San Francisco metallers EARLY GRAVES will release their new album, “Red Horse”, on October 30 via No Sleep Records. The CD — which was recorded with Tim Green at Louder Studios — marks the band’s intrepid return since the tragic death of founding singer Makh Daniels two years ago, and the next chapter of the group’s career, with close friend John Strachan of THE FUNERAL PYRE taking over vocal duties.
EARLY GRAVES recently released a rough demo of the song “Days Grow Cold”, featuring Strachan on vocals. You can now stream it using the SoundCloud player below.
The band will hit the road with fellow metalheads SKELETONWITCH in September.
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.