Funeral Chic, Deathcrown, Shark Eyes
929 West Grace Street
Richmond, VA, 23220
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Petrification was formed in 2014 by Tom Roberts aka WarVest after moving from Houston to Portland, OR following his departure from the band War Master. 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. 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.
This devastating demo was first released on tape last March, with the two pressings that were done selling out in record time and these cassettes becoming an instant collector's item! The original tape pressing received widespread acclaim with many top metal publications like Decibel Magazine and Metal Injection praising the band's reckless and original approach to super destructive old school death metal. CVLT Nation went as far as calling 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”.
DEATHCROWN is a band born from 25 years of influence and a passion for brutality. Ryan Parrish (Drums… Iron Reagan/ex-Darkest Hour) and Tommy Gunn (Guitar… The Medusa/Immortal Avenger/Narsilion) have been friends since they were 13 years old, and were in a Brutal/Melodic Death Metal band in the 90's, called Disinterment. After releasing some demos, a full-length on a small label, and years of packed regional shows, the band was forced to break up. Due to personal obligations, certain members knew they'd never be able to get to that "next level" of touring and recording. Everyone moved on to other endevours, musical and otherwise. Ryan joined Darkest Hour. Tommy formed Narsilion. But for the past 20+ years, Ryan and Tommy have always wanted to recapture the feeling they had the first time they covered "Corporal Jigsore Quandary" (Carcass) together, in Ryan's parents' garage. Finally, last year (2015), they made it happen.
In the summer of 2014, Tommy and long-time friend Mikael Parks (Vocals… ex-Arsis/Narsilion) were having a few beers, cranking some early 90's Edge Of Sanity, Entombed, Morbid Angel, etc… They decided that getting back to their roots was long overdue. Tommy sat down and wrote a few riffs, then called Ryan, and DEATHCROWN was born. Over the next few months, Tommy and Ryan got together to write some tunes, while Mikael work on lyrics. The guys decided to bring in another very close friend, David James (Bass… Kombat Wombat), and they began preproduction work for what would become the debut EP/7-inch, "Living Hell". The full-scale production/recording of "Living Hell" was completed in the fall of 2015, and is now ready for a release. The guys recently finalized the lineup with the welcome addition of Jake Vanderband (Guitar… ex-Skinjacket). DEATHCROWN is currently rehearsing and writing, gearing up for the debut release and a slew of live performances this Spring and Summer (2016).
Mikael Parks (Vocals)
Tommy Gunn (Guitar)
Jake Vanderband (Guitar)
David James (Bass)
Ryan Parrish (Drums)
It's nearly a tradition for Memorial Day to become some sort of festival around RVA following the march of heavy giants across the east coast following Maryland Death Fest. This year we have Portland Oregon old-school dm rulers PETRIFICATION, on Sentient Ruin, making their Richmond debut! They'll be joined by fellow road warriors, NC blackened metallic hc crushers FUNERAL CHIC, now on Prosthetic Records! If that weren't enough we've got two RVA "supergroups" opening in the form of fellow OSDM rippers DEATHCROWN (ex-Occultist/Arsis/Disinterment) and the debut live show of grindcore pulverizors SHARK EYES (ex-Ken Mode/Revocation/Khann)!!