Oct 312013

Not long ago Australia’s Portal released a new official music video for the song “Curtain” from their tremendous 2013 album Vexovoid. It was produced by Panorama Programming and directed by Zev Deans, who drew inspiration for the video from Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Conqueror Worm”.

And the video really is inspired. “Curtain” is a horrifying assault of blackened death metal, thoroughly inhuman, oppressive, and doomed in its atmospherics. The video matches the music in its hopelessness and its ominous obscurity. You can watch it after the jump, and I thought it might also be interesting to include the text of Poe’s poem, too.

Trick or treat!

Lo! ’t is a gala night
   Within the lonesome latter years!
An angel throng, bewinged, bedight
   In veils, and drowned in tears,
Sit in a theatre, to see
   A play of hopes and fears,
While the orchestra breathes fitfully
   The music of the spheres.


Mimes, in the form of God on high,
   Mutter and mumble low,
And hither and thither fly—
   Mere puppets they, who come and go
At bidding of vast formless things
   That shift the scenery to and fro,
Flapping from out their Condor wings
   Invisible Wo!


That motley drama—oh, be sure
   It shall not be forgot!
With its Phantom chased for evermore
   By a crowd that seize it not,
Through a circle that ever returneth in
   To the self-same spot,
And much of Madness, and more of Sin,
   And Horror the soul of the plot.


But see, amid the mimic rout,
   A crawling shape intrude!
A blood-red thing that writhes from out
   The scenic solitude!
It writhes!—it writhes!—with mortal pangs
The mimes become its food,
And seraphs sob at vermin fangs
   In human gore imbued.


Out—out are the lights—out all!
   And, over each quivering form,
The curtain, a funeral pall,
   Comes down with the rush of a storm,
While the angels, all pallid and wan,
   Uprising, unveiling, affirm
That the play is the tragedy, “Man,”
   And its hero, the Conqueror Worm.


  1. I’m still not sure if I like Portal or not but that video is awesome. I get so tired of seeing videos of bands doing a fake live performance in an abandoned wharehouse, been done thousands of times. Now, this one is creative, creepy and as you said matches the song perfectly.

    I wish more bands would go into the “trouble” of doing something creative and original when making videos, I’m pretty sure the world can survive without another video of band X playing in a forest somewhere.

    • Couldn’t agree more, but in defense of the forest-and-warehouse bands, I suspect people who can make videos like this piece of genius (assuming they can even be afforded) aren’t easy to find.

  2. Really imaginative and beautifully executed video. Creepy but also strangely charming.

  3. this is fucking awesome. and i just happen to be wearing my Vexovoid shirt, today 🙂

  4. Perfect for Halloween. I was playing this song audibly with my door open waiting for trick-or-treaters. It seemed to make a few think twice about coming all the way up on to the porch.

    • Except for the fact that the parents of all our neighborhood’s children already think my wife and I are dangerously odd and therefore won’t bring their brats within 100 yards of our house, that would be a wonderful deterrent.

  5. Portal never disappoints. That video is almost as horrifying ad the music. Lou Reed did an album based on Edgar Allen Poes work and the first track was The conquerer worm, as read by William DaFoe. Need I say it was epic?

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