Words & Photos by James Alvarez

Hate Eternal’s Infernus 2015 tour brought Southern California’s death metal legions out in full force this past weekend, as the tour rolled through the metal friendly Complex in Los Angeles. Stacked with four blast beat enthused bands, the sold out show was packed to capacity and turned the inside of the venue into a heavy metal sauna. Life, logistics and zero luck parking in Glendale on a Saturday night, kept me from catching Beyond Creation and Rivers of Nihil, but the long hairs cooling off outside in-between acts assured me they had a ball during their sets.

Misery Index, Baltimore’s favorite death-grind rabble-rousers, don’t make it to the West Coast all that often. In fact the band mentioned it had been five years since their last SoCal jaunt, which is probably why the band pulled out all the stops inside Complex this night, putting on one of their wildest…and sweatiest performances to date. Supporting their latest album, 2014’s gargantuan The Killing Gods, the Index gang plowed through a set laced with new material like “The Calling” and “Conjuring The Cull” alongside older tracks off Heirs to Thievery and even reaching as far back into their repertoire as the Dissent EP and debut album Retaliate. I’ve seen Misery Index annihilate many a stage during the 2000’s and it’s safe to say their set at Complex was definitely the hottest.

Hate Eternal, the mightiest power trio on Earth, ended the night with their mind bending brand of technical death metal. Between the staggering heat, the barrage of notes blasting through the speakers, and Erik Rutan’s whirlwind of hair spinning around onstage, Hate Eternal created a literal vortex of brutality inside the venue, proving once again that nobody does this extreme metal stuff as intensely as they do. Fresh off the heels of their killer new metal album of the year contender, Infernus, the band ripped through an epic set, consisting of new tunes like “Pathogenic Apathy” and their latest record’s title track, alongside classic neck snapping anthems like “Powers That Be” and “I, Monarch.” Over the years, Hate Eternal have featured some of the best drummers on the planet and after the recent departure of their previous drummer Chason Westmoreland, the band is currently on the road with ex-Obscura basher Hannes Grossmann. For those of you out of the extreme drummer gossip loop, this guy is a major league shredder. Watching Grossmann tackle Hate Eternal’s mammoth catalog onstage was simply amazing. The band ended the night with a throat shredding rendition of “King of All Kings.” Everyone in attendance agreed.

Hate Eternal Tour Dates
11/18 – Denver, CO – Marquis
11/19 – Lubbock, TX – Depot Obar
11/20 – Ft. Worth, TX – Tomcats West
11/21 – Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar
11/22 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
11/24 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre Saint Petersburg
11/25 – Sanford, FL – West End Trading Co. 11/19 Lubbock, TX – Depot Obar
11/20 – Ft. Worth, TX – Tomcats West
11/21 – Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar
11/22 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
11/24 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre Saint Petersburg
11/25 – Sanford, FL – West End Trading Co.

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"What can you expect when you're on top? You know? It's like Napoleon. When he was the king, you know, people were just constantly trying to conquer him, you know, in the Roman Empire. So, it's history repeating itself all over again." -Dirk Diggler

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