Eternal Sleep’s “Straw Man” the Real Deal for Metalcore

Photo: Justin Boyd
Photo: Justin Boyd

Has it really been almost 20 years since the word “metalcore” had any positive connotations? Or is it only the old farts of the Decibel staff who still have mad love for the likes of Deadguy, Botch, Coalesce, Integrity, Rorschach, Starkweather… hey, kid, quit nodding off when I’m talking and let me tell you about the days when Victory Records wasn’t a total punchline! 

Fuck it, let me tell you about Eternal Sleep instead. Or better yet, Kevin Stewart-Panko can do that via this excerpt from his review in our July issue: “if you, like no one ever, have wondered what ’90s metallic hardcore would sound like through the dual filter of grunge and “holy terror” hardcore, Eternal Sleep is here to field questions and offer a primer on this unusual combination.”

“We wrote the record that we’ve wanted to write since starting the band,” the group tells Decibel. “We tried to represent the things we have been doing on our previous releases while also venturing in directions we’ve always wanted to explore. We hope the result will satisfy people who have been with us from the beginning as well as new listeners.” 

Listeners old and new can hear “Straw Man,” taken from forthcoming LP The Emptiness of…, below. Click on it now before I extol the virtues of the first two Earth Crisis albums. 

6/17/2016 The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL w/ Nails, Full Of Hell, God’s Hate
6/18/2016 The Loving Touch – Detroit, MI w/ Nails, Full Of Hell, God’s Hate
6/19/2016 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON w/ Nails, Full Of Hell, God’s Hate
6/20/2016 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC w/ Nails, Full Of Hell, God’s Hate
6/21/2016 Middle East – Boston, MA w/ Nails, Full Of Hell, God’s Hate
6/22/2016 Marlin Room Webster Hall – New York, NY w/ Nails, Full Of Hell, God’s Hate
6/23/2016 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA w/ Nails, Full Of Hell, God’s Hate
6/24/2016 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD w/ Nails, Full Of Hell, God’s Hate
6/25/2016 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ Nails, Full Of Hell, God’s Hate
6/27/2016 High Note – Birmingham, AL
6/28/2016 Walters – Houston, TX w/ Blistered
6/29/2016 TBA – San Antonio, TX w/ Blistered
7/01/2016 51 West – Tempe, AZ w/ Blistered
7/02/2016 Programme HQ – Fullerton, CA w/ Blistered
7/03/2016 The Industry – Chula Vista, CA w/ Blistered
7/05/2016 Union – Los Angeles, CA w/ Blistered
7/06/2016 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA w/ Blistered
7/08/2016 Moon Room – Denver, CO w/ Blistered
7/09/2016 house show – Columbia, MO w/ Blistered
7/10/2016 Northside Yacht Club – Cincinnati, OH w/ Blistered

Closed Casket Activities will release The Emptiness of… on all digital platforms and on 12-inch color vinyl May 20th. Pre-order that shit here