Chuck Schuldiner Project

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Petrification - Sever Sacred Light


This is a fucking crusher. Petrification first came across my radar a few years ago as emanations from the Portland scene informed me that a truly great new death metal band had joined the ranks. When I eventually listened to Petrification I was not disappointed. This is death metal done right, completely crushing, uncompromisingly heavy and with angular, brutarian riffs that were to die for. It's exactly what death metal has always been meant to be and it's hard not to be enamored with the clarity of vision and distinctive stomp that has come to define Petrification. 

Sever Sacred Light is exciting because of the pointed nature of the songs. Sever Sacred Light is not an album for first timers. Instead it's a multi faceted and deep listening experience that I think fans of the underground are going to find themselves consistently drawn back too. Petrification may have spent five years crafting this album, but those countless hours were well spent. The end result is a record that is wholly distinctive and wonderfully powerful, a record that is driving and compelling, no matter how you slice it. It's an album borne from the underground, for the underground, with no compromises, and by god is it addictive. 

Petrification are wholly undeniable. If you're a fan of underground death metal then you're going to find something to lover within Sever Sacred Light. The riffs are absolutely monstrous and the production gives the whole thing a much larger than life aspect. It's hard not to really lose yourself in the bleak sorcery and unapologetic crushing visions that define Petrification's music. I can see this record being a sleeper favorite for countless fans across the underground. It has high replay value and a distinctly rewarding flavor. Give it a spin.

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