Swedish Heavy Metal titans RAM and PORTRAIT join forces for a split album entitled "Under Command" to be released the 5th of December via Metal Blade Records!
Savage Machine (new song)
2. Welcome To My Funeral (originally performed by
3. Creatures Of The Night (originally performed by
1. Martial Lead (new
2. Blessed To Be Cursed (originally performed by RAM)
(originally performed by Exciter)
Surf over to the landing page at HERE to check out RAM's version of "Welcome To My
Funeral", originally performed by PORTRAIT. At the same location you
can pre-order your copy of the split which will be available on CD and vinyl in
different colours. There is also a shape available!
"Why a split with PORTRAIT? Well after long nights drinking beers and raising
hell with several members of PORTRAIT through the years it has become quite
obvious where both bands stand when it comes to the question of what real metal
is. When we started the band we could count our true supporters on the fingers
of two hands because nobody was playing or listening to traditional heavy metal
at the time. But Christian of PORTRAIT was one of the first people to ever get a
RAM demo in his hands and we knew that he understood what we were about. Over
the years both bands have progressed but that die hard attitude regarding heavy
metal has never changed this split is a testament to that."
PORTRAIT: "For us it feels great to do a split EP with RAM as they
have been around since before we started out and they have inspired us since the
very beginning. They are one of very few contemporary bands that we feel
connected to in any way, and we share the same view on what Heavy Metal is and
what it can become. The material on this EP shows in a good way the vastness of
this most elevated genre, from Kiss to Exciter and to our own original material
- it should be evident to the listener that the roots of Heavy metal are still
expanding, within and through our bands."
RAM about their three
"'Savage Machine' is a hardhitting song that we feel is very
fitting for the split. It is straightforward hard heavy metal. It is also the
first RAM song to feature our new guitarist Martin Jonsson and his brilliant
"Then 'Welcome To My Funeral' is the first song on
the first PORTRAIT demo, I remember getting this tape from the band and playing
it loud. We chose this song because it is a great song that we felt that we
could add some heaviness to. The lyrics inspired me to add some quires here and
there. It all ended up sounding really old school and dark."
had a long talk within the band about what cover to choose for this split. We
decided that it should be a band that all the members had a special relationship
to. KISS was the band that got me, Harry, Martin and Morgan into metal back in
the late seventies/ early eightiees. We wanted to do one of their harder songs
so we went with 'Creatures Of The Night', a masterpiece!"
about their three songs:
"Martial Lead is a classic Portrait style
metal monster with screaming guitars, pumping bass, high pitch vocals and
roaring drums. It was written about one month after our latest album
'Crossroads' was released. It should disappoint no real headbanger and the
lyrics deal with the art of bringing madness and terror upon one's
"We chose 'Blessed to be cursed' because it has always
been one of our favorite RAM songs and we could also easily rearrange it a bit
in order to create our very own version of it. I am satisfied with the result
and especially the hypnotic feeling of the verses."
Rambo IV of the Heavy Metal World. We have always loved them and they sure
understand the primal energy of Heavy Metal and how to utilize it. We chose
'Aggressor' because it is a perfect song of terror, fitting the concept of this
split release splendidly. Also by chosing a song from the 90's we want to show
our appreciation for Exciter's neverending struggle and their stance of
opposition against all rules of right or wrong, no matter what the latest