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Portrait + Night
October 28, 2021 @ 18:00 - 23:00
On September 3rd, Portrait has released their new album, At One with None, via Metal Blade Records and in accordance to that, The Abyss is proud to welcome the mighty PORTRAIT for the first time into its realm.
This evening will be enhanced by support of Linköping’s Classic Hard Rock / Heavy Metalers NIGHT.
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. Following up 2017’s acclaimed Burn The World, they return with the mighty At One With None, which was recorded at JFK Studios in Kristianstad, Sweden with Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Hatesphere) handling the mixing. While Portrait fans will immediately recognize it as the work of their heroes, they are not simply rehashing old ideas and treading where they have before. “One simple ‘rule’ that I have had personally is that no song written for this album and onwards should be similar to any song that we have already written and released. We have been doing this for 15 years now, and I am proud to say that I think we have managed to find our own identity and sound, which can’t really be said about that many bands today. This is our greatest achievement, and the goal is to keep exploring and developing our own sound, without repeating ourselves.” The results of working with this philosophy are undeniable, making for an essential addition to the Portrait canon.
Sweden’s Night is described as Classic Rock / Heavy Metal band. Their latest release’s review ( High Tides Distant Skies) by Consequence of Sound – Metal Mining gives a very good description what this band is about:
…”Truthfully, High Tides Distant Skies is as much classic rock as it is proto metal, albeit with a slightly occult lyrical slant – naturally it’s being released by The Sign, which has hosted numerous releases by former members of Ghost, loosely in a similar idiom. Deep Purple is a good point of reference, but only as part of a deeper interest in the sounds of the ‘70s. Listen closely for homages to Steely Dan and Yes on different songs, and even some spectacular disco strings on closer “Under the Moonlight Sky.” Night have released one of the most compulsively listenable slices of high-energy rock this year. —Joseph Schafer ‘