The astonishing debut full-length from this U.S. band. Hailing from Portland, Petrification formed in 2014 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 early 2017 demo, “Summon Horrendous Destruction”. And it´s now, only a few months later, that Petrification set the bar even higher in terms of heaviness and somber ambience with the release of their debut album, “Hollow of the Void”, a devastating opus that lyrically and sonically musters the band´s morbid visions of horror, demise and mephitic decay through 11 tracks of utterly gut-churning Death Metal that traps the listener in a nightmare of festering pustules that nobody can´t crawl out of. Fans of Convulse, Demigod, Grave, Dismember, Rippikoulu, Carcass, Bolt Thrower, Adramelech, Sorcery, Unleashed, Depravity, Entombed, Catacomb, God Macabre or even newer masters of the olden tradition, such as Disma and Funebrarum, will certainly find a new favorite in “Hollow of the Void”. Featuring some deliciously macabre artwork and layout by Jason Barnett, the band´s vocalist, and mastered by Dan Lowndes (of Cruciamentum fame) at his own Resonance Sound Studio in the U.K., “Hollow of the Void” marks the unstoppable ascent of a new force to be reckoned with in underground Death Metal.
Memento Mori (Spain), 2018.