To challenge the perceived limitations and forge new boundaries is a goal aimed at by many yet reached by a select few. Guitarist Erik Rutan has crafted an impressive career by attaining that goal consistently for well over a decade with his legendary work in Ripping Corpse and Morbid Angel. 1999 brings forth the Wicked World debut of Rutan's newest assemblage of death metal unstoppability, Hate Eternal.
Hate Eternal was borne from Rutan's on-going quest to push the envelope of uncompromising hate. Having spent the majority of his career solely as a guitarist, he felt the strong desire to step up to the mic with his brutal vocals and mobilize an outfit that would truly represent his own ideas. The goal was to create a massive force of devastating death metal with a lineup that was untouchable. Filling the drum slot would prove challenging as the material seemed to demand an eight-armed demon.
After trying out a few mere mortals, Tim Yeung entered the picture. Having studied the masters like Sandoval and Hoglan while adding his own unique qualities to his art, his utterly relentless attack proved to be a mandatory ingredient. Yeung is poised to take his place as one of the premier death metal drummers. The addition of Doug Cerrito (ex-Suffocation), one of the most respected guitarists in death metal, added yet another strong dimension to the band and the final addition of Jared Anderson's punishing bass attack and co-vocal sickness cemented the roster.
With undeniable aggression, premier musicianship and Erik and Jared's vicious lyrical firestorm, Conquering The Throne is the high-water mark for death metal in 1999. Musically, the album is on all-out precision assault, done so with all of the flair and expertise one would expect from such an impressive assembly. To accompany the assault, Rutan's lyrical stance derives influence from a variety of sources: ancient philosophies and scriptures, ongoing personal beliefs, ominous futuristic prophesies and other hateful visions. The combination is undeniable. Rutan and company have succeeded in creating an album of sheer death metal mastery, a supreme force thrust upon the world to be reckoned with forevermore.
2002 saw the release of sophomore album "King Of All Kings". While on a US tour with Dying Fetus, Kataklysm and Into Eternity in February and March of 2003, Erik Rutan suffered a cracked vertebrae when the band's van went off the road in Wisconsin on 8th March. Soon after the singer was released from hospital and persevered with the tour. Hate Eternal continued touring through August and September, teaming up with bands like Arch Enenmy, Evergrey and The Black Dahlia Murder, Hatebreed, Madball, Terror and Cephalic Carnage. The band announced further touring plans for the US in November of 2003, forming up a billing comprising Deicide, Krisiun and Cattle Decapitation.
Taking the band into 2004 Hate Eternal headlined over Dying Fetus, Deeds of Flesh and Prejudice during a European tour. In August 2004 the band hit the studios again to record another album.