Hate Eternal – “Upon Desolate Sands” Album Review (Death Metal)

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Upon Desolate Sands

It’s nearly hard to believe that Hate Eternal has been in existence for nearly 20 years.  Yes…it’s actually been 19 since their debut Conquering The Throne.  Believe it or not.  The band has this to say about the new album Upon Desolate Sands:

“We put everything we have into this album to create a very special record, encapsulating the musical soul of the past while still forging forward with new ideas and an expanded musical spirit. We believe that every song on this album really shines with it’s own unique vibe and aura, capturing the essence of who we are and continuing the legacy of Hate Eternal.”

Every bit of that passage is true.  Upon Desolate Sands contains nine tracks including the closing instrumental, “For Whom We Have Lost,” a powerful and dare I say emotional cut with riffs every bit as sharp and production as clear as the lasting effects of losing someone.  This track puts the cap on the album and is a perfect example of how the band really put everything they had into this release.

But the album starts out with the sound we know and love from Hate Eternal and yet quickly shows signs of the band pushing the envelope a bit with specific nuances.  Take for example the single-note plucking that mimics the vocal delivery above the blistering foundation in “The Violent Fury.”  “Vengeance Striketh” bears good examples of how the band tries to push the envelope with some very unique chord progressions as well.

Long time fans of Hate Eternal are not going to be disappointed at any moment in the album.  They aren’t quite shattering new ground but are most definitely shipping away at it with some newly sharpened “tools.”  Consider Upon Desolate Sands as the musical equivalent of a set of knives with different sizes and shapes.  And fans who have yet to hear them but are familiar with the likes of Morbid Angel and  Cannibal Corpse, you’ll find out what you have been missing.  Fortunately, Hate Eternal will in fact be one of of the opening bands for the upcoming Cannibal Corpse tour.

Upon Desolate Sands is available now and in multiple formats including LP, CD, digital and cassette.

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Hate Eternal

ERIK RUTAN- RHYTHM/LEAD GUITARS, VOCALS
J.J. HRUBOVCAK – BASS GUITAR
HANNES GROSSMANN – DRUMS
RECORDED AND MIXED AT MANA RECORDING STUDIOS
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA // APR-JUN 2018
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PRODUCED BY ERIK RUTAN
ENGINEERED AND MIXED BY ERIK RUTAN
ASST. ENGINEER: ART PAIZ

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