HATE ETERNAL "Scourge of God's Creation"

Interview with Jared Anderson

By Thrash-head

Many know Erik Rutan from a trio of awesome Morbid Angel releases. Likewise, many know Jared Anderson from his work as the touring replacement for bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker on the Angel's recent "Gateways to Annihilation" tour. Many in the underground scene know drummer Derek Roddy from his session and touring work with Nile, as well as his work in Divine Empire. With all this history, it's easy to perceive Hate Eternal as a supergroup. Despite pledging themselves as a fulltime band, their plate was full amidst the trio's long list of side projects, among them Alas and Internecine. At the time of this writing, it was first announced that Jared would not join Morbid Angel as a full-time member. Shortly thereafter, Erik himself was leaving to devote his time to Hate Eternal.

As the new album proves, this band is truly a force to be reckoned with. The debut was truly a death metal masterpiece that left little to be desired and left the listener wanting more. It was the ultimate death metal CD for the year 2000. Now, the band has more than outdone itself, proving itself as much more than a one-off supergroup side project; and quite possibly the band to take the death metal throne in the very near future. To compare it to death metal's heyday of circa 1991; the music is faster, better-sounding, more technical, I could go on and on.

Usher in the new kings of death metal... with Jared Anderson from Hate Eternal, not to mention former Rockford resident.

Wormwood Chronicles: How's the tour with Nile, Arch Enemy, and Origin going?

Jared Anderson: It's been one of the sickest tours I've ever known, actually. Very extreme. Nile and Origin, those guys are fuckin' sick! Arch Enemy, first time being over with Angela and stuff. It's going great!

WC: Your debut album was a desperately needed shot in the death metal scene's arm. It was very brutal, and with enough energy so as to hold one's interest throughout. How does the new album hold up to the excellent debut?

Anderson: I think it holds up very well. It's more advanced... not in a way that the first album wasn't advanced or whatever, but it's more extreme, there was more time put in it. Erik worked on the production really hard and the production sounds incredible. It's a far better sounding record and it's just more extreme.

WC: I heard somewhere that Erik got his own studio. Is this the first one done in there?

Anderson: No, he's done a few in there, but he just got some really nice gear, and it definitely helps the sound.

WC: It's obvious that all the members of this band have a variety of side project going on for them. Do these other bands ever interfere with the progress of Hate Eternal?

Anderson: No, we don't let our side projects come into Hate Eternal. I mean I've got Internecine (extremely excellent brutal death in the same vein as Hate Eternal -Thrash-head), and I don't let that come in the way of Hate Eternal. Erik's got Alas, he don't let that come in the way of Hate Eternal. Derek just does some stuff with some of his friends, so no, none of us let other stuff come in the way of Hate Eternal.

WC: Question for you personally, were you approached to become a full-time member of Morbid Angel?

Anderson: Yes, but I declined.

WC: And you declined...why?

Anderson: I declined because it's a situation where I told them I love playing with Morbid Angel, it was great playing with Morbid Angel, but Morbid Angel demands a lot of time, which is well-deserved, it's Morbid Angel, they're the kings. All the time was kinda taken away from my writing, with Internecine and whatever, and I'm a creative person; I have to write. If I'm not writing I feel kinda useless, and I can't step into Morbid Angel and expect to write. That's ridiculous.

WC: Because Trey and Pete do most of it.

Anderson: Of course, thats just how it is, and that's how it should be; that's how it always will be. It had to do with that and the fact that I wanted to do Hate Eternal and Internecine full time. It was one of those situations where I just didn't feel 100%, and so instead of me being an asshole and just doin' the record, and then 6 months later just splittin' and fuckin' leaving them with a third vocalist gone; I didn't feel that'd be too fair at all. So I just decided I won't do the record at all, so that later on down the road if I wasn't happy they wouldn't have to be put in that position again. I respect them too much to put them in that position again. This way they can find somebody fresh to do the record, and they're Morbid Angel, I'm sure it'll fuckin' RIP! (laughs) I'm sure it'll be fuckin' insane!

WC: That says a lot for musical integrity. Most guys would jump at the chance and then just split if they had to split. Most guys would do it just to say "hey, I recorded with Morbid Angel!"

Anderson: Just to get their face on a Morbid Angel record. I'm not concerned with getting my face on a Morbid Angel record. It woulda been great, but I didn't want my face on a record unless I could commit and get it done. Out of respect, I wouldn't do that to them; cause it's just wrong. Anybody who would do that to them, or anybody in general is just a piece of shit, so I'm not gonna do that to them. I mean, I know a lot of people would do that, but I'm just not like that.

WC: Obviously you stated that you need to stay busy writing and touring and recording. Would you consider Internecine a full-time band as well then?

Anderson: Um, it¹s gonna be, as far as saying full-time, that¹s kinda hardcore. I¹m definitely gonna be doing records every two years and I¹m gonna try to do as much touring as I can. The first record I kinda got forced into doing everything because I didn¹t have the time to put together a full band quick enough. It just happened too quickly, I got the [recording] deal too quickly.

I want to put together a band, I just didn't have the time to put together a band, so I just did the guitars and shit myself, Erik helped me out with some leads, and Derek and Tony (Roddy and Laureano, from Hate Eternal and Nile, respectively -Thrash-head) helped me out with the drumming. I'm definitely gonna put something together. I got a lot of people in mind and I'm definitely gonna put something together and do some touring, but just not yet.

WC: This is something that has been briefly touched upon, but what was the full story with Doug Cerrito and Tim Yeung? Why did they exit the group?

Anderson: Well, basically, Tim didn't wanna tour, so we replaced him immediately with Derek before we even did our first tour. Doug, he got a really good job offer in New York and he took the job. He and Suffocation had ten years; they had a great run. We did the Hate Eternal record and he was really pumped about it, but when he finally got that good job offer and [he decided that] it was just his time to leave. So we just decided that we'd just play as a three-piece, Me, Erik and Derek, and it was like fuck it, it sounds amazing.

WC: So there's no plans for ever adding a second guitar player again?

Anderson: I wouldn't go that far with it, but not now. It'd have to be the perfect person. Erik said shit about wanting me to step up and play guitar, just fuckin' with me and I dunno about that shit. I mean, it's not totally out of the picture, maybe someday, not anytime soon.

WC: Are you the same Jared Anderson who used to pitch for Jefferson high school?

Anderson: I didn t, ah..(laughing) Oh man, I. . . pitched in a lot of tournaments and shit, I had a lot of teams I played with growing up. I had a hell of a run though man, y'know, I was a killer pitcher. Then I started smoking pot and playing guitar and I was just like. . . ah, fuck it. But yeah, I was actually in the Register Star a couple of times.

WC: How does it feel to be one of the only musician that us heavy music fans in Rockford can be truly proud of? (That is, people in Rockford who read Wormwood Chronicles... the rest won't know shit due to our wonderful so-called newspapers here!--Dr. Mality)

Anderson: It's fuckin' great man. All my friends and I growing up we played, but I just had a certain passion for it. We started when I was 13, 12... I knew what I wanted to do. Most of the other guys I knew were just kinda doing it to do it, but I knew what I wanted to do. After a while I moved to Cincinatti, and when I moved I hooked up with a fuckin' incredible drummer, and it just drove me to practice more and play more. Before you knew, it was just crazy. I just kept going for it, and it's gotten me some great gigs, and I'm proud to represent Rockford. It's fuckin' awesome.

WC: Anything else you wanna say to your fans?

Anderson: Nah, just thanks for the support with Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel, Internecine and all the stuff I¹m involved in. It really means a lot and thank you very much. I'll keep throwing out the brutal shit as long as people keep wanting to hear it. We appreciate every fan we've ever had, you guys are number one to us. To us it's all about the fans and making killer music.

(POST NOTE, OCTOBER 2010:  I came across the interview when moving material from our previous website to the new one. Thrash-head spoke to Jared in 2002, shortly after the release of Hate Eternal's "King of All Kings" album.  Tragically, Jared passed away October 14, 2006. It is still a loss deeply felt in the extreme metal community and right here in Rockford. R.I.P., Jared Anderson!--Dr. Mality)