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EYEHATEGOD (also known as EHG) is an American rock band from New Orleans, founded by Jimmy Bower and a different line up in 1988. Soon after the group formed, Mike IX Williams became the 2nd vocalist and Joe LaCaze became the 2nd drummer, followed by Brian Patton on guitar. The band solidified in sound and style except for a revolving bassist position. Gary Mader joined in that capacity for a Japanese tour in 2002 and has remained there ever since. As one of the most influential bands to come from NOLA, they have noted Black Flag, The Melvins and Black Sabbath as a domineering and significant influence to their sound today. That combined with the sound of Southern Rock, Blues riffs and Hardcore Punk has made EYEHATEGOD one of the most reputable and distinctive bands ever, even defining a brand new genre now known as Sludge, though the band strays away from being labeled as such.
Hardcore punk band from New York City, NY, USA.
They were among the first bands to fuse hardcore punk with thrash metal and were associated with the birth of a tougher attitude within the hardcore scene in the late 1980s. They were also one of the first hardcore punk bands associated with the Hare Krishna movement.
The bass player Harley Flanagan and singer John Joseph were not the best of friends and eventually Joseph would part ways with the band leaving Harley to sing on the following Cro-Mags release.
After The Age of Quarrel, the band released the record, Best Wishes (1989). The record had a more heavy metal-influenced sound which alienated many of their original fans.
The band released another record Alpha Omega (1992), that saw the return of Joseph, and the departure of guitarist and songwriter Parris Mitchell Mayhew, a record that was only embraced by the most devoted of their fanbase, and followed by Near Death Experience (1993).
After suffering from many lineup changes and frequent breakups, the group finally disbanded, seemingly for the last time, after this record. However, in 2000 they released a record again..
With Revenge the Cro-Mags came back to their early hardcore roots with songs that were comparable to their first release plus some songs with a more melodic/punk rock feel. After the release of Revenge the band broke up once again.
In 2008 John Joseph started playing shows, including one at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, using the name Cro-Mags (jam). The band included drummer Mackie Jayson, Craig Setari of Sick of It All on bass, and AJ of Leeway on guitar.
At various times in the 90s and 00s both Harley and John Joseph simultaneously led 2 separate versions of the Cro-Mags with completely different line-ups.
These groups billed themselves as "Cro-Mag Jam", "Cro-Mags-NYC", "Age of Quarrel" or "Cro-Mags" (whether or not the name was owned legally by the certain version of the band in question).
Sometimes only one original member would be present, sometimes two or three, and sometimes even both John Joseph and Harley together.
Christened by PunkNews as "Born Against covering Black Sabbath," Sweet Cobra is the sound of friends scuffing up their hardcore roots with classic rock grit and classic metal fury. Parallels can be drawn to Torche's rapturous hooks, High On Fire's hellbound riffing, and Young Widows' stomping rhythms, but Sweet Cobra has always rocked with its own unique voice - earnest, driving, anthemic songs that are equally pummeling and trance-inducing. A pillar of the underground for almost a decade now, Sweet Cobra was founded in Chicago in 2002 by bassist/vocalist Botchy Vasquez (The Killing Tree) and drummer Jason Gagovski (Suicide Note). Through the mid-00's, the band released acclaimed music through Seventh Rule Recordings (Akimbo, Indian) and Gagovski's own Hawthorne Street Records, and toured with the likes of Pelican, Russian Circles, Black Cobra, and Young Widows. In 2008, Sweet Cobra signed with Black Market Activities and entered Volume Studio in Spring of 2009 in Chicago with producer Sanford Parker (Pelican, Minsk) to record its third full-length: Mercy. Mercy is a masterpiece of urgent, honest aggression, channeled into unforgettable songs. It is the definition of Sweet Cobra - ripping yet atmospheric, rocking yet angry as hell. Mixed by Kurt Ballou (Converge, Trap Them) at Godcity Studio and mastered by Carl Saff (Coliseum, White Drugs), Mercy features guest appearances by Robert Lowe (Lichens) and Bruce Lamont (Yakuza), among others. Album art comes courtesy of William Test.