Eyehategod (1991-present): a Metalcore band from New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
yehategod was founded in the early 1990s by ex-Crawlspace frontman Michael Williams along with guitarist Jimmy Bower with the pair bringing on Michael D. Williams (drums; quickly replaced by Joe LaCaze), Brian Patrton (guitar) and Steve Dale (bass). Cut from the same sonic cloth as Down and Crowbar, Eyehategod would become an important part of what many dubbed 'sludgecore'. Influenced by the style of Black Flag (the band that launched the career of one Henry Rollins) and Melvins, this group of hardcore metal merchants createda mish-mash of slow tempo riffing perforated by feedback. Their first studio recording was In The Name Of Suffering (1992), an album that caught their sound in its more pure state due to the low-fidelity recording methods used. Mark Schultz would replace Dale on bass, (a position that would change with almost every album) before they released their second outing Take As Needed For Pain (1993) after which they took a break.
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When the band regrouped with Vince LeBlanc on bass they recorded what would become considered as their best work, Dopesick (1996). Produced with the help of Billy Anderson (who had worked with the mentors Melvins) they managed to delve into even deeper depths of Hardcore depression, sonically speaking, while rising it higher above their noise of the past. But once again the band took a break with Bower returning to Crowbar. The period was not completely void, however, as several singles were released during the time. The period was summed up on the Southern Discomfort compilation in 2000.Nowwith Daniel Nick replacing LeBlanc, they would return in 2000 again to torture their instruments on Confederacy Of Ruined Lives even though their style was starting to sound tired. It would be followed up in 2001 with 10 Years Of Abuse (And Still Broke), culling together a 1990 demo, a 1994 radio broadcast, and a 2000 European live performance.
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