Sometimes an album is good just because it is. An album doesn’t always have to be groundbreaking in order to make this list. Sometimes it just needs to kick as much ass as humanly possible. In this case that would mean the debut album from Florida’s Hate Eternal.
Hate Eternal was formed by Erik Rutan (guitar/vocals) who had previously done stints in the seminal thrash act Ripping Corpse and as the second/touring guitarist for Morbid Angel. So those two bands right there should give you a starting point when discussing Hate Eternal. I mean, it’s easy to pinpoint Morbid Angel as an influence on pretty much any death metal band that came after them, but it takes a bit more ear to hear the thrash influence involved in this record. Tracks like “Darkness By Oath” for example have a distinct thrash flair to them in some of the riffs being laid down here. But at the end of the day, let’s not kid ourselves. At its most rotten core this album is a brutal, pummeling death metal assault.
Conquering The Throne was Hate Eternal’s debut album released in 1999 on Earache subsidivision Wicked World. (Don’t even get me started on this whole sub-label business that was so popular in the late 90′s/early 00′s.) As far as debuts go this album is pretty top notch. I highly recommend you also check out the track “Catacombs” to experience the full on blitz.