News archives 2010-2012

HAIL OF BULLETS NEWS UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2012

As you may have noticed, a 12 inch vinyl picture disc version of ‘On Divine Winds’ was released earlier this month through Metal Blade Records, It’s already sold out via the official Metal Blade/EMP webshop but we have managed to capture some of the last copies. Please get in touch with us via our facebook page: www.facebook.com/hailofbulletsofficial if you’re interested in ordering one of the very last copies.

No release date has been planned for a picture disc edition of the first album yet, but we’re working on that.

Meanwhile we have been busy writing new songs for our upcoming third full length album. The songs are finally taking shape now and we hope to conclude the writing process around the end of 2012, so we can start recording early next year.
We expect the album to be released sometime in 2013.
We will make some festival appearances next year but our main focus for now is the new album…

HAIL OF BULLETS NEWS UPDATE JANUARY 2012

First of all we’d like to wish you all a great new year and we’d like to thank everyone for making 2011 such a great and very succesfull year for the Bullets!

We had a blast at festivals like Hellfest, Wacken, Summer Breeze, Party.San, Brutal Assault and Way of Darkness and the same goes for most of the awesome club shows we played – THANK YOU!!!

In 2012 we will start writing new songs for our upcoming third album, but of course we will also stay active on the live front!

Stay loyal, stay brutal, stay sick!

Cheers,

Theo, Paul, Ed, Martin and Stephan

The HAIL OF BULLETS show at Het Front -Vroomshoop (NL) planned for November 26th has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. People who already pre-ordered tickets will get their money back from Het Front. Message for all our fans in the northern region of Holland; please note that HOB will be playing the Dokkum Open Air fest June 30th, 2012, so see you all there!

News update June 2011

After the Summer, which is packed with festival performances, HAIL OF BULLETS will start working on ideas for the next album. We already have some ideas about the lyrical concept for our third album, and although it will be war related (of course!) this one will have a somewhat different lyrical approach than the previous two albums…

SALE! SPECIAL OFFER! SALE!

Please check webstore/ merchandise page for special offers on several items!!

October 25th 2010:

HAIL OF BULLETS officially enter German album charts!

HAIL OF BULLETS officially enter German album charts on position 75!
Dutch Death Metal Masters HAIL OF BULLETS have entered the official German album charts on position 75! A great success for the band and a great success for old school Death Metal in general!

Comments the band: “Hail Of Bullets soar into the German album charts On Divine Winds! We’re extremely proud of our first ever chart entry, and it only makes sense that this would happen in the most metal-minded country in the world. We salute our loyal fans for greasing the gears of war, this isn’t just our victory but yours as well! Death Metal Supreme!”

HAIL OF BULLETS exclusive video premiere for ‘Operation Z’ on MySpace!
Dutch Death Metal Masters HAIL OF BULLETS will premiere the video clip for ‘Operation Z’ – the first single off their second full-length ‘On Divine Winds’ – today exclusively on MySpace!

Surf over to the MySpace site of HAIL OF BULLETS http://www.myspace.com/hailoffuckenbullets to check out the video!

Comments HAIL OF BULLETS: “December 7 1941… October 18 2010… 2 dates that will live in infamy: on the first Japan attacked the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, on the second Hail Of Bullets launch their new video for Operation Z, a song about this very attack from their crushing new album On Divine Winds! Combining explosive live footage from the Bullets’ appearance at this year’s Summer Breeze festival with authentic WWII footage, the video shows the band captured in full scale war mode by a fearless camera crew… Banzai!”

Make also sure to surf over to http://www.metalblade.com/hailofbullets/ to check out more music, videos, the Karaoke contest and the various bundles available for ‘On Divine Winds’!

Some quotes from the international metal press on the new album

“No doubt, this is a teaching play in Death Metal!”
Rock Hard Germany, 9,5/10 points, album of the month!
“The Death Metal album of the year!”
Metal Hammer Germany, 6/7 points
“Sophisticated Death Metal without any experiments and blasts!”
Legacy Germany, 15/15 points
“Skullcrushing stuff for any Death Metal fan!”
Heavy Mag Germany, 11/12 points
Aardschok Holland, 95/100 points
“Sit down and dig into the story!”
www.lordsofmetal.nl, 89/100 points
“This album tops even their own debut!”
www.bloodchamber.de 9/10 points
October 12th 2010:

HAIL OF BULLETS issues lyrical and musical descriptions on each song exclusively via website of German Metal Hammer! German and English version available!
Dutch Death Metal Masters HAIL OF BULLETS release their second full-length ‘On Divine Winds’ today in Europe and tomorrow, Tuesday, in North America!

To celebrate this week of release the band has issued detailed descriptions on lyrics and music on each song off the new album! Surf over to the website of German Metal Hammer to find out more about the content of ‘On Divine Winds’!

German version English version

HAIL OF BULLETS launch full album stream of upcoming album ON DIVINE WINDS exclusively on Metal Underground.com!

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – October 04, 2010 – In conjunction with the upcoming second full-length release from HAIL OF BULLETS, ON DIVINE WINDS, Metal Blade Records has teamed up with MetalUnderground.com to premier the old school death metal act’s album ON DIVINE WINDS in its entirety. Be sure to head over to MetalUnderground.com, a metal site that provides fans with comprehensive metal news coverage, reviews, interviews, band info, live concert reports, photos, and is updated daily by a dedicated staff of die-hard metalheads, to check out HAIL OF BULLETS’ upcoming album ON DIVINE WINDS while you can. The stream ends Monday, October 11th.

If you like what you hear and see head over to the band’s landing page and pre-order the album while there is still time to take advantage of the discounted prices. ON DIVINE WINDS is available by itself or bundled with a t-shirt.

ON DIVINE WINDS track listing is as follows:
1. The Eve Of Battle
2. Operation Z
3. The Mukden Incident
4. Strategy of Attrition
5. Full Scale War
6. Guadalcanal
7. On Coral Shores
8. Unsung Heroes
9. Tokyo Napalm Holocaust
10. Kamikaze
11. To Bear the Unbearable

ON DIVINE WINDS was produced by Ed Warby and like before the monstrous mix was in the capable hands of Mr Dan Swanö.

Comments singer Martin van Drunen: “This time Hail of Bullets takes on the Pacific War. The expansion of the Empire of Japan throughout Asia, introducing a full scale war using all forces combined. The massive strike back of the Americans, whose marines bravely fought many tough and bloody battles on now forgotten insulate islands spread throughout the whole Pacific. This led to desperate Japanese defense tactics such as Kamikaze, human bullets and suicidal Banzai charges. Until finally, incendiary bombings brought the empire to its knees.”

Comments drummer Ed Warby: “I don’t think I’ve ever worked this hard on anything in my entire life, but it sure has paid off! Although “…Of Frost And War” is a tough act to follow, my ringing ears tell me we’ve succeeded in besting it on every level: songs, playing, production… at the moment Dan Swanö is putting the final touches on a mix that could squash a tank, and then it’s off to the pressing plant! All the main ingredients of our blood ‘n’ guts style death metal have remained intact and I honestly can’t imagine anyone that liked our previous work is going to be the least bit disappointed… on the contrary!”

HAIL OF BULLETS is:
Martin Van Drunen – Vocals
Paul Baayens – Guitar
Stephan Gebedi – Guitar
Theo Van Eekelen – Bass
Ed Warby – Drums

Visit HAIL OF BULLETS online at

http://www.hailofbullets.com,
http://www.myspace.com/hailoffuckenbullets, http://www.metalblade.com/hailofbullets/, http://www.facebook.com/hailofbulletsofficial

About the band:
HAIL OF BULLETS was 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 including: Asphyx, Gorefest, Thanatos and Houwitser. A serious drinking and thinking session followed and the plans for the band’s musical direction were laid down that night. 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 within a couple of months they already had enough material written for a full length album. In July 2007, the band decided to record four songs for a demo 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 greater. The reactions of 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 the beginning of 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. For the first time in history, a new art of warfare where all modern day forces: Navy, Air force and Army were combined in joint operations. Mick Koopmandcraft the striking artwork, which shows a distinct continuation of the HAIL OF BULLETS aesthetics. The album was produced by Ed Warby and like before, the monstrous mix was in the capable hands of Mr. Swanö. HAIL OF BULLETS go on a full scale war with ON DIVINE WINDS!

HAIL OF BULLETS announce Karaoke Contest!

Win a gig performance with the band!
Dutch Death Metal Masters HAIL OF BULLETS have announced a Karaoke Contest. You always wanted to perform with one of the hottest Death Metal bands around these days? You think you can beat vocal legend Martin van Drunen in a vocal contest?

Here’s your chance! Download the instrumental version of “Operation Z” – the opening track off HAIL OF BULLETS new album “On Divine Winds” – stream the song with vocals – and upload a video of yourself singing the song. The first winner will get the chance to meet the band and sing “Operation Z” in the encore of a HAIL OF BULLETS set! There will be 10 prizes in total so don’t miss out here!

Check out the video where Martin van Drunen himself announces the contest on the HAIL OF BULLETS landing page at http://www.metalblade.com/hailofbullets/. On the same site you can download the instrumental version of “Operation Z”, check out the lyrics and stream the “Operation Z” version with vocals. You can also submit your video on the landing page and check out the prizes you can win. Read more

HAIL OF BULLETS launch landing page for ‘On Divine Winds’ including new song, video from bonus-dvd and pre-order deals! Bonus-dvd details revealed!
Dutch Death Metal Masters HAIL OF BULLETS have launched a landing page for their upcoming new album ‘On Divine Winds’!

Surf over to http://www.metalblade.com/hailofbullets/ to check out the new song Operation Z, a live video of Nachthexen (taken from the first album …Of Frost And War) and the pre-order deals available Worldwide. In Europe you can decide between the regular cd, the limited edition Digibook including bonus track and bonus-dvd, a bundle including the Digibook and a brand new T-Shirt and the limited 2-Gatefold-LP!

The limited edition Digibook includes a full live-DVD. The DVD was recorded with multiple cameras at Summer Breeze festival 2008 and includes the whole 45-minute set! The dvd will feature an additional two video clips.

Comments singer Martin van Drunen on the concept of ‘On Divine Winds': “This time Hail of Bullets takes on the Pacific War. The expansion of the Empire of Japan throughout Asia, introducing a full scale war using all forces combined. The massive strike back of the Americans, whose marines bravely fought many tough and bloody battles on now forgotten insulate islands spread throughout the whole Pacific. This led to desperate Japanese defense tactics such as Kamikaze, human bullets and suicidal Banzai charges. Until finally, incendiary bombings brought the empire to its knees.”

The album title ‘On Divine Winds’ refers to the translation for the Japanese word Kamikaze, as kami stands for “God” and kaze means “wind”.

‘On Divine Winds’ track listing:

1. The Eve Of Battle
2. Operation Z
3. The Mukden Incident
4. Strategy Of Attrition
5. Full Scale War
6. Guadalcanal
7. On Coral Shores
8. Unsung Heroes
9. Tokyo Napalm Holocaust
10. Sugar Loaf Hill (bonus track on ltd. 1st Digibook edition!)
11. Kamikaze
12. To Bear The Unbearable

‘On Divine Winds’ was produced by Ed Warby and like before the monstrous mix was in the capable hands of Mr Dan Swanö.

‘On Divine Winds’ features 12 tracks on the limited first Digibook edtion and 11 tracks on the regular jewelcase version. The album will be released October 8/11 via Metal Blade Records in Europe!