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Phases & Stages

Reviewed by Michael Toland, June 27, 2014, Music



It's been nearly 15 years since Eyehategod released a record. The New Orleans quintet has had a rough run, with its latest gut-punch being the sudden death of drummer Joey LaCaze. The band pours years of pain and frustration into this eponymous release, attacking songs like a wrongfully convicted criminal confronting his framer. Singer Mike Williams directs his rage at complacency ("Quitter's Offensive"), addiction ("Robitussin and Rejection"), and political skullduggery ("The Age of Bootcamp") fully exerting his feral delivery. His bandmates grind out a surprisingly tuneful brand of sludge, shifting from burly aggrodoom on "Nobody Told Me" to speedy hardcore on "Agitation! Propaganda!" Offering plenty of catharsis, Eyehategod gives good acrimony.


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