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Music: Hate Eternal
Hate Eternal is an American brutal death metal band. Characterized by their blazingly fast tempos and the unique and instantly recognizable guitar style of Erik Rutan, Hate Eternal has become a very major player in the brutal death genre, arguably having become almost as famous as Rutan's music production career.

The band was formed in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1997 by Rutan (guitar, vocals) and Tim Yeung (drums), quickly recording a promo split with the progressive metal band Alas that same year before welcoming in Jared Anderson (bass, vocals) the following year, followed by Doug Cerrito the following year. This lineup went on to record Conquering the Throne, their full-length debut, though Cerrito left almost immediately after, with Yeung quickly following. The man who replaced Yeung was none other than drummer extraordinaire Derek Roddy, creating the lineup that would record King of All Kings, which was followed by a touring blitzkrieg. Anderson, however, was forced to leave in 2003 due to worsening drug issues, with Randy Piro taking his place. I, Monarch followed in 2005, creating even more buzz and even attracting the praise of Alex Webster; Roddy, however, had grown tired of the music industry, resulting in his departure in 2006 shortly before a lengthy tour. Kevin Talley and Reno Killerich stepped up for the US and European tours, respectively.

It was then that calamity struck. Just as Rutan was about to talk to Anderson about rejoining, the latter passed away in October of 2006. Rutan, despondent, almost dissolved the band, but decided to soldier on anyways, recruiting his old Ripping Corpse bandmate Shaune Kelley (guitar, vocals) along with a young gun drummer from Quebec by the name of Jade Simonetto. This was the lineup that would record Fury and Flames, along with Alex Webster, who was drafted by Rutan as a session musician in lieu of an actual full-time bassist. Kelley left shortly after, however, though Rutan was at least able to draft Makoto Mizoguchi for live bass before eventually nabbing J.J. Hrubovcak as a full-time member. This resulted in the release of Phoenix Amongst the Ashes in 2011 and has lasted to the present day; as of the writing of this article, an as-yet untitled new album is in the works; additionally, Jade left in October of 2013 to focus on getting his career underway, with his replacement still waiting to be found and/or announced.

Discography:

  • Engulfed in Grief / Promo '97 (split with Alas)
  • Conquering the Throne (1999)
  • King of All Kings (2002)
  • I, Monarch (2005)
  • The Perilous Fight (2006) (live DVD)
  • Fury and Flames (2008)
  • Live in London (2010) (digital-only release)
  • Phoenix Amongst the Ashes (2011)

The band provides examples of the following tropes:
  • Album Title Drop:
    • King of All Kings:
    I my communion, I reign supreme
    I am the king of all kings
    • I, Monarch:
    Therefor I must shed my skin, in a world so fabled, so false.
    I, Monarch
    Master of what shall be,
    • Phoenix Among The Ashes:
    Rise! Rise! Rise!
    Phoenix amongst the ashes
    Rise! Rise! Rise!
  • Author Existence Failure: Jared Anderson.
  • Brutal Death Metal
  • Drugs Are Bad: Drug use played a big role in Anderson's death.
  • Grief Song: "Tombeau (Le Tombeau de la Fureur et Des Flammes)" was one for Anderson, and Fury and Flames had overtones of this as a whole.
  • I Am the Band: Erik Rutan.
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: Shaune Kelley.
  • Lead Bassist: Most have been Type B examples (and Type A by extent due to the complexity of the arrangements), though Anderson was also a Type C due to his untimely demise and the effect it had on Rutan.
  • Loudness War: Noticeable on every album, ESPECIALLY Fury and Flames, which got a ton of flak for its incredibly muddy and indecipherable production. Come to think of it, pretty much every album produced by Rutan is going to have issues with this.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Standard 10 circa the split and first full-length, hard ten for everything after that.
  • New Sound Album: I, Monarch had far denser, more complex arrangements with noticeable tribal elements.
  • Revolving Door Band: Rutan's gone through a LOT of bassists in his time.
  • Rock Trio: Most of the time.
  • Signature Style: Exceedingly fast, blast-heavy material with occasional atmospheric overtones in the leads and frequent use of very odd chords to create a form of otherworldly dissonance. Also expect a few slower-paced Morbid Angel-esque tracks here and there.
  • Special Guest: This was essentially what Alex Webster was on Fury and Flames. Rutan also does this from time to time, usually laying down a guitar solo for a band he's producing.
  • Start My Own: Rutan started the band sometime after his first departure from Morbid Angel.
    • Eric Hersemann did the same with Gigan after his brief run in Hate Eternal.
  • Technical Death Metal: Not a full-fledged example, but certainly has shades of this.
  • Uncommon Time: Frequently.
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