We have prepared the (battle)ground for the release of the first ever breath into this unexpecting world of Portland OR-based death metal butchers Petrification, a horde of bastard death legions spawning from the bowels of the underworld. Petrification’s old school death metal trudge batters the flesh and smashes bone with the cruelty of an orc unleashed from hell, and their debut demo tape Summon Horrendous Destruction is a glorious onslaught of mummified and gross as fuck old school death metal that will delight fans of Autopsy, Nihilist, Grave, Cruciamentum, Disma etc.
Petrification was formed in 2014 by Tom Roberts aka WarVest after moving from Houston to Portland, OR following his departure from the band WarMaster. Arriving with the intention to start a new Death Metal outfit more evil and heavy than anything he had done before, he would later run into Mario Thunder at a show, whom had also moved from Texas with the plan of playing extreme and fucked up Metal. Early practices began in NE Portland and shortly after Jason, who had relocated with Mario from Dallas, joined as vocalist. Wanting to add a second guitarist, the band tried out several people and after a few failed auditions finally recruited fellow Texan David to helm the strings. One last change in the lineup would occur with the departure of bassist Tyler Wolfe, his replacement Portland native Nukes would solidify the demo-lineup.
Petrification formed out of their love of Old School Swedish, British and particularly Finnish Death Metal, wanting to create music that while an homage to its roots, allowed its members to find their own unique voice in Extreme Metal. Drawn to the evil and doom-laden soundscapes of the Finnish Masters, Petrification set out to meticulously craft their own vision in the writing of the demo Summon Horrendous Destruction, lyrically and sonically conjuring apparitions of giant, man-eating Arachnids and other horrors that lurk on the edge of the Void awaiting their victims.
Summon Horrendous Destruction
1. Summon Horrendous Destruction
2. Stagnation of Transmigration view
3. The Headless One view
4. Desecrators of Conscious Entropy
The Summon Horrendous Destruction demo tape is slated to drop on March 3 2017 as a limited run of pro-dubbed cassettes and as a digital product, and you can now listen to the title track of the demo over at CVLT Nation and also witness the gore-laced madness that is the accompanying music video for the track. In presenting us their video CVLT Nation has called Summon Horrendous Destruction a “glorious slab of putrefying sonic death” and a “gore-obsessed frenzy of decaying sonic rot and of punishing death metal chaos”.
Tapes and digital products can be now pre-ordered from our store and Bandcamp - watch out for one more track premiering in early February.