No Sleep Records has announced the signing of San Francisco-based metal quintet EARLY GRAVES. The band will enter the studio in July to record its third full-length album for a fall release.
EARLY GRAVES formed in the Bay Area in early 2008 and released two full-length albums, “We: The Guillotine” (2008) and “Goner” (2010), on Metal Blade Records‘ Ironclad imprint. The band’s sound has been described as a mixture of old-school Swedish death metal and American hardcore punk and has drawn comparisons to NAPALM DEATH, CARCASS, TRAGEDY and TESTAMENT, among others.
In the summer of 2010, tragedy struck when EARLY GRAVES was involved in a van accident, which resulted in the death of singer Makh Daniels. After about a year of contemplation, the band decided to continue on, with close friend, John Strachan, of THE FUNERAL PYRE (who were in the same van during the accident) stepping in for Daniels.
The band reconvened with Strachan helming vocals at last summer’s Power Of The Riff festivals in Los Angeles and San Francisco alongside PELICAN, PENTAGRAM and more. Since then, the band has battered the western half of the U.S., appearing at Scion‘s Metal Matinee series with the CRO-MAGS and performing with such bands as NASUM, GHOUL, RINGWORM and CANCER BATS.
In early 2012 EARLY GRAVES began writing and recording demos for their follow-up to “Goner” and first with Strachan.
“After enduring every shitstorm the proverbial ‘universe’ can throw at us for last few years, we are extremely excited to be releasing our new batch of burners on No Sleep Records,” says guitarist Chris Brock. “No Sleep Records may not seem like a likely landing spot for a band like us, but Chris and No Sleep release music that they care about and want to work with, which is something we can definitely get behind.
“I won’t bore with you with a ‘our new album sounds like mixed with this mixed with that’ or ‘it’s heavier, faster, more melodic’ bullshit, but I will say that we are happy to be releasing it with a label that likes it as much as we do.”
Adds No Sleep Recordspresident Chris Hansen: “I am really excited to finally announce and welcome EARLY GRAVES to the family. These guys bring an amazing blend of death metal and hardcore/punk to the table, and I could not be happier to have them as our first metal band. Look for their No Sleep debut LP out this fall.”