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Album Review

Although the Scandinavian countries have been dominating death metal and black metal for a long time, one shouldn't forget that many of the early death metal bands came out of the United States — and one of North America's extreme metal pioneers was Erik Rutan, who was playing death metal and grindcore in the band Ripping Corpse as early as 1987 and continued in that vein in the '90s and 2000s with Hate Eternal — all of which in addition to his contributions to Morbid Angel. Hate Eternal have had their share of lineup changes since the band's formation in 1997 (which is certainly not unusual for a death metal/grindcore combo), and on Fury and Flames, the outfit unveils a new lineup consisting of Rutan on lead vocals and guitar, Shaune Kelley (another ex-member of Ripping Corpse) on guitar, Alex Webster (known for his contributions to Cannibal Corpse) on bass, and Jade Simonetto on drums. Of the four, Rutan is the only one who was part of Hate Eternal's original lineup, but all those personnel changes haven't changed their sound. Rutan, after all, is the brains behind Hate Eternal; the band has always been the brainchild of Rutan, who is known for liking his metal bombastic, harsh, dense, and ultra-fast. That has been Rutan's mindset since the Ripping Corpse days, and he maintains his unapologetic viciousness on Fury and Flames. With this early-2007 recording, Hate Eternal provide yet another dose of unforgiving, head-crushing bombast that is usually delivered at breakneck speed. Nothing groundbreaking occurs, and anyone who expects a lot of nuance and melody from death metal should stick to bands like In Flames and At the Gates. But the songs on this album are well executed (never let it be said that Hate Eternal lack chops). And despite the obvious limitations of this approach, Rutan's longtime fans will find Fury and Flames to be a decent, if predictable, exercise in sensory assault for the sake of sensory assault.

Customer Reviews

Fury and Flames

This album is exceptional. starting with Hell Envenom; the blast beats in this song are ridiculous, the solo brings back reminders of I'Monarch, and the feel of the song very well matches the album title. 10/10 Whom Gods May destroy; the intro to this song is a little hard to catch at first, the riffing in this song reminds me of older Krisiun, all together the song is very precise and quick. 9/10 Para Bellum; This song has very good soloing in it, it also has that good ol' I'Monarch feel to it. 10/10 Bringer of storms; This song is quite possibly the most angry sounding song on the album, its deffinately my favorite on here, the music is very well put together, and sounds very "stormy" which is most likely what Erik Rutan was aiming for. 10/10 The Funerary March; another angry sounding song, but thats a good thing. if you havent noticed by now, Alex Websters bass is very audible, which adds that extra effect to the mood of the music, this song is pretty much the same all the way through, with some good harmonizing solos in the near end. 9/10 Thus Salvation; the intro to this song is crushing, probably the most 'choppy' song on the album. which fades into the next song Proclamation of the Damned. 9/10 Proclaimation of the Damned; this song has typical Hate Eternal riffs in it, with of, course amazing blast beats. 8/10 Fury Within; this is my least favorite song on the album, the riffs could've been so much better. it seems like the guitar and drums don't really go together. 7/10 Tombeau (Le Tombeau De La Fureur Et Des Flammes); this is the most emotional sounding song on the album (for those of you who don't know Erik Rutan was mostly reflecting his feelings and thoughts on this album because of Jared Andersons Death) over all this song is good, it has a good feel to it, and the soloing is awesome too. 10/10 Coronach; This is an instrumental of sorts, odd sounding with some even wierder sounding harmony vocals, but never the less a good way to end the album. 9/10 Over all i'd give this album a 9 out of 10. the production was good, but could've been "clearer" other than that, this is well worth the buy.


in a word....breathtaking. Erik Rutan delivers (new drummer guy rivals pete sandoval). the brutality of what is truley means to be metal is captured here in its purest form. will not disappoint. period. unless you like poeser metal. the main guitar part for "Hell Envenom" sounds like a guitar part i wrote not too long ago (obviously simplified) so i was pretty surprised when i heard it. i was all like "wait.....hold on....." hahahaha lol. great way to start off the year though


this cd is so intense that its suffocating one big positive is you can actually hear alex websters bass And plus, Rutan just annihilates


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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