Goatwhore, Hate Eternal, Fallujah, Battlecross, Kataplexy, Air Raid 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., March 3, 8 p.m. 2012

This Florida-based death-metal institution, founded by singer-guitarist Erik Rutan in 1997 (after the first of his three stints in Morbid Angel), helps to anchor its local scene, in part because Rutan runs a studio—in that context he's worked with Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore, Vital Remains, Nile, and (improbably enough) the Mountain Goats. Hate Eternal has been his main gig for years, though—which is why so many people were surprised and disappointed when the band's fourth album, 2008's Fury & Flames, suffered from muddy production. Some metal outfits sound great reduced to a dense, boiling blur, but Hate Eternal aren't one of them—somewhat technical and occasionally melodic, they need to be razor sharp. That misstep was rectified gloriously on last year's Phoenix Amongst the Ashes (Metal Blade)—chiming high-end riffs set off Rutan's roar, and the rhythm section erupts into its own vicious grooves with nearly pornographic clarity. —Monica Kendrick

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