Published Aug 19, 2015The name Erik Rutan is synonymous with death metal. When the ex-Morbid Angel member isn't producing outstanding releases by legendary acts like Cannibal Corpse, Six Feet Under, Devourment, Vital Remains and tons more, he's acting as the mastermind behind long-running Florida band Hate Eternal, along with bassist J.J Hrubovcak and new drummer Chason Westmoreland. The group's sixth full-length, Infernus, marks Hate Eternal's first set of new material since 2011's Phoenix Amongst the Ashes, yet picks up right where they left off.
Infernus captures the band's classic death metal sound with ten crushing, impeccably written tracks that are deeply rooted in the traditions of the genre. The album is filled with crushing, headbang-worthy riffs, blasting drum work and epic melodies, as well as Rutan's dark, evil vocals. However, the band mix in just enough creativity and technicality to keep things modern, while staying true to their iconic sound. Infernus is yet another masterpiece to add to Hate Eternal's stunning catalogue, which has been consistent and ferocious for the past 18 years. (Season of Mist)