Saturday, 5 September 2015

Hate Eternal - 'Infernus’ (Album Review)

By: Jack Taylor

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 21/08/2015
Label: Season of Mist



There aren't many bands out there that can punish your ears with such consummate brutality, which is what Hate Eternal succeeds at doing from start to finish on this disc. Highlights? 'The Chosen Ones' has bewilderingly epic bass guitar work which is fully audible beneath the atonal guitar-mashings of main man Erik Rutan.

‘Infernus’ CD//DD//LP track listing:

1). Locust Swarm
2). The Stygian Deep
3). Pathogenic Apathy
4). La Tempestad
5). Infernus
6). The Chosen One
7). Zealot, Crusader of War
8). Order of the Arcane Scripture
9). Chaos Theory
10. O’ Majestic Being, Hear My Call

Hate Eternal is:

Erik Rutan | vocals, guitars
J.J. Hrubovcak | bass, backing vocals
Chason Westmoreland | drums

The Review:

American death metal legends Hate Eternal have been belching forth some of the finest death metal around at a consistent rate of an album every three years since 1998. 'Infernus' is their sixth full-length, and their first on Season of Mist. Many bands evolve and change over time, but the manner in which Hate Eternal jump out your speakers, in such a vicious, uncompromising manner, you are left in no doubt what kind of experience you're in for. This is no criticism of the band – 'Infernus' is every bit as interesting as their previous records.

There aren't many bands out there that can punish your ears with such consummate brutality, which is what Hate Eternal succeeds at doing from start to finish on this disc. Highlights? 'The Chosen Ones' has bewilderingly epic bass guitar work which is fully audible beneath the atonal guitar-mashings of main man Erik Rutan. One of the most impressive tracks on this record is “Chaos Theory”, one of Hate Eternal's customary instrumental pieces. Its mid-paced nature and sublime guitar work gives the listener a much needed (and deserved) break from the relentless barrage, before the final onslaught that is “O' Majestic Being, Hear My Call”.

Despite 'Infernus' being an ace album, for those uninitiated in the ways of Erik Rutan and his cronies, I would recommend 2005's 'I, Monarch' as being the most outstanding Hate Eternal record. If you dig that, then 'Infernus' would be a great follow-up.


‘Infernus’ is available here

FFO: Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Decapitated

Band info: Facebook | Official

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