by Doug Moore
Mike Williams w/ Eyehategod at the Acheron, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Southern sludge trope-makers Eyehategod put out their last record in 2000 -- 14 years ago. Since then, the band has endured a seemingly endless string of setbacks: Hurricane Katrina, various band member incarcerations, and the passing of founding drummer Joey LaCaze. All things considered, it's not a huge surprise that they've been unable to produce a full album of recorded material over that stretch (though a couple of new songs have emerged).
It appears, however, that Eyehategod have finally broken their dry spell. EHG vocalist Mike Williams announced via his Facebook that the band have a finished fifth album in hand:
EYEHATEGOD master tapes are in our hands RIGHT NOW!!! Artwork getting close to be being done as well..!!! Gonna be KKKKIIIILLERRR.. Got some surprises up our sleeve too...! SOUNDS and LOOKS INSANE!!!It's also worth noting that 'master tapes' implied that the band is sticking with analog tech for this one -- no surprise there, but one wonders what other "surprises up our sleeve" this stylistically consistent band has in store.
Stream "New Orleans is the New Vietnam," one of the few new EHG songs to emerge thus far (and presumably a demo version of a song from the upcoming LP?), below...