Turned to Stone was founded in the winter of 2011 by the brothers Andy and Brian Medeiros, Kristofori Maile, and Paul Black, longtime friends who shared a passion for metal music and the desire to craft and perform their collaborative and unique genre-defying brand of extreme metal.
After several years of sharing a love for music by metal acts ranging from Dream Theater, Apocalyptica, Nightwish and Dragonforce to more extreme artists such as Nile, Opeth, Eluveitie, Dark Tranquillity and Immortal, they began to collaborate on writing original songs in the vein of these acts with Andy carefully crafting soaring melodic leads on guitar and Kris providing song and harmonic structure on bass guitar. Brian solidified the rhythm section for their new project, which required all the essential talent and skill of a well-rounded percussionist at their pinnacle. Paul’s talents as a powerful and diverse vocalist as well as an evocative lyricist colored and completed their sound.
After finalizing the writing process for their melodic-death single “The Memory I’ve Become,” the ensuing Norwegian black-metal infused “Answer the Summons” and the manically induced doom ballad “This Failure,” they realized their collective potential and dedicated themselves to the formation of a full-time, professional and original metal group.
It was apparent that their music would not be complete without the support of a secondary guitarist. It was Ian Mitchell who found his way into the position after only one jam session, demonstrating to everyone not only professional musicianship, but the ability to contribute to the creative process as well.
Friends and show-goers gave overwhelming positive feedback following their first live performance with Salt Lake City locals Arsenic Addiction in the winter of 2012. The set list contained the aforementioned original songs as well as covers of the self-titled “Black Sabbath” and Agalloch’s “Falling Snow.” Shortly after the show Andy and Kris each brought a new song to the table with “Call for the End” and “Anachronous Throne” respectively.
The band entered the studio in the summer of 2013 with local engineer Matt Winegar (Primus, Chelsea Grin) and sent the recordings to Örebro, Sweden to be mastered by renowned metal engineer Jens Bogren (Dark Tranquillity, Amon Amarth, Opeth, Katatonia). Their debut EP, The Memory I’ve Become, is slated for release on October 11th, 2013.
From SLUG Magazine:
Turned to Stone = Opeth + Immortal
This is a beautiful EP by one of the valley’s most exciting melodic death metal acts, in the opinion of this humble critic. Turned to Stone have spent time and energy writing concise tracks and pulling in not only local engineers (Matt Winegar), but even sending it to Jens Bogren, famed engineer of Opeth and Katatonia, to ensure this debut knocks your socks off. The album is full of such gorgeous, doomy melody that rides along with the heaviness. The two-toned vocals remind me of Amon Amarth in both style and rhythm until you hit “This Failure,” in which vocalist Paul Black brings out the big guns with his emotional singing against the slower doom tradition. If this is at all your kind of sound, The Memory I’ve Become will not disappoint. –Megan Kennedy http://www.slugmag.com/articles/6561/Turned-to-Stone.html
From Metal Archives:
Like a well crafted sculpture, Turned to Stone launches into the music world freshly carved, polished, and ready for display. At first glance, this seems like just another statue, the lead single seeming nothing more than your average melodic death metal song that you've heard one million times since 1993, but after listening to the whole EP, you will find the rest of the sculpture to be much more intricate.
Now, I don't mean to imply that lead single isn't great. It definitely is; it just isn't something terribly gripping or original. However, it serves as a great hook and starting point to lead you into the rest of the more bombastic and creative EP Turned to Stone have presented. They stray well out of melodic death metal territory for the rest of the EP. There are many elements of death/Doom (Think Asphyx riffs), melodic black metal, folk infused acoustic passages, and more standard melodic death metal riffing. While no one element is really unique, the arrangement of the flavors creates a dynamic and engaging experience that effectively conveys the tortured emotive sensibilities penned in the lyrics. Paul Black's diverse vocal approach makes this mixture possible. While most bands might opt to only mix in other genres instrumentally, Black's vocals can handle any of the above listed genres. He has delicate clean vocals that echo the stylings of Mikael Akerfeldt, and vicious death metal growls that can hang with the heaviest of the genre. Additionally, he has wonderfully frost bitten black metal witch cackles that are a delight to hear and his prime strength, in my opinion. Not to downplay the competencies of the musicians, as their sense of song writing and musical journey is top notch, but a lesser and one dimensional vocalist could not have lead this band through the bleak journey crafted here.
Overall, this is a stunningly well produced first release for an indie band. Often times debut's are rough in more than one sense of the world, but Turned to Stone has come out of the gate swinging for the fences. I honestly can't wait to see what these fellows do on their first full length release.