Eyehategod
A History Of Nomadic Behavior


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by Tom Sheridan CONTRIBUTOR (15 Reviews)
March 12th, 2021 | 118 replies


Release Date: 03/12/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: R.Eye.P.

Bands really ought to start weighing the pros and cons of releasing a pair of genre definers early on in their career. Middle age is tough at the best of times without having to compete against a prodigious legacy. Quit wholesale, or at least hold something back in the vaults for the pot-belly years. Misfits were on to something with Static Age.

This is the sort of legacy Eyehategod are knocking up against following the bloody-knuckle 1-2 of Take As Needed for Pain and Dopesick. If the sounds of the latter are any indication, they ought to be credited with a third miracle in that vocalist Mike IX Williams was not found dead in a gas station bathroom before the record had a finished master. So there the band were, all still breathing, however ragged, with a document of nihilistic self-abuse and a lot to live up to. Acid Bath were on to something. Good looking out, Audie Pitre.

Things got predictable from there. The classics are clear testimonials that guitarists Brian Patton and Jimmy Bower knew their way around a de-tuned, nimbly oafish battering, and qualified diminishing-returns follow ups Confederacy of Ruined Lives and the self-titled (post-14 year recording hiatus) are testimonials that once you learn to riff proficiently at half-time in C, you can keep doing a pretty respectable imitation without ruffling feathers, even if you’ve already pissed out much of your proverbial vinegar. Original skin-batterer Joey LaCaze died somewhere in there, and Aaron Hill took up the vacated stool and didn’t miss a beat. (Ain’t too difficult at a cool 70 bpm, but credit where it’s due).

Enter A History of Nomadic Behavior. Nothing’s changed. Exit A History of Nomadic Behavior.

This album will likely amaze no one, and upset even fewer. Which might not be the ideal benchmark for a band that’s throttled quite a bit of mileage from adjectives like “disturbed, disgusting, depraved.” If you’ve been along for the ride this far, here’s a couple tracks for the perennial set-list and a comfortable reminder that it’s been a couple months since you last listened to Mike shredding his lungs raw through “Anxiety Hangover” during the Dopesick years. Of course, that sort of voice isn’t sustainable on the wrong side of a couple decades of the hardest living, and sure enough, it’s a fraction of the raw howling viscera that used to tear through the serrated riffs. After several health scares over the last few years, it’s gratifying enough to hear that voice barking out a new run of gutter slogans at all. Still, it’s tough to imagine a scenario where a new Eyehategod project recaptures that same ferocity that made those classic records what they were.

Coupled with Brian Patton out of the picture for the first time since joining after debut In the Name of Suffering (and some of the bite from the riffs leaving with him), A History of Nomadic Behavior is an echo of the best work the New Orleans crew has dredged up. But all echoes hold a piece of their original, and there’s still enough here to warrant a quick check-in for old time’s sake, sparse as the selection may be. “Current Situation” and lead single “High Risk Trigger” dose the record with a little extra potency at its midpoint, the latter via a couple pummeling riffs with just a bit more character than the homogeneity they’re prone to falling into around the rest of the tracklist, while the former’s mid-song noise break puts back some of the sanded-down grit.

But if another decade rolls around to see these not-quite-reformed misanthropes still living on their evidently healthy allotment of borrowed time and preparing another album cycle, A History of Nomadic Behavior isn’t going to be the record anyone reaches for to remember why Eyehategod is still a band worth remembering.



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porcupinetheater
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2021


7557 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

First contrib review heyo. This album is fine, totally fine.

Supercoolguy64
March 12th 2021


10395 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i wanna get this, gotta jam later. surprised at the relatively low rating but thats what i like about good 'ol sput is that you are guarenteed that someone will have a differing opinion from all the "mainstream" sites and magazines that will automatically give everything a high score if the band is renowned enough.



also Brian didnt join the band until they started recording Take As Needed lololol

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Supercoolguy64
March 12th 2021


10395 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

also confederacy of ruined lives was dope

porcupinetheater
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2021


7557 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"also Brian didnt join the band until they started recording Take As Needed lololol"



Yeah, that's what I mean, Name of Suffering was the last album before this without Brian as a member.



And confederacy of ruined lives was dope [2], just a step down from Dopesick (because how could anything not be?), and the self titled and this have kept stepping further down the staircase.

Supercoolguy64
March 12th 2021


10395 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ah my bad, misread you there. listening to this rn and the mix is pretty flat.

el_newg
March 12th 2021


1225 Comments


I don't imagine this will be a 2.5 for me, but I can certainly see why it is from your review. nice write up.

porcupinetheater
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2021


7557 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Edited for clarity, cheers. Ambiguous phrasing strikes again.

Agreed, could definitely see a remaster bumping this up to 3-range, at least.

porcupinetheater
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2021


7557 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Cheers, newg, thanks! I imagine I'll be on the low end score-wise, but I'd still be surprised if this aggregates higher than a 3.5 tbh



High Risk Trigger was the only single I was into pre-release, though, so *make of that what you will*

LeddSledd
March 12th 2021


4779 Comments


aged and uninspired, eh? well this is a shame. was getting into a bit of sludge recently and thought about checking this out

great review

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 12th 2021


9100 Comments


Great review, virtual pos.

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DDDeftoneDDD
March 12th 2021


17002 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Oh shit, what a reception. Will check this today.

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porcupinetheater
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2021


7557 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

All their records before this are worth checking, to varying degrees, Ledd. Dopesick is like my personal sludge gold standard, Filthy fucking record



Thanks y'all

DDDeftoneDDD
March 12th 2021


17002 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Yap agreed, Dopesick is the true music to abandon life.



Dopesick and Dopethrone are the actual filth sludge cornerstones.

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2021


2823 Comments


great review porc! based on the summary this album is ripe?

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Supercoolguy64
March 12th 2021


10395 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ledd you should still listen to like EHG's first 4 those albums kill

porcupinetheater
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2021


7557 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Honestly nothing about it's terrible, just totally forgettable, and not much reason to exist on its own.



Fortunately it doesn't exist on its own and if it gets them more bucks incoming and continued interest in tours (whatever those are, I kind of recall them from eras past?), I'm happy about it. Mike's had a rough run lately, and if this is a help to him, wish it the best.



But the riffs just ain't stickin', y'know?



Edit: oh fuck lol just got that Jesper, brilliant

DDDeftoneDDD
March 12th 2021


17002 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Money for more meth? XD dang

DDDeftoneDDD
March 12th 2021


17002 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

The single was kinda dope tho

porcupinetheater
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2021


7557 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah, that one's one of the 2-3 easy highlights

Nocte
Staff Reviewer
March 12th 2021


13981 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I thought the boys and gals were hyping this up something shocking?

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