Erik Rutan

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Erik Rutan
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Erik Rutan on stage at El Corazon in Seattle
Background information
Born (1971-06-10) June 10, 1971 (age 43)
Genres Death metal
Thrash metal
Progressive metal
Symphonic metal
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, drums, keyboards
Associated acts Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel, Ripping Corpse, Alas
Notable instruments
B.C. Rich Guitars

Erik Rutan is an American heavy metal musician and producer from New Jersey.[1] He currently leads Hate Eternal on lead vocals and guitar and has also spent time with Morbid Angel (three different stints) and Ripping Corpse. When not performing, Rutan operates his own recording studio in Florida called Mana Recording Studios.


Rutan started his metal career with Ripping Corpse, recording one album titled Dreaming with the Dead released in 1991. Around 1995, Rutan left to join Morbid Angel, recording Domination (1995) before leaving in 1996 to found his own band, Hate Eternal, releasing their debut album Conquering the Throne in 1999. Rutan then returned to Morbid Angel to record Gateways to Annihilation, released in 2000. Rutan left Morbid Angel again to concentrate on Hate Eternal, releasing King of All Kings in 2002 and I, Monarch in 2005. He rejoined Morbid Angel once more for the band's 2006 summer tour of Europe, a move about which the other band members stated, "This will certainly be an exciting event with the 'Domination' lineup together for the first time in 10 years!" The tour included a stop at the Wacken Open Air festival.

Erik has also done a number of different side projects that highlight different aspects of his playing. For example, he formed the group Alas with former Therion vocalist Martina Astner, releasing the landmark progressive metal album Absolute Purity in 2001.

Rutan is featured as guest vocalist on the track "Bone Crown" off of Annotations of an Autopsy's second full length album, II: The Reign of Darkness.


Rutan has produced the following albums:





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