Acclaimed death metal act HATE ETERNAL has parted ways with bassist Randy Piro. "I am at a crossroads in my life and I feel the need to change direction," Randy writes in a statement. "I will be devoting my creativity to GIGAN and my schooling."From the deepest pits of my heart I thank Erik Rutan, Derek Roddy, Jared Anderson (may he rest in peace), and everyone in the HATE ETERNAL family for believing in my abilities, and bestowing upon me the honor of playing in one of the most extreme bands the world has ever heard. "HATE ETERNAL has played a massive role in my life, and I will always look upon my time spent jamming with Erik and Derek with warm emotions. I wish Erik Rutan and the band the world and its spoils, for the Hate truly is Eternal..." HATE ETERNAL leader Erik Rutan added: "Randy and I both thought this was the right life change for him and I support everything he wants to do for his future. Randy always gave 100% while in the band and I appreciate all he has done for me and HATE ETERNAL. I wish him nothing but the best in his schooling, career and his life." Handling the bass duties on HATE ETERNAL's upcoming CD will reportedly be Alex Webster from CANNIBAL CORPSE (although this has not yet been officially confirmed). HATE ETERNAL signed a new record deal with Metal Blade Records in January 2007. The band is currently writing material for the follow-up to 2005's "I, Monarch", which is expected to be recorded at Rutan's own Mana Recording Studios in June/July 2007. Formed in 1997, HATE ETERNAL's goal has always been to challenge musical limitations and create new boundaries with no compromise; to obtain goals aimed at by many yet reached by only a select few; to create music that not only defies all clichés, but that creates a true sense of power, dissonance and consonance, heaviness and speed, melody and brutality, simply put horrific hymns. Rutan has crafted an impressive career by attaining that goal consistently for well over a decade with his legendary work in RIPPING CORPSE and MORBID ANGEL, not to mention his other career as engineer/ producer for bands such as CANNIBAL CORPSE, SOILENT GREEN, SIX FEET UNDER, CELLADOR, VITAL REMAINS, PREMONITIONS OF WAR, GOATWHORE and INTO THE MOAT, just to name a few.