Everyone's favorite furniture-headed death metallers are back. On October 20, Australia's Portal will release Swarth on Profound Lore. (See album cover here.) Like its predecessor Outre (reviewed here), the album should delight, annoy, terrify, and polarize. For a taste, hear "Larvae" below. It exemplifies what makes Portal so fresh: turbulent dissonance, otherworldly vocals, and no quarter in any quarter. They will scorch the States for the first time next year, at Maryland Deathfest 2010. Let's hope they play on the inside stage. Sunlight for this music would just be wrong.

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