A Testament-style intro kicks off Crossroads, the fourth album from Swedish heavy metal monsters Portrait and, for a moment, things look very rosy for the upcoming forty minutes. I say for a moment because, sadly, as “At The Ghost Gate” kicks in with its run of the mill Merceyful Fate screechings, the next forty minutes become something of a struggle.

Queens, NY five-piece ruffians, Sylar, are set to release their pummeling new album, To Whom It May Concern, on May 13th, 2014 via Razor & Tie. The new recording demonstrates a band ripe with potential and songs that, both on disc and live, are purely hyper-mode-inducing. We caught up recently with lead singer Jayden Panesso to chat in brief about his ink.