CRIMEN LAESAE MAJESTATIS DIVINAE
METAL BLADE RECORDS
Swedish metal troupe Portrait does an amazingly accurate interpretation of the diabolical Mercyful Fate as documented on their eight-track offering CRIMEN LAESAE MAJESTATIS DIVINAE. Chock full of delectable twin guitar tradeoffs and flashy falsetto vocals, this quintet have done an extensive job in recreating the evil spirit from King Diamond and company, throwing in a few choice NWOBHM moments in between sinister structures (“The Passion) for good measure. While their style is unquestionably not their own, Portrait nail the power and fury of the early 80’s metal as if it were (“Darkness Forever”), providing a convincing and compelling array of traditional heavy metal mayhem.