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.