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Hate Eternal
I, Monarch
December 2005
Released: 2005, Earache Records/Sound Pollution
Rating: 2.0/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

It seems like time stands still for some including the former Morbid Angel guitar man Eric Rutan who is the mastermind behind Hate Eternal. The music the band delivers on their third album is well played Tampa-based extreme death metal. The music oozes of mid-80’s influences and musical references are naturally Morbid Angel in their peak. In other words, the speed is very fast with a lot of tempo changes enhanced in between the furious speed. Eric growls his way through the album and he also dazzles us with some stunning guitar playing.



Eric has also taken the producer seat. Besides his own band, has he produced acts like Soilent Green, Premonitions of War, Diabolic, etc. All of the 10 songs on I, MONARCH are well performed but the band drowns in all the other acts that want to make a name in this genre. The material is too plain and offers nothing out of the ordinary. It feels like Eric wants it still to be the mid 80’s and you’d surely get more out of the music if time had stayed still. Just like the music, production sounds sadly the same.



This album is only for the devoted fans of either Eric Rutan or little ones that just have discovered extreme death metal and don’t know any better. They should have credit for their skills on their instruments, but that doesn’t save the entire album.



Labels: http://www.earache.com AND http://www.soundpollution.se
Track Listing

Two Demons
Behold Judas
The Victorious Reign
To Know Our Enemies
I, Monarch
Path To The Eternal Gods
The Plague Of Humanity
It Is Our Will
Sons OF Darkness
Faceless One

Lineup

Eric Rutan – lead vocals, guitar
Derek Roddy – drums
Randy Piro – bass


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Hate Eternal
I, Monarch
November 2005
Released: 2005, Earache Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Waspman

Just as surely as time marches on, so too can we count on certain death metal warriors releasing a new album every couple of years. Ever since his multi-year stint in Morbid Angel, Eric Rutan has been one of those reliable death merchants, both with the venerable Morbid ones, and with his own crush machine, Hate Eternal. Somehow, Hate Eternal manages to divide fans along love/hate lines, despite the fact that nothing on previous albums CONQUERING THE THRONE and KING OF ALL KINGS was new or foreign to the death metal form.

While often dismissed as senseless blasting, Rutan has always been able to infuse Hate Eternal’s music with just enough groove and slower parts to avoid stagnation. That said, he hasn’t really altered that (safe) formula on I, MONARCH. From opening track “Two Demons” to closer “Faceless One” there is absolutely nothing on this album that you haven’t heard countless times before on hundreds of death metal releases. Sure, it’s all very technical and quite intense, but the fact remains that this is just another death metal album.

I guess I’m just on the fence with this one, ‘cause after about 10 minutes of this I begin to lose interest, despite my respect for the effort involved. It’s the same old story: if you enjoyed Hate Eternal’s previous output, you can feel confident in buying this one as well. If you hated KING OF ALL KINGS, this album will not change your mind. Let your previous experience guide your wallet.
Track Listing

1) Two Demons
2) Behold Judas
3) The Victorious Reign
4) To Know Our Enemies
5) I, Monarch
6) Path to the Eternal Gods
7) The Plague of Humanity
8) It Is Our Will
9) Sons of Darkness
10) Faceless One

Lineup

Eric Rutan: Guitars, Vocals
Randy Piro: Bass
Derek Roddy: Drums


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