Artoffact Records and Reptilicus announce the definitive edition of the band’s industrial masterpiece, Crusher of Bones. Featuring the incredible lead-off track and first single, “Snakes,” the Crusher of Bones reissue is fully remastered and includes new and updated art, personally overseen by the band. This deluxe edition also includes a booklet with liner notes and historical information, making it a must-have for collectors.
About Crusher of Bones
Crusher of Bones (CoB), released on vinyl in the autumn of 1990, was Reptilicus’ first dedicated studio album. Although most of the tracks included improvisation, all were carefully prepared and pre-programmed. CoB was recorded and mixed by Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson. Birgir Baldursson, percussionist extraordinaire of S.H. Draumur and Bless, did drums and percussion on several tracks, and Guðlaugur Kristinn Óttarsson (Godkrist), formerly of Þeyr and Kukl, played guitar on three tracks. CoB was released through the band’s own label Product 8 in collaboration with British distributors People who can’t, which were soon to become World Serpent Distribution. The British contacts were facilitated by Hilmar and David Tibet of Current 93. The release was celebrated with a concert in Reykjavík accompanied by Sjón and Current 93 in January 1991. CoB was reissued on CD with over 20 minutes of extra material, again via Product 8 and World Serpent, in 1996. Both covers were designed by graphic designer Bragi Halldórsson. As to the title, the memory trail is long since snowed over—considering that they were partly dabbling in metal-industrial, that might have served as an inspiration. Both early editions of the album are long out of print, and the new Artoffact Records edition is the first time the album has appeared in any digital or streaming format.