I, Monarch was my first Hate Eternal record. I bought it on a whim and never regretted it. I recommended it to my brother Charlie, and even sent him a copy, but it took two years and another Hate Eternal record for him to finally get into them.
He’s an idiot.* They’re too awesome for words.
I’ve posted a Hate Eternal video here before, but it can’t hurt to do it again.
If you haven’t yet heard or own I, Monarch, now is the perfect time to pick it up since it’s been reissued with a second disc with live versions of the record on DVD. Pretty rad. Everything Erik Rutan touches these days turns to gold and it’s pretty easy to see (hear?) why. I mean, listen to this band. They are fucking awesome. And when you are done with I, Monarch, go out and pick up their most recent record, the superior Fury & Flames. Rutan is also responsible for the production of countless other solid metal records in the last few years. I bet if you spend a little time reading through the liner notes of your metal collection, you’ll be surprised how often you find his name in there.
You DO have the liner notes, don’t you? If not, here’s a more or less complete list of his credits.
*Not really. He’s good.