Port Noir: Any Way The Wind Carries

Cinematic Swedes get tooled up for their sophomore album

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Has Love Andersson always sounded like Maynard James Keenan or did he choose to sing like him for Port Noir?

That Anders Fridén of In Flames picked Port Noir as one of his first signings to his label Razzia Notes should say something about the quality of their output and their second album offers up a more interesting platter of sonic titbits than debut Puls. The blend of forlorn and cinematic progressive rock set against a backdrop of post-metal and 80s-inspired sounds provokes a gothic atmosphere that sits comfortably beside Leprous’s last few releases.

Sometimes it gets wishy-washy, with melodies meandering around dirgey basslines, but Andersson brings it back with passionate vocal histrionics.

Standout tracks don’t jump off the page but the intensity of Exile and the Rage Against the Machine-y riffs on The Sleep are a nice touch. Black From The Ink, however, is the winner, combining aching melody with shuddering depth.

Holly Wright

With over 10 years’ experience writing for Metal Hammer and Prog, Holly has reviewed and interviewed a wealth of progressively-inclined noise mongers from around the world. A fearless voyager to the far sides of metal Holly loves nothing more than to check out London’s gig scene, from power to folk and a lot in between. When she’s not rocking out Holly enjoys being a mum to her daughter Violet and working as a high-flying marketer in the Big Smoke.