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Hate Eternal Interviews and Features
Below are our features and interviews with Hate Eternal.
Erik Rutan played with Morbid Angel during the height of popularity on the “Domination” album and previously played with Ripping Corpse. He left Morbid Angel in 1996 and formed what people were calling a death metal super group, Hate Eternal, with Suffocation’s Doug Cerrito, Alex Webster and the drummer who would go on to win the world’s fastest drum contest, Tim Yeung. Since then his lineup has changed and he has welcomed some of the best drummers in death metal like Kevin Talley, Derek Roddy and most recently Hannes Grossman.
Coming out of Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal’s sound has always seemed a bit like his older band. The Morbid Angel comparison is much less defined on the band’s sixth album, “Infernus.” The tempos are more varied and the music is more straight forward with fewer solos and harmonies. It still retains the infernal sound that defines the band, though.
Nearing the end of a tour supporting “Infernus,” Hate Eternal came to Austin, Texas with a tour package that included Rivers of Nihil, Beyond Creation and Misery Index. Bassist/backing vocalist J.J. Hrubovcak spoke to me concerning the album and tour, with the full transcript available below.
Hrubovcak flew back and forth between Rutan’s Mana Studios in Florida and his home base of New Jersey and was instrumental in helping write the album. J.J., whose been in the band since 2008, contributed music and wrote the lyrics to two songs. He gave me the lowdown on completing the album and how he feels about the overall package. More...
Guitarist, songwriter and producer: Erik Rutan is an infamous name in the death metal industry. Rutan began his legacy of brutality in 1987 as the guitarist for Ripping Corpse. In 1995, he left Ripping Corpse to join the ranks of legendary Morbid Angel. Although he played with Morbid Angel during the time of their greatest popularity, providing tour support to such monolithic acts as Pantera, Rutan soon longed to focus on his own creations.
Rutan left Morbid Angel around the turn of the century. Although he still accompanied the group on subsequent tours throughout the early part of the ‘00s, now Rutan set his gaze to his band Hate Eternal and producing albums in his Mana Studios. As a producer, Rutan has recorded such vaunted acts as Goatwhore, Cannibal Corpse, Soilent Green, Six Feet Under and Malevolent Creation.
Playing a style similar to Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal has become a standout group in the sordid world of death metal. Rutan’s compositions reveal music that encapsulate violence, speed, technical brilliance and bruising groove. His albums have featured a who’s who of the metal world. Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse), Doug Cerrito (Suffocation), Tim Yeung (Divine Heresy), Derek Roddy (Nile) and Jared Anderson (Morbid Angel) all have immortalized their names on the inserts of Hate Eternal recordings.
“Phoenix Amongst the Ashes” is Hate Eternal’s fifth recording. The group put behind many of the negative factors that marred the last recording “Fury and the Flames,” resulting in what Rutan feels is his most focused effort. While on the first date of a headlining tour featuring Origin, Vital Remains and Abysmal Dawn, Erik Rutan detailed why he feels this lineup and recording are the closest to perfection. More...
Death metallers Hate Eternal have been thorugh some rough times, but nothing can stop them from continuing to rock the house when they play. Currently on the Decimation of the Nation 2 Tour alongside Cannibal Corpse and Hatebreed, the Floridians take the stage nightly and tear it up with crushing metal and techincal wizardry on their respective intruments. I had a chance to talk to Erik Rutan, guitarist and vocalist about the loss of bassist Jared Anderson, an upcoming album and how he got so damn good at guitar. During the interview, Hatebreed was on stage not far away, and the walls of the club were very thin. Fortunately, I transcribed the interview which is below the video. More...
On Sunday, June 26th, I had the opportunity of interviewing Hate Eternal during their current headlining tour. The interview took place at BB Kings in New York City and was done with front man Eric Rutan. Eric was very nice and answered all of the questions took the time to make me feel as comfortable as possible. Overall, I must say, it was like two friends talking. More...