Eyehategod
Eyehategod


3.5
great

Review

by JF Williams USER (18 Reviews)
May 21st, 2014 | 258 replies


Release Date: 05/27/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Born out of tribulation

Eyehategod’s new self-titled record is one born out of tribulation. Pulling it together to pen a new record 14 years after the release of its predecessor Confederacy of Ruined Lives, the incumbent kings of drug-addled sludge metal miserablism have gone through a litany of troubles, including poverty, drug withdrawal, prison time and an apocalyptic natural disaster. After listening to the punkified scorcher of an opening track “Agitation! Propaganda!,” you would never have guessed.

You might find it strange to see a word like “fun” anywhere near the vicinity of this New Orleans quintet, but Eyehategod’s long-awaited self-titled record is certainly enlivened and rejuvenated. They are no less dour than on previous outings, but now they spew their piss-and-vinegar nihilism with health, vigor and confidence, and it isn’t just due to Billy Anderson’s thick, beefy production. The boys are back in town, and they’ve got some rock-solid songs and a rollicking, airtight performance to show for it.

Eyehategod has traditionally opted to open their records with some of their sloggiest material – take “Blank” or “My Name is God (I Hate You),” for example – but “Agitation! Propaganda!” earns its exclamation points by cutting right through the hazy murk with a furious dose of sludgy hardcore punk. It’s perhaps the most immediate moment of the band’s career – not a note is wasted and neither a moment hesitated in its two and a half minutes.

This newfound immediacy even characterizes slower cuts like “Parish Motel Sickness” and “Robitussin and Rejection.” They trudge to be sure, but lost is the sloppy sickliness of their classic material, supplanting it with a tight, rehearsed performance. “Robitussin…” flaunts their trademark knotted chromatic riffs, but it’s hardly a messy stupor. Tighter still are cuts such as “Worthless Rescue” and “Nobody Told Me,” with the latter coming so close to straight-up blues rock at about 2:24 that one might momentarily forget that this is, in fact, the same five guys who penned some of the most harrowing expressions of real-life pain ever to come out of the extreme metal underground.

As if making up for the band’s unusual exuberancy, frontman Mike Williams waxes vitriolic with his inimitable snarl, sounding far less haggard and breathless than on previous records. The lyrics are predictably swallowed up in the chaos, but on “Flags and Cities Bound,” we are treated to perhaps Eyehategod’s only moment of lyrical intelligibility in the form of a disorienting spoken-word piece. “In this place of probation,” Williams seethes, “reading the label of a lead-based paint remover is considered highbrow literature.” His blunt gutter poetry – evidently culled from experience – careens into the obtuse later on, but the imagery is concrete, evocative and disturbing when draped against the backdrop of Eyehategod’s classic wailing amp feedback, and certainly a breath of fresh air when paired against the cookie-cutter throwaways that metal lyrics often are.

All of this praise serves greatly to underline the tragedy of Joey LaCaze’s passing late last year. LaCaze’s was always Eyehategod’s beating heart, and at no point in their career is this more apparent than on this record. His tight, arhythmic swing absolutely dominates the groovier tracks like the aforementioned “Quitter”s Offensive” and particularly the rock-solid “Worthless Rescue,” wrangling in the rest of the band without resorting to obnoxious flashiness. LaCaze left behind his proudest moment on this record, and his clear enthusiasm behind the kit makes the band’s comeback bittersweet.

Nonetheless, Eyehategod is hardly the gamechanger that Take As Needed For Pain or Dopesick were, and there certainly aren’t songs quite on par with the likes of “Dixie Whiskey” and “Southern Discomfort.” Instead, Eyehategod is an earnest record by a band evidently comfortable in its own skin. The band was not without its scars even without the passing of LaCaze, but this record is proof enough that tribulation only makes Eyehategod stronger.

Originally published on www.angrymetalguy.com



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HenchmanOfSanta
May 21st 2014


1882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album grooves so hard, but I disagree about the vocals. They're way more intelligible than they used to be.

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VisionsFromTheDarkSide
May 21st 2014


1820 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review man, have a pos, although this did read more like a 4 or 4.5 than a 3.5 to me.

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eyehategod
May 21st 2014


1005 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

wow its a 5

BMDrummer
May 21st 2014


8727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Why did you review before it came out? I heard it leaked, but still.

JF Williams
May 21st 2014


51 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm also a writer for Angry Metal Guy where it was originally posted (hence the comment at the bottom), so I had access to a promo, not a leak.

http://www.angrymetalguy.com/eyehategod-eyehategod/

DominionMM1
May 21st 2014


10109 Comments


sweet review man

EvigSorg
May 22nd 2014


3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rip lacaze

HenchmanOfSanta
May 22nd 2014


1882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's also streaming now.

CrimsonLies
May 22nd 2014


2045 Comments


Looking forward to hearing this

Motiv3
May 22nd 2014


8939 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album owns hard.

DallyLama
May 24th 2014


1074 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

5 easy. holy fuck this is the best thing they've ever released.
Parish Motel Sickness is my favorite track. goes so hard. holy fuck.

osmark86
May 26th 2014


4424 Comments


this is pretty sweet, that feedback sure packs a punch. great production as well. will have to spin this a few more times before deciding but it sounds pretty alright after the first listen.

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deathschool
May 26th 2014


9070 Comments


Reads higher than a 3.5, but fantastic review. Pos. super excited to hear this now.

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osmark86
May 26th 2014


4424 Comments


I'm sure you'll find some delicious moments in here school of death

ShadowRemains
May 26th 2014


21077 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

still need to hear this

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ianjulian
May 26th 2014


632 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the rock-solid

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Relinquished
May 26th 2014


25214 Comments


strong review dude, really like how you know your shit unlike other writers reviewing this

try to italicize the album titles to distinguish them like you did with the song titles

ShadowRemains
May 26th 2014


21077 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that elliot rodger fuckhead could've learned a thing or two from mike williams

dude has had so many terrible things happen to him and channelled it into some of the best sludge ever

Relinquished
May 26th 2014


25214 Comments


jeez fuck that kid and fuck everyone still talking about him

deathschool
May 26th 2014


9070 Comments


Yeah. I'm all for channeling shit emotions into art, but that comparison is a little on the short sighted side.



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