Welcome Scribbler Metalheads! Before Old Man Feind laments a shitty weekend I thought I'd bring you some more awesome metal from this year. Eyehategod released their first new album in 14 years and while I wasn't much of a fan prior to this album I did like this release very much. The NOLA stalwarts showed that they still kickass after all these years.
Some point to Eyehategod as the essence of the NOLA sound and it's difficult to argue the point. The band's history has been as chaotic as their sound leading to the long hiatus after 2000's Confederacy of Ruined Lives. The journey that Eyehategod have been on since about 1988 has been tumultuous to say the least, they've been called insane, kicked out of studios, battled drug addiction and then Hurricane Katrina hit. Singer Mike Williams was arrested in the aftermath for possession but spent his time in jail wisely finally kicking his longtime heroin habit. It took some time for it all to come back together then just as they were recording the tragedy that seems to plague the band struck again when founding member, drummer Joe LaCaze died suddenly of respiratory failure after years of battling asthma. Luckily he had laid down nearly all the drum tracks for the album so other than some fills by his replacement, Aaron Hill, the drums are all LaCaze. In the end what finally came out after 14 years of turmoil is without a doubt, at least for this Scribbler, their best album ever. It didn't get the love it deserves on a lot of "Best of" lists so far but it is certainly one of the year's best and, for me, the band's best period. Take a listen to the originators of the sound we now call sludge!
The only official video released from the album for Medicine Noose.
Then here's the full album for your listening pleasure.
What do you think Scribbler fans? Was Eyehategod on your year's best list? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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