Fury And Flames
Review by Tomek on February 24, 2008.
Three years after “I, Monarch”, Hate Eternal are back to remind all faithful followers who is the “King Of All Kings” and crush all others who are not worthy. “Fury and Flames” is the fourth studio album of Hate Eternal, and shows us that they are not the ones “Conquering The Throne” anymore.
So, the story keeps on repeating – this album, just as the previous ones, has been recorded with yet a different line-up. After Jared Anderson passed away, our mainman Erik Rutan had to come up with new blood for the writing and recording process. To take care of the bass lines, Erik asked Cannibal Corpse’s Alex Webster, and after listening to the album a few times, I must say that Mr. Webster did more that he was asked to. In Erik’s own words (which pretty much say it all) “Alex created bass lines that were more like compositions rather than bass lines.” Amazing musicianship that enhances the whole experience, taking it not one but a few notches higher.
Tim Yeung and Derek Roddy set Hate Eternal’s previous drumming speed and ferocity to a very high level, so Jade Simonetto had to step into really big shoes. But, believe me, that guy must have some enormous feet, ‘cause his performance is simply jaw-dropping. Not only is he fast, accurate and consistent, but also adds the very needed groove, making Hate Eternal’s condensed hyper blast a little fresher and adding much needed space.
We also have a new addition on the second guitar. Shaune Kelley grew up together with Erik, and both of them recorded their first album in their band, Ripping Corpse. The chemistry between those two guitar players is undeniable, and to be honest with you, I cannot wait to see the band live. Having added a second guitar will definitely enhance their concert presence and make sound juicier and fuller.
I am hoping that the current line-up will be consistent enough to record at least few more albums, because “Fury and Flames” is the best album I’ve heard in a long while. I know that most of the music was composed by Erik Rutan, but without his collaborators, the final effect would be much different. “Fury and Flames” hits hard from the very beginning and keeps plowing all the way through. Intense to a point of almost physical pain, crushing any hope that humanity may have left, proving that Hate Eternal is the very definition of extreme metal.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 8.4 out of 10