February 18, 2015
On the heels of the recent cancellation of their Australian tour, Eyehategod was regrettably forced to postpone their three-day run through Mexico as well.
In an official statement, the band notes (via Blabbermouth): "We regret to have to cancel both our Australian and Mexican dates until further notice. Vocalist Mike IX Williams' mental stability and health are major serious issues at this point, and we are very, very sorry for putting our fans and business partners in this miserable position. We feel horrible about these empty spaces in our schedule and will make up these tours as soon as possible. The cancellation of these tours is in no way any fault of the promoters or foreign booking agents. We hope our fans understand."
Since part of the problem included long flights, Eyehategod recently embarked upon two separate short runs of shows on the West and East Coast, fully against doctor's orders. These shows were found to be physically draining and a detriment, performance-wise, to Williams. Williams - who is currently dealing with exhaustion and chronic fatigue from a near nonstop tour schedule over the last five years - is resting, healing and catering to his health and will be ready to conquer Europe and the UK on tour this April.
Eyehategod's self-titled studio recording was released in May 2014 via Housecore Records. The recording process for the CD started with producer Billy Anderson back in the fold (he recorded 1996's "Dopesick"). The session saw both producer and band not quite on the same page and at the end, the album was unfinished. A few months later, the band reconvened at longtime friend Phil Anselmo's home studio with producer Stephen Berrigan (Down). Both Anselmo and Berrigan helped draw out the missing pieces to one of underground metal's most anticipated albums in years.
An unexpected tragedy occurred shortly upon returning home from a five-week European tour in the fall of 2013: Joey LaCaze passed away due to respiratory failure. An outpouring of condolences and tributes spread online. Fortunately, LaCaze's drum tracks were captured by Anderson and appear on the album, creating the definitive tribute for the member of the band who encapsulated best just what Eyehategod was all about; seriously not taking yourself too seriously. New Orleans native, Aaron Hill (Mountain of Wizard, Missing Monuments), took over for LaCaze without missing a beat, both figuratively and literally.
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