HAIL OF BULLETS
Advancing Once More!
HAIL OF BULLETS were formed at the end of 2006 when guitarist Stephan Gebédi approached singer Martin van Drunen, drummer Ed Warby, bass player Theo van Eekelen and guitarist Paul Baayens with the idea to join forces in an old school death metal band. The band members already knew each other from their previous and present bands like Asphyx, Gorefest, Thanatos and Houwitser. From the start it was crystal clear there was a mutual love for true death metal bands like Autopsy, Massacre, Bolt Thrower, early Death as well as Celtic Frost.
The metal started flowing and in July 2007 the band decided to record four songs for a promo CD. Swedish death metal guru Dan Swanö produced the four songs at his Unisound Studios and the result turned out pretty monstrous. Metal Blade Records didn't hesitate to sign the band and HAIL OF BULLETS’ debut album ‘…Of Frost And War’ was released in May 2008. Apart from the thundering drums, scorching guitars and tormented vocals, the lyrical concept about the battles at the Eastern front during World War II made the album’s impact even bigger. The reactions of the press and fans were amazing and the band played countless festival dates and club shows all over Europe. The debut album was followed by a six-track mini album in July 2009, entitled ‘Warsaw Rising’ which featured two brand new songs, a cover version of Twisted Sister’s ‘Destroyer’ plus three live tracks recorded at 2008’s Party.San Open Air festival. More shows followed and the band even made their first visit to the USA at 2009’s Maryland Deathfest.
In 2010 the band started work on
their second full length album, another massive chunk of
war-themed death metal. Singer/lyricist Martin van
Drunen managed to come up with a new, intriguing
concept. The rise and fall of the Japanese Empire. The
album was produced by Ed Warby and like before the
monstrous mix was in the capable hands of Mr. Swanö. "On
Divine Winds"was released in October 2010 and once again
the reactions were overwhelming. The album even entered
the German album charts and was voted 'album of the
month' in various leading metal magazines. 2011 saw the
band playing most of the prestigious European Summer
festivals Like Hellfest, Wacken Open Air, Summer Breeze,
Party.San, Brutal Assault and many more. The band also
played Maryland Deathfest for the 2nd time.
In 2012 the band started writing songs for their third album, which sees the band approaching things a bit differently lyric wise. Instead of describing a certain campaign or theatre of war, this album focuses on the military life, rise and fall of German field marshal Erwin Rommel and despite fighting on the wrong side, Rommel was undeniably a great strategist who was both feared and admired by his enemies.
Music wise this third album, entitled “III: The Rommel Chronicles” is a bit faster, rawer, more aggressive and direct than “On Divine Winds” which had a more epic, heroic feel. Once again production duties were handled
by Ed Warby and the album was mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö. A new lyrical approach also asked for a different type of artwork, which was provided by Dutch artist Erik Wijnands.
“III: The Rommel Chronicles” entered the official German album charts at # 47!
After playing more shows in 2013 and 2014, the band decided to take a break for 2015. At the end of this break Hail of Bullets decided to carry on without singer Martin van Drunen due to personal issues. The band have not decided on a permanent replacement yet, but they will appear at Maryland Deathfest, Baltimore on May 28th 2016 with David Ingram (ex-Bolt Thrower/Benediction) on vocals, whether this will be a one off cooperation or a permanent one will be decided later this year. Meanwhile the band will start writing new material in 2016 and 2017 will see the Hail Of Bullets war machine return to both the live front and the studio at full combat strength! Advancing Once More!
…Of Frost And War – 2008 – Metal Blade Records
Warsaw Rising (EP) – 2009 – Metal Blade Records
On Divine Winds – 2010 – Metal Blade Records
Split-EP w/LOTD – 2013 – Cyclone Empire Records
III: The Rommel Chronicles – 2013 – Metal Blade Records