EARLY GRAVES – Red Horse

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)

EYEHATEGOD, BLACK COBRA, BAPTISTS, More Added to Power of the Riff 2011

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/

The Power of the Riff Festival: Set Times Announced and Info

The set times for this Sunday’s The Power of the Riff Festival at The Echo and Echoplex in Los Angeles have been announced…

Echo Stage:
SPIDER FEVER: 1:00pm-1:30pm
RATS EYES: 1:45pm-2:15pm
SEMEN SUNDAE: 2:30pm-3:00pm
THE FUCKING WRATH: 3:15pm-3:45pm
LECHEROUS GAZE: 4:00pm-4:45pm
NAILS: 5:00pm-5:45pm
EAGLE TWIN: 6:00pm-6:45pm
NIGHT HORSE: 7:00pm-7:45pm

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.

RSVP now if you haven’t already!

The Power of the Riff Festival Comes to Los Angeles on August 8th; Free with RSVP

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.

Festival lineup:
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY III
GOATSNAKE
FROM ASHES RISE
REPULSION
COLISEUM
TRAP THEM
BLACK BREATH
NIGHT HORSE
EAGLE TWIN
EARLY GRAVES
NAILS
RIGHTEOUS FOOL
SEMEN SUNDAE
THE FUCKING WRATH
RATS EYES
SPIDER FEVER
*DJ sets throughout the day curated by Pete Majors (HARASSOR/Vacation Vinyl)

A record swap meet of local stores such as Vacation Vinyl, Origami Vinyl, and will also feature popup stores by Tee Pee Records, Southern Lord Recordings, and more.

Lastly, the fest will feature food trucks including Sweet Vindication, Grill Em All, Canters Deli, and more.

The all day, all ages event will take place at neighboring venues in Echo Park, The Echo and Echoplex, from 12pm-12am. Admission is free with RSVP!

RSVP Now!

Fine print:

  • RSVP is strictly required
  • Entry is not guaranteed
  • Lineup subject to change
  • No ins and outs after 5pm
  • Set times announced day of the show at Echoplex

(via City of Devils)