It’s that time of year again; Halloween. If you’re here in Ireland, that doesn’t just mean dressing up, pumpkins and trick or treaters, but also little scrotes letting off illegal fireworks in the wee hours of the morning and if you’re really unfortunate, have a lit one thrown at while walking through Dublin city centre at 9pm one evening. It happens.
But what Halloween really means is a time for all of us to explore the darker side of everything in life, from films to books to of course… music. Australia’s Portal are a band that simply sound fucking evil, as edified by 2009’s Swarth album, an absolutely devastating piece of murky, malevolent death metal. They’re a more than appropriate band to kick off Days of Halloween.