Hate Eternal
I, Monarch


3.5
great

Review

by Shadows USER (89 Reviews)
February 6th, 2006 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


The name �Hate Eternal� is a rather suitable label for such music. Vicious drums, outlandish guitar riffs, and carnivorous vocals blend together to create the ultimate atmosphere of hatred. For 42 minutes during the newest release, one feels as though he truly is scourging the King of Kings, causing him to tremble before him. Rutan has once again managed to successfully create an outlet for his emotions, which shines darkly full of superior death metal for our modern times. Cower before me Christ, as I, Monarch have now begun to reign.

While not venturing into an uncharted territory, Hate Eternal manages to create enjoyable, cunt-smashing death metal without sounding like a rehash of prior bands. Erik Rutan succeeds in making himself appear as a barbaric force with deep, roaring vocals reminiscent of Mike DiSalvo while relentlessly delivering an aural beating in the form of brutal, unique riffs in such insurrections as The Victorious Reign. The music is given an additional sadistic plague via Derek Roddy�s drumming. Roddy was the former drummer of the famed American death metal outfit Nile, and his intense speed is shown throughout the album, none more so than Behold Judas. The instruments blend greatly to form one solid, inescapable force, displayed by the excruciating metal onslaught of To Know Our Enemies. Hate Eternal is certainly an instrumentally talented band, and their playing is not without a flare for writing as well.

Unfortunately, it must be understood that Hate Eternal is not breaking any new ground. They�re not writing the most insane technical metal since Necrophagist, nor are they pushing the limits of brutality, making Cryptopsy sound like elevator music. What they are doing is creating solid death metal with a great balance of brutality and technicality, complete with evocative, distinguished melodies. If the fearsome lead guitar of I, Monarch does not lodge itself in the listener�s mind, then the rolling deathsquad of It is Our Will shall not fail to capture. The album is full of enjoyable hooks and lasting value with plenty of variation among songs. Each track is different while adding to the consistent theme of the album, whether it�s the flowing tincture of Sons of Darkness or the exquisite instrumental Faceless Ones.

In the end, I, Monarch may not be the most marvelous array of death metal creativity, but it is certainly enjoyable for anyone interested in solidly written extreme music. Each song delivers a plate of thick, edible riffs with a rich sauce made from inhuman drumming. One cannot forget the side of bass seasoning, which completes the ensemble. While some songs stand out, the album flows as a single entity for the most part, yielding catchiness and an outlet of rage. Replay value may not be the album�s strong suit, but it is certainly worth a listen for anyone willing to explore modern death metal�s well-received outfits.

Recommended listening:
- Behold Judas
- The Victorious Reign
- I, Monarch
- Faceless One



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Cravinov13
February 6th 2006


3854 Comments


I love these guys. I want to try and get this CD at some point. Great review.

Blindguardian
February 6th 2006


186 Comments


Sounds like I'd like this, too bad I barely have any money to spend on every band who produces solid, death metal
It's not easy to hold out for truly groundbreaking or stand out albums

Shadows
Moderator
February 6th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Many people consider this album to be very boring, but I really like it. The drums are beastly and Erik's riffs are really cool. Plus the instrumental at the end is really good.

fazrul666
March 10th 2006


13 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album rules. better than conquering the throne. the sound is much2 better.This Message Edited On 03.10.06

Apocalyptic Raids
March 11th 2006


810 Comments


I was disappointed with this, I had heard good things, and I found it very boring.

TheHamburgerman
February 12th 2008


1300 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Like yeah. They're not breaking any ground, but still they are one of my favorite death metal bands.

Metalikane
February 12th 2008


851 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm going to see them in concert tomorrow:D And probably with a longer set seeing as how 3 Inches of Blood and Decrepit Birth dropped off due to inclement weather:

SoulReaper
April 14th 2008


184 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i can only find one word sutible to describe this album.... Ugly..... in the good death metal way of course.

Vokills
April 22nd 2008


109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Im listening to it right now and the best word to describe Hate Eternal is...
Agressive

HeadCharge123
June 18th 2008


475 Comments


maybe not the most original band, I found this album extremely enjoyable and very solid.

devouredbymetal
October 25th 2009


516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah imo, this is the best album by Hate Eternal

ConsideredDead
June 29th 2010


121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I guess I can understand why some people don't like Hate Eternal, but I personally fucking love this band. "I, Monarch" is probably tied with "King of All Kings" as my favorite H.E. album.

"Cunt smashing Death Metal" - perfect description.

Chud55
November 1st 2010


33 Comments


Hate Eternal are a seriously under rated band. And this album is very under rated aswell. First, didnt like it, then it grew on me, and I consider it one of my best albums I own. Its such a good album, and Id give it a 4.5-5 not a 3.5.

MO
November 30th 2010


18996 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Solid album, Derek Roddy is amazing.

Spec
May 24th 2011


27271 Comments


Pretty cool.

Digging: Midnight - No Mercy for Mayhem

Shuyin
November 22nd 2011


11980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ill take Fury & Flames above this one but yeah, album still slays

ToMMyMiL116
January 27th 2012


1474 Comments


Hail Erik rutan. Hate eternal is the definition of brutal death meta!

Shuyin
April 24th 2014


11980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

2 first tracks own so hard



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