Here’s the official word:
No Sleep Records is proud to announce the signing of San Francisco based metal quintet Early Graves to the label. The band will enter the studio to record their third studio album in July, which is due out later this fall.
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’ imprint, Iron Clad Recordings. The band’s sound has been described as a mixture of old school Swedish death metal and American hardcore punk and have 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 US, appearing at Scion’s Metal Matinee series with the Cro Mags and performing with bands such as Nasum, Ghoul, Ringworm, Cancer Bats, Narrows and Rorschach.
In early 2012 Early Graves began writing and recording demos for their follow up to 2010’s Goner and first with their new singer John 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,” say 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.”
“I am really excited to finally announce and welcome Early Graves to the family,” adds No Sleep Records president Chris Hansen.” “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.”