Vocalist/guitarist Erik Rutan in 2009
|Origin||St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.|
|Labels||Earache, Metal Blade, Season of Mist|
|Members|| Erik Rutan |
|Past members|| Tim Yeung |
Hate Eternal is a death metal band from St. Petersburg, Florida. The band currently consists of founding guitarist/vocalist Erik Rutan, bassist J. J. Hrubovcak, and drummer Hannes Grossmann. To date, Hate Eternal has released seven studio albums: Conquering the Throne (1999), King of All Kings (2002), I, Monarch (2005), Fury & Flames (2008), Phoenix Amongst the Ashes (2011), Infernus (2015), and Upon Desolate Sands (2018). All albums were produced by Rutan.
Hate Eternal was formed in 1997. The group's original line-up included lead guitarist and lead vocalist Erik Rutan, bassist and backing vocalist Jared Anderson, drummer Tim Yeung, and rhythm guitarist Doug Cerrito. The band's name came from an old Ripping Corpse demo song.
In 2000, drummer Derek Roddy replaced Tim Yeung and toured for Conquering the Throne . In 2002 the band recorded their second album, King of All Kings as a trio with Rutan, Anderson and Roddy. That summer, Rutan calmly parted ways with Morbid Angel, stating that he wished to devote more time to Hate Eternal.
What followed was a whirlwind of international touring to promote King of All Kings, including a noted video on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball for the single, "Powers That Be". Anderson left the group soon after due to an admitted drug problem. South Florida musician Randy Piro (a friend of Roddy) quickly stepped up to the plate as Anderson's replacement in the group, and the band pressed on. After completing their last tour for the album in 2004, the group began to work on new material.
2004 saw Hate Eternal begin work on the much-anticipated follow-up to King of All Kings, entitled I, Monarch . Recording began in the fall, and the album would eventually be released in June 2005. Hailed by critics and fans alike, the album put forth an innovative new musical approach in extreme metal, while retaining the elements of speed and brutality that dominate the genre. The group's individual and collective talents in musicianship and production shined like never before.
After an internally difficult US tour over the summer of 2005 and with a number of pending business problems, the group cancelled their European tour, scheduled for the fall. After spending much of the winter dealing with internal differences and personal situations, Roddy announced his departure from Hate Eternal in late March 2006.
With pending tour obligations, Erik Rutan and Randy Piro continued on and recruited drummer Kevin Talley for US appearances in the Spring, and Reno Killerich for the group's rescheduled European run. On July 26, 2007 Erik Rutan announced Jade Simonetto as the band's new permanent drummer.
A music video for the song "Bringer of Storms" was shot overnight January 16, 2008 by David Brodsky.Earlier in the day, the band had been in a minor traffic accident which managed to disable their brand-new van. Securing a rental and rushing to New York to play their first show with the new lineup, Hate Eternal arrived at BB King's just as the headlining act, The Black Dahlia Murder, were leaving the stage. Still wearing their jackets, Hate Eternal went onstage and performed five songs to the remaining crowd. Having completed that leg of the journey, they then drove into Brooklyn to shoot with Brodsky. Once the shoot concluded, at approximately 7am, the band had not slept in 48 hours, yet continued to their next destination to rejoin the tour. The video aired on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball in February 2008. In 2008, the band recruited J. J. Hrubovcak on bass guitar.
The band released their fifth album Phoenix Amongst the Ashes in 2011. Erik Rutan commented that "the band has come up with one of [their] heaviest, most twisted, evil, melodic, and insane albums yet".
In October 2014, the band signed to Season of Mist. In 2014, the band recruited drummer Chason Westmoreland, who appears on the band's sixth album Infernus which was released on August 21, 2015.
Westmoreland left the band in October 2015 due to "family matters". Drummer Hannes Grossmann has been brought in for the band's upcoming North American tour.
On October 26, 2018, the band released its seventh studio album Upon Desolate Sands .
Former live members
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|Conquering the Throne||—||—|
|King of All Kings||—||—|
|Fury & Flames||20||49|
|Phoenix Amongst The Ashes||18||—|
|Upon Desolate Sands|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|Live in London|
|The Perilous Fight|
|"Powers That Be"||2002||King Of All Kings|
|"I, Monarch"||2005||Shane Drake||I, Monarch|
|"The Victorious Reign"|
|"Bringer of Storms"||2008||David Brodsky||Fury And Flames|
|"Lake Ablaze"||2011||Phoenix Amongst The Ashes|
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