Eyehategod
Confederacy of Ruined Lives


4.0
excellent

Review

by Harry B. Price USER (23 Reviews)
September 19th, 2007 | 39 replies | 9,298 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The 4th album from the 5-piece Lousiana outfit delivers.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Eyehategod is somewhat hard to dissect when it comes to describing their music. A loose interpretation of it might be Sludge Metal with some Southern Rock thrown into the mix. But in a genre that bends rules and defies labels, anything goes. This band is the absolute epitome of Sludge Metal. In every way shape and form, this is what the genre should be. Dark, heavy, slow, and effective. The 4th album from the 5-piece Louisiana outfit delivers.

Revelation/Revolution is the strong opener. It probably the heaviest, sludgiest track on the album. Its slow detuned riffs are deeply rooted in their earlier releases. It absolutely showcases what this band is all about. The thick, muffled guitars are achieve a tone so perfect, so distorted, that it can only be summed up with one adjective: beastly. A strangely clean bass tone adheres the wall of sound with a tight, industrial strength groove. While somewhat simple in technical value, it is all is needed, and doesn’t sound forced or overly flashy. Though hidden behind behemoths of guitars, the bass of Eyehategod’s music isn’t left in a corner to rot. On the contrary, it is an extremely vital and utilized tool in the muddy goop that is Eyehategod.

As previously mentioned, this band is from Louisiana, and are not afraid to show it. 99 Miles Of Bad Road and Blood Money show the tattered confederate flag on EHG’s puke-stained shirts. While the music does have a little more than pinch of Southern Rock mixed in with the overall slimy Sludge sound, it isn’t overdone, nor does it sound out of place. A perfect balance of Southern styled rock and pounding Sludge is formed, and it is quite gripping. Once you start the album, it will be difficult to press the pause button. The engaging sound is part of what makes Confederacy Of Ruined Lives such an immense album to tear through.

The other instruments on this album are nothing to sneeze at. The drumming is precise and on beat, with varying tempos and techniques throughout the album. Like the songs themselves, the beats are generally slow and heavy, with a few occasional passages of speed that are few and between. Mike Williams’s soaring shrieks wouldn’t be out of place on a black metal demo, but sound right at home where they are. Droning deep chords and occasional speedy pull-offs (that Southern Rock influence) combined with shrill feedback and off beat scales sum up the guitar passages quite nicely. Make no mistake, these guys are not slackers when it comes to their music, no matter how slow and seemingly easy their riffs sound (see: Corruption Scheme)

To some fans of Sludge who might be bothered by the Southern Rock sound on the album, do not fear. Inferior And Full Of Anxiety, Revelation/Revolution, and Jackass In The Will Of God all include some of the heaviest, most dingy sounding riffs to ever grace my ears. This is most defiantly Sludge, folks. No way around it, Eyehategod is an incredible Sludge Metal band. My end thought on this album is this: it is a powerful, dark, dank album. Anyone who is remotely into Sludge should absolutely check it out, along with Take As Needed For Pain, both of which ought to go down in history as total classics in the genre. This album is a great place to start if you want to start getting into slower, more absorbent music, or if you just want a good ol’ fun album to listen to, after all, that is what Eyehategod set out to accomplish with each an every one of their albums.

So all of you who enjoy this music, make sure to check Eyehategod’s entire catalog out. It is certainly worth your time (and possibly money) to do so.

Pro’s[+]
Sludgy mess, but so true to the EHG sound
Vocals are strong
Bass is obvious
Diverse in its own special Southern way

Con’s[-]
.001%
A few songs aren’t quite as powerful as others

Recommended Tracks
Blood Money
Revelation/Revolution
99 Miles Of Bad Road
Inferior And Full Of Anxiety




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LifeInABox
September 19th 2007



3707 Comments


It's pretty good I think

rattlehead42147
September 19th 2007



1345 Comments


FUCKING QUEER!
F@#($*&#$&!
HOW DARE YOU HAVE MORE REVIEWS THAN ME! :p

Eyehategod is someone hard to dissect when it comes to describing

did you mean somewhat here?

and what happened to the SWR review?

LifeInABox
September 19th 2007



3707 Comments


Oops, hah good catch.

It's next on the list after Legion by Deicide

Confessed2005
September 20th 2007



3314 Comments


Never checked these guys out. Sludge metal is cool though, so I may give them a shot.

Nice review.This Message Edited On 09.20.07

LifeInABox
September 20th 2007



3707 Comments


I see Eyehategod isn't very popular round these parts

masscows
September 20th 2007



2236 Comments


Eyehategod isn't really all that popular altogether. Most sludge isn't, it doesn't appeal to many people.

LifeInABox
September 20th 2007



3707 Comments


Pfft, whatever foo.

masscows
September 20th 2007



2236 Comments


It's true though, there aren't many well-known sludge bands, and seeing as how Eyehategod is one of the better known ones, that kind of reflects on the popularity of the genre as a whole.

I personally don't listen to sludge very much at all -_-

LifeInABox
September 24th 2007



3707 Comments


So, ahhh, more comments/votes would be nice

CharlestheMute
July 17th 2009



73 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not cool

SuperDuck
July 17th 2009



327 Comments


funniest band name ever

gaslightanthem
July 21st 2009



5209 Comments


it's not particularly funny

drydenbannedagain
July 22nd 2009



15 Comments


ill suck your dick with barbed wire if it means no more vaginal worts

danse
August 5th 2009



76 Comments


ouch, my religious beliefs

Bleekill
September 11th 2009



832 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

lol bohoo.

The other albums need to be reviewed, might have to get on that.

SteelErectedb4you8er
December 22nd 2009



2612 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Someone needs to do a Dopesick review. If I am up to it, I just might do so. But you know what. This album is fucking awesome.

cratos76
April 10th 2010



85 Comments


solid review....would this be a good album to start off listening to EyeHateGod

DeafMetal
October 16th 2010



8584 Comments


Not as good as Dopesick, but still awesome.

Digging: Satan's Satyrs - Wild Beyond Belief

Ovrot
January 31st 2011



10255 Comments


Album is sludgy win

Dryden
January 31st 2011



12820 Comments


mmmm



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