Vexovoid

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
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  1. Feb 19, 2013
    90
    Portal are a band that never break character and Vexovoid is their fourth full-length release (along with two demos and two EPs), continuing their well-established theme of creating deep feelings of dread, alienation and confusion in the listener, all through exquisitely made and intelligently deployed aural assaults.
  2. May 31, 2013
    80
    Their strangeness marks them out from more typical death metal bands, while still retaining their brutality and extremity, a distinction that results from the ideas that animate Portal’s work and their commitment to forming their music into a vehicle for the monsters to which they bow.
  3. Feb 21, 2013
    80
    If these 35 minutes feel like twice that, it's because Portal thought through every step, packed all of its ideas as tightly as possible, and left it for you to decode.
  4. The Wire
    Aug 15, 2013
    70
    It's seven tracks whip by in a 35 minute blur, with only a dew isolated moments sticking out. [Aug 2013, p.57]
  5. Feb 19, 2013
    70
    It doesn’t sound as if the songs were inventing their own structures and falling apart in the process.
  6. Feb 19, 2013
    70
    Vexovoid justifies the hype hoisted upon Portal’s shrouded shoulders, and through the cerebral nature of the songwriting, which suppresses the band’s urge to just bludgeon wildly, this record is as multidimensional as Portal have ever sounded.
  7. Feb 19, 2013
    70
    Vexovoid is possibly the most inscrutable, evil-sounding thing to emerge from Australia since Mel Gibson.

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