Release Date: January 26th
At times more a performance-art experiment than a metal band, Portal have made a name for themselves by dressing up over the years as executioners (or in the case of vocalist the Curator, a grandfather clock) and recording avant-garde overtures that could serve as a soundtrack to either a Saw movie or a Francis Bacon painting. The band's sound, a bit like death metal rearranged in a blender in the middle of a séance, has earned them high-profile fans such as Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo. Ion will be the long-running Australian group's fifth LP and first full-length since their brilliant, mind-bending Vexovoid. Judging from the spooky teaser video they released for the album and the jagged juggernaut that is the album's "Phreqs," the record will be a worthy follow-up.