Origin: Kristianstad, Sweden  
Genres: Traditional Metal
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Page online: August 15, 2013
Last update/review: September 2, 2017

Portrait

Given how dominant Mercyful Fate was in the 80's (and how most every other 80's band has hordes of imitators), it's a bit surprising there aren't more bands that take their cue from King Diamond's clan. Enter Sweden's Portrait, formed in 2004 and with three albums to their credit as of this writing, the latest being 2014's Crossroads. Reviewed here is the middle album, 2011's Crimn Laesae Majestatis Divinae. The vocals alone would be enough to bring out the MF comparisons, as Per Karlsson does a more than passable King imitation and in particular isn't afraid to soar into the higher-pitch realms that King did so well back in the day. The guitars, too, have that distinctive Denner/Shermann tone, and while the riffs stop short of plagiarism, that can't be coincidental. Sure, things are a bit more modern overall, this isn't total retro worship, but there's no denying where Portrait's primary influence comes from. And in this case that's a good thing, the songwriting is up to par, and there's enough going on to mark this band as more than a one-note copycat.

Current Members

Per Lengstedt

vocals

Christian Lindell

guitars

Robin Holmberg

guitars (Vampire)

Fredrik Petersson

bass

Anders Persson

drums (Katana)

Former Members/Guests

Phillip Svennefelt

vocals

Per Karlsson

vocals (ex-Serpent, ex-T.A.R, ex-Valkyria)

Richard Lagergren

guitars

David Olofsson

guitars (Hands Of Orlac)

David Stranderud

bass

Joel Pälvärinne

bass (Vampire)

Mikael Castervall

bass



Discography


Portrait  
2008 Iron Kodex
  1. Hell
  2. A Ghastly Silence
  3. Village of the Fallen Angel
  4. Consecration
  5. A Thousand Nightmares
  6. Bow Unto the Devil
  7. Beware the Demons
  8. The Adversary
  • Phillip Svennefelt
  • Christian Lindell
  • Richard Lagergren
  • David Stranderud
  • Anders Persson



Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae  
2011 Metal Blade
  1. Beast of Fire
  2. Infinite Descension
  3. The Wilderness Beyond
  4. Bloodbath
  5. Darkness Forever
  6. The Nightcomers
  7. The Passion
  8. Der Todesking
  • Per Karlsson
  • Christian Lindell
  • Richard Lagergren
  • Joel Pälvärinne
  • Anders Persson




We Were Not Alone  EP
2014 Metal Blade
  1. In Time
  2. We Were Not Alone
  3. Mother Sun (Judas Priest cover)
  • Per Lengstedt
  • Christian Lindell
  • David Olofsson
  • Mikael Castervall
  • Anders Persson



Crossroads  
2014 Metal Blade
  1. Liberation
  2. At the Ghost Gate
  3. We Were Not Alone
  4. In Time
  5. Black Easter
  6. Ageless Rites
  7. Our Roads Must Never Cross
  8. Lily
  • Per Lengstedt
  • Christian Lindell
  • David Olofsson
  • Mikael Castervall
  • Anders Persson



Burn The World  
2017 Metal Blade
  1. Saturn Return (intro)
  2. Burn The World
  3. Likfassna
  4. Flaming Blood
  5. Mine To Reap
  6. Martyrs
  7. Further She Rode
  8. The Sower's Cross (CD bonus track)
  9. To Die For
  10. Pure Of Heart




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