Pioneers of chaotic punk/thrash/hardcore, whatever genre they are really, EYEHATEGOD return with their new self-titled album full of pure aggression and anarcho chaos that will get bodies moving around the pit. With so many younger bands today emulating the style of EYEHATEGOD such as FULL OF HELL, HOMEWRECKER, MAMMOTH GRINDER, and a ton more its truly bizarre that they became such trendsetters since in the 90’s they were seen as the new band emulating that sounds of 80’s hardcore. Still fans of the old school hardcore could with a doubt get behind the slick yet sloppy, distortion and feedback laced array of punk chords the band throws at you.
I always try to look at an album for what it is in each genre, without a general bias, as honestly I’m not the biggest fan of 80’s style “Tough guy” hardcore, but though the root of this album is based in that there’s enough punk and groove to push it above that and really make a solid album. Groove actually is a good word to describe it, there’s a lot of sweet riffs that reflect even some 70’s funk stuff notably in track “4 Quitter’s Offensive”, the main riff is a sweet little twang that will get you moving.
The fifth track “Nobody Told Me” is a little ditty reminiscent of a cross between RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE’S screeching vocals with the funky guitar riffs of classic Tony Iommi BLACK SABBATH, it’s a pretty different track for a band so rooted in the punk/hardcore scene. For guys in their 40’s they still hold on to that angsty feel of youth without sounding like trying to hard, something only legendary hardcore icons like Mike IX Williams could do, he croons on the album matching the groove and sludge of the funkiness with a harsh punk attitude that works really well together.
I really can’t fathom though how much this album sounds so much like RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE. Williams sounds so much like Zack De La Rocha while the guitars sound like a country-fried version of Tom Morello (think if Morello played in PANTERA). It’s fun though and really sends their message of anarchy and atheism home.
The album is a solid sludge/punk/hardcore/funk/metal/every other genre possible effort. The melding of so many different yet similar styles is pretty sweet and works really well, Williams giving the strongest effort possible whether it be a slower more funk-based track like “Worthless Rescue” or the faster, punkier “Framed to the Wall.” I’d pick up the album if you’re a big fan of the true hardcore scene; maybe not if you’re more into metal, but this would without a doubt be a good album to intro someone to heavier music without scaring them away too much. It’s good to get people away from the shitty hard-rock of today (New All That Remains, Three Day’s Grace) into more complicated stuff that really makes you think.
For fans of: BLACK FLAG, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, BLACK SABBATH, MAMMOTH GRINDER, FULL OF HELL, HOMEWRECKER, MINOR THREAT
STANDOUT TRACKS: “4 Quitter’s Offensive”, “Nobody Told Me”, “Framed to the Wall”
WRITTEN BY SAUCY JACK