As BLABBERMOUTH.NET first reported yesterday, it has now been officially confirmed that CANNIBAL CORPSE's Alex Webster will play bass on HATE ETERNAL's new album following the recent departure of Randy Piro Jr."I am very excited to be participating in the recording of HATE ETERNAL's next album," Webster says in a statement. "Erik [Rutan, HATE ETERNAL leader] is an amazing guitarist and songwriter, and one of my best friends. As bassist for the new album, I will do my best to make the strongest contribution possible to a band that has already proven itself to be at the highest level of brutality and musicianship." Webster and Rutan have had a close working relationship prior to collaborating on HATE ETERNAL's new album. Rutan produced CANNIBAL CORPSE's latest CD, "Kill" (2006) "This record needs and deserves the best, and I think Alex is the best bass player I know," Rutan says in a statement. "He is one of my best friends and know that Jared [Anderson] would be proud to have Alex be a part of HATE ETERNAL history. He was my first bass player in HATE ETERNAL when I started and am proud to have him back as a part of it." 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. An October release is expected 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.
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