Comments Portrait guitarist Richard Lagergren: “The eight songs on ‘Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae’ constitutes Portrait’s by far darkest, hardest and most intense material to date. This album is an outburst of a long time of targeted hard work, an intense creative process and pure black magic. To Hell and back and to Hell again! To achieve the goals we had for this album, working with someone not being the obvious choice for our type of music proved to be just the right (or if you will, wrong) decision. ‘Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae’ sounds like Portrait was always meant to. It is hate, and it is love. And in many ways, it is our true debut album.”
The relentless, Swedish heavy metal monster known as Portrait spawned in the year 2006 with the intention to bring back the dark energy that once was the cornerstone in many a classic metal release, but was long gone, raped by the hippie-infested power metal and retro- as well as modern “thrash” metal outfits of the day, whose entire existence the band spat whole-heartedly upon, hungry to take back the flag of hate, and then exterminate the entire world.