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New Orleans Headbangers Eyehategod Re-emerge

of the Oakland Press

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Gary Mader says “a few personal misfortunes” have kept New Orleans heavy metal pioneers Eyehategod inactive for a big chunk of the last decade — and without a new album since 2000. But, the bassist says, that’s been changing.

“We’re focused on writing new music,” Mader, 36, reports. “We’re doing all these shows and people are excited to see us again, but we don’t want to keep playing the same songs. It’s annoying to us now, so I think we finally got to the point where we’re like, ‘We’ve got to write something new.’

“We’re totally determined to make (a new album) happen this year.”

It was not small matters that sidelined Eyehategod over the years. The quintet actually started work on the follow-up to “Confederacy of Ruined Lives” in 2005, but then were interrupted by Hurricane Katrina and various group members’ “legal” problems — including frontman Mike Williams’ three months in jail on a narcotics conviction. There were also side projects, such as guitarist Jimmy Bower’s Down, Soilent Green and Outlaw Order.

Mader says the group now has five songs that are “finished ... and ready to record,” with another 30-40 riffs “just floating around that we need to arrange.” And he promises that fans will not be too surprised by what they hear, either.

“It sounds like what you would expect Eyehategod to sound like — the feedback, the low end, the slow chunks, the hardcore outbursts, everything that makes us Eyehategod,” Mader says. “I feel like we finally got to the point where we’re all in the same head, and as a result, the ideas flow a little bit easier.”

Eyehategod, the Atlas Moth and Strong Intention perform Friday, June 18, at Blondie’s, 2281 W. Fort St., Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30. Call 313-964-1000 or visit www.myspace.com/officialblondiesnightclub.

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