New Orleans based masters of sludge, EyeHateGod, brought their distinctive sound to St. Louis, playing to a packed crowd at Fubar on June 18.
Apparently, Fubar‘s reputation asÂ St. Louis’ go-to bar for punk and metal has spread: fans from as far away as Boulder, Colorado came for a phenomenal night of music where the heavy and multi-genre influencedÂ EyeHateGodÂ were brought together with Ohio’s Ringworm andÂ Enabler, and St. Louis localsÂ Everything Went Black.
EyeHateGodÂ is known for their bluesy riffs and walls of feedback combined with sludge, doom, and hardcore metal, an intriguing and genre-bending sound that is held together by singerÂ Mike Williams‘ distinctive tortured vocals.Â The band’s eclectic sound was reflected by the crowd’s reaction, horns up, circle pits, and head banging synchronized to a variety of time signatures were consistent throughout their set.
Hailing from Cleveland, RingwormÂ played with their usual ferocity, effortlessly ripping through a set of destructive hardcore. Although the band has gone through a number of personnel changes since their inception 23 years ago and brief periods of hiatus (singer HF–“Human Furnace”–is an artist and owns a string of tattoo shops, plays in another Cleveland-area band,Â Gluttons, and heads a solo project,Â HOLYGHOST), their set was a lesson in band cohesion.
Other Ohio natives,Â Enabler, played second and were an excellent enhancement to the line up. Just last month they played at Maryland Death Fest on the Baltimore Sound Stage. The three-piece band is comprised of guitarist/vocalistÂ Jeffrey Lohrber,Â bassist/vocalistÂ Amanda Daniels, and drummerÂ Ryan Steigerwald, the growling vocals of bothÂ Lohrber and Daniels (whether singing together or alternating vocal duties) are a perfect complement to one another as much as they complement the guitar’s thick riffs and thunderous undercurrent from the bass, backed by the steady pulse of pounding drums.
St. Louis local hardcore/punk artists,Â Everything Went BlackÂ started the show, led by Brandon Hoffman‘s guttural vocals set against the solid backdrop of sound provided by guitaristsÂ Chris MooreÂ andÂ Chris Stanton, bassistÂ James Ridling, and drummerÂ Josh Van Hoorebeke. Formed in 2009, Everything Went Black is steadily making a name for themselves in and around St. Louis and opened for acts such asÂ Converge in recent years.