One of New Orleans’ biggest bands, EYEHATEGOD (EHG) rose from the filth of the nation’s toilet bowl to deliver walls of slimy guitars and tortured vocals to the world. They formed in the late 1980s pulling influences from blues, hardcore punk, heavy metal, and doom to help pioneer sludge metal. Their style helped bridge the gap between hardcore DIY ethics and metal’s snarky nihilism. Lead vocalist Mike IX Williams has also become a living legend in the hardcore scene for his many antics with legacy acts like The Misfits, Bad Brains, Black Flag and others. A city surrounded by swamps and rising waters inspires a misery that only narcotics and crime can satiate. That is what EHG channeled in their music, surviving against all odds for over 30 years.