by Doug Moore
Dale Crover with (the) Melvins (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
NOLA sludge kings Eyehategod have been in limbo since the untimely passing of drummer Joey LaCaze last month. LaCaze was a unique talent, and the band wisely chose not to rush into announcing a replacement for him. However wise, this decision had a price. LaCaze's empty throne forced the band to cancel their Invisible Oranges-sponsored boat show earlier in September.
Eyehategod's 25th-anniversary appearance at Phil Anselmo's Housecore Horror Film Fest has hung in the balance since. Happily, the festival announced today that the band has found a suitable fill-in for their 10/26 appearance: Dale Crover of (the) Melvins, who will also join the bill as a replacement for Crowbar.
Presumably, Crover won't replace LaCaze in the long term; his main band tours a lot, and he's one of its two core members. But as far as matches for EHG go, he's as good as they're likely to get -- dude is one of the hardest hitters in the game, and he's got the chops to manage EHG's sneaky time-stretch tempo component.