Berto : Hate Eternal is a band that regularly delivers a new album. Erik Rutan, the brain behind this band in the past 20 years, knows how to reach on every new album at least the level of the album before it and occasionally puts the bar even higher. Recognizable on their new album 'Upon Desolate Sands' are the distinctive riffs of Mr. Rutan himself and the immensely busy drumming of Hannes Grossmann (also known from among others Obscura), while on the other hand you hear more dynamics meaning that more space is created for a few calmer passages, which do not bring down the level of brutality by the way. Still brutal and technical in every area, but I feel the album breathes more, giving you more air as a listener and getting you healthier to the finish than before (and the album lasts only a little longer than half an hour).
Songs like 'What Lies Beyond' and 'Nothingness Of Being' let you hear a slower side of the band without taking on another identity. If you hear the riffs of Rutan, you will also immediately hear his history back in Morbid Angel, but I think you can say that Rutan has made his mark on Morbid Angel more than the other way around. Another striking song is 'All Hope Destroyed' and that's because of the way Rutan plays his riffs. I am not a musician myself and I cannot describe his technique, but it sounds completely different. Just to say that 'Upon Desolate Sands' means another small innovation for Hate Eternal. Furthermore, this new album is again a master class in the perfect combination of technology and brutality, although not showing a whole new direction for the band but a clear consolidation of the position of the band in the genre. Reliable as a Japanese car, this Hate Eternal, but there are a lot of those Japanese cars driving around, aren’t there?