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I'm partial to things whose packaging and/or nomenclature depict precisely what's inside. In the case of Skullcrush, you get exactly what you expect: a good ol' skull-crushing. We're talking OSDM here, of course, but that which has been imbued with an extra-raw chunkiness to offset the now-standard HM-2-sounding guitar fuzz. The band's debut effort Archaic Towers of Annihilation lands next Friday, but we've got an early stream of a new song below to showcase the sour vitriol of this band's onslaught. This is grimy, sewer-dwelling slime in all the right ways, leaving trails of filth in your mind as the song blasts by like a speeding, on-fire train.

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The first thing apparent from "Nightmares for the Blind" is that Skullcrush just don't give a fuck. The song (and album as a whole) banks on huge taco riffs, monstrous demon stomps, and plenty of blegh! to round out a superbly catchy package. This is not the prog-saturated OSDM we've been swimming in for a while now, but rather the distillation of all that old-school vibe into something which actually slaps a bit like hardcore would. This is perfect music for cruising down the highway pissed-off, or throwing down in your bedroom alone for no particular reason. This is definitely mosh fuel, but it's not so over-the-top in terms of crowd-pleasers that we feel jipped by gimmickry or anything. Nope, Skullcrush is the real deal, mean and nasty to the core.

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Archaic Towers of Annihilation releases via Redefining Darkness Records (US) and Raw Skullz Recordz (EU). Skullcrush vocalist High Seeker of Apocrypha says the following about "Nightmares for the Blind":

"Nightmares for the Blind" touches on humanity's inability to confront the consequences of its creations. At its core it is about subconscious self-destruction.

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