If you’re a fan of extreme metal and haven’t yet heard that a new album from Hate Eternal is about to be released, then most likely you’ve been living in a cave. The album is called Phoenix Amongst the Ashes and it will debut May 10 on Metal Blade Records. It features a new bassist named J.J. Hrubovcak, along with the phenomenal guitars of Erik Rutan and the drumming of Jade Simonetto.
The album was recorded at Rutan’s own Mana Recording Studios in Florida with mastering handled by Alan Douches of West West Side. The interesting cover art was created by Paul Romano, who is responsible for other Hate Eternal album covers (plus album art for Mastodon, The Acacia Strain, Godflesh, Earth Crisis, and others).
Two songs from this album have previously debuted on other metal sites, but I’ve been so busy answering e-mails from people in faraway lands offering me millions of dollars in inheritances that I didn’t make time to hear them. Silly me. Late yesterday, Metalunderground.com exclusively premiered a third song — the title track. This time, I listened. “Jaw-dropping” is an overused adjective, but that was the effect the song had on me. Literally, the shit dropped my jaw. It’s an irresistible tidal wave of superheated death metal, and you should hear it.
To do that, you can visit Metalundergound here; that site has more info about the album. Or, you can go past the jump on this post and hear the song on the player we’ve embedded. By the way, Metal Sucks will be hosting an exclusive full-album stream of Phoenix Amongst the Ashes from Friday, May 6, to Monday, May 9. I know one thing I’ll be doing this weekend. Continue reading »