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Eyehategod, Ringworm, Enabler Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Image

When: Fri., June 13, 9 p.m. 2014

Eyehategod’s brand-new self-titled LP, recorded before longtime drummer Joey LaCaze died late last summer, is their first full-length in 14 years—and its songs are tighter and more streamlined than anything the band has done. But these New Orleans sludge legends are hardly going soft. On their 90s records, Eyehategod perfected a damaged, deranged take on southern blues that was as doomy, draggy, and disjointed as heavy metal that had been torn to bits and then sewn back together one note at a time; this time around the grooves hang together with a semblance of order, but the band still sounds like Black Sabbath struggling to perform on enough cough medicine to tranquilize a battalion. Eyehategod’s best qualities remain intact: the impossibly heavy dual-guitar onslaught, the song structures that pile riff on riff on riff, and the inimitable persona of lead singer Mike IX Williams, who stars in the role of the grossest, angriest, scariest, most desperate man on the planet. Williams has cleaned up from a heavy-duty heroin addiction that seemed to fuel the poisonously bad vibes of the band’s back catalog, but he can still draw on those depths of depravity—and thanks to him, Eyehategod is still the most terrifying band in the game. —Luca Cimarusti

Price: $25

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