Ion is the fifth full-length album and first since 2013's Vexovoid from enigmatic Australian avant-garde death metal surrealists Portal. The nine track collection is the band's most intense and experimental release to date, an album not for the faint of heart or mind. "Where 'Vexovoid' was not only foreboding and haunted death worship but also the culmination of a specific kind of horror; 'Ion' is birth, creation, and power – a weapon to strike with malice," the band explained to Bardo Methodology. "Speed and complexity with total ferocity intact throughout its entirety, electric shock and lightning spite." Artwork and design by Zbigniew M. Beliak.