Creeping from the depths of the malevolent abyss, Petrification unleashes a devastating assault of gruesome sounding terror with, “Summon Horrendous Destruction.” The four songs featured on the Portland, OR based band’s debut demo, demonstrates vicious songwriting skills and conveys that corpse ripping old school death metal sound.
Being released through one of my favorite labels, Sentient Ruin, the demo simply captures everything that I enjoy about old school death metal. Not only do you hear influences from Swedish and Finnish death metal bands, but I also find the band’s sound contains British death metal influences like Bolt Thrower and Benediction. The abysmal doom like atmospheres along with the crushing riffs of unforgiving distorted carnage present some goliath sounding cuts of extreme music.
Petrification knows how to create impactful songs and you hear it on each one of the four tracks. The opening song, “Summon Horrendous Destruction,” totally consumes you as if you were slowly drowning in a sea of turbulent distorted waves. The band’s singer provides these haunting old school death metal growls and his vocals compliment the song’s massive fear inducing atmosphere. Track number two, “Stagnation of Transmigration,” feverishly tears through some monstrous riffs of extreme aggression. Also, the band’s drummer sounds really good on the release and I like how the drums were recorded. The sound from his drum kit injects great ferocity into the music’s overall presentation, so the person who mixed the drums deserves some major credit.
The last couple tracks, “The Headless One” and “Desecrators of Conscious Entropy,” maintain that brutal and unforgiving sound that you heard on the first two songs. There is consistency yet, each song offers its own unique delivery of musical destruction. Yet again the musicians prove they know how to play their instruments, which allows for tight sounding tracks that do not come across as painfully dual.
Petrification’s, “Summon Horrendous Destruction,” is a great introduction release and one that has me wanting more from this band. I think fans looking for solid old school sounding death metal music need to check out Petrification right away. Yes, there are numerous bands coming out calling themselves death metal these days, but there are few who can truly capture the essence and horrifying nature of old school death metal like what Petrifaction did on this demo.
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