Mixed by acclaimed producer Simon Efemey (Napalm Death, Paradise Lost, Amorphis, Cancer), Here In Hell showcases three different sides, through three different songs, of one compelling band. 'I, Punishment' ricochets like multiple machine gun fire, bringing BENEDICTION to mind. 'Engines' has more of a PRONG feel with its thunderous groove. The title track is epic and dramatic in nature, complete with tasteful soloing. Such stylistic diversity may prove to be troublesome as it makes SKULLSHIFTER difficult to pigeonhole, a favourite tactic of the industry. Their talent is unquestionable though, and as such, label attention should be headed their way.
From the Brave Underground section, Issue #93, page #68
Review by Aaron Small. Rating: 8/10
Metal Express Radio
These guys from the USA made a serious effort in making
this release worth buying and tempting for the record labels.
...the band means business.
Thrash metal fans need to keep this band on their radar.
The bombastic production is top-notch, easily compared to the production of a huge act.
Chronicles of Chaos
This New Jersey four-piece cram a well-chosen cross-section
of appetite-whetting talent within the three songs comprising this demo.
It moves, it grooves and it's tight as hell.
This is quite a debut from these 4 Americans...
...if there isn't a future for this band, there's something wrong with my ears!
If there ever was an EP used as a teaser to create the feeling of anticipation of the debut full length release from a band, then this is it.
Metal, Beer, Horror
...this is a great independent EP of mid-paced crushing metal.
Four guys, three tracks, one apparent goal -- to create innards-rattling heavy metal.
And not only is that a damn good goal to share, but Skullshifter show every sign of actually achieving it.
This is an EP put together to garner attention from record labels and I think this should definitely do the trick.
Behind the Veil
...massive production and an aggressive sound
...I am sure they will make a very good album.
Metal, Beer, Horror
...to say that these guys were just as heavy live as they are on the EP is a gross understatement.