Portrayal of Guilt
Christfucker


2.5
average


Release Date: 11/05/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: we are portrayal of guilt and we are here to make you think about death and get sad and stuff

Portrayal of Guilt are one of the bands of the moment; they’re pranging out small pockets of the internet with in-your-face blackened hardcore that will make sense even to people who have no idea what blackened hardcore is. They’re in association with kool bands like Chat Pile, and you have definitely heard of them and know the following: their debut Let Pain Be Your Guide was a genuinely exhilarating blur of volatile energy, and while this year’s follow-up We Are Always Alone didn’t pack quite the same intensity, its efforts to turn the lights even further down and expand the band’s songwriting towards more atmospheric [read: creepy black metal] ends were certainly respectable. So far, so good-bordering-on-great, but hold the phone one moment (Mr. Satan Texas is on another line), their new new album Christfucker takes this progression beyond the confines of endearing artistic growth and ever so slightly shits the bed.

It’s never less than cloyingly obvious what kind of record it’s trying to be; every other second reaches for the band’s most disconcerting Brutal terrifying anxious metal-as-fuck edge-of-your seat material so far, but this rests on such flimsy songwriting and scattergun presentation that it lands more as a barrage of shivery cheap thrills than as anything tantamount to an engaging atmosphere. Without a doubt, it’s ‘heavier’ than past PoGs on a moment-to-moment basis, but its constituent pieces of songvomit are frequently disjointed and undeveloped to the point that you straight-up question why the band were so unwilling to dig any deeper into them. Single “Sadist” is a case study to this end, replete with a succinct chugga rawr-rawr and a less succinct off-kilter spook-jerk, bridged so clumsily that each renders the other more incomplete, two halves a million miles away from adding up to a whole song. The effect is awkward and a little immature, but not quite messy; the album gets there in due course with the likes of “Dirge” and “Master/Slave” while “Bed of Ash” is an interlude-thing that almost comically mistakes industrial lofi amateurism for unsettling horror music. These tracks in particular seem to be based around a shit-at-the-wall mentality that might have been engaging or even fun if the band’s heavily foregrounded horror fixation and black metal melodrama didn’t demand to be taken so damn seriously.

Fortunately, Christfucker is surprisingly stocked with silver linings for an album supposedly conceived as a facsimile of Hell itself. For starters, singles “...Where The Suffering Never Ends” and “Possession” are both clearly conceived, unified pieces that do justice to the album’s apparent vision for thunderous terrifying antirapture. The latter in particular lands a real blow, playing loose but not too fast until it evolves into a treat of a beatdown, sticking around and vamping up and unraveling for precisely long enough to go places without overstaying its welcome. Well done, boys of PoG! Sequenced back-to-back in the two closing slots, these two are too little too late, but it’s reassuring to hear that the band are still onto something. Beyond that, their performances and chemistry are enough to facilitate the album’s umpteen pin-drop changes of pace, for better and worse. More’s the shame their ideas department is so understaffed on competence and creativity. There are no more words? Better luck next time.




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JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
November 5th 2021


43008 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thank you proof gang

album title is too much of a low hanging fruit even for me and the tryhard edgelord jank runs deep enough through the rest of it that i have no regrets about not biting

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Koris
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2021


12482 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Anytime ;D



Guess I'll give this a listen. I liked the last album quite a bit, but not enough that I was blown away or anything



Also,



"chugga rawr-rawr"



That's the best revision that I could have hoped for of that line, lol

Demon of the Fall
November 5th 2021


21654 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I haven't even read this yet and already know it is in fact quite based. Maybe these guys should actually spend a little time developing ideas next time rather than rushing out yet another release?... because that's exactly how this sounds... rushed.

quetzal
November 5th 2021


890 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

bed of ash fuckin rules

quetzal
November 5th 2021


890 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

the nihilist already had those kinds of power noise / industrial elements tho

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2021


12482 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I will say this though: that title is one of the most edgelord things I've seen in some time

Demon of the Fall
November 5th 2021


21654 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Title makes me want to insta-1, but unfortunately the music is at LEAST a hard 1.5.

quetzal
November 5th 2021


890 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

preliminary 4.5, might bump, this is absolutely nasty as fuck



edgelordy stuff makes me feel warm and fuzzy

quetzal
November 5th 2021


890 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fall from grace is the sickest song of 2021



this is way better than their album from january

kevbogz
November 5th 2021


3900 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

no one here has listened to Dystopia and it shows. johnny's off the deep end

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
November 5th 2021


43008 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

no amount of crossrefrencing is gonna turn this slopshop into a cohesive album

kevbogz
November 5th 2021


3900 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

"hey i don't really care for this genre of music at all but here's my opinion about it after 1 listen"

quetzal
November 5th 2021


890 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this album reminds me more of the first one, more variety in sound and it is absolutely cohesive

dedex
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2021


9670 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

not really convinced by this one so far mmmh



will read later boyo

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
November 5th 2021


43008 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i enjoy everything else this band has done and have been sitting on a promo for weeks, plz up ur game casul

their song w/ Chat Pile is a banger fwiw

love u dedex

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2021


3583 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i can't believe you've done this

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2021


12482 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^ It's almost as if we're complicit :O

TheSpirit
November 5th 2021


28787 Comments


nice review as always my friend. i have a feeling i will like this more than you, but probably not by much.

the album title is about as edgy as a plastic spoon, not sure why anyone would even think twice about it

Snake.
November 5th 2021


23714 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lmfaoooo that summary :thumbsup:

robotmagician
November 5th 2021


1320 Comments


a bit disappointed by this upon first listen. these guys have the ability to create a classic album but they haven't gotten there yet.



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