Hours after the announcement came down that Erik Rutan had joined Cannibal Corpse as a full time member, he has stated that he plans to continue his long running death metal band Hate Eternal. He made a statement via Facebook.
“I have been sitting here today reflecting on my life and career and the journey to get here. 30 years ago I was recording my first album with RIPPING CORPSE at 19 years of age, then onto MORBID ANGEL, then starting and continuing with HATE ETERNAL and Mana Recording and now CANNIBAL CORPSE. I feel so grateful to have been and still continue to be a part of this music that I feel so passionate about and embrace.
“HATE ETERNAL will absolutely continue on.. JJ, Johnny and I look forward to recording another unrelenting HATE ETERNAL album in the future when the time is right.
“As many people know I have always done multiple things in my career and I plan on continuing that starting with CANNIBAL CORPSE as well as HATE ETERNAL, Mana Recording, producing and other musical endeavors when time allows.
“We will have some other great HE news to share in the near future and look forward to continuing down the path I have been a part of for decades.
“Hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy and excited to what the future shall behold!
“Thank you all for your unwavering and undying support. It means the world to me. Eternal Gratitude.”