Nearly two years ago, in the early days of the pandemic, The Fulcrum released “Light Peeking In,” their first EP as a four-piece. Unable to play live and promote the EP, the band masked up and continued to create, isolated in their garage HQ in northeast Long Island. Life was uncertain. Times were strange. But the music they began to endlessly toil over provided solace.

Week after week, with no performances in sight, the guitars got tighter. The vocals got clearer. The arrangements advanced. More than 52 weeks passed and in the spring of 2021, after a lingering darkness that felt like it stayed for decades, the band came out of hibernation and played a show. For the first time, other humans heard what would become Annihilate.

In July of 2021, The Fulcrum began recording Annihilate at Westfall Recording Co., home of Moon Tooth—one of The Fulcrum’s greatest inspirations. The experience was nothing short of incredible.

The album was completed in October 2021, after being mixed to perfection by Moon Tooth’s Ray Marte. Additional pieces needed to be put into place behind the scenes, but after two single releases over the past three months, the full album has arrived.

The members of The Fulcrum could not be more proud of Annihilate. The journey which led to it makes the final product that much more satisfying. Each of the 10-songs is it’s own animal, living together in a kingdom they share. Some will make you cower. Others will calmly draw you in. The kingdom’s beauty is in its unpredictability—and the hope, is that you’ll have the gaul to walk right through and admire that beauty.

The Fulcrum have given all they have to offer on Annihilate. Now, finally, it’s yours for the taking.

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