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Xasthur - Portal Of Sorrow

6.1 | 21 votes |
Release date: 26 March 2010
Style: Depressive black metal


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01. Portal Of Sorrow
02. Broken Glass Christening
03. Shrine Of Failure
04. Stream Of Subconsciousness
05. Karma/Death
06. Horizon Of Plastic Caskets
07. Mesmerized By Misery
08. This Abyss Holds The Mirror
09. Mourning Tomorrow
10. Miscarriage Of The Soul
11. Obeyer's Of Their Own Deaths
12. Released From This Earth
13. The Darkest Light
14. Hiver De Glace

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If there is one thing that I really like about the US, it's their black metal underground which has been simply blooming in the past few years. Xasthur is the project that introduced me to it, and pretty much remained my favorite act. Yet, ever since Malefic made it known that Xasthur will disband, there has been a tiny hole in my heart, one that I had thought would disappear once I heard his final opus, an album I assumed would shake me to the core. I was wrong. Portal of Sorrow makes for a clumsy, uninspired retreat from the scene by a once great band, with a few gems buried in the mud.

published 29.09.2011 | Comments (8)


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11.04.2010 - 15:32
Liver Failure
Less and less black metal... more and more drone/doom

member of the true crusade against old school heavy metal, early 80s thrash, NWOBHM, traditional doom, first and second wave black metal, old school death metal, US power metal, 70s prog rock and atmospheric doomsludgestoner. o/
25.04.2010 - 16:37
Rating: 6

I can't belive this is his last one. I just can't. I don't know is it because I'm aware of this fact, but the album sounds so final, like Malefic is saying goodbye.... It's depressing on a whole different way than his other works. Incredible experience for me, one of his best. I'm.... speechless.

EDIT: A year and a half later, not nearly as impressed, this thing has a few superb tracks, but it's mostly very boring.
06.05.2010 - 02:19
Rating: 3

Not very good. End on a high note my ass!
06.05.2010 - 18:10
Rating: 7
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ِAfter a couple of listens I found it somehow enjoyable but forgettable as everything else I have heard from this band "everything else concludes only To Violate the Oblivious "
He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.

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