|At One With None
|Metal Blade Records
|Hard rock,Heavy Metal
|When it comes to modern heavy metal there are few bands operating at the same level as Portrait. For a decade and a half the Swedish unit have been forging their own path, and in the process infusing life into a longstanding, well-established genre and taking it in new directions. "We are not striving to keep an old school sound fresh," states guitarist Christian Lindell. "We are striving to develop our own sound. Old school was important maybe on the first demo up until the first album, the main goal since has been to develop our own style and add something to all that has already been done. In the beginning you take inspiration from others, from the outside, other bands, albums etc, but at some point you have to be able to channel inspiration from inside of yourself instead. That is when things start to become interesting."
Having started writing for the record in the first half of 2019, they ended up with 11 tracks, which they considered too much given their average song length, and the next job was to decide which would make it onto the album, never an easy task for a band that has sweated over everything they have written, finalizing this once the record was tracked in October of 2020.
ROCK HARD - # SC2, 9,5 / 10 Points (Jens Peters)
"If you''re a metal fan and you only want to put one new disc on your shelf this month, it should definitely be "At One With None".
DEAF FOREVER - # SC1, 9 /10 Points (Michael Kohsiek)
"The consistency with which the Swedes PORTRAIT release one top-class metal album after another is remarkable."
ECLIPSED - 8,5 / 10 Points (Nils Michaelis)
At One With None