Rottrevore was formed in November of 1989 by Mark Mastro (guitar/vocals) and Chris Weber (guitar/vocals). Mark had just ended his underground zine, "Infernal Bleeding" and Chris had just departed from his former band, "Chaotic Plague". The pair joined forces and began to fuse together their first few song arrangements. They drew their influences from many European/Scandinavian and American bands. The musical direction of the band was a deadly recipe of low-tuned brutal death metal, with a dark and doomy atmosphere and a slight grinding edge. The band's name was a concept of Mark and Chris, after wading through a sea of used and recycled words, they decided on something completely original and simply made up the word "Rottrevore".