We Are Always Alone

Portrayal of Guilt - We Are Always Alone
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Based on 7 reviews
2021 Ratings: #236 / 528
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Based on 175 ratings
2021 Ratings: #337
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For all its horror trappings and flat-out aggression, We Are Always Alone is a deeply emotional record. It is catharsis writ large; a writhing, wailing, violent resistance against the injustice of a cruel world full of self-serving people.


For a heavy album full of unexpected surprises, We Are Always Alone is an ideal second full-length from an up-and-coming band.


With ceaseless, snarling brutality, the Texas post-hardcore trio’s second album finds a new level of confidence to express the pointlessness of existence.

The Needle Drop

Some unspectacular soundplay and vocal performances hold back Portrayal of Guilt's otherwise solid fusion of screamo and black metal.

I'd admit I'm still very much on a path of self-discovery when it comes to Metal music, however "We Are Always Alone" definitely engages me like few other Black Metal albums have recently.

Portrayal of Guilt are a relatively new trio from Austin, Texas who have spent the last years defining their sound by blending the tight guitar riffs & more emotive vocals of screamo music with more the conventionally murderous elements of Black metal and other subgenres of metal music. I gave ... read more
Surprise surprise- Badthony Mantano and I disagree on a metal album again.

This, the sophomore LP from Portrayal of Guilt is awesome, and I would expect nothing less from this group; a band that I find to be nothing more than one of the freshest sounds on the scene.

I do not find the vocals to be "unspectacular" but scathing and varied in all the right ways. The guitar and bass are a brilliant mixture of hardcore aggression and dismal black metal nuance. The soundscape that PoG ... read more
Portrayal of Guilt return back in 2021, with their sophomore record just grows on their blend of Screamo and Black Metal which already sets the band apparent from many of its contemporaries and with the aggression simply oozing from this record and completely in your face without dragging it out and more softer moments, We Are Always Alone is a great record and enough the vocals is not for everyone, Matt King does a beautiful blend of both sub genres for something completely refreshing.

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Portrayal of Guilt is a band who earned recognition from their mix of screamo and black metal. It's not a totally new idea; think bands like Deafheaven, but Portrayal of Guilt takes more of an influence from 90s screamo bands, Like Pg. 99. It is some heavy screamo that is very well produced with decent vocals and tight performances. The result is unsurprisingly quite intense and harrowing in its short runtime. With all this in mind, this should have been a fantastic record, but it really only ... read more
"Existence is horror."

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Austin post-genre, unholy noise peddlers Portrayal of Guilt have spent the last five years making the kind of relentlessly bleak, extreme heavy music that could have its central thesis statement be boiled down to the assertion at the top of this review. Your response to that statement – c’mon, who doesn’t love a little self-discovery via multiple choice? – should ... read more
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Added on: October 27, 2020