Eyehategod's Mike IX on the New Album and Late Drummer Joey LaCaze: "It's Bittersweet"

Christians pray for the men of Eyehategod. Which is good, considering the Louisiana sludge giants' 26 years of hardship, disaster, and even death.

They may have sold their souls on the bayou. But how else would they spawn heavy, full-bellied blues and give a pulse to stiff darkness?

"We're definitely influenced by John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Mississippi John Hurt, and all those blues legends," says Mike "IX" Williams. "That and industrial noise stuff that our late drummer, Joey LaCaze, and I were really into. That's where the feedback comes from."

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