EARLY GRAVES formed in the Bay Area in early 2008 and have since released two full lengths, both 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 other.

In the summer of 2010, on one of the band’s many US tours, they were in a van accident, killing 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.

And now after the reformation the band is all set to release their new FL called ‘Red Horse’. Brutal Pokhara/DSU caught up with Chris Borak to talk about the band’s new sound and the brand new release. Check out this exclusive short chat.

-Helo Chris, Thank you for your time. The new release is on the
card, how excited/nervous are you guys?

Hey no problem, thanks for having us. We are excited for the new album
to come out. Its out tomorrow here in the States and I could not be
more proud or happy to finally have the album done and out for people
to hear.

Makh Daniels was an incredible frontman, it’s sad what had happened.
How is the newly recruited John doing and in what ways has his
presence affected the band?

Thank you, Makh was a great frontman you are correct. John is a
fantastic friend, frontman, lyricist, band member, all the same things
as Makh. They are very different in all aspects, but they are similar
in that they are both great at their craft and we are lucky to have
John with us.

-The record is coming out on Oct 30th, what can the fans expect from
the album? Is it going to be more like the ‘Goner’ or we can expect
something different?

Fans can expect a heavy album. Its fast, raw, melodic, dark, pissed
but it is also the culmination of a lot of hard work. I think people
who like Goner will be pleased and people who havent heard of us can
expect something pretty awesome.

-What about the lyrical contents on the new album? Has Makh death,
lyrically, influence the record in any way?

The lyrics are about a multitude of things. Loss is definitely a
theme, but not just about Makh. The song “Pure Hell” is about Makh and
living your life as full as you can, like he did. The song “Death
Obsessed” is partially about people wanting to know about Makh’s death
as well.

Ok, is there any exclusive release for the Asian fans, with exclusive
we meant any place where we can get the album/Cd with ease?

I am not sure what you mean by this? The easiest place might be
itunes? I am not sure, pardon my ignorance.

What about the promotional tours? Any possibilities for an Asian tour
right now?

We would love to tour Asia. I hear nothing but great things about Asia
as a place to play, and how wonderful the Asian crowds are. There are
not any plans right now, but if anyone wants to bring us over, we are
open to it for sure.

Well, thank you again for your time. We wish you all the best for
‘RED HORSE’. Any last shout outs?

Thanks for taking the time to ask us some questions and the readers
for reading. Check us out  on and instagram
earlygraves. Cheers to all the Asian metal fans! Also, pick up RED
HORSE here:

-Zivon Gurung


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