Hate Eternal

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Hate Eternal
Vocalist/guitarist Erik Rutan in 2009
Vocalist/guitarist Erik Rutan in 2009
Background information
OriginSt. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.
GenresDeath metal
Years active1997–present
LabelsEarache, Metal Blade, Season of Mist
MembersErik Rutan
JJ Hrubovcak
Hannes Grossmann
Past membersTim Yeung
Jared Anderson
Doug Cerrito
Derek Roddy
Randy Piro
Eric Hersemann
Jade Simonetto
Shaune Kelley
Chason Westmoreland

Hate Eternal is a death metal band from St. Petersburg, Florida. The band currently consists of founding guitarist/vocalist Erik Rutan and bassist J. J. Hrubovcak. To date, Hate Eternal has released seven studio albums: Conquering the Throne (1999), King of All Kings (2002), I, Monarch (2005), Fury & Flames (2008), Phoenix Amongst the Ashes (2011), Infernus (2015), and Upon Desolate Sands (2018). All albums were produced by Rutan.


Hate Eternal was formed in 1997. The group's original line-up included lead guitarist and lead vocalist Erik Rutan, bassist and backing vocalist Jared Anderson, drummer Tim Yeung, and rhythm guitarist Doug Cerrito. The band's name came from an old Ripping Corpse demo song.

In 2000, drummer Derek Roddy replaced Tim Yeung and toured for Conquering the Throne. In 2002 the band recorded their second album, King of All Kings as a trio with Rutan, Anderson and Roddy. That summer, Rutan calmly parted ways with Morbid Angel, stating that he wished to devote more time to Hate Eternal.

What followed was a whirlwind of international touring to promote King of All Kings, including a noted video on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball for the single, "Powers That Be". Anderson left the group soon after due to an admitted drug problem. South Florida musician Randy Piro (a friend of Roddy) quickly stepped up to the plate as Anderson's replacement in the group, and the band pressed on. After completing their last tour for the album in 2004, the group began to work on new material.

2004 saw Hate Eternal begin work on the much-anticipated follow-up to King of All Kings, entitled I, Monarch. Recording began in the fall, and the album would eventually be released in June 2005. Hailed by critics and fans alike, the album put forth an innovative new musical approach in extreme metal, while retaining the elements of speed and brutality that dominate the genre. The group's individual and collective talents in musicianship and production shined like never before.

After an internally difficult US tour over the summer of 2005 and with a number of pending business problems, the group cancelled their European tour, scheduled for the fall. After spending much of the winter dealing with internal differences and personal situations, Roddy announced his departure from Hate Eternal in late March 2006.

With pending tour obligations, Erik Rutan and Randy Piro continued on and recruited drummer Kevin Talley for US appearances in the Spring, and Reno Killerich for the group's rescheduled European run. On July 26, 2007 Erik Rutan announced Jade Simonetto as the band's new permanent drummer.[1]

A music video for the song "Bringer of Storms" was shot overnight January 16, 2008 by David Brodsky.[2] Earlier in the day, the band had been in a minor traffic accident which managed to disable their brand-new van. Securing a rental and rushing to New York to play their first show with the new lineup, Hate Eternal arrived at BB King's just as the headlining act, The Black Dahlia Murder, were leaving the stage. Still wearing their jackets, Hate Eternal went onstage and performed five songs to the remaining crowd. Having completed that leg of the journey, they then drove into Brooklyn to shoot with Brodsky.[2] Once the shoot concluded, at approximately 7am, the band had not slept in 48 hours, yet continued to their next destination to rejoin the tour. The video aired on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball in February 2008. In 2008, the band recruited J. J. Hrubovcak on bass guitar.

The band released their fifth album Phoenix Amongst the Ashes in 2011. Erik Rutan commented that "the band has come up with one of [their] heaviest, most twisted, evil, melodic, and insane albums yet".[3]

In October 2014, the band signed to Season of Mist. In 2014, the band recruited drummer Chason Westmoreland, who appears on the band's sixth album Infernus which was released on August 21, 2015.

Westmoreland left the band in October 2015 due to "family matters". Drummer Hannes Grossmann has been brought in for the band's upcoming North American tour.[4]

On October 26, 2018, the band released its seventh studio album Upon Desolate Sands.

Band members[edit]



Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales


Conquering the Throne
  • Released: November 2, 1999
  • Label: Earache Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, CS, digital download[7]
King of All Kings
  • Released: September 17, 2002
  • Label: Earache Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download[8]
I, Monarch
  • Released: June 28, 2005
  • Label: Earache Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, CD+DVD, digital download[9]
Fury & Flames
  • Released: February 19, 2008
  • Label: Metal Blade Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download[10]
20 49
Phoenix Amongst The Ashes
  • Released: May 10, 2011
  • Label: Metal Blade Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download[12]
  • Released: August 21, 2015
  • Label: Season of Mist
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
9 36
Upon Desolate Sands
  • Released: October 26, 2018
  • Label: Season of Mist
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette Tape, Digital download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details
Live in London
  • Released: December 10, 2010
  • Label: Earache Records
  • Formats: digital download[15]

Video albums[edit]

Title Album details
The Perilous Fight
  • Released: October 16, 2006
  • Label: Earache Records
  • Formats: DVD

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Directed Album
"Powers That Be" 2002
King Of All Kings
"I, Monarch" 2005 Shane Drake[16][17] I, Monarch
"The Victorious Reign"
"Bringer of Storms" 2008 David Brodsky[18][19] Fury And Flames
"Lake Ablaze" 2011 Phoenix Amongst The Ashes


  1. ^ Blabbermouth.net Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine, Hate Eternal Announces New Drummer
  2. ^ a b "MyGoodEye : Music Visuals | David S. Brodsky : Director : Editor : Animator : Shooter". Mgenyc.com. Archived from the original on 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
  3. ^ "Eric Rutan commented on the new album". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Archived from the original on 2012-09-07. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
  4. ^ "HATE ETERNAL Recruits Ex-OBSCURA Drummer HANNES GROSSMANN For Upcoming Tour". Blabbermouth.net. October 23, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Hate Eternal - Chart history". Billboard.com. 2013-02-26. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  6. ^ Alex Henderson. "Hate Eternal | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  7. ^ "iTunes - Music - Conquering the Throne by Hate Eternal". Itunes.apple.com. 1999-11-02. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  8. ^ "iTunes - Music - King of All Kings by Hate Eternal". Itunes.apple.com. 2002-09-17. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  9. ^ "iTunes - Music - I, Monarch by Hate Eternal". Itunes.apple.com. 2005-06-28. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  10. ^ "iTunes - Music - Fury and Flames by Hate Eternal". Itunes.apple.com. 2008-02-19. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  11. ^ "Hate Eternal: Chile, Argentina Shows Announced". Blabbermouth.net. 2009-03-31. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  12. ^ "iTunes - Music - Phoenix Amongst the Ashes by Hate Eternal". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-05-10. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  13. ^ Neilstein, Vince. "Neilstein Soundscam: Green Dollar Bill Society". MetalSucks.net. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  14. ^ "Metal By Numbers 6/15: Still Causing Hysteria All These Years". Metalinsider.net. 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  15. ^ "iTunes - Music - Hate Eternal (Live In London) by Hate Eternal". Itunes.apple.com. 2010-12-10. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  16. ^ "Community". GameSpot.com. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  17. ^ "News - The MetalList Webzine - metal music zine". Themetallist.com. Archived from the original on 2015-06-03. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  18. ^ "Exclusive Interview With Hate Eternal'S Erik Rutan". MetalSucks.net. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  19. ^ "Hate Eternal: 'Lake Ablaze' Video Released - Blabbermouth.net". Roadrunnerrecords.com. 2011-07-14. Archived from the original on 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2015-05-21.

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