Due to the COVID-19 crisis, financial problems have wreaked havoc on the metal underground, impacting untold numbers of independent bands and metal fans as well.

Therefore, SkullMaster have decided that no pandemic should prevent their long-awaited debut record , so they’re releasing their LP, VoidWalkers, as a  free download on Bandcamp for metal fans across the globe while planning a proper CD in fall 2020.

VoidWalkers is a brutal, uncompromising slab of mayhem featuring eight tracks that perfectly encapsulate the broad, hybrid sound of this maniacal band from Portland, Oregon,

Fusing old-school thrash and classic death metal with vicious black metal elements as well as monstrous Sabbath-styled riffing and mosh-frenzy breakdowns a-la early Sepultura, SkullMaster offer a potent hybrid that also infuses elements of nasty grind and proggy death.

This killer assortment of ferocity bulldozes its way through eight tracks of solid studio production, attacking its audience like a wrecking ball of unapologetic audio destruction.

This three-piece ensemble is the brainchild of Ryan Bartek (Vulture Locust aka Mabus and author of The Big Shiny Prison book series), as well as insanely technical drummer Ron-Jay Gage and bass-wielding maniac Mr. Stephen Weber.

SkullMaster are 100 percent DIY—no trends, no lame singing parts, no commercial aspirations, no B.S.

Follow SkullMaster on Bandcamp.


Theron Moore has been freelance writing since 1989 as a staff writer for SLAM Magazine (Stateline Area Magazine, Northern IL / Southern WI), and contributor to Jake Wiseley’s (Red Decibel Records) Sheet Metal Magazine. He’s also published zines Louder Than God, The Saint Vitus Press & Poetry Review, For Those About to Rock, and blogs Church of the Necronomicon and All My Friends Are Rock Stars (AMFARS). Moore has contributed music, & movie reviews, and artist interviews to websites horrornews.net, Wormwood Chronicles, The Sludgelord, New Noise Magazine and Metal Forces Magazine. He is the author of All My Friends Are Rock Stars, Volumes I-III; Gangsters, Harlots and Thieves; Belvidere, Books & Guns; Blood on the Screen, Blood on the Page; all titles available on Amazon.

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