Eyehategod, Nachtmystium, Plague Bringer, Strong Intention, Weekend Nachos | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Eyehategod, Nachtmystium, Plague Bringer, Strong Intention, Weekend Nachos Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Sat., June 19, 8 p.m. 2010

Few bands do misery like Eyehategod. For the past 20 years or so they've been perfecting a type of hideous, slow-motion sludge metal that crawls and howls like a man shot in the gut, hitting your ears like the distilled essence of human suffering. It's a fitting sound for a band that spent decades lurking in the least savory corners of New Orleans, at least until the city (along with most of the members' homes) was wrecked by flooding and fires after Hurricane Katrina. If you pick apart Eyehategod's music—their 1996 masterpiece Dopesick, reissued in 2006 by Century Media, is a good place to start—you'll find not only Sabbath riffs played at DJ Screw tempos but also traces of doom metal, hardcore, and occasionally southern rock that's been warped and degraded almost past the point of recognition. For any well-adjusted listener it's probably just sickening noise, but for a certain kind of masochist it's nirvana. This two-night stand is Eyehategod's first visit to Chicago since singer Mike IX Williams spent three months in jail on charges related to a trove of pharmaceuticals liberated from a ruined Walgreens after Katrina, during which time he allegedly kicked a heroin habit of mythological proportions. At these two shows they'll be playing the entirety of their first two albums: 1992's In the Name of Suffering on Saturday and 1993's Take as Needed for Pain on Sunday. They haven't released a full-length since 2000, but a new record is allegedly in the works. Eyehategod also plays Sunday with Nachtmystium, Atlas Moth, Yakuza, and Bongripper. —Miles Raymer

Price: $25, $20 in advance

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