We kind of felt that this may turn out to be the unholy year of Black Metal. And – indeed – it proved black in more ways than one. Like the fucking 50 shades of gray gone very dark and blood-laden all of a sudden. We enjoyed Ritual Black Metal from the likes of Darkend. Loads of Atmospheric stuff coming our way too, which seems to be the new, sometimes almost sanitized blackened style of the day. Played a lot by dudes without corpse paint. And now Greek fire starts to get on our mutual radar screen.
And I kid you not: Dark Portrait joining us from Athens serve us with their début album A Harrowing Atrocity. The band was born to the dark lord towards the end of 2010. After some lineup changes they issued a first EP in 2012 called Fiend Incarnate. The band states a large number of influences, some of them clearly visible. But more to that later. [...]