the oval portrait formed in the winter of 2000; a band intent on making their personal lives and anguishes a part of their musical venture. after relaxing various genres could be fused together to form something a little greater, a little more driven, a little less redundant than what had been coming forth from the new jersey music "scene" the band began treating their song-writing process like a breakneck barfight. addiction, death, the loss of close friends, and dissatisfaction with the world around them became the focus of their songs and through that their live show began to take on the kind of intensity and honesty rarely seen from a band that was so young. the band played around the east coast area and recorded two demos which gained them acclaim from their peers in the northeast area. by the summer of 2003 they were signed to eyeball records and released their album "life in death" in november of that same year. the album was produced by alex saveddra (owner of eyeball records), jay dezuzio (coheed and cambria, interference, the sawtooth grin), and geoff rickly (thursday). it features guest appearances by sarah and vince of murder by death and gerard way of my chemical romance. dark and brooding, aggressive and melodic, the oval portrait show no sign of letting up; it only seems like they will grow and spread like a contagious std.
1. Can't You Do Anything For Me?
2. The Last thing I Remember Was Dancing
4. Misery of the Human Condition
5. Barnabus Collins Has More Skeletons in His Closet Than Vincent P
6. What Happened to Phineas Gage?
7. House of Mirrors
8. Sante Sangre
9. The Grey Man (for Albert)
10. Ask Me How to Get Addicted
11. The Life & Lies of an Icon
12. If You Won't Burn With Me Then I'll Burn Alone
13. From My Cold Dead Hands