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Conquering the Throne

Hate Eternal

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Album Review

Although Hate Eternal's Wicked World debut, Conquering the Throne, came out in 1999, it sounds like it could have been recorded ten years earlier. That's because the material is by-the-book grindcore/death metal and has all of that genre's late-'80s trademarks — relentlessly fast tempos, a lack of melody, a fascination with evil and the occult, and a twisted, choking, larynx-destroying vocal style that doesn't allow the listener to make out many of the lyrics. This CD breaks no new ground for grindcore, and blistering, mosh pit-friendly tunes like "The Creed of Chaotic Divinity," "Sacrilege of Hate" and "Nailed to Obscurity" are interchangeable. But despite its obvious limitations, Conquering the Throne is enjoyable and exhilarating in its own way. The album is quite predictable and not very distinctive, yet it's easy to get into if you have a taste for grindcore and death metal and are in the mood for naked, unmitigated aggression.

Customer Reviews

a killer of a debut album (Indie kids beware)

Just like I said before, Conquering the Throne is a killer of a debut. Neverending blast beats, ultra evil riffs with off the wall triplets and bashing lows. With music getting stranger and stranger, experimenting with obsessive amounts of technicality and dissonance, old school death metal classics like this one are ever more entertaining to listen to. If your a fan of Cannibal Corpse or Morbid Angel, stop reading reviews and buy this already.

iTunes needs to get I, Monarch

iTunes needs to get Hate Eternal's most recent album I, Monarch, I've heard part of it and what I heard was brutal. This album is full of some very extreme death metal. It is just too heavy for some people, even certain self proclaimed "metal-heads" who are probably too young to appreciate what metal really is. BRUTAL! Think of it this way, this is what metal sounds like without an emo influence, like what you get with As I Lay Dying, who are metal, just "metal-lite". Hate Eternal is more like Lamb of God except faster and heavier and with even less melody.

Great Album

As usual, the guy doing the review should be slapped, twice. This album rules. Plain and simple. And I'll tell you why. First of all it's Erik Rutan from Morbid Angel as the frontman/ songwriter. The guy is a genius and a shredder guitar player. But what's more is that this album laid the foundation for what would become the new generation of death metal. I have to give it up for Nile too because they also had a hand in establishing the new extreme sound. But this album is solid. You can trace the evolution of the sound as death metal ever expands it horizons in terms of brutality. Fast precise blast beats with perfectly timed fills, and searing riffs blazing over it all. His guitar tone is matched well with the overall production. The lyrics and vocal style will put a smile on any death metal's lovers face. Add this to your collection. You won't be dissappointed. Also check out Krisiun.


Formed: 1997 in St. Petersburg, FL

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Founded in the late '90s, Hate Eternal are an amelodic, ultra-fast death metal/grindcore band led by former Morbid Angel and Ripping Corpse guitarist Erik Rutan. While those bands employed Rutan strictly as a guitarist, Hate Eternal presented a change for Rutan in that the group found him doing much of the lead singing in addition to playing guitar. Nonetheless, Hate Eternal's late-'90s material was quite similar to the type of things that Rutan had done in the past. With Rutan having recruited fellow...
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