Erik Rutan

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Erik Rutan
Rutan performing with Cannibal Corpse in 2019
Rutan performing with Cannibal Corpse in 2019
Background information
Born (1971-06-10) June 10, 1971 (age 49)
New Jersey, U.S.
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • producer
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • drums
  • keyboards
Associated acts

Erik Rutan (born June 10, 1971) is an American heavy metal musician and producer from New Jersey.[1] He is the guitarist and lead vocalist of Hate Eternal and is currently filling in on lead guitar for fellow death metal band Cannibal Corpse during their 2019 tour. Rutan 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. The word "Rutan" means "square" in Sweden.


Rutan performing in 2009

Rutan started his metal career with Ripping Corpse, recording one album titled Dreaming with the Dead released in 1991. Around 1995, he left to join Morbid Angel, recording Domination (1995) before leaving in 1996 to found his own band, Hate Eternal, releasing their first 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 said, "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.

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

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

On January 18, 2019, it was announced that Rutan would fill in for Pat O'Brien of Cannibal Corpse for the remainder of their winter and spring tour dates.[2][3]


Rutan has produced the following albums:


  1. ^ "Erik Rutan of Hate Eternal: 'My Whole Life Became About This Record'". Archived from the original on October 13, 2012.
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  4. ^ "John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats Twitter". Twitter. December 8, 2010. Retrieved December 8, 2010.
  5. ^ "Details of Colombian Death metal band Masacre: Total Death".