Regrouping after the tragic passing of vocalist Makh Daniels, EARLY GRAVES does Makh proud with one of the coolest releases of the year, Red Horse.
With THE FUNERAL PYRE‘s John Strachan taking over vocals, the band storm through eight songs of metallic hardcore (i.e. CONVERGE), Stockholm death metal with some thrash and grind thrown in. A nice pinch of dynamics and diversity are utilized to color and flavor Red Horse, which helps it stand out from the crowd. Instead of just blasting out fast, heavy songs the entire time, EARLY GRAVES mixes things up (i.e. epic intros, acoustic guitars outros, balls out guitar solos, different moods) just enough.
While all the fast, heavy songs are all good, the moody “Death Obsessed” and “Quietus” stand out the most. The slower tempo and unique riffing of the former give it space to breath and really build up slow crescendo at the end. “Quietus” features powerfully somber, instrumental song section, which closes out Red Horse. You can feel the sadness of the band in the melodic lead guitars as the band fades out. Truly a powerful song.
Red Horse rages with the best of them but distinguishes itself by its dynamics and dark, somber atmospheres. Good shit. (No Sleep Records)
It has been announced that EYEHATEGOD will be co-headline the upcoming Power of the Riff festival in Los Angeles. In addition, BLACK COBRA, SKIN LIKE IRON, BAPTISTS, SEVEN SISTERS OF SLEEP, EARLY GRAVES, and SLAVE have all been added to the bill that already includes PENTAGRAM, WINTER, PELICAN, TRAP THEM, MASAKARI, ALPINST, ACEPHALIX, and ALL PIGS MUST DIE.
The Los Angeles edition of the Power of the Riff fest goes down August 13, 2011 at The Echo and Echoplex in Echo Park. Tickets are available here.
This year, Power of the Riff has expanded out of Los Angeles. The fest will make its way San Francisco and Seattle as well. For more details on those shows, visit the official Power of the Riff website: http://thepoweroftheriff.com/
Echoplex Stage: RIGHTEOUS FOOL: 3:30pm-4:15pm BLACK BREATH: 4:30pm-5:15pm COLISEUM: 5:30pm-6:15pm TRAP THEM: 6:30pm-7:15pm FROM ASHES RISE: 8:00pm-8:45pm REPULSION: 9pm-9:45pm GOATSNAKE: 10:00pm-10:45pm CORROSION OF CONFORMITY III: 11:00pm-12:00am
Also, Converse, who are sponsoring the event, will be giving away a free pair of shoes to the first 30 people through the door. There will also be a treasure hunt for an additional 15 pairs of Converse shoes. Clues will be on the back of the event schedule, which will be handed out at the door.
Doors open at noon. Once capacity is reached, it will be one in, one out. Ins and outs will be allowed before 6pm only. And of course RSVP does not guarantee entry.
On Sunday, August 8th, a host of loud, riff-heavy bands will descend upon Los Angeles for The Power of the Riff Festival. Curated by Greg Anderson (Southern Lord) and Sam James Velde (NIGHT HORSE), The Power of the Riff Festival was assembled with the intent to blur the lines between Metal, Hardcore, Punk and Rock music.