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)

INTRONAUT Signs Worldwide Deal with Century Media Records

Very few bands can effectively mix intelligence with intensity like Southern California’s INTRONAUT, which is one of the biggest reasons Century Media Records quickly signed the quartet to a worldwide deal. INTRONAUT essentially walks a fine line between psychedelic brutality, captivating hooks and devastating yet unpredictable time changes. This is the essence of thinking man’s metal and something so refreshing that it should serve as a vicious wake up call to masses forcing the entire genre to take notice.

A short tour of the U.S. with HIGH ON FIRE, A LIFE ONCE LOST, and SAVIOURS is slated for February, which will lead them into finishing the writing process for the new full-length to be recorded in April.

Sacha Dunable (vocals/guitars) states: “There is a level of chemistry that we’ve never had before, now with our new guitar player Dave in the band. The new ideas that are flowing out of us are totally destroying everything we’ve done prior to this, and we can’t wait to hear what will come of it.”

INTRONAUT Headlining dates:
1/20 Los Angeles, CA – Relax Bar w/BOOK OF BLACK EARTH, THE FUNERAL PYRE
2/10 Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory w/DESTROYER DESTROYER
2/11 Tulsa, OK – The Monolith w/DESTROYER DESTROYER
2/12 Memphis, TN – Black Lodge Microdrome
2/13 Dayton, OH – Jimmy’s Cornerstone Tavern w/MOUTH OF THE ARCHITECT

2/14 Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel
2/15 Columbus, OH – Ravari Room
2/16 Louisville, KY – Uncle Peasants
2/17 St. Louis, MO – 2 Cents Plain
2/18 Iowa City, IA – The Picador
2/19 Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck
2/20 Denver, CO – Bluebird
2/22 Sacramento, CA – The Blue Lamp
2/23 Oakland, CA – Uptown