JUNE 23rd,2011  

Review by: Metal Mom 


The death metal band HATE ETERNAL was formed in 1997 from the very bowels of Florida, and are continuing to make a name for themselves. This is exactly what they have done with their latest creation spawned from evil, “Phoenix Amongst the Ashes”. The band name was conceived from an old “Ripping Corpse” demo song, which Erik Rutan was a part of. The three ominous players in this band consist of frontman Erik Rutan, guitar/vocals (ex Morbid Angel), JJ Hrubovcak, bass (Vile), and drummer Jade Simonton (ex Camilla Rhodes and The Plasmarifle). Together they have collaborated to create an album that could be their heaviest, most twisted yet.


Phoenix Amongst the Ashes was recorded at Mana Recording Studios in Florida, owned by Erik Rutan,( who also produced records for the likes of Vital Remains and Cannibal Corpse), mastering was done by Alan Douches (West Coast Side). The artwork was done by Paul Romano (Mastodan, Chiodos and others), who also has done many of HATE ETERNALS artwork. The artwork in itself is a unique cover.

The goal for this album was to expand on what the band has done in the past, and add some new dynamics and twists, but still keeping in the same vein. To create something unique and special that the three of them pushed and dug deep into their essence to create. And lets get this straight right now, they have accomplished exactly what they set out to do.

I gave this CD a few listens before judging, and I have to say I think HATE ETERNAL succeeded nicely on this one. There are 10 songs on this album, and not one I got tired of listening to. “Rebirth” was all instrumental, but not one I wanted to switch over to the next song, you don’t think death metal can have an all instrumental song and have it sound good, wrong. The “Haunting Abound” had a very clean start, drumming was slower, but not slow enough to put you to sleep, I don’t think you would ever be able to do that with a HATE ETERNAL song. The vocals are brutal and evil. “Hatesworn”, I loved the guitars riffs in here for the intro, which soon flowed into some vocals that made me think the devil was in the same room. Throughout the whole album there was much fast heavy blasting, lots of black metal guitar riffs, but much harmony too, as they have mastered pulling it all together to fit like a puzzle. The vocals had some doublings which added a unique touch as well, there was lots of variety to this CD, and that’s what makes it so commanding, because you don’t know what to expect, it wasn’t the same old thing the whole way through. There isn’t one instrument that stands out above the rest, maybe on one or two songs I heard the drums as they had some insane break neck speed going on, but it wasn’t long before the others kicked it up a notch and they all had equal dynamics. This is definitely the “ETERNAL RULER”.

Catch them on tour with Origin / Vital Remains and Abysmal Dawn starting June 15