On this dark and dreary evening in Michigan, I pulled out this disc and wondered if I did so because of the weather or if the weather might have turned toward what I chose to listen to. Portugal's purveyors of gloom and doom have on their second release brought to your ears all the atmospheric darkness of a cold autumn night. Chilling to the bone, this disc is every horror story you can imagine put to music. It is the kind of music that makes you reach over and flip on a light just to be on the safe side.
Chief growler, Hugo Santos is as menacing as they come and with the plodding guitar riffs and haunting rhythm section providing the soundtrack, Hugo delivers to the extent that children listening will check under their bed before turning in for the night. That is, if sleep is even an option after the eerie mind boggling trip into the void created by Process of Guilt.
While the band does not cover any uncharted territory on this disc, they do give a unique feel that cuts right through you. With 6 songs clocking in at almost 1 hour of music, there is ample time for each tune to work its way deep inside your brain. The way that they blend one song into another though makes the track listing almost an afterthought as you really cannot tell where most leave off and the next one begins. Wherever you pick up on this disc the terrific homage paid to Tony Iommi is clearly apparent though.
It might not be the party album of the year unless you plan on live sacrifices at your next gathering but this is a work that might just replace the Friday night creep show at our house.
6. The Circle