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May 16th, 2011

Album: Hate Eternal – Phoenix Amongst The Ashes

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Hate Eternal
Phoenix Amongst The Ashes
Metal Blade
10 May 2011

by Tom Dare

It’s one thing to detune your guitars into oblivion for the entire running time of an album, but it’s rather another to do it just by writing horrifically nasty songs. Album number five from Hate Eternal is a prime example of just how Erik Rutan’s evil genius in this regard is far more effective at flaying the skin from your face than the easier alternative.

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If the atonal torture of the neck-mangling riffs and minion-of-hell wail of the solos are the musical incarnation of evil, then it’s here that Hate Eternal once more stand out from many of their peers. There really aren’t that many bands that manage to do sheer back-breaking brutality at the same time as sounding like they were shat out of Hades for being overly nasty – most bands can only manage one or the other, not both. Yet Rutan and damned co. manage it with room to spare.

Crucially there’s a more melodic take than in recent years, something which vastly adds to the enjoyment aspect. Last album Fury & Flames was essentially like being hit on the side of the head with a claw hammer, with little in the way of articulation to cling on to. While Phoenix… may leave you feeling like you’ve been several rounds with both Klitschko brothers, they would at least wearing gloves and not using iron bars – the tuneful (but still horrible) moments in the guitars allow you to get your head around things even amidst the maelstrom of gnarl.

Listen to ‘Haunting Abound’ by Hate Eternal:

You can actually sit and listen to it from start to finish without it feeling like it’s all a bit much, or without the bombardment being a bit too relentless to stay interesting. You do actually want to listen to it. The composition is highly accomplished, the riffs blistering and the leads as close to hummable as death metal this nasty ever gets. Phoenix Amongst The Ashes leaves you feeling sordid, abused and generally broken, and does so without needing to make the riffs so low only cybernetically enhanced dogs can hear it.

5/6

Sounds like: Dismember, Morbid Angel, Deicide
Top tracks: The Eternal Ruler, The Art Of Redemption, The Fire Of Resurrection

Hate Eternal – Phoenix Amongst The Ashes tracklisting:
Rebirth
The Eternal Ruler
Thorns Of Acacia
Haunting Abound
The Art Of Redemption
Phoenix Amongst The Ashes
Deathveil
Hatesworn
Lake Ablaze
The Fire Of Resurrection

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