Formed back in 2009 by core members Pascal Simpkins (vocals) and Tass Szanto (guitar), the Orange County, CA-based industrial/hard rock/heavy metal outfit Portrait of a Nightmare seamlessly blends elements of hard rock, metal and industrial to create headbanging material that’s danceable.
Since their formation, Portrait of a Nightmare has going through several different lineups that included both permanent members and hired hands. But they typically perform a high-energy and captivating live show as either a quartet or a sextet. Locally, the band has received critical applause — they received a Best New Band Award nomination at the OC Music Awards and have been featured in local papers.
After a lengthy hiatus, the Orange County-based outfit is gearing up for their 11-song full-length debut I Still Remain. The band’s latest single “Dirtier You Dirtier Me” is an enormous, White Zombie-like ripper built around scorching riffage, thunderous drumming, mosh pit friendly hooks and Simpkins’ guttural howls. Play loud — and then start up a mosh pit!