Sludge metal pioneers Eyehategod crush enthusiastic Louisville metal fans with local support from Stonecutters, Blind Scryer and Hawkbill.
Taking a slight break from their lengthy tour with Black Label Society and Corrosion of Conformity, Eyehategod have been headlining several shows in the Midwest much to the delight of fans eager to see the group in the smaller club environments.
2018 marks the bands 30th anniversary with the “big three” of Mike “IX” Williams on vocals along with Jimmy Bower and Brian Patton on guitars, remaining mostly intact except for some minor changes over the many years. This evening Brian Patton was not on stage with the group.
The evening’s set had a little something for both new and hardcore fans as Eyehategod performed songs from their Take as Needed for Pain album all the way to their most recent self-titled Eyehategod album. Starting the show with “Lack of Almost Everything,” “Jack Ass in the Will of God,” and “Parish Motel Sickness”, Louisville fans were treated to a rare live performance of “Inferior and Full of Anxiety” which Jimmy Brower announced was only the second time the song had been performed live.
Over the course of their sixty + minute set, Eyehategod also performed favorites “Agitation! Propaganda!,” “Sisterfucker” (Part I) and (Part II), as well as “Medicine Noose”, leaving the room full of Louisville fans thoroughly satisfied.
An outstanding group of Louisville metal groups provided support for the evening led by Stonecutters. Fronted by singer/guitarist Brian Omer, the frenetic guitar work of Nick Burks, along with Kevin Redford on bass and Johnny Wooldridge on drums, Stonecutters blasted through a set drawing predominately from their most recent album Blood Moon. Look for Stonecutters as they embark on a 10-stop, 11-day tour beginning March 7th in St. Louis.
Performing second and featuring the blinding vocals of Blair Yoke, Blind Scryer delivered a riotous set of original doom metal. With deep bass and drums booming through the venue mixed in with the guitar tandem of Jeff Smith and River Jordan, Blind Scryer’s performance drew huge cheers and ended too soon for many fans.
Opening the evening was local Louisville sludge metal band Hawkbill. The three-piece delivered a ferocious and dark set of original music from their recently released self-titled EP.