Cannibal Corpse Taps Erik Rutan Of Hate Eternal To Fill In For Pat O’Brien

Cannibal Corpse have announced that Erik Rutan of Hate Eternal will fill in for guitarist Pat O’Brien he deals with his personal issues. Rutan will tour Decibel Magazine Tour and the upcoming US leg of Slayer’s final tour happening this May joined by Lamb of God, and Amon Amarth. This won’t be the first time these death metal powerhouses have worked together; Rutan has produced four albums with Cannibal Corpse (Kill, Evisceration Plague, Torture, Red Before Black, all Metal Blade) and is uniquely equipped to fill the role – he is one of the death metal’s most acclaimed guitarists and is known for his time as part of Morbid Angel (who are co-headlining the Decibel tour alongside Cannibal) throughout the 90s and early 2000s, as well as handling vocals/guitars and production duties for Hate Eternal. Continue reading

October 26th 2018 New Music Releases

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Hate Eternal – Upon Desolate Sands

Oh look, Hate Eternal has a new album on the way. Sweet, let’s see how long it takes before I run out of adjectives to describe brutal Death Metal. On Upon Desolate Sands (Season of Mist) I think I made it to ‘Portal of Myriad’ only to realize I was running on fumes. I’m not sure what kind of pact Erik Rutan struck up with Cthulu, but it’s given him access to enough pulverizing song ideas to power seven long-players and produce countless Death Metal standouts. Continue reading

Cannibal Corpse Books New Headline Tour Dates With Hate Eternal And Harms Way

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Death metal legends Cannibal Corpse have booked a new run of headline tour dates, in continuing support of their latest album, 2017’s Red Before Black (Metal Blade). The upcoming tour will feature direct support from Hate Eternal and Harm’s Way. All dates on sale now from the bands or the venues. Continue reading

Black Fast To Enter Mana Studios This Week

HELL YES. St. Louis thrashers Black Fast will enter Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida this week with veteran producer Erik Rutan to begin work on the follow up to 2015’s Terms of Surrender. Continue reading

The 2017 Hellfest Open Air Festival Lineup Has Been Revealed

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The 2017 Hellfest Open Air Festival will be taking place from June 16th-18th in Clisson, France next year, and the final lineup has now been confirmed. Continue reading

Hate Eternal – Infernus

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Every three years or so, I get to experience a strong feeling of déjà vu. I find myself re-living the past through a sequence of emotions not unlike the Kübler-Ross model for the five stages of grief. It coincides with the release of each new Hate Eternal album, but instead of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, my sequence usually only consists of three stages.

ANTICIPATION – I just know there’s something special inside singer/guitarist Erik Rutan which will eventually cause my ears to explode with dripping, orgasmic joy. Could this be it?

DISAPPOINTMENT – After ten minutes, I realise it’s following the exact same pattern as all the others. Great musicianship but not one truly memorable song.

RESOLUTION – deciding once and for all that this will be the last Hate Eternal album I listen to.

Yes, of course I know that’s rubbish. It wouldn’t be a cycle if I didn’t repeat it, and Infernus (Season of Mist) definitely makes me think I’m doing it all over again for a good reason with its frenetic opening track ‘Locust Swarm’. All the usual trademarks are in evidence straight away. Pummeling blastbeats, angular, atonal riffing and Rutan’s roaring vocals are all present and perfectly correct. Second track, ‘The Stygian Deep’ begins like a less subtle version of The Satanist (Metal Blade) by Behemoth but quickly becomes its very own snarling beast. ‘Pathogenic Apathy’ comes along to keep things moving and contains a couple of very tasty riffs. ‘La Tempestad’ follows, but no matter how fast and frantic it might be, it doesn’t really do a lot and things stall a little. However, the quite magnificent title track arrives next, and that beautiful noise you can hear is the sound of Behemoth and Morbid Angel having a baby.

Unfortunately, things start to unravel pretty much as anticipated after that. None of the remaining songs are that memorable or pack any real punch and we soon find ourselves back in all too familiar Hate Eternal territory. Sure, there’s some pure Morbid Angel loveliness during ‘Order of the Arcane Scripture’, ‘Chaos Theory’ is actually a very enjoyable instrumental, and closer, ‘O’ Majestic Being, Hear My Call’ isn’t a bad song by any stretch, but there just aren’t enough highlights to salvage an otherwise forgettable second half.

 

6.0/10

 

SPINY NORMAN

Svart Crown to Continue on Deicide Headlined Tour

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France’s Svart Crown announced today they will continue their U.S. trek with Deicide for the remaining show dates.

The tour, which was originally branded as the “Metal Alliance Tour,” featuring Deicide, Hate Eternal, Entombed A.D., Black Crown Initiate, Lorna Shore, and Svart Crown, quickly dissolved after myriad difficulties–both financial and logistical–with Entombed A.D. suddenly shipped back to Sweden post Spokane, WA gig, igniting rumors ranging from deportation to Deicide–related conspiracies.

But after an official statement from tour organizers, Continental Concerts and Metal Alliance, cited financial reasons for the rebranding, the remaining lineup, headliners Deicide and supporting acts Hate Eternal, Black Crown Initiate, and Lorna Shore, rages on, with tour openers Svart Crown still determined to conquer the States.

Svart Crown has issued a statement on the events leading to the tour:

Unfortunately, our fellow and best tour bus companions Entombed A.D. had to fly back to Sweden, [and] we had then to decide either to do the same and return to France from Seattle, or to find a solution for ourselves (rent a van, driving, sleeping places, etc.) to keep going with the rest of the bands.”

 

After resolving transportation issues, the band has “decided to CONTINUE ON,” while calling for further fan support.

“[We] thank you for any way you can support us–blast the gigs, check out our merch at our stand […] we will be eternally thankful for any help you can afford, [such as] helping us with tips and PayPal, or even with a place to stay so we keep up!”

 

Deicide tour dates with Hate Eternal, Black Crown Initiate , Lorna Shore, Svart Crown

Jun 11: LVCS – Las Vegas, NV
Jun 12: Club Red – Mesa, AZ – CANCELED
Jun 13: Mesa Music Hall – El Paso, TX
Jun 14: Depot “O” Bar Live – Lubbock, TX
Jun 15: Empire Garage – Austin, TX
Jun 16: Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX
Jun 18: Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
Jun 19: Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
Jun 20: Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC

 

 

 

Svart Crown’s 2008 début album, Ages of Decay, was a tour de force full-length, which introduced the band’s inspired blackened Death Metal infused with bleak melodies and harrowing intensity. Their 2010, Witnessing the Fall, and 2013 Profane albums saw the band evolving their already crushing anthems with inventive songwriting and mature focus. Live excursions supporting the likes of Deicide, Cattle Decapitation, and Cephalic Carnage, in the States and Europe, earned the band both fans and well-deserved praise.

 

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Metal Alliance Tour Officially Canceled, Decide Headline Tour Starts Tonight

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As previously reported, The 2015 Metal Alliance Tour has been canceled due to “unforeseen financial issues.” The remaining dates of the tour will continue as a headline tour for Deicide. Entombed A.D. has returned to Sweden and is off the tour, but the other bands Hate Eternal, Black Crown Initiate, Lorna Shore and Svart Crown continue as support bands for Deicide.

Deicide headline tour dates with Hate Eternal, Black Crown Initiate, Lorna Shore and Svart Crown.


Jun 11: LVCS – Las Vegas, NV
Jun 12: Club Red – Mesa, AZ
Jun 13: Mesa Music Hall – El Paso, TX
Jun 14: Depot “O” Bar Live – Lubbock, TX
Jun 15: Empire Garage – Austin, TX
Jun 16: Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX
Jun 18: Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
Jun 19: Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
Jun 20:
Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC