appreciate new thrash metal or power metal or NWOBHM, and we feel like proud parents, we’re still going to put on a Diamond Head, old Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Metallica, or any other old standby classic we have lying about. No discredit to the new guys, we still love what you’re doing.

From the press release

Portrait is:
Per Karlsson – vocals
Richard Lagergren -guitars
Christian Lindell – guitars
Joel Pälvärinne – bass
Anders Persson – drums

The relentless, Swedish heavy metal monster known as PORTRAIT spawned in the year 2006 with the intention to bring back the dark energy that once was the cornerstone in many a classic metal release, but was long gone, raped by the hippie-infested power metal and retro- as well as modern “thrash” metal outfits of the day, whose entire existence the band spat whole-heartedly upon, hungry to take back the flag of hate, and then exterminate the entire world.

Five Serpents Tour 2012

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


Credit: Metal Blade Records

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