The boys at Double Cross were generous enough to hand the DCXX reigns over to me tonight for a little announcement: Today marks the launch of pre-orders for Livewire Records' newest release: Skull Crusher, "Blinded By Illusion" 12" EP (300 on Orange / 100 on Clear.) Livewire is distributed exclusively by Revelation Records and Rev will be handling all of the pre-orders. Huge thanks to Tim and Gordo for the opportunity and thanks to you the readers for checking this out! -Ed McKirdy / Livewire Records
Direct from New York City, SKULL CRUSHER has unleashed their debut EP "Blinded By Illusion" on limited colored vinyl on Brooklyn’s own Livewire Records while Netherlands label Reflections Records will release both a CD and colored vinyl version in Europe. With explosive, Linas Garsys full-color cover artwork and a layout that looks like it was ripped from the pages of Thrasher Magazine circa 1986, the entire package (complete with heavyweight colored vinyl) almost makes you forget that there is even music involved here.
Early Sketches of "Skull Crusher Apocalypse" by Linas Garsys
But music there is. Press play below to check out track two "Chasing The Dragon."
Combining elements of overdriven heavy rock, early thrash metal, and timeless 80’s era New York Hardcore, this volatile combination instantly provides the catalyst for a dance floor consumed with controlled rage and unified violence. With deafening vocals, hard beats, massive riffs, and chaotic solos all captured in a brutally big recording, it’s like a head banging scientist’s attempt at mixing CRO-MAGS, old METALLICA, and RAW DEAL — being played by guys that witnessed it all first hand and took extensive notes while gasping for air between mosh parts. As extreme fans of all of the above, both Reflections and Livewire felt that SKULL CRUSHER had an immediate home on their labels, and realized the appeal wouldn’t be limited to a hometown or even home country audience.
With appropriate time spent writing, recording, and solidifying a proper line-up, SKULL CRUSHER is now ready to clock in to a lengthy tenure of playing, touring, and building their unwritten future. But with "Blinded By Illusion" as their foundation for what’s to come, it’s only a matter of “when,” not “if."