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Sludge/Doom Metal
Lyrical theme(s)
Misanthropy, Suffering, Drug Abuse, Crime, Poverty
Origin Formed in Current label Status
United States of America (New Orleans, Louisiana) 1988 Emetic Records Active
Current line-up
Michael Williams - Vocals (Outlaw Order, Drip, Arson Anthem, Crawlspace, Suffocation By Filth)
Brian Patton - Guitars (1993-) (Soilent Green, Outlaw Order, Nuclear Crucifixion (USA), Drip)
Jimmy Bower - Guitars (1988-) (Down, Superjoint Ritual, Crowbar, Debris Inc., Sourvein,Corrosion of Conformity, Drip, Floodgate, The Mystick Krewe of Clearlight, Blatant Frustration)
Gary Mader - Bass (2001-) (Outlaw Order, Hawg Jaw)
Joe LaCaze - Drums (Outlaw Order)
Former/past member(s)
Chris Hilliard

Marc Schultz (Outlaw Order) (bass on "Take as Needed for Pain", guitar on "In The Name of Suffering")
Vince LeBlanc (on "Dopesick")
Danny Nick (Suplecs) (on "Confederacy of Ruined Lives")
Kevin Bond (Superjoint Ritual, Christ Inversion, Nuclear Crucifixion (USA), Body And Blood, Floodgate, Artimus Pyledriver)
Steve Dale (and Guitar)

Joey Delatte (Blatant Frustration)
Additional notes
Mike Williams published a book of poems and lyrics called Cancer As a Social Activity. The book was published by Southern Roots Publishing. Mike also did guest vocals for Brutal Truth on the song Media Blitz from the "Need to Control" album.

EHG are featured on the Melvins tribute playing the song "Easy As It Was."

A friend of the band, Seth Putnam of the infamous noise/grind band Anal Cunt, did vocals for one Eyehategod show while [...]
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Garden Dwarf Woman Driver Demo, 1989
Lack of Almost Everything Demo, 1990 [1 review, 100%]
In the Name of Suffering Full-length, 1992 [4 reviews, average 75%]
Take as Needed for Pain Full-length, 1993 [1 review, 92%]
13 / Eyehategod I Split, 1994 [1 review, 35%]
Ruptured Heart Theory Single, 1994
13 / Eyehategod II Split, 1995 [1 review, 88%]
Dopesick Full-length, 1996 [1 review, 100%]
In These Black Days: Vol. 1 Split album, 1997 [1 review, 70%]
Southern Discomfort Best of/Compilation, 2000 [1 review, 95%]
Confederacy of Ruined Lives Full-length, 2000 [3 reviews, average 91%]
10 Years of Abuse (and Still Broke) Best of/Compilation, 2001
Eyehategod / Soilent Green Split, 2002 [1 review, 50%]
Eyehategod / Cripple Bastards Split album, 2004
Live in Tokyo 2002 DVD, 2004
99 Miles of Bad Road EP, 2004
Preaching the End-Time Message Best of/Compilation, 2005 [1 review, 43%]

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Origin New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Genres Sludge metal
Years active 1988-present
Labels Century Media Emetic Records
Associated acts Outlaw Order Arson Anthem Down Crowbar Corrosion of Conformity Superjoint Ritual Soilent Green
Mike Williams Jimmy Bower Brian Patton Joey LaCaze Gary Mader
Former members
Steve Dale Mark Schultz Vince LeBlanc Daniel Nick Charles Alexander Joey Delatte Chris Hilliard
Eyehategod (also abbreviated and referred to as EHG) is an American sludge metal band from New Orleans who formed in 1988. They have become one of the most important bands to emerge from the NOLA metal scene. Throughout the years, their core line-up has remained the same, with the exception of the bass guitarist, a slot which has seen several come and go.
Eyehategod have noted Melvins, The Obsessed, Black Flag, and Black Sabbath as key influences to their sound. Heavy, detuned, and bluesy guitar riffs dominate the band's sound. They are combined with walls of feedback and tortured vocals to create a harsh misanthropic vibe. Their records had been released consistently by Century Media Records though the band's most recent output is on Emetic Records, not including the numerous splits released under various labels. The band is friends with Anal Cunt and performed with A.C. for the first show after Seth Putnam came out of his coma.



[edit] History

[edit] Early years – In the Name of Suffering

Very little is known about early Eyehategod. Jimmy Bower and Joey LaCaze founded the band on April 20, 1988 (in accordance with 4/20 in cannabis culture), and they recruited Mike Williams, Brian Patton and Steve Dale. The band then recorded the demo Lack of Almost Everything in 1990 and sent it out to various labels. They eventually got signed to the small French label Intellectual Convulsion, and released their first album In the Name of Suffering on December 1, 1992. The album had a far more primitive and raw sound than later releases (as it was recorded very cheaply and the band members were fairly inexperienced at the time), and had a more hardcore feel to it. The label dissolved with only a couple of thousand copies having been printed, leaving the band to look for new labels. They were soon picked up by Century Media however, who re-released In the Name of Suffering as it is known today. Also in 2006, In the Name of Suffering was re-issued with four bonus tracks. These four tracks were the same as those on the original demo Lack Of Almost Everything.

[edit] Take as Needed for Pain

Eyehategod then went on to record Take as Needed for Pain in 1993 with new bassist Mark Schultz who had also contributed on In The Name Of Suffering. The album was recorded at Studio 13, a small label working from the 13th floor of an abandoned department store on an old canal street in New Orleans. The band got together daily during this period to put down tracks for the album. At the time, Mike Williams was homeless (having been thrown out by his former girlfriend) and was living in an abandoned, flea-infested room above a strip club just a few minutes away from the studio. The sound of Take as Needed for Pain seemed much closer to what the members intended than the material on In the Name of Suffering, and it shows a cleaner, more distinct sound with better defined riffs. The southern rock, blues and doom influences are also more distinctly felt on this album. After the release of the album, the band toured extensively with acts such as Chaos UK, Buzzov*en, White Zombie and Corrosion of Conformity. After touring, the band members briefly spread out in different directions. Mike Williams busied himself contributing to Metal Maniacs magazine. Jimmy Bower played drums on Crowbar's Broken Glass as well as Down's debut album, NOLA. Brian Patton recorded Soilent Green's debut album, Pussysoul.

[edit] Dopesick

The band had been recording several demos, which were released on various 7" records and splits on various labels, but finally in 1996 settled down to record a full length record, with Pepper Keenan of Corrosion of Conformity as producer, and new bassist Vince LeBlanc, which would be named Dopesick. At the time, Mike Williams was living in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn in New York City, and so had to travel between there and New Orleans frequently for the recording sessions. The recording sessions were infamously chaotic, and involved the studio owner reportedly calling Century to ask if the band were insane, and threatening to kick them out. This particular incident occurred after Mike Williams had attempted to record the sound of smashing glass for the introduction to the album, by smashing a bottle on the floor of the studio. In the process he slashed his hand open badly and bled all over the studio floor (this recording did make it to the record as the introduction to the first track, "My Name is God (I Hate You)"). One of the band members then apparently smeared the words "Hell" and "Death to Pigs" in Mike's blood. Brian Patton and Joey LaCaze then flew out to San Francisco to mix the album. This album was far more chaotic than their previous, but still retained the distinct southern, bluesy feel, distancing it from In the Name of Suffering. The band then embarked on a US tour in the spring of 1997 to support the album, supporting White Zombie and Pantera, bringing their music to a far wider audience, raising the profile of sludge metal, and becoming (in)famous as one of its founding acts.

[edit] Confederacy of Ruined Lives

Eyehategod then went through a period of internal disputes, and went on unofficial hiatus as its members scattered again to record and tour with their various side-projects; namely Soilent Green, Corrosion of Conformity and Crowbar. Eventually, in 2000, the band reconvened (again with a new bassist, this time Daniel Nick) to compile their various Take as Needed for Pain and Dopesick era singles, 7 inches and split records into one record, Southern Discomfort. This reconvention gave them the impetus to knuckle down and record another album, and that album was 2000's Confederacy of Ruined Lives. The album was a much more polished, sober affair, and so sounded distinctly more like a sequel to Take as Needed for Pain than Dopesick. After its release, the band then toured extensively (embarking on a world tour for the first time, with dates in Europe and Japan), while its members still juggled their various side-projects. During this time, Down recorded their second album, and Bower formed the mostly instrumental band, The Mystick Krewe of Clearlight, as well as Soilent Green releasing their third album. Mike Williams also founded Outlaw Order and Arson Anthem. During all this activity, Eyehategod found time to compile and release their live album 10 Years of Abuse (and Still Broke) (which was mainly released due to a contractual obligation with Century Media), and record and release yet more split records and 7 inches. With the release of their live album, the band were free of their contract with Century, and chose to sign to Emetic Records (with their fifth and current bassist, Gary Mader) for the release of their 2005 stop-gap compilation album, Preaching the "End-Time" Message, much in the vein of Southern Discomfort, but this time with some unreleased studio tracks.

[edit] Recent events

Following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, singer Mike Williams and his now ex-girlfriend Alicia Morgan (a member of sludgecore band 13) were arrested in Morgan City, Louisiana on a narcotics charge. Williams spent 91 days in the Morgan City Jail, and kicked his legendary heroin habit. With the help of his Eyehategod bandmates and supporters such as Phil Anselmo, Williams was released from jail on December 2, 2005. The band played a set at the 2006 Mardi Gras festival, the first since the disaster. Emetic Records released a various artists tribute album to Eyehategod on March 20, 2007, titled For the Sick. The band played a few shows in the American South in May 2009, and are on tour the same winter. They also performed at Hellfest in France in June.
Jimmy Bower announced in a recent interview that Eyehategod are still active and preparing a new album. The band also played at the Inferno festival in Oslo, Norway on April 1st. 2010.

[edit] Members

[edit] Current line-up

[edit] Former members

  • Steve Dale - Bass
  • Mark Schultz - Guitar/Bass
  • Vince LeBlanc - Bass
  • Daniel Nick - Bass
  • Charles Alexander - Bass
  • Joey Delatte - Drums
  • Chris Hilliard - Vocals

[edit] Discography

[edit] Albums

Year Title Type Label
1990 Lack of Almost Everything Demo album Self-released
1992 In the Name of Suffering Studio album Century Media
1993 Take as Needed for Pain Studio album Century Media
1996 Dopesick Studio album Century Media
2000 Southern Discomfort Compilation album Century Media
2000 Confederacy of Ruined Lives Studio album Century Media
2001 10 Years of Abuse (and Still Broke) Compilation album Century Media
2004 Live in Tokyo DVD Press Pause Media/Cassettes
2005 Preaching the "End-Time" Message Compilation album Emetic Records

[edit] Singles and EPs

Year Title Label
1994 "Ruptured Heart Theory" Bovine Records
1994 "Serving Time in the Middle of Nowhere" (split with 13) Ax/ction Records
1995 "Southern Discomfort" (split with 13) Slap-A-Ham Records
1997 "Sabbath Jam" (split with Anal Cunt) Hydra Head Records
2002 "The Age of Bootcamp" (split with Soilent Green) Incision Records
2004 "I Am the Gestapo" (split with Cripple Bastards) Southern Lord Records
2004 99 Miles of Bad Road 2+2=5
The band also appear on several compilations, namely the Gummo soundtrack, Cry Now, Cry Later series of 7 inches, and appear on the Melvins tribute album We Reach: The Music of the Melvins covering "Easy As It Was".

[edit] Outlaw Order

While Jimmy Bower was busy playing drums for Down, the other four members of Eyehategod formed a side-project called Outlaw Order (abbreviated to OO%). The band released a limited edition 7" EP in 2003 called Legalize Crime, which has since been re-released on CD with a bonus live track and is available through Eyehategod's webstore. The criminal theme is apparently because at the time of the band's formation all 5 of the members were on probation, and have consistently been in trouble with the law. Marc Shultz is currently serving a prison sentence and so has been replaced by Justin Grisoli. The band have recorded their debut full-length, Dragging Down the Enforcer, and it was released on November 10, 2008, through Season of Mist.


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