Eyehategod (1988-present): a Metalcore band from New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
ounded in 1988, Eyehategod was founded by ex-Crawlspace front-man 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 created a 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.
During their hiatus, Bower played with Down and drummed for Crowbar, while Patton played with death metallers Silent Green, and Williams picked up a pen to write for Metal Maniacs magazine.
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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) Eyehategod managed to delve into even deeper depths of hardcore depression (sonically speaking), while rising their music higher above their noise of the past. After, however and 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.
Now with Daniel Nick replacing LeBlanc, Eyehategod 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), gathering together a 1990 demo, a 1994 radio broadcast, and a 2000 European live performance.
Following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Williams and his ex-girlfriend Alicia Morgan (a member of metal band, 13) were arrested in Morgan City, Louisiana on a narcotics charge. Williams spent 91 days in the Morgan City Jail, but kicked his heroin habit. With the help of his band mates and supporters such as Phil Anselmo (ex-(Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual)), Williams was released from jail on December 2, 2005.
In 2007, 'Emetic Record's released a various artists tribute album to Eyehategod, titled For the Sick.
LaCaze died on August 23, 2013 from respiratory failure. He would be replaced by Aaron Hill.
2014 saw their self-titled full-length album Phil Anselmo's 'Housecore Records' label released; it was the last featuring Joey LaCaze.
During 2016 Williams would be replaced by Phil Anselmo for live events due to heath matters that would end off seeing him receive a liver transplant later that year.
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