Eyehategod, whose highly-anticipated new album, A History of Nomadic Behavior, arrives on March 12 (Century Media Records), have revealed a final preview of the 12-song album, releasing the song “Circle of Nerves” (https://Eyehategod.lnk.to/AHistoryofNomadicBehaviorPR).
“’Circle of Nerves’ is the last single before the release of our new album, A History of Nomadic Behavior,” explains Eyehategod singer Mike IX Williams. “This track is a prime example of the lowest form of abstract crossover trash to crawl out of the methadone clinic basement. We can’t wait to play these songs live in filthy venues, where the real noise comes to life.”
The single’s arrival follows news of the New Orleanian band’s celebratory listening party for what is their first album in seven years. The March 11 online event is hosted by Revolver and Full Metal Jackie and features a live Q&A and track-by-track discussion. It can be watched via Revolver’s YouTube channel at 1pm pacific/4pm eastern/9pm GMT.
“I’m a huge fan– these guys helped pioneer NOLA sludge and have inspired countless artists,” said Full Metal Jackie as the special livestream was announced. “Dangerous music for dangerous people! They sound lean & mean as ever!!”
Eyehategod has shared a series of pre-release singles, with the most recent, “Built Beneath The Lies” (https://youtu.be/jDqPusLOYcs), deemed an “acidic, sludgy affair from the Southern lords of Riff” by Metal Injection and Consequence of Sound saying “the NOLA vets have offered another catchy slice of grooving sludge metal.” The four-piece have also streamed the “bulldozing” (Revolver) track “Fake What’s Yours” (https://youtu.be/eQa5o9Q9Z7k) and the prescient “banger” (Stereogum) “High Risk Trigger” (https://youtu.be/YTwZdaNEWIw). Early coverage of the album points to a worthy return for the storied sludge outfit, with The Pit saying A History of Nomadic Behavior “keeps up their incredible legacy” and Exclaim noting the release “offers all of the moody, distorted aggression that we’ve come to expect from the band.”
The album’s arrival follows a period that saw the New Orleans based band on the road for three years, preceded by Williams suffering liver failure and a transplant. “We toured our asses off for three years and that’s where A History of Nomadic Behavior basically comes from,” adds Williams before touching on his health challenge: “Death is a part of life, it’s a roll of the dice. Sometimes you take life as it comes, other times you fight to stay alive.” The album was produced by Eyehategod, Sanford Parker (Yob, Voivod) and James Whitten (Thou, High on Fire), with mixing by Whitten. The band recorded at HighTower Recording and Hypercube studios.
Album pre-orders are available now (https://Eyehategod.lnk.to/AHistoryofNomadicBehaviorPR), with the release available in a number of limited-edition iterations.
The following physical formats are available:
Ltd. CD Digipak
Transparent coke bottle green LP+CD & Poster via CM Distro online store (200 – ALMOST SOLD OUT)
Grey LP+CD & Poster Distro via CM Distro Wholesale and online store (ALMOST SOLD OUT)
Transparent magenta LP+CD & Poster via CM Distro Wholesale and online store (300 available)
Lilac LP+CD & Poster via Kings Road Merch (200 available)
Creamy white LP+CD & Poster via EMP and Nuclear Blast (200 available)
Black LP+CD & Poster
New Orleans’ Eyehategod is the snarling, bilious sound of dead-end America. Since 1988, they’ve been a soundtrack for the troubled masses. Pitchfork dubbed them the “quintessential Southern sludge band,” Rolling Stone said they are one of “America’s great live bands,” and Thrasher said they are “true musical pioneers in every sense of the word.” Anyone familiar with Eyehategod’s story knows this is survivor’s music, a sound unto itself where Sabbathian riffs are meted out with a caustic anger that goes beyond punk. That’s been the blueprint since guitarist Jimmy Bower (also of NOLA supergroup, Down) founded the band in 1988 with vocalist Michael IX Williams joining not long after. With a discography including sludge-punk mainstays like In the Name of Suffering (1990), Take as Needed for Pain (1993) Dopesick (1996), Confederacy of Ruined Lives (2000) and 2014’s eponymously-titled LP, released in the US through Housecore Records, Eyehategod laid the cracked foundation for their infamous and influential sound. Gary Mader is the band’s bass player, with Aaron Hill on drums.