Eyehategod drummer Joey LaCaze died Aug. 23 in New Orleans following a European tour with the long-running, influential New Orleans metal band. In statement from Eyehategod frontman Mike IX Williams posted on the band's website this morning, Williams said LaCaze died of respiratory failure and had suffered from long-term asthma. News of his death circulated late last week among music websites and metal blogs.
LaCaze founded Eyehategod in 1988 with guitarist Jimmy Bower. The band pioneered sludge and helped put New Orleans on the map for heavy metal, inspiring acts from Georgia's Mastodon to Japan's Boris.
The band released only four studio albums, including the landmark debut, 1992's In the Name of Suffering. Last year it released the single "New Orleans Is The New Vietnam," and this year, Eyehategod was finishing a new album, recorded at Phil Anselmo's Housecore Records studio at his home. Its 25th anniversary tour included global dates as well as a headlining slot for Anselmo's Housecore Horror Film & Music Festival in October.
An account has been set up for LaCaze's daughter, Lilith, and checks can be made to Lilith or Joseph LaCaze at any Capital One bank branches.
Here's the band performing "Medicine Noose" at Brooklyn's St. Vitus last year: