Dopesick

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Dopesick
EyeHateGod - Dopesick.jpg
Studio album by Eyehategod
Released April 2, 1996
Recorded Autumn/Winter 1995
Studio Side One Studios
New Orleans, Louisiana
Genre Sludge metal
Length 37:47
Label Century Media
Producer Billy Anderson, Eyehategod
Eyehategod chronology
Take as Needed for Pain
(1993)
Dopesick
(1996)
Southern Discomfort
(2000)
Alternate cover
This article topic is about the album of this name, for the colloquial term "dope sickness" see Withdrawal syndrome

Dopesick is the third studio album by the American sludge metal band Eyehategod, released on April 2, 1996. It was reissued in 2006 as part of Century Media's 20th Anniversary series with three bonus tracks that were recorded during the original Dopesick recording sessions.

Recording and production[edit]

After the release of Take as Needed for Pain, Eyehategod's previous album, the band recorded several demos, which were released on various 7" records and splits on various labels, before finally settling down in autumn of 1995 to record a full-length record, Dopesick.[1] The album featured Billy Anderson[2] and Pepper Keenan[1] as producer and co-producer respectively and new bassist Vince LeBlanc.[3] It was recorded at Side One Studios in New Orleans, Louisiana so Mike Williams had to travel often between there and Clinton Hill, Brooklyn in New York City, where he was living at the time.[1][2]

The recording sessions were infamously chaotic, and involved the studio owner reportedly calling Century Media to ask if the band was mentally unstable, and threatening to kick them out. This particular incident occurred after Mike Williams had attempted to record the sound of smashing glass for the introduction to the album, by smashing a bottle on the floor of the studio. In the process, he slashed open his hand and bled all over the studio floor; this recording did make it to the record as the introduction to the first track, "My Name Is God (I Hate You)." One of the band members then apparently smeared the words "Hell" and "Death to Pigs" in Williams' blood.[1]

The album's recording finished during the winter of 1995.[2] After the completion of the LP, Brian Patton and Joey LaCaze flew out to San Francisco, California to mix the album at Hyde Street Studio with Billy Anderson, who would be the album's engineer also.[1][2]

Release[edit]

The album was finally released on April 2, 1996.[4] Thanks to the LP, the band was able to embark on a United States tour in the spring of 1997, supporting White Zombie and Pantera, bringing their music to a far wider audience.[1][5]

On June 27, 2006, the album was reissued as part of Century Media's 20th Anniversary series of reissues. The new edition included three bonus tracks recorded during the original Dopesick recording sessions.[6]

Music[edit]

Dopesick continues Eyehategod's tradition of making hateful and painful music. The album opens with Mike Williams' screams and the sound of a broken bottle.[1][4] It is somewhat diverse musically, but not in terms of mood. "Dixie Whiskey" has a main riff that sounds, reportedly, like a swamp-bred Black Sabbath. "Dogs Holy Life" and "Non Conductive Negative Reasoning" both feature inventive and ear-grabbing guitar parts before ending abruptly, according to William York of Allmusic. Songs such as "Peace Thru War (Thru Peace and War)" and "Lack of Almost Everything" alternate up-tempo hardcore punk sections with slowed-down grooves. Dopesick sounds slightly different from the band's previous records because it was produced to sound denser and heavier; with the drums more up front in the mix and the guitars sounding especially thick.[1] Michael Williams gives the album his puke-ridden vocals which are, according to critics, what can keep away most listeners.[4][7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[4]

William York of Allmusic gave the album 4.5 stars of 5, calling it "an exhausting, challenging listen" but "Eyehategod's most musically accomplished and well-rounded statement." He praised the fact that it is varied musically. The extreme tempo alternations in songs, such as "Peace Thru War (Thru Peace and War)" and "Lack of Almost Everything," were very well received.[4]

In 2009, the album was chosen as the number 2 sludge record by Terrorizer, which commented that "[v]icious hardcore punk, crushing metallic comedowns and wave upon merciless wave of feedback serve as both a harrowing soundtrack to their ruined lives and a doomed lovesong to the spirit of the South."[8]

Track listing[edit]

Music by Jimmy Bower, Brian Patton, Joey LaCaze and Vince LeBlanc. All lyrics written by Mike Williams, except tracks six and seven, by Williams and Alicia Morgan.[2]

No. Title Length
1. "My Name Is God (I Hate You)" 5:21
2. "Dogs Holy Life" 1:10
3. "Masters of Legalized Confusion" 3:57
4. "Dixie Whiskey" 2:55
5. "Ruptured Heart Theory" 4:43
6. "Non Conductive Negative Reasoning" 1:06
7. "Lack of Almost Everything" 2:48
8. "Zero Nowhere" 4:23
9. "Methamphetamine" 1:59
10. "Peace Thru War (Thru Peace and War)" 1:46
11. "Broken Down But Not Locked Up" 3:47
12. "Anxiety Hangover" 4:56
Total length: 37:47
2006 reissue bonus tracks
No. Title Length
13. "Peace Thru War (Thru Peace and War) (Alternate version)" 1:48
14. "Depress (Alternate version)" 4:06
15. "Dopesick Jam" 16:02
Total length: 60:53

The original version of "Depress" can be found in In the Name of Suffering.[9]

Usage in other works[edit]

"My Name Is God (I Hate You)," "Dogs Holy Life," "Dixie Whiskey," "Ruptured Heart Theory," "Lack of Almost Everything," "Zero Nowhere," "Methamphetamine," "Broken Down But Not Locked Up" and "Anxiety Hangover" were covered by different bands for For the Sick, a tribute to Eyehategod by various artists released by Emetic Records.[10] "Dixie Whiskey" is also featured in Identity 3...D!, a compilation album released by Century Media Records. Another cover of this track by Intronaut was included in Century Media's cover album Century Media Records: Covering 20 Years of Extremes.

Personnel[edit]

Eyehategod
Technical personnel

On the album the credits for each member of the band are shown in a different way.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Williams, Mike. Dopesick. Recording notes on the 2007 European reedition. Century Media Records.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Eyehategod. Dopesick. Century Media Records. Album credits.
  3. ^ Huey, Steve. "Eyehategod". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  4. ^ a b c d e York, William. "Eyehategod - Dopesick". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  5. ^ "Eyehategod Bio". The Gauntlet. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  6. ^ York, William. "Eyehategod - Dopesick (Bonus Tracks)". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  7. ^ Filicetti, Gino. "Eyehategod - Dopesick". Chronicles of Chaos. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  8. ^ James Minton, Kim Kelly, and Jenn Selby, "Filth Parade," Terrorizer #188, September 2009, p. 56.
  9. ^ York, William. "Eyehategod - In the Name of Suffering". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  10. ^ "Various Artists - For the Sick: A Tribute to Eyehategod". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 

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