Plague - Portraits Of Mind review




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Band: Plague
Album: Portraits Of Mind
Release date: February 2020


01. Intersperse
02. Portal Into Reality
03. Pandemic
04. Deranged Madness
05. Cave Of Vectors
06. Shattering The Illusion
07. Mind Control


Plague is a death metal band from Greece and Portraits Of Mind is their debut full-length.

The above sentence is a no-nonsense introduction that seems fitting for this no-nonsense old school death metal album. I decided to add this record to my now ridiculously big stack of waiting-to-be-done reviews after a fellow Metalstormer commented on last year's Blood Incantation album by saying "gone are the days when death metal songs used to be 3-5 minutes long". Also, the band's name and the fact that they have a song called "Pandemic" both feel very appropriate for the times we are living in right now.

Plague simplify things as much as they are allowed to do so, given the fact that their death metal recipe includes a certain complexity in the riffing and the song structures. Taking its cues from the '90s Floridian scene, Portraits Of Mind has a sound that comes very close to Death, and particularly the albums Leprosy and Spiritual Healing with a touch of Human. However, Plague are not a tribute band mirroring these particular albums in the way Gruesome do, they are just highly influenced by them. And some Massacre vibes are there too.

As soon as you go past the outstanding cover artwork by Paolo Girardi and get to the music, you will find that what really stands out on this album is the excessive amount of sick (yeah, I wasn't going to lose this opportunity) riffs that are heard in every song. The music is technical and proggy enough so as not to get boring but at the same time it doesn't overwhelm you with constant changes and the duration of the tracks does not exceed the patience of those whose attention span is short. However, when I heard the best track and album closer, "Mind Control", it became clear to me that the only issue with this record is that comparisons are bound to be made with its source of inspiration, and as good as Portraits Of Mind may be, it can never win a contest against anything released by Death. But then again, not many death metal albums can win such a contest.

Comparisons aside, Plague's debut is a no-gimmicks OSDM album with no experimentation, no genre-bending moments, and no risks taken. It has on-point production, admirable performances, and it just focuses on riffs that will turn your head into a windmill. In the band's own words, their purpose was to "deliver a fair representation of what their sound consists of: darkness, intensity, rawness & ass-kicking death metal". This purpose has been more than served.


 



Written on 10.04.2020 by Only way to feel the noise is when it's good and loud!


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Comments: 13   Visited by: 80 users
10.04.2020 - 10:34
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Quote:
Taking its cues from the '90s Floridian scene, Portraits Of Mind has a sound that comes very close to Death, and particularly the albums Leprosy and Spiritual Healing with a touch of Human


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and it just focuses on riffs that will turn your head into a windmill


Oh yeah. It's been a long time that I didn't abuse my neck.
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10.04.2020 - 10:57
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
I did not knew you like dm, its a news to me
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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11.04.2020 - 16:33
nikarg
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Written by Cynic Metalhead on 10.04.2020 at 10:34

Oh yeah. It's been a long time that I didn't abuse my neck.

This is the right album to do just that.


Written by Bad English on 10.04.2020 at 10:57

I did not knew you like dm, its a news to me

I do, a lot. Not tech-death though, I hate that. Or melodeath, I hate that too most of the time.
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11.04.2020 - 17:06
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by nikarg on 11.04.2020 at 16:33

Written by Bad English on 10.04.2020 at 10:57

I did not knew you like dm, its a news to me

I do, a lot. Not tech-death though, I hate that. Or melodeath, I hate that too most of the time.

Name a tech death and a melodeath album that you like.
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- I've dreamt of that for years.
- Dying?
- Running.




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11.04.2020 - 18:29
nikarg
Mod
Written by RaduP on 11.04.2020 at 17:06

Name a tech death and a melodeath album that you like.

Atheist - Unquestionable Presence and At The Gates - The Red In The Sky Is Ours
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11.04.2020 - 18:30
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Written by nikarg on 11.04.2020 at 16:33

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 10.04.2020 at 10:34

Oh yeah. It's been a long time that I didn't abuse my neck.

This is the right album to do just that.


Fyi, I had my first sitting and it was terrific. Still holding my thoughts as I'll be making 2nd round pretty soon and hope I don't ejaculate soon.
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12.04.2020 - 04:33
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Sounds like my kind of DM.
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12.04.2020 - 13:17
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by nikarg on 11.04.2020 at 18:29

Written by RaduP on 11.04.2020 at 17:06

Name a tech death and a melodeath album that you like.

Atheist - Unquestionable Presence and At The Gates - The Red In The Sky Is Ours

Maybe ones that weren't released in the 90s
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- I've dreamt of that for years.
- Dying?
- Running.




2020 goodies
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12.04.2020 - 13:26
nikarg
Mod
Written by RaduP on 12.04.2020 at 13:17

Maybe ones that weren't released in the 90s

Nile - Annihilation Of The Wicked and Barren Earth - Curse Of The Red River.
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12.04.2020 - 13:29
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by nikarg on 12.04.2020 at 13:26

Nile - Annihilation Of The Wicked and Barren Earth - Curse Of The Red River.

That's more like it
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- I've dreamt of that for years.
- Dying?
- Running.




2020 goodies
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12.04.2020 - 20:56
musclassia
Written by RaduP on 12.04.2020 at 13:17

Written by nikarg on 11.04.2020 at 18:29

Written by RaduP on 11.04.2020 at 17:06

Name a tech death and a melodeath album that you like.

Atheist - Unquestionable Presence and At The Gates - The Red In The Sky Is Ours

Maybe ones that weren't released in the 90s


God you're so picky
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12.04.2020 - 22:44
nikarg
Mod
Written by musclassia on 12.04.2020 at 20:56

God you're so picky


True, but his pickiness (is this even a word?) is very often motivational for me so I hold no grudge

Radu, so far for 2020 my picks are Agodea - Of Stars And Madmen and the new Ulcerate (yes, I know it is has not been released yet, but come on).

Plague's album is the best I have heard this year in the OSDM style.
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13.04.2020 - 06:10
tintinb
Great, can't wait to sink my teeth into this. Good ol' OSDM.
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