Portrayal of Guilt have released their sophomore album, We Are Always Alone.
The Austin, Texas band’s new LP follows on from their 2018 debut Let Pain Be Your Guide. Over 26 minutes, the fresh record updates Portrayal of Guilt’s atmospheric sound with bolstered dynamics and horrifying howls from vocalist Matt King. In a recent interview, the singer partly credited the refined sound on the album to better studio conditions with returning producer Phillip Odom.
“What sticks out the most, in my opinion, is how much cleaner and how much better everything sounds,” King told The Pit. “We recorded in an actual studio—for album one, we did record in a studio, but it was our friend’s basement studio, and this time we recorded in an actual studio with a big vocal room and a huge room for drums and guitars. We felt pretty professional about it.”
Portrayal of Guilt honed their playing on extensive tours between albums, namely a stint performing alongside Skeletonwitch on their first large-scale tour, and more recently, a jaunt with Deafheaven and Touche Amore through Europe.
Listen to We Are Always Alone below: