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Erik Rutan

Erik Rutan on stage @ El Corazon in Seattle
Background information
Born June 10, 1971 (1971-06-10) (age 38)
Genres Death metal
Thrash metal
Progressive metal
Symphonic metal
Occupations Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Producer
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards
Associated acts Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel, Ripping Corpse, Alas
Notable instruments
B.C. Rich Guitars

Erik Rutan is a former guitarist for Morbid Angel and Ripping Corpse. He fronts Hate Eternal on lead vocals and guitar, a three-piece death metal band. Aside from being a highly regarded self-taught lead guitarist, he also runs his own recording studio in Florida (Mana Recording Studios), and is making a name for himself as a producer. He produced the Cannibal Corpse albums Kill and Evisceration Plague, Six Feet Under's Commandment, Through the Eyes of the Dead's Malice, Goatwhore's A Haunting Curse and Carving Out The Eyes Of God, and Vital Remains's Icons of Evil. He rejoined Morbid Angel as guitarist for their European tour summer 2006. Morbid Angel stated the following on the reunion: "This will certainly be an exciting event with the 'Domination' lineup together for the first time in 10 years!"

In addition to his work with legendary death metal artists, Erik has also done a number of different side projects that highlight different aspects of his playing. For example, he formed the group Alas with former Therion vocalist Martina Astner, releasing the landmark progressive metal album "Absolute Purity" in 2001. With female lead vocals, orchestral synths, and a heavy emphasis on harmony and melody, "Absolute Purity" was a definite departure from Rutan's usual songwriting approach and a testament to his versatility within the genre.

Erik Rutan is featured as guest vocalist in "Bone Crown" off of Annotations Of An Autopsy's album, The Reign of Darkness.


Rutan plays B.C. Rich Ironbird guitars, EMG Pickups, and Marshall Amplifiers.


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