Release Date: Oct 30, 2012
Record label: No Sleep Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal
When former Early Graves vocalist Makh Daniels died in a van accident a mere two months after the San Francisco, CA-based hardcore/crust/punk/metal band released their excellent sophomore effort, Goner, in 2010, no one saw this coming a mere two years later. But this album is a total victory: opener "Skinwalker" is a long, sprawling, Converge-esque emotional drainer of a hardcore tune, while "Misery" follows it up with a speedy, no-frills hardcore punk/crust rager. The same great production sound is present — very raw and full of feeling — and the same intangible vibe the Early Graves always possessed is also in effect.
Early Graves have had it hard. Coping with the loss of a bandmate, especially one as full of youth and vitality as their late vocalist Makh Daniels, seems like an insurmountable mountain to climb, and yet, these San Francisco boys have done their damnedest to overcome the worst. Red Horse marks their first recorded output since Daniels was killed in a van accident while the band was on tour with Funeral Pyre in 2010, and it paints the portrait of a young group that still has everything to prove to itself, if not to others.