Released: May 27, 2014
For your listening pleasure, please click play on the video below for the lead off track, "Agitation Propaganda!", from EYEHATEGOD's self titled 2014 release. The track, which is the shortest on the LP, is also the most furious. "Agitation Propaganda!" brings to mind early C.O.C. (tempo, hardcore/metal style and use of feedback as a lead) and Crucifix (pure hardcore insanity).
With the hardcore explosion completed in the first track, EYEHATEGOD proceeds to get on with what they are more known for... New Orleans sludge, born of vintage Sabbath, evolved into something much more heinous.
With hardcore, metal and stoner recordings becoming increasingly crispy and crunchy with their power and production, EYEHATEGOD (with the help of Philip H. Anselmo) refuse to clean up their feedback, distortion filled sludge. This isn't a precise and tidy metalcore record. The feedback is as hypnotic as is witnessed at their live shows, which is an amazing accomplishment to commit to vinyl. At times the feedback sound resembles controlled tones that weave in and out of the tracks riffs. At times, it is just hellish feedback.
photo by Dean Karr
EYEHATEGOD specialize in music that is both aggressive and numbing at the same time. The combination dangerously resembles the soundtrack of the end result of pounding back a six pack and a bottle of whiskey (not recommended - listen to the record instead, no chance of death via vinyl) or maybe some combination of illegal substances (hypothetical guess). Filled with rage, yet physically incapable of moving, a lovely sort of violent paralysis. This EYEHATEGOD record ain't pretty, but it is undeniably beautiful.
photo by Dean Karr.
I have been a fan of EYEHATEGOD for a very long time. I have been looking forward to May 27, 2014 for my purple and grey vinyl edition to arrive in the mail. For the record nerds: The first pressing is limited to 1600 copies and made available in the following color variations: black (600 copies), purple (300 copies), clear (400 copies), purple and grey (300 copies).
I have been listening to an advance digital version of this record for about a month. I have been nothing less than fascinated with the album. I have the luxury of having many albums at my disposal, so rarely do I have an album that preoccupies an entire month of my listening. I have been obsessed.
I had the pleasure of seeing EYEHATEGOD live at Jimmy's Place (now torn down) in Allentown in 2011. Follow this link to see the photos and write up. Very much looking forward to June 1, 2014 in Philly (along with Ringworm and Enabler - both bands having also released amazing LPs this year) at Underground Arts.
EYEHATEGOD Live Assaults 2014:
w/ Ringworm, Enabler:
5/28/2014 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
5/29/2014 Drunk Horse – Fayetteville, NC
5/30/2014 Chop Shop – Charlotte NC
5/31/2014 611 – Frederick, MD
6/01/2014 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
6/02/2014 Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
6/03/2014 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
6/04/2014 American Legion Post 80 – Binghamton, NY
6/05/2014 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
6/06/2014 Even Flow – Long Island, NY
6/07/2014 Europa – Brooklyn, NY
6/08/2014 Basement Transmissions – Erie, PA
6/09/2014 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
6/10/2014 Loving Touch – Detroit, MI
6/11/2014 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
6/12/2014 Birdy’s – Indianapolis, IN
6/13/2014 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
6/14/2014 Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI
6/15/2014 Bottom End Bar – Appleton, WI
6/16/2014 Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN
6/17/2014 Diamond Pub – Louisville, KY
6/18/2014 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
6/19/2014 Hi Tone – Memphis, TN
6/20/2014 Southport – New Orleans, LA
6/21/2014 Dollhouse – Savannah, GA
6/22/2014 Orpheum – Tampa, FL
6/23/2014 Looseys – Gainesville, FL
6/24/2014 Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
6/25/2014 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL