HATE ETERNAL drummer Jade Simonetto has left the band to further his education and post-music career.
Comments Simonetto in a statement: "Being a part of HATE ETERNAL has been one of the greatest experiences of my life and parting ways is, by far, the most difficult thing I've ever had to do.
"Erik [Rutan, vocals/guitar] and JJ [Hrubovcak, bass/backing vocals] are older brothers to me and have always looked out for my best interests. Knowing I won't be touring and jamming with those guys is a hard pill to swallow, but I'm choosing to pursue my education and establish myself career-wise.
"I'll miss the world of diehard metalheads who come out to shows and support this great thing we all love.
"I wish Erik and JJ all the success in the world personally and professionally and have no doubt that Erik will discover some monster drummer we haven't yet heard of. It's what he does!"
Adds Rutan: "It's been a great road traveled with Jade as a part of the band for six years, two very special albums and many, many tours across the world. Some of the best times and experiences in my life and career have been with Jade in the band. Jade is like a brother to JJ and I, and we are very proud of all we accomplished together as a band. His loyalty, dedication, and commitment to HATE ETERNAL is something we'll always be very grateful for and Jade will always be family.
"This has been in discussion for some time now and we all agreed that it was time for this to happen.
"We wish Jade nothing but the best with his future and thank him for all his hard work and tremendous contributions to HATE ETERNAL."
HATE ETERNAL will close out the worldwide touring for its most recent album, "Phoenix Amongst The Ashes", with a special performance on Saturday, October 26 as part of the Housecore Horror & Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Joining HATE ETERNAL on drums for this show will be Adam Jarvis (MISERY INDEX, PIG DESTROYER).
HATE ETERNAL is currently writing material for the follow-up to "Phoenix Amongst The Ashes". Seven songs have been completed so far, with the band tentatively scheduled to begin recording in spring 2014.
Comments Rutan on the writing process: "JJ and I are super excited with the progress of the new material. We've been collaborating to make an album that pushes all the boundaries and dynamics yet remains true to our roots and legacy. We have been very critical with the new songs and really have honed in on crafting an album with many variances in tempo and mood, and songs that separate themselves from one another to give a unique entity to each composition. Our goal is to continue to expand the different facets of HATE ETERNAL and extreme metal. This album is going to be a monster!"