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Over the past eleven years, Trustkill Records has risen out of a College dorm room into the world famous independent music brand it has become known for. A wildly successful DIY story, the Trustkill brand has attained status as the authoritative voice in the worlds of independent metal, hardcore, punk and emo music. Every year since its inception has been a success unto itself, with the past several years showing tremendous growth for the label. In 2006 Trustkill has had five albums debut on the Billboard charts, three of which landed in the “Top 200”. Trustkill has now become a fully staffed company, with departments in marketing, sales, merchandising, new media, creative, and a self-maintained warehouse. The label itself grew out of the dorm room of Josh Grabelle, who at 19 years of age became interested in the music business when he was promoting hardcore/punk shows in the basement of his parent’s house at the New Jersey shore. This suburban basement became the New Jersey stop for many legendary groups on tour including Earth Crisis, Hatebreed, Snapcase & Sensefield.

In the early 90’s at Syracuse University, inbetween classes and shows, the restless Grabelle worked on a fanzine titled “Trustkill”. In 1993, Grabelle released his first album (a split release with Watermark Records) which was a Tribute record to Ian Mackeye’s (Minor Threat, Fugazi) influential but often glossed over pioneering emo project, Embrace.

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