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Portraits Of Past

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Ebullition 32

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Average Customer Rating: 5 with 7 reviews (See Below)
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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 KQED Equals Volvo Voted #3  15%
2 Bang Your Head Voted #1  33%
3 The Control Freak  9%
4 Implications Of A Sinkhole Personality  13%
5 The Outlook Is Bleak  6%
6 Snicker Snicker Voted #2  17%
7 Something Less Than Intended  6%
8 The Last Month Of 1995 Was The End  2%
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Austin from Manchester, United Kingdom 
Feb 6 2006 Rating: 5/5 Stars

I've had this 12" for some time now, almost a year infact. I thought i better review it as time is running out (only 37 days left before my chance to review expires). What can i say, this is without a doubt the best emo/hardcore record in existence. When it first arrived i simply could not playing this record, it's rediculously addictive to listen to. There is full bore crashing and chaos and then it switches to beautiful melody and octave chords. Vocally the record ranges from screaming to occasional low singing also. The artwork and lyrics sheet are awesome, very obscure (lyrics sheet consists of the lyrics typed out with what appears to be a circuit diagram stamped over the top), and the sleeve is in fact a Torches to Rome sleeve turned inside out with the PoP artwork printed on the front, on neat looking paper. Looks like Ebullition is into recycling. Oh yeah, 12 comes on a mixed white/lime green opaque vinyl too.

I think i've said enough now, just buy the damn thing, it's cheap, its very good, it's innovative even though it's 11 years old, which just goes to show how good this record really is.

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John from Kingwood, TX 
Jan 20 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

I love this record. I recommend this band to just about everyone I know who's interested in emo/hardcore. If they listen to it and don't like it, I figure they're hopeless.

I think I could consider this my favorite hardcore album ever.

Oh, and if you know nothing about this band and are skeptical, just pick it up. It's only 7 bucks and you won't regret it.

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Nik from Manchester, NH 
Apr 28 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Having never heard anything by Portraits of Past before, I decided to blow a few bucks on this LP and sweet Jesus, I'm glad I did. This record really blew me away! I haven't heard music this adventurous and inventive in a long time. The song structures are virtually non-existant, the lyrics are nebulous at best, the production has me wondering if the control room was manned by a team of monkeys, and the artwork/liner notes aren't giving anything away. PERFECT.

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Cedric from Mions, France 
Feb 24 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

This record is a landmark for the whole emo scene. Portraits of past played very angry hardcore with a vocalist always screaming at the top of his lungs, but never getting annoying. The music is really intense and noisy, yet always melodic and atmospheric. Each of the 7 epic songs on this release is pretty long and creates a really dark, moody, depressive atmosphere, which makes you feel like being alone on the beach on a stormy day. The music is also helped by a great garage-y production. The guitarwork is amazing, the bass is really loud, and the drumming is totally hysteric. And most all of all these guys could write GREAT, actual songs and play them the best way they could, this not just about hooks, style or atmosphere like it is sometimes the case in this type of music. Portraits of past are one of the few cases of a 90's hc/emo band that still sounds awesome today (like Shotmaker for instance).

If you like this stuff be sure to check out Yage (their first album sounds a lot like PoP, only catchier and more melodic), and Funeral Diner, the drummer's new band.

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Brad from Tucson, AZ 
Feb 11 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Well, when I first got this record, I was kind of pissed off because I didn't get the normal packaging; mine just came in a Torches to Rome sleeve thing turned inside out with "Portraits of Past" printed on it. I didn't get any of the normal artwork or inserts either, but instead a cheap piece of plain white paper with the lyrics.

However, the initial disappointment did not last long. And it was only $7, so I shouldn't complain about cheap packaging.

My record came on green marble vinyl, which is cool in itself. But it's really the music on here that's getting this record five stars. Portraits of Past is awesome early emo (yeah, I know they hated being called emo but I'm calling them emo anyway) with intense instrumentals and raw screamed vocals. This record is a must have for fans of bands like Navio forge, Indian Summer, Saetia, Orchid, Kite Flying Society, You and I, Envy, etc.



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Hazel from Worthing, United Kingdom 
Jan 15 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

amazing screamy hardcore. angry and chaotic but vulnerable at the same time. the artwork is also nice and mine came on green vinyl. if you're considering buying this record, do it. you won't be disappoined. i recommend this to fans of You and I, Moss Icon, I Hate Myself, Kite Flying Society etc.

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Dan from Richmond, VA 
Jul 26 2003 Rating: 5/5 Stars

taking their cue from rites of spring, portraits of past have mixed hardcore with melodic, emotive, sensibility, and in the process made one of the best hardcore albums to date. this record is amazing considering it came out in like 1995, and it still is virtually unparalleled by any other melodic hardcore (or whatever you want to call it) band to date. seriously kids, throw away your thursday records, portraits is the jam, and everyone should know it!

 
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