One of the first, feedback ridden, self-loathing, drug fueled sludge bands to emerge, Eyehategod is a legend.
The record I am reviewing is a double LP re-release of their debut album In The Name of Suffering, which contains their demo "Lack of Almost Everything".
Their debut is a lot rawer than their later work. It was cheaply recorded and that shows through. The guitars are pretty thin sounding, lacking disortion. The bass is extremely bassy. The drums lack punch.
This lack of production and rawness is one of the high points of this release. Surely not for people who want their albums sounding plastic like CoF or Dimmu Borgir. Mike's screams are unlike anything else. While listenin to the record you can imagine how much his throat must been hurt and bleeding after a gig.
The song writing might not be top noch but the diversity found here (diversity, something very uncommon for some sludge bands) makes it up. The music is mainly very slow but on occasions the bands speeds up into hardcore punkish sections. The songs are fairly short, only one going over 5 minutes.
Obiviously great record and a must for any fan of sludge or anyone getting into sludge.
On the second LP we have the "Lack of Almost Everything" which I prefer to the debut.
The sound is much rawer than on the debut and there is way more feedback than on the debut.
Mike's vocals sound here like shit. They sound metallic and thin and are on top of every other instrument. There are also samples, on beginning of almost every track. Sometimes, like on the "Left to Starve", are looped which feels like eternity. Samples can be done good (Dystopia, Leechmilk) or bad, which is the case here.
The production is really muddy but you can hear the riffs without forcin yourself to listen to the music. Most of people probably can't stand the sound of the demo though. Now there is literally feedback everywhere. It pops up during the actual songs, between notes, unlike on "In the Name of Suffering" where its heard mostly in beginning of tracks as intro.
As a bottomline, both are great records. The debut is definitely a must - buy, preferably as this double vinyl so you get the demo too. There is some small complaints about the records but they are so small that they won't matter anyways.