There’s really not much more to say about Erik Rutan that the metal world doesn’t know. His producing skills are top notch (Cannibal Corpse doesn’t work with just anyone) and Hate Eternal just absolutely slays. Seeing them live recently only proved that more: Rutan played with so much fury that it was just unbelievable. They were a well-oiled machine, even though sound errors threatened to plague their set in the beginning. I think the highlight of the night for me was seeing “The Art of Redemption” played live: something about that solo at the beginning just gets me moving.
I had the privilege of interviewing Erik Rutan about Phoenix Amongst the Ashes and his producing work, amongst other things. The interview is below.