Embattled Cannibal Corpse guitarist Pat O’Brien, who was arrested after a bizarre series of events in December, won’t be participating in the band’s next two tours this year. Fear not, metal brethren – filling in for him is none other than Hate Eternal guitarist/vocalist, Erik Rutan. The metal veteran, who’s also been a part of Morbid Angel and the legendary Ripping Corpse, will undoubtedly adeptly take O’Brien’s place for the death metal legends
According to Loudwire via Metal Blade Records, however, Pat O’Brien is still a member of Cannibal Corpse – Rutan is filling in for both their upcoming headlining tour, as well as opening Slayer’s farewell tour. Still, though, while it’s likely not ideal for the band, Rutan (who also owns Mana Recording Studios) is a very talented musician in his own right. Listen to the latest Hate Eternal record, Upon Desolate Sands, and hear his talent for yourself.