In the Name of Suffering

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In the Name of Suffering
Eyehategod In The Name Of Suffering Original Cover.jpg
Original 1990 Intellectual Convulsion Cover
Studio album by Eyehategod
Released 1990
Studio Festival Studios, Kenner, Louisiana
Genre Sludge metal
Length 35:03
Label Intellectual Convulsion
Producer Eyehategod
Eyehategod chronology
In the Name of Suffering
Take as Needed for Pain
1992 Century Media Reissue cover

In the Name of Suffering is the debut album by sludge metal pioneers Eyehategod, initially released in 1990[1] through the obscure French independent label Intellectual Convulsion.

Background and recording[edit]

Eyehategod was formed in 1988[2][3] and recorded two demos, Garden Dwarf Woman Driver and Lack of Almost Everything, released in the years 1988 and 1990, respectively. Originally, the band did not took themselves seriously, and only formed to rebel against what they call "the norm of underground music at the time".[2] The album was recorded and produced by the band themselves[4] at Festival Studios in Kenner, Louisiana for about $1000.[5]


The album was originally released on French label Intellectual Convulsion, but only around 1500–2000 CD and LP copies were pressed before the label had to shut down due to financial difficulties. The group would later be signed onto Century Media, who re-released the album with new artwork on December 1, 1992. In 2004, Emetic Records repressed the album on vinyl, 1000 copies total: 300 green marbled, 700 black. In 2006, as a part of Century Media's 20th anniversary, the album was reissued with the original cover art and the entirety of the band's 1990 demo Lack of Almost Everything as bonus tracks. These same exact demo recordings also appeared on the band's 2001 live album 10 Years of Abuse (and Still Broke). The year 2008 saw Emetic Records again reissuing the album on vinyl, this time as a double disc LP set with the first disc being composed of the album itself and the second disc being made up of the same four bonus Lack of Almost Everything demos from the 2006 CD reissue. This 2008 pressing was limited to 500 black copies. This edition would later be repressed in 2011, again in quantities of 500 black copies

In 2015, the album, along with Take as Needed for Pain, was repressed on vinyl through Century Media. This 2015 pressing was made available on black, white (limited to 100 copies) and gold (limited to 500 copies) colored vinyl. Also released on the same day was a four-disc CD boxset containing the group's first four albums (including In the Name of Suffering).[6]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[7]

Since its initial release, In the Name of Suffering has received praise for its rough style, and is seen as one of the first, as well as one of the most important, sludge metal albums of the 1990s.[8] Heavy metal website mentioned how In the Name of Suffering, along with its follow-up Take as Needed for Pain, created the framework for "one of the most interesting, yet disturbing, bands around".[4] In William York's review of the album for AllMusic, he states "Later Eyehategod albums have more memorable songs, but In the Name of Suffering arguably captures the band's compelling ugliness in its most raw state."[7]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Mike Williams; all music composed by James Bower, Joseph LaCaze, Mark Schultz and Steve Dale.

No. Title Length
1. "Depress" 4:58
2. "Man Is Too Ignorant to Exist" 2:37
3. "Shinobi" 5:15
4. "Pigs" 2:59
5. "Run It into the Ground" 3:10
6. "Godsong" 2:44
7. "Children of God" 3:10
8. "Left to Starve" 3:09
9. "Hostility Dose" 2:43
10. "Hit a Girl" 4:18
Total length: 35:03

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
France 1990 Intellectual Convulsion CD, LP SPASM III
Europe 1992 Century Media CD, LP, CS 7738
United States
2004 Emetic Records LP N/A
2006 Century Media CD 8263
2008 Emetic Records 2xLP EME031
Europe 2015 Century Media LP CMD9985561



  1. ^ St. Vincent, Justin (2009). The Spiritual Significance of Music, Volume 1 (1st ed.). Xtreme Music. ISBN 978-0-473-15690-9. 
  2. ^ a b n/a. "Eyehategod: Interview [Interview with Gary Mader]". Spirit of Metal. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  3. ^ Sharpe-Young, Garry (2005-11-01). New Wave of American Heavy Metal (First ed.). New Plymouth, New Zealand: Zonda Books Limited. ISBN 0-9582684-0-1. Retrieved 2005-11-01. 
  4. ^ a b Palmerston, Shane. "From The Archives: EyeHateGod Interview From 1996". Hellbound.CA. Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
  5. ^ n/a. "013 Eyehategod Biography". Metal Urges Podcast. Retrieved 2014-02-14. 
  6. ^ n/a. "EYEHATEGOD – vinyl reissues of 'In The Name Of Suffering' and 'Take As Needed For Pain' & release of 'Original Album Collection'". Metal Gods TV. Retrieved 2015-04-15. 
  7. ^ a b "In the Name of Suffering - Eyehategod". Allmusic. 
  8. ^ n/a. "On March The Saints: The Evolution Of New Orleans Metal". The Quietus. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 

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