The Skinny: Activator has premiered their new song “Shackle” online; the new track is a prime example of the raw hardcore and galloping thrash metal of 80’s NYHC cross-over heard throughout Activator’s self-titled full-length, to be released on September 17th. Stream Activator’s “Shackle” just below… and check out the album cover artwork too.

Featuring brand new material as well as re-workings of their earlier demo material, the album benefits from the assistance of Jim Williams of Maximum Penalty/Nausea fame on vocal production and mixing by Matt Snedecor (Rush, Dresden Dolls). As a result, songs like “Unfortunate Lovely” and “Sexy For Breakfast” capture the aggressive sound Activator has strengthened over the past several years while playing stages across the country with such notables as the Bad Brains, Murphy’s Law and Merauder.

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