Death Eyes was formed in 2014 by members of San Diego bands Rats Eyes and Death Crisis (hence the name), and as they were working on what was to be their new album, vocalist Alberto Jurado sadly passed away after being rushed to the hospital with chest and stomach pains. The State of Fear EP is made up of three songs that were completed during those final sessions, and it comes out this Friday (7/3) via Three One G (pre-order). It's a bittersweet release, and it's all the proof you need that Alberto was taken from us as he was at the height of his powers as a vicious punk vocalist. These songs are all rippers, as you can hear for yourself by streaming the full EP (and watching the video for "Management Is Not Your Friend") below.

Guitarist Jackson Blackmore tells us:

We had been working on new material in 2019 for what would have been our new full length record. The plan was to do ten songs more in the vein of our "AmRep/Jesus Lizard" kinda rock song vibe. No short thirty second hyper hardcore songs. Hell, one of the songs was actually over six minutes long. Anyway, we recorded the music for five new songs in September of 2019 and Alberto started writing lyrics for those soon after. We were set to do a West Coast tour with Big Business in February. So Alberto had been putting the vocals down for the songs that we had already recorded and the plan was to record the music for the other five new songs directly after the Big Biz tour. And then go into the studio and record Alberto's vocals for those tunes. Turn everything in by early June. Drop the new album by October and hit the road to spread the word. On January 20th Alberto died suddenly after being rushed to the hospital while experiencing chest and stomach pains. He had been super excited about writing, recording and touring. More so than he had been in a long time. It was almost like he knew that he was living on borrowed time. He never talked about his health situation. He never wanted to bore you with conversations about himself. He just wanted to be himself. Play music. Talk about music. Drink beer. Love and laugh. And he had an infectious laugh. And a genuine soul. He was a true one of a kind. We miss him dearly. Rock'n Roll!!!