Concert Review! HATE ETERNAL

Erik, J.J. and Jade set up and the two front men turn their backs to us and check their tuning (I’m guessing), making sure everything is ready for what is about to happen. The main lights dim and the stage is illuminated with a dark blue color. Erik gets the guitar to scream a little and he and J.J. turn around to begin the sudden slaughter. The sheer brutality and immense sound that comes from the band from here on out was absolutely amazing. This was my first time seeing Hate Eternal live and It was far more satisfying that I had hoped for.

The sound was absolutely breathtaking and true to how the albums sound. Jade’s drumming was impeccable and the performance on J.J.’s and Erik’s fretboard was very impressive. J.J.’s work on that bass guitar was mind blowing and he is incredibly over looked when it comes to talented bass guitarists and even vocals. I managed to talk to both Erik and J.J. briefly and it’s awesome how two genuinely nice guys can growl and scream and play such savage music. They play their music with intensity and precision, the band’s sound throughout the entire set was very tight and just massive. Not one note was fucked up (from what I could hear, I was headbanging quite a bit) and these guys play with a fierce fire in their hearts and it truly shows on stage.

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NEW SONG: CANNIBAL CORPSE – Encased In Concrete

Holy shit this new Cannibal Corpse track is amazing! I haven’t felt this dizzy and excited for a new Corpse track since KILL. That opening verse riff is unique and Pat n Rob have out done themselves again writing some killer ass riffs. They are a fierce metal combo when it comes to riffs n leads. The track is both brutally fast and maliciously slow at times. All n all it’s a great track. Oh and you can listen to the new track here via Decibel.

Torture” will be out next week, March 13th on Metal Blade Records.

Wednesday Wreckommendation! HATE ETERNAL – Pheonix Amongst The Ashes

Last year, Hate Eternal released this album and it was on the top 5 of my list and Axl Rosenberg also ranked it quite high on his top 15 list of 2011 as well. the album is pure death metal and is simply one of the best death metal albums out, still. Pheonix Amongst The Ashes has brilliant writing, riffs, drumming and song structure that goes beyond the norm. Hate Eternal is underrated and deserve more than just “some band” for recognition. Listen to Hate Eternal, headbang.

MORE THINGS THAT KICKED ASS IN 2011

Here is some more greatness of 2011. More personal opinions that hardly matter but I feel as though they should be shared. Here are some more “best of 2011” mini-lists. An award ceremony if you will. Except there are no awards. The only award is us listening to them and their music.

BEST EP

1 – ††† (Crosses)– †

2 – DeadfallNew Light

3 – ImmolationProvidence

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BEST RIFFS

 1 – Amon AmarthSurtur Rising

2 – CrowbarSever The Wicked Hand

3 – Woods of YpresWoods IV

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BEST BASSIST

1 – Dominic “Forest” Lapointe of Beyond Creation

2 – Chris Corey of Last Chance To Reason

3 – Alex Webster of Blotted Science

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BEST LEAD GUITARIST

1 – David Davidson of Revocation

2 – Simon Girard and Kevin Chartre of Beyond Creation

3 – Johan Söderberg and Olavi Mikkonen of Amon Amarth

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BEST DRUMMER

1 – Francesco Paoli of Fleshgod Apocalypse

 2 – Jade Simonetto of Hate Eternal

3 – Phil Dubois-Coyne of Revocation

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BEST SINGER (CLEAN VOCALS)

1 – Michael Lessard of Last Chance To Reason

2 – Joseph E. Martinez of Junius

3 – Chelsea Wolfe

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BEST VOCALS

 1 – Simon Girard of Beyond Creation

2 – Erik Rutan of Hate Eternal

3 – Johan Hegg of Amon Amarth

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BEST ALBUM COVER

Revocation – Chaos of Forms

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BEST INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM/EP

1 – Scale The Summit – The Collective

2 – Russian CirclesEmpros

3 – Blotted ScienceThe Animation of Entomology