Take as Needed for Pain

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Take as Needed for Pain
Eyehategod - Take as Needed for Pain.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 22, 1993
RecordedStudio 13, New Orleans
GenreSludge metal[1]
LabelCentury Media
Eyehategod chronology
In the Name of Suffering
Take as Needed for Pain

Take as Needed for Pain is the second album by American sludge metal band Eyehategod, released on November 22, 1993. It was reissued in 2006 as part of Century Media's 20th Anniversary series of reissues, with 6 bonus tracks, taken from rare 7" records and splits. In 2017, Rolling Stone listed the album at No. 92 on its list of The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time.[2]

Background and recording[edit]

After being signed to Century Media in the early 1990s, the band began to self-record and produce[3] their first album for the label, and second album total, in Studio 13. Studio 13 was a small recording studio located on the 13th floor of an abandoned department store located in New Orleans, about a few minutes away from where Mike Williams was living.[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[5]

Take as Needed for Pain has received praise since its 1993 release, and is considered by many as one of the band's best albums. According to Mike Williams, it was the favorite album of nearly all band members,[4] and his favorite album title, with the exception of Poison Idea's Record Collectors Are Pretentious Assholes

In 2009, the album was chosen as the number 1 sludge album by Terrorizer. The magazine commented that

In 2013, the song "White Nigger" was officially retitled "White Neighbor," during a rehearsal with Melvins drummer Dale Crover [7].

In 2016, Metal Hammer named the album in their list "The 10 Essential Sludge Albums", stating the album "raised the bar".[8]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Mike Williams; all music composed by Jimmy Bower, Joey LaCaze, Marc Schultz, Brian Patton & Mike Williams.

2."Sisterfucker (Part I)"2:13
4."White Nigger"3:56
5."30$ Bag"2:51
7."Take as Needed for Pain"6:09
8."Sisterfucker (Part II)"2:39
9."Crimes Against Skin"6:49
10."Kill Your Boss"4:16
11."Who Gave Her the Roses"2:00
12."Laugh It Off"1:33
Total length:49:54

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States 1993 Century Media CD, CS 7752-2
2004 Emetic Records LP N/A
2006 Century Media CD 8264-2
2008 Emetic Records 2xLP EME032
2015 Century Media LP CMD9985571


  • Robinson Mills – Engineer
  • Perry Cunningham – Re-mastering (for DNA Mastering)
  • Tom Bejgrowicz – Additional layout
  • Charles Elliot – Reissue coordination


  1. ^ "THE BEST METAL ALBUMS FROM 40 SUBGENRES". Loudwire. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  2. ^ https://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/the-100-greatest-metal-albums-of-all-time-w486923
  3. ^ Palmerston, Shane. "From The Archives: EyeHateGod Interview From 1996". hellbound.ca. Hellbound.CA. Retrieved 2009-11-26.
  4. ^ a b n/a. "013 Eyehategod Biography". metalurgespodcast.wordpress.com. Metal Urges Podcast. Retrieved 2014-02-14.
  5. ^ Allmusic review
  6. ^ James Minton, Kim Kelly, and Jenn Selby, "Filth Parade," Terrorizer #188, September 2009, p. 56.
  7. ^ Bennett, J. "Jimmy Bower on White Power, Superjoint and the N-Word". clrvynt.com. clrvynt. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  8. ^ Chantler, Chris. "The 10 Essential Sludge Albums". teamrock.com. Metal Hammer. Retrieved 2016-10-12.

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