Where do I begin…I have mix feelings about this band, not because I dislike them or I am not a fan but how much fear and anxiety they give me when I listen to them. Today I’m reviewing the new “Portal” album titled “Ion”. Let us begin shall we, so we when you first throw on this album you get this very atmospheric beginning, it’s almost in the same vein as Sunn o))) or something that Eagle Twin would do, so it sets a real good tone throughout the whole record. Now when the instruments start it almost feels like an intruder has entered your home and you feel so helpless and you have so much fear running through your veins, plus the guitars sound like there’s a million little bugs crawling all over you with demonic vocals piercing your eardrums. Trust me I’ve listened to many bands but I’ve never ran Into a band that’s given me such anxiety, but I think overall that’s a great thing because, music should make you feel emotions (good, bad or indifferent).
There’s not much on this album I didn’t really like, even though the songs become repetitive and kinda sound the same, they put very creepy and atmospheric fillers in between songs so you don’t feel like your being mutilated the WHOLE time.
These mats hail from the wonderful land of Australia and have been striking fear into people since 1994. You can go listen for yourselves over on Spotify or Bandcamp.
Today I’m giving this album a 8/10 here on Mammoth Tongue Reviews.