Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Eyehategod – Dopesick

Century Media

Eyehategod is one of my favorite bands. They’re the perfect mix of Black Sabbath and Black Flag. They’re pioneers of the NOLA scene and sound. They are one of the most respected bands in America and Dopesick is considered by many to be the band’s masterpiece. With that in mind, Dopesick is my least favorite Eyehategod record. I’m well aware that this logic is similar to choosing your least-favorite Snickers bar. If you like Snickers bars, then you’ll like them all; they’re all basically the same.

Yet, this is how I feel. What’s different about this one? Dopesick relies too much on the sludge/feedback aspects of the band. They don’t get into a Sabbath-style rock groove until “Ruptured Heart Theory”, an old song rerecorded for this album. The second side is more like the Eyehategod I know, with “Zero Nowhere”, “Lack of Almost Everything” and “Methamphetamine.” The early songs, especially “Masters of Legalized Confusion” and “Dixie Whiskey”, just sound like a drug-addled mess. Again, this is my least favorite Eyehategod record, but it’s still better than everything you own.

Eyehategod – Dopesick


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