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I, Monarch

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Album Review

The third album by Erik Rutan's post-Morbid Angel project Hate Eternal may be the singer/guitarist's purest achievement, if not his best. I, Monarch is 40 minutes of distilled essence of death metal, with Rutan's Cookie Monster vocals declaiming crypto-religious S&M lyrics over his own hypnotically repetitive riffs and flashy, technically excellent solos, while a close-to-inaudible bassist and the superhuman blastbeat drummer Derek Roddy hurtle along at near-impossible speeds behind him. Those who love this sort of thing will be in awe, not least because Rutan manages to include a few actual tunes (or at least refrains) alongside the jackhammer throb. Those whose tolerance for death metal is lower should nonetheless at least stay for the end; the instrumental "Faceless One" is something of a breakthrough, and the best song on the album by some distance. After nine tracks that whiz past in a death metal blur, Rutan slows the tempo here incrementally, but just enough to allow himself and Roddy the breathing room to show off hitherto speed-obscured aspects of their playing. Roddy in particular comes off exceedingly well; he may be the best drummer in the entire subgenre. If Rutan chose to explore this variation on what's becoming a well-worn theme, Hate Eternal might be on to something interesting.

Customer Reviews

Buy all Hate Eternal now!!!

Erik Rutan and Derrick Roddy are the king of all kings!!!

One of thier best

Besides Conquering the Throne and King of all Kings, I think it's their best. Derek Roddy is truly an amazing drummer, not just in death metal. Tracks 1,2,3,5,and 8 are my favorite tracks.

A great album! But...

Dont review this album right after you listened to it once. When I first bought it I didn't like it very much. But after a few more listens I have grown to really love this album alot! It really is a great album but It takes alot of getting used to. I, Monarch I give 5 stars.

Biography

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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