Review by Adam M on August 27, 2015.
Hate Eternal brings a ferocious style to the table with Infernus. The blast beats are strong and the drum fills are killer. Though the guitar riffs have an undeniable pummelling effect, there is also that grimy sludge feeling that is taken from Morbid Angel to be found as well. Still, this band seems to be more about pure brutality than Erik Rutan’s former act.
This type of endeavor wouldn’t work without solid song-writing skills. The overall atmosphere created by this band is certainly one that could be considered evil. The nefarious attitude also complements the band’s music very well. This can be seen from such standout cuts as Order of the Arcane Scripture and Pathogenic Apathy. This style is distinctive enough within the death metal genre, but could be further innovated in the future. The album title is appropriate in Infernus because there is a relentless vibe to all that is present. There is a dedication to making sure the album is tight and focused, regardless of what speed the music is being performed at. With the exception of the title track, all songs have some portions with significant quickness. This leads to a buildup of momentum throughout the length of the release. Though I believe that Sulphur Aeon and Rivers of Nihil have released slightly superior death metal releases this year, this album is next in line. Add to the mix a stellar production job and one has a complete death metal album. The music does take some time to sink into, but once you get it, a very crushing experience can be had.
Hate Eternal’s Infernus comes strongly recommended for people that wish Morbid Angel would have taken a more interesting path after Gateways to Annihilation and those looking for a rewarding death metal experience in general.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10