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Formed: 2008
From: San Jose, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Early Graves News

Below is our complete Early Graves news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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1349 And Necrophagia Announce Support Bands

Norwegian black metal tyrants 1349 and cult death metal pioneers Necrophagia have announced special guests for different regions of the upcoming North American "Chaos Raids" tour.

The trek kicks off on May 30th and includes Vattnet Viskar. Added to the tour now are Black Anvil for performances in Baltimore and Brooklyn, Atriarch in Seattle and Portland, and Early Graves will be performing in Oakland and San Diego. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

1349 is touring in support of "Massive Cauldron of Chaos," while Necrophagia is support latest full-length "WhiteWorm Cathedral." More...

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Second Round of Bands Confirmed For MDF 2015

The second round of band have been confirmed for Maryland Deathfest XIII, which takes place in Baltimore, Maryland from May 21-24, 2015.

Refer to the bottom of this list for bands playing at Soundstage. All other bands announced so far will be playing at Edison Lot or Rams Head.

The latest confirmations include:

Sodom (Germany) - Exclusive US appearance!
Demilich (Finland) - Exclusive US appearance!
Napalm Death (UK) - Headlining one of the nights at Soundstage.
Anaal Nathrakh (UK) - Exclusive US appearance!
Primordial (Ireland) - Most likely an exclusive US appearance. If not, MDF will be one of only a few US shows.
Martyrdöd (Sweden)
Noxa (Indonesia)
Water Torture
Early Graves
Mother Brain

The full list of bands confirmed for MDF 2015 is as follows: More...

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Denver Black Sky Adds Three More Bands

Denver Black Sky - set to take place August 2nd and 3rd at the Gothic Theatre and Moe's BBQ - has announced plans to extend the lineup of the two-day, three-stage event with three additional acts.

The festival organizers are pleased to welcome Mexican death grind perpetrators, Rottenness, which features Mile High City metal veteran Ben Pitts on vocals. The band will drag its own special brand of filthtified death metal to the DBS stage on Saturday.

Also making its way to the ceremony of chaos is Los Angeles powerviolence troupe Maladjusted, and finally Denver Black Sky welcomes iconic grindcore/crust combatants Nausea to the riotous bill.

The second edition of Denver Black Sky features another vicious lineup that includes appearances by 908, ACxDC, Annul, Brutal Truth, Cannabis Corpse, Cattleist, Cephalic Carnage, Condemned Remains, Dead Temple, Doperunner, Early Graves, Ghosts of Glaciers, Gomorrah, In The Company Of Serpents, Khemmis, Municipal Waste, Nails, Noisem, North, Phobia, Resurrection, Scalafrea, Skinned, The Drip, The Xiphoid Process, Theories, Transient, Vale of Pnath, Wayfarer, Xibalba, and Zombie Hate Brigade.

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Denver Black Sky Announces Second Edition

Following a successful debut last December, the bringers of Denver Black Sky are pleased to announce a second edition of live debauchery.

Crowned "Colorado's Best Metal Festival" by Denver Westword, this year's Denver Black Sky event will take place August 2nd and 3rd again at the Gothic Theatre and Moe's BBQ and feature another vicious lineup that includes appearances by:

Day 1 - August 2nd, 2014
Municipal Waste
Cephalic Carnage
Dead Temple
In The Company Of Serpents
Vale of Pnath
Ghosts of Glaciers
The Xiphoid Process
Wayfarer More...

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Southwest Terror Fest Lineup Revealed

Following its crushingly triumphant debut maiden occurrence last year, the second Tucson, Arizona-based Southwest Terror Fest 2013: Year Of The Snake has been confirmed and the full lineup for the massive gala announced.

The complete lineup can be found below, and the following press release was issued about the festival:

"This fully DIY undertaking, booked by musicians, for musicians, is a low-cost event for all ages. Once again organized and hosted by Tucson sludgetroopers Godhunter, the now annual Southwest Terror Fest brings a one-of-a-kind extreme underground music festival to the Southwestern quadrant of America.

"This year, the experience has been expanded into an immense four-day event, now confirmed to invade Tucson venue The Rock from Thursday, October, 10th through Sunday, October 13th. The Southwest Terror Fest 2013: Year Of The Snake lineup features even more national headlining acts than last year, including legends like Sacred Reich and Vehemence, along with Kylesa, Red Fang, Demon Lung, Ancestors, Subrosa, Landmine Marathon, Early Graves and others, and a long line of newer underground acts, totaling more than sixty bands! Whether you like punk, sludge, black metal, thrash, grindcore, post-metal, etc., something for all fans of extreme music is to be found at this event."

Ticket and event info on the Southwest Terror Fest 2013 are available at this location. More...

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Power Of The Riff Now A Week Away

The fourth annual installment of the The Power Of The Riff festival in Los Angeles is now just a week away, the event including a pre-party on Friday, August 9th at The Echo and two-stage, full-day lineup Saturday, August 10th, at both The Echo and Echoplex.

Amidst the massive roster of crushing newcomer acts and classic heavyweights set to execute sets over the two-day fest, one of the main headlining performances of the weekend will be the original lineup of LA crossover act Final Conflict - founder Jeff Harp, vocalist Ron Martinez and bassist Warren Renfrow (Manic Hispanic, Cadillac Tramps) - for the first time in 24 years.

In the 1980s, Final Conflict was part of the first wave of punk bands to be labeled "crossover," with a sonic mix of Discharge meeting Black Sabbath coupled with political lyrics the appropriate soundtrack to inspire a troublemaker to slam, headbang, or throw a brick at a cop... and sometimes all three.

The band will perform 1987's "Ashes To Ashes" LP in sequence as well as early demo material. Although older, the band has no intentions of “phoning it in” - expect a brutal and energetic set.

Additional headlining acts The Obsessed, M.D.C., From Ashes Rise, Black Breath, Iceburn, and others join more than twenty additional bands including Early Graves, Mammoth Grinder, Bastard Noise, Dead in the Dirt, and tons more taking part in the melee. The lineup is:

Friday, August 9th @ The Echo // pre-party:
Black Breath, Early Graves, Obliterations, Nomads, Creative Adult

Saturday, August 10th @ The Echo & Echoplex
The Obsessed, Final Conflict, From Ashes Rise, M.D.C., Iceburn, Iron Lung, Mammoth Grinder, Bastard Noise, Condition, Dead In The Dirt, Baptists, Replica, Completed Exposition, Centuries, Wartorn, Territory, Whip Hand, Children Of God, Old Wounds, Opposition Rising

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Power Of The Riff 2013 Lineup Announced

The 2013 installment of the The Power Of The Riff festival in Los Angeles is right around the corner, this being the fourth annual occurrence of the massive event. It will take place August 9th & 10th 2013 at The Echo & Echoplex, and the lineup is available below. The following press release was also issued about the fest:

"Curated and organized by Greg Anderson and Sam James Velde, The Power Of The Riff honors fans and musicians of all ages from within all walks and lifestyles under the umbrella of the heavy music underground. Tapping into a lineup that represents forefathers, milestones and current touring acts, while shedding light on up and coming bands and local acts, The Power Of The Riff festival is an all-day, all-ages event. The festival also includes an on-location record swap-meet of local stores and features pop-up stores by independent record labels and vendors, DJ sets between performances, a gourmet food truck court with some of Los Angeles' best purveyors of street food dining, and more.

"The fourth annual The Power Of The Riff is spreading it's wings a bit more this time around, this year adding a pre-party on Friday, August 9th at The Echo. The massive full-day lineup the next day, Saturday, August 10th, at both The Echo and Echoplex, offers another stellar lineup of classic heavyweights, and crushing newcomers. The combined events offer 26 bands in total." More...

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Early Graves Releases New Music Video

Bay area metal band Early Graves has premiered a new video for the monstrous title track from the newly released album, "Red Horse," on AVClub.com. The video can be viewed now at this location.

“Red Horse” is the title track from Early Graves’ new album released in October via No Sleep Records. Decibel magazine recently ranked the album #21 Top Album of the Year and Brooklyn Vegan called it “a brutal, crusty hardcore record that tips its hat to everything from grind to black metal to Slayer."

For more info on the album, check out our recent interview with Early Graves right here. The track listing is:

01. Skinwalker
02. Misery
03. Days Grow Cold
04. Red Horse
05. Apocalyptic Nights
06. Death Obsessed
07. Pure Hell
08. Quietus

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Early Graves Streaming Full New Album

After months of buildup, Bay Area metalheads Early Graves are readying the release of their new album, "Red Horse," with a full album stream today on BrooklynVegan.com. Check out the full stream right here.

"Red Horse" is scheduled for release on October 30th through No Sleep Records, and pre-orders can be found at this location.

Early Graves suffered the tragic loss of founding singer Makh Daniels who died in an automobile accident while the band was on tour in 2010. Two years later the band members return, carrying the torch for their fallen brother with long-time friend of the band John Strachan, of the Funeral Pyre, stepping in permanently for Makh on vocals.

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Early Graves Streaming New Track

Bay Area metal band Early Graves has debuted a new song, “Pure Hell,” from upcoming album "Red Horse" through NPR.org. Check out the song right here. "Red Horse" will be released on October 30th, but is available for pre-order now at this location.

“This is a song dedicated to Makh,” singer John Strachan tells NPR. “He always had that pure hell back patch. So I wrote this for him and the way he lived.”

Early Graves suffered the tragic loss of founding singer Makh Daniels who died in an automobile accident while the band was on tour in 2010. Two years later the band members return, carrying the torch for their fallen brother with long-time friend of the band John Strachan, of the Funeral Pyre, stepping in permanently for Makh on vocals.

Fueled by relentless perseverance to honor Makh’s memory and prove to fans they still can melt faces, Early Graves composed an eight song warhorse of an album that clocks in at just over thirty-two brutal minutes. Early Graves is currently on a U.S. tour, supporting the upcoming release of "Red Horse" with Skeletonwitch. More...

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Pig Destroyer To Headline CMJ Showcase

Pig Destroyer will be releasing new album "Book Burner" this coming October 22nd via Relapse Records, and the band recently released a new lyric video for "Burning Palm," which can be viewed here. Metalsucks.net has now issued the following announcement about confirming Pig Destroyer for an upcoming showcase in New York:

"So recently all of us dudes from MetalSucks, Metal Injection, and 1000 Knives were sitting around smoking peyote out of a dead mule’s skull (y’know, like you do) when someone was all, Dudes! Our CMJ Showcase last year was pretty much THE BEST PARTY EVER. All of the bands were AMAZING. Skeletonwitch SLAYED. Kvelertak played their first NYC show EVER and DESTROYED. Hell, we wrecked that joint so bad that we weren’t even invited back this year, and one of us actually had to move to the other side of the country just to hide! How are we ever gonna top it???“ And then someone else was like, What if we got PIG DESTROYER to play THEIR FIRST NEW YORK-AREA SHOW IN MORE THAN THREE YEARS?

"And so that’s what we did!

"You read that correctly: Pig Destroyer, the best grindcore band on the face of the planet, are going to play their first and ONLY New York-area show in more than three years at The Third Annual MetalSucks / Metal Injection / 1000 Knives CMJ Showcase on Thursday, October 18 at Public Assembly in Brooklyn — just days before the release of their incredible new album, Book Burner! And they ain’t comin’ alone: support will be provided by KEN Mode, Early Graves, and Encrust. Holy moly, did we put together a ridiculously great show or what? You’re all very welcome. More...

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Havok Kicking Off U.S. Tour

Denver thrash warriors Havok will kick off a massive U.S. tour this week with headliners Skeletonwitch. The U.S. Abomination Tour will commence on September 14th in Athens, Ohio and run through nearly two months of shows, coming to a ceremonial close on November 17th in Cleveland, Ohio. Additional support will come from Early Graves and Mutilation Rites.

Comments guitarist Reece Scruggs: “We’re pumped as hell to be going out on the road with Skeletonwitch. The two of us along with Mutilation Rites and Early Graves touring together just seems to fit and make perfect sense. There will be plenty of dates, pretty much covering the entire U.S. So there is no excuse to miss this shred fest! BE THERE OR BE 100% SQUARE.”

Upcoming Havok tour dates are as follows: More...

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Early Graves Unveils New Album Title Track

Bay Area metal band Early Graves has unveiled the monstrous title track and artwork from the band's forthcoming album, "Red Horse," today on Pitchfork.com. Check out the song via Pitchfork here.

"Red Horse" is scheduled for release on October 30th via No Sleep Records and is available for pre-order now at this location.

On the band's first album since the tragic death of founding singer Makh Daniels two years ago, Early Graves finds a new voice with close friend John Strachan, of the Funeral Pyre, taking over the blood curdling vocal duties. The album features eight face-melting tracks that clock in at just over thirty-two minutes.

The band’s newly released title track comes on the heels of a recent announcement for a fall U.S. tour with Skeletonwitch, which kicks off in mid-September, leading up to the release of "Red Horse." More...

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Early Graves Finishes New Album

San Francisco metal band Early Graves recently wrapped up recording with Tim Green at Louder Studios on new album "Red Horse," which is due out on October 30th via No Sleep Records.

"Red Horse" marks Early Graves intrepid return since the tragic death of founding singer Makh Daniels two years ago, and the next chapter of the band’s career with close friend, John Strachan of Funeral Pyre, taking over vocal duties.

The band recently released a rough demo of “Days Grow Cold,” the first with Strachan, on No Sleep Records Summer Compilation which can be heard at BrooklynVegan.com. In anticipation of the impending release, Early Graves will hit the road with fellow metalheads Skeletonwitch in September leading up the album release in October. More...

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Sound & Fury Fest Day Lineups Announced

Sound & Fury fest is less than one month away - taking place July 20th, 21st, and 22nd at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, CA. This year's lineup will feature headliners and hardcore powerhouses Bane, Blacklisted, Comeback Kid, Earth Crisis, H2O, Terror, and Touche Amore, along with 50 other acts spanning three days.

The festival was started in 2006 and has boasted bands like Fucked Up, Ceremony, Trash Talk, Have Heart and more as a part of their lineup in past years, making it a premiere hardcore/punk festival in California. Additionally, 2012 marks the third year of Sound & Fury at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, located at 3400 Calle Real in Santa Barbara, CA. Individual day passes are on sale now exclusively through festival presenter No Sleep Records and can be purchased at this location.

The full day lineups are as follows:

Comeback Kid
Focused Minds
Ill Intent
Ivy League
The Mongoloids
New Brigade
Rotting Out
Sabertooth Zombie
Single Mothers
Suburban Scum
Take Offense
Touche Amore
Xibalba More...

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Early Graves Streaming New Demo Song

San Francisco metal band Early Graves has premiered a demo of the new song "Days Grow Cold" from the forthcoming album due out this fall on No Sleep Records. This is the band's first material with singer John Strachan (The Funeral Pyre), who stepped in after the tragic loss of Makh Daniels.

Check out the song via Brooklyn Vegan at this location.

You can check out the band's statement on recently signing with No Sleep Records at this location. The demo version of "Days Grow Cold" will be featured on No Sleep Records Warped Tour Compilation, available at the label's Warped Tour Booth during this summer's tour.

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Early Graves Signs With No Sleep Records

San Francisco based metal act Early Graves signed on with No Sleep Records. The band will hit the studio in July to record the first album since the the death of vocalist Makh Daniels in a van accident in 2010. John Strachan (The Funeral Pyre), who was also in the accident, took over on vocals. Earlier this year the band began writing and recording demos for a new album with a target release date for sometime this fall.

"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," says 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."

No Sleep president Chris Hansen also commented on the signing: “I am really excited to finally announce and welcome Early Graves to the family. 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.”

Early Graves released two full length albums: "We: The Guillotine" (2008) and "Goner" (2010) through Metal Blade Records’ imprint, Iron Clad Recordings.

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The Power Of The Riff Lineup Announced

The mammoth five-date The Power of the Riff will invade the West Coast this week, kicking off with the main festival in Los Angeles this Saturday. Those in charge of the event want people there early to check out the new bands that are playing first, so the first 50 people through the doors at both the L.A. show this Saturday as well as the Seattle show on 8/18 will receive a $50 Converse Gift Card. Full show orders and set times for all five shows are posted below.

8/13/2011 Echo/Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA

Upstairs (The Echo)
Doors @ 12:00
PLAGUES 12:30 – 1:00
HARASSOR 1:15- 1:45
AEGES 2:00-2:30
SLAVE 2:45-3:15
BAPTISTS 4:15- 4:45
SKIN LIKE IRON 5:00-5:30
MASAKARI 5:45- 6:15
ALPINIST 6:30-7:15
BLACK BREATH 7:30-8:15

Downstairs (Echoplex)
Doors – 2:30
EARLY GRAVES 3:00-3:30
ACEPHALIX 3:45-4:15
BLACK COBRA 4:30-5:00
ALL PIGS MUST DIE 5:15- 6:00
TRAP THEM 6:15- 7:00
PELICAN 7:15-8:00
WINTER 8:15-9:15
EYEHATEGOD 9:30-10:30
PENTAGRAM 10:45-11:45

8/15/2011 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA

Doors – 7:00 pm
ACEPHALIX 7:45-8:15
BLACK BREATH 9:15-9:45
TRAP THEM 10:00-10:30
NOOTHGRUSH 10:45-11:45
WINTER 12:00 -1:00 More...

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Unearth Frontman Comments On Early Graves Tragedy

Trevor Phipps, vocalist of Unearth and founder of Ironclad Recording, has issued the following statement regarding the passing of Early Graves' vocalist Makh Daniels.

Trevor Phipps:
"The tragic death of Makh Daniels has shaken us at Ironclad completely to the core. Within the label we pride ourselves in our personal relationships and family like atmosphere and the loss of Makh is the untimely and devastating loss of a friend. I personally knew Makh as a man of incredible passion. You could read it in his ferocious yet challenging lyrics and see it in his undying heartfelt stage performance. Whether he was playing in front of seven or 700 people he would always perform with the same intensity and genuine emotion. He continuously showed his love for his words, music, friends and anyone who was lucky enough to be in the room with him while he performed. His life was cut far too short and he will be sorely missed by his family, brothers in Early Graves, friends around the country, and all those that he touched with his lyrical and performance command. R.I.P. Makh."

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Early Graves Issues Statement About Makh Daniels

Early Graves vocalist Makh Daniels passed away when he was involved in a van accident on August 2nd as the band was traveling through Oregon with Funeral Pyre. Early Graves has now issued the following statement about Makh's passing:

"There are no words that can properly say all the things that I want to say about our friend Makh Daniels. He is one of the most amazing writers I have ever known. He is incredibly funny. He is wise beyond his years. He is the most honest person you could ask for as a friend or a band mate. I had the pleasure to be in 2 bands with Makh and they were some of the best years of my life thus far. Sadly, Makh Daniels was taken from all of us. He wrote a lyric in an Early Graves song 'To everyone that I've ever loved, I've failed' but if there is anything that I could tell him is how proud I was of him and how much I loved him and how much his friendship meant to me. We were all like brothers.

"I know that there was a lot of people out there who were also deeply affected by this wonderful man, Makh Daniels and I cannot tell you how much he loved music and performing and how much he wanted to affect and help people get through their demons in life.

"To all of you guys, and to all of the amazing amount of love you guys have sent our way, Thank you. You guys are helping all of us get through this horrible time. We are nothing without each other right now and you guys are helping so much. But we've seen the whole community of metal and punk and hardcore musicians and fans join together in this trying time and I want to say how much it means to us and his family. More...

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