EYEHATEGOD // The Sophie Lancaster Stage // BOA22 // Friday August 12th
Eyehategod (also abbreviated and referred to as EHG) is an American sludge metal band from New Orleans, Louisiana who formed in 1988. They have become one of the better known bands to emerge from the NOLA metal scene. Throughout the years, their core lineup has remained, with the exceptions of the bassist, a slot in which several musicians have played, and the death of drummer Joey LaCaze in 2013. As of 2021, the band has released seven studio albums.
Eyehategod have noted the Melvins, Carnivore, The Obsessed, Discharge, Black Flag, Corrosion of Conformity, Black Sabbath, Celtic Frost, Confessor, and Saint Vitus as key influences to their sound. Heavy, detuned, and bluesy guitar riffs dominate the band’s discography. They are combined with walls of feedback, and tortured vocals, with lyrical themes centred around substance abuse, to create a harsh misanthropic vibe.
The band were friends with grindcore group Anal Cunt and performed with them for the first show after their frontman Seth Putnam was revived from his 2004 coma. Putnam had previously filled in for Mike Williams at a show in New Orleans during Mardi Gras in 1996. Williams was out of town at the time.
Rock ‘N’ Load’s Thoughts “It was great to see EHG in the flesh, I have been putting out the press for these guys for the last years and have not had the pleasure of capturing them in the flesh, until tonight. A packed out Sophie Lancaster Stage at BOA22 gave them a fitting welcome and showered them with love from the first song to the last, a quality performance cements why these guys are so highly regarded as one of the forefathers of sludge. Riff-tastic and as good as ever.”