Hate Eternal

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Hate Eternal
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Erik Rutan
Background information
Origin St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
Genres Death metal
Years active1997–present
Labels Earache, Metal Blade, Season of Mist
Website www.hateeternal.net
Members Erik Rutan
JJ Hrubovcak
Hannes Grossmann
Past members Tim Yeung
Jared Anderson
Doug Cerrito
Derek Roddy
Randy Piro
Eric Hersemann
Jade Simonetto
Shaune Kelley
Chason Westmoreland

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.

Death metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music. It typically employs heavily distorted and low-tuned guitars, played with techniques such as palm muting and tremolo picking, deep growling vocals, aggressive, powerful drumming featuring double kick and blast beat techniques, minor keys or atonality, abrupt tempo, key, and time signature changes, and chromatic chord progressions. The lyrical themes of death metal may invoke slasher film-stylized violence, religion, occultism, Lovecraftian horror, nature, mysticism, mythology, philosophy, science fiction, and politics, and they may describe extreme acts, including mutilation, dissection, torture, rape, cannibalism, and necrophilia.

St. Petersburg, Florida City in Florida, United States

St. Petersburg is a city in Pinellas County, Florida, United States. As of the 2015 census estimate, the population was 257,083, making it the fifth-most populous city in Florida and the largest in the state that is not a county seat.

Erik Rutan American singer

Erik Rutan is an American heavy metal musician and producer from New Jersey. He leads Hate Eternal on lead vocals and guitar and is currently filling in on guitar for fellow death metal band Cannibal Corpse during their 2019 tour. He has also spent time with Morbid Angel and Ripping Corpse. When not performing, Rutan operates his own recording studio in Florida called Mana Recording Studios.



Hate Eternal was formed in 1997. The group's original line-up included guitarist and vocalist Erik Rutan, bassist and co-vocalist Jared Anderson, drummer Tim Yeung, and guitarist Doug Cerrito. The band's name came from an old Ripping Corpse demo song.

Jared Anderson (heavy metal musician) American death metal musician

Jared W. Anderson was an American death metal musician best known as the bassist and vocalist of Morbid Angel from 2001 to 2002 and Hate Eternal from 1998 to 2003.

Tim Yeung American musician

TimYeung is an extreme metal drummer. He was born on November 27, 1978 in Rochester, New York and later relocated to Los Angeles, California. Yeung started playing drums when he was 11 years old.

Doug Cerrito is an American musician best known as the former guitarist for New York death metal band Suffocation from 1990 until their split in 1998.

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.

Derek Roddy is an American drummer and snake breeder, originally from Deerfield Beach, Florida. His ability to record entire drum tracks in one or two takes earned him the nickname "One Take".

<i>Conquering the Throne</i> album

Conquering the Throne is the debut album by Hate Eternal. It was released on November 2 of 1999 on Wicked World Records, a subdivision of Earache Records. Album cover is from the right portion (Hell) of Hans Memling's painting The Last Judgment. Drummer Tim Yeung made his recording debut on this album.

<i>King of All Kings</i> (Hate Eternal album) album

King of All Kings is the second album by the Florida death metal band Hate Eternal. It was released on September 16, 2002 on Earache Records, and like their debut it was produced by the band's frontman Erik Rutan.

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.

<i>I, Monarch</i> 2005 studio album by Hate Eternal

I, Monarch is the third studio album by Florida technical death metal band Hate Eternal and it was released June 28, 2005 on Earache Records. Art Direction, Artwork & Design By Paul Romano

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. [1]

Kevin Talley American drummer

Kevin Talley is an American heavy metal drummer for Dååth, Feared, Sylencer and Nothnegal. He is the former drummer for Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Six Feet Under, Chimaira and Suffocation. In addition, he was the touring drummer for Battlecross in 2013.

A music video for the song "Bringer of Storms" was shot overnight January 16, 2008 by David Brodsky. [2] 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. [2] 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 Black Dahlia Murder (band) American death metal band

The Black Dahlia Murder is an American melodic death metal band from Waterford, Michigan, formed in 2001. Their name is derived from the 1947 unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, often referred to as Black Dahlia. The band currently comprises lead vocalist Trevor Strnad, rhythm guitarist Brian Eschbach, bassist Max Lavelle, drummer Alan Cassidy, and lead guitarist Brandon Ellis. Out of the eight studio albums they have released to date, the last seven have charted on the U.S. Billboard 200, with their fifth album Ritual peaking at No. 31 in 2011, marking them as one of the most popular contemporary American extreme metal bands. Their eighth and latest album Nightbringers was released on October 6, 2017.

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". [3]

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. [4]

On October 26, 2018, the band released its seventh studio album Upon Desolate Sands .

Band members


Hate Eternal


Studio albums

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsSales

[5] [6]

Conquering the Throne
  • Released: November 2, 1999
  • Label: Earache Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, CS, digital download [7]
King of All Kings
  • Released: September 17, 2002
  • Label: Earache Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download [8]
I, Monarch
  • Released: June 28, 2005
  • Label: Earache Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, CD+DVD, digital download [9]
Fury & Flames
  • Released: February 19, 2008
  • Label: Metal Blade Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download [10]
Phoenix Amongst The Ashes
  • Released: May 10, 2011
  • Label: Metal Blade Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download [12]
  • Released: August 21, 2015
  • Label: Season of Mist
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
Upon Desolate Sands
  • Released: October 26, 2018
  • Label: Season of Mist
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette Tape, Digital download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albums

TitleAlbum details
Live in London
  • Released: December 10, 2010
  • Label: Earache Records
  • Formats: digital download [15]

Video albums

TitleAlbum details
The Perilous Fight
  • Released: October 16, 2006
  • Label: Earache Records
  • Formats: DVD

Music videos

"Powers That Be"2002
King Of All Kings
"I, Monarch"2005Shane Drake [16] [17] I, Monarch
"The Victorious Reign"
"Bringer Of Storms"2008David Brodsky [18] [19] Fury And Flames
"Lake Ablaze"2011Phoenix Amongst The Ashes

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