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)
PORTRAIT have now released their
cover of RAM's "Blessed To Be Cursed"! Please surf over to the
landing page at metalblade.com/undercommand to check it out!
same location you can listen to RAM's version of "Welcome To My
Funeral", originally performed by PORTRAIT. Make sure to pre-order
your copy of the split which will be available on CD and vinyl in different
colours. There is also a shape available!
Comments RAM: "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."
"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
PORTRAIT about their three songs:
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
"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
"Exciter… the 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 fashion is!"