Swedish heavy metallers PORTRAIT have released the following statement:
“Richard Lagergren [guitar] is no longer a member of PORTRAIT. This, however, does NOT mean that the band is dead, or something as ridiculous as that.
“It has come to our knowledge that some lies and false rumors concerning this are being spread, so please don’t believe anything you hear or see about the band if it’s not announced [by the bandmembers themselves].
“The next album, entitled ‘Crossroads’, is still in the making and despite some internal turbulence lately things are finally moving forward. David Olofsson (formerly on bass guitar) has taken over Richard‘s guitar duties, and he is the most talented guitarist the band has ever had. Because of this, we do, of course, have a new bass player as well and that is none other than Cab Castervall, whose skills everyone knows from his former band HYPNOSIA. The rehearsals with the new lineup have gone immensely well and the future looks bright.”
Quality video footage of PORTRAIT‘s January 26, 2012 performance at 013 in Tilburg, The Netherlands can be seen below (courtesy of “letthedeathmetalflow”).
PORTRAIT released its second full-length album, “Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae”, in May 2011 via Metal Blade Records. The CD was recorded at Necromorbus Studio (WATAIN, UNANIMATED, DESTRÖYER 666) in Alvik, Sweden. The album features cover artwork by Tobias Forge of REPUGNANT/SUBVISION fame and a guest appearance by Kimmo Kuusniemi from the Finnish cult act SARCOFAGUS.