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One of the cornerstones of the sludge scene since their formation in 1988, Eyehategod have been front and centre ever since. Announcing their presence to the world with 1992’s In the Name of Suffering and following sharply in the next year with the blistering Take as Needed for Pain, the riffs and groove of Sabbath were there, but with a colossal punch and a weight that were simply beyond heavy. Add into the mix Mike Williams’ signature snarls - fueled more so every year by the weight of his existence - and EHG were always on to something special. Dopesick and Confederacy of Ruined Lives followed in 1996 and 2000 respectively and only added to the legendary catalogue of EHG.
After a studio album drought of 14 years, 2014 saw the release of Eyehategod, which wasn’t so much a return to form as it was a raising of the bar; it’s an album that deserves the self-titled honour as it encapsulates the low down brutality of the band’s sound. Full of power and forays into hardcore throughout without losing much of the slow, dirty sludge riffing; we may have had to wait, but this was anything but a Chinese Democracy-style disappointment. As those who caught their packed out show at Desertfest will attest, Eyehategod still bring it and bring it hard.