Arrests, fights, lineup changes and substance abuse are often part of a hard-rock band's story. The history of Eyehategod, one of the biggest bands to come out of the Southern sludge metal scene, has had far more than its share of these but in spite of the turmoil, the New Orleans-based band is still going strong.
In May, Eyehategod released its first full-length album in 14 years. Pitchfork's Kim Kelly gave the self-titled release an 8.0 and raved that "the fact that it is so damn great is simply extraordinary." Not bad for a band that has gone through at least five bassists; seen its lead singer, Mike Williams, jailed on drug charges; split and reformed several times; and, most recently, suffered the loss of its co-founder, drummer Joey LaCaze, to respiratory failure.
See the band while you can; you never know how long it'll be around.