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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. A serious ... Read more in Amazon's Hail of Bullets Store

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  • Audio CD (19 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade Records
  • ASIN: B0017H8JPI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 291,906 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Before The Storm (Barbarossa) 2:00£0.89  Buy MP3 
  2. Ordered Eastward 4:42£0.89  Buy MP3 
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  7. Nachthexen 4:25£0.89  Buy MP3 
  8. The Crucial Offensive (19-11-1942, 7.30 AM) 4:19£0.89  Buy MP3 
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10. Insanity Commands (Bonus Track) 4:38£0.89  Buy MP3 
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MBarbosa on 10 Oct. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is a great album for all those nostalgic death metal fans, who had the chance (and luck, I'd say) to witness that new metal stream's birth in the 80s. Bands like Pestilence, Bolt Thrower, Morbid Angel and Death where emerging and they all brought, in their own way, a whole new bunch of audio atmospheres, with blasting open chords (like Pestilence's Consuming Impulse), low-pitched grunts and screams and, in the particular case of Death, more technicality. Those were the days where we felt that metal was really evolving, and we could feel it in every new work of each major death metal bands.
"...Of frost and War" tries to recover a little bit of that (except for the originality) and I believe it quite accomplishes it, mostly due to Dan Swäno's work, in my opinion. He is one hell of a producer (not to mention a great musician)! The whole atmosphere reeks of war and blasts, and I believe it will feel that way to anyone that listens to it, even if they didn't have a chance to take a glimpse at the cover artwork.
But wait, there's another major player on this album, and he's the one who originally brought me to lend it a ear, on the first place. Nonetheless than Pestilence's original vocalist: Martin Van Drunen himself! The real deal! One of the most original, frightening, grasping death metal voices ever. We can almost see the soldiers bleeding to the core whilst crushed by giant tanks, everytime this man grunts.
As for the album itself, it's quite an unpretentious work: no technicalities, no great solos, no complex melodies or harmonies; it's just blasting tank-guitar chords and one brutal front-man! Heavy as hell! It's well worth the buy.
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By Mr. Kevin J. Day on 17 April 2013
Format: Audio CD
This album is just simply... wow. It's heavier than a tank. The drumming and guitaring that kicks in on Ordered Eastward immediately gives you a picture of the ferocious onslaught to come. I bought this cos I'm fond of Martin van Drunen. His work with Asphyx kicksass. The war concept to this album works brilliantly. I like reading about war etc. So war and metal... can't go wrong here. Just buy it, seriously.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By the Citizen on 1 Sept. 2010
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Old-school Death Metal perfection 8 Jun. 2008
By Murat Batmaz - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Members from some of the Netherlands' most important death metal bands, namely Pestilence, Gorefest, Thanatos among others, have joined forces to form Hail of Bullets, a staggering old-school death metal band that offers uncompromising molten metal mayhem on their ambitious debut Of Frost and War.

Based around vocalist Martin van Drunen's ideas, the album is a conceptual piece of work revolving around WW2, particularly the eastern front. All tracks address the theme of war, painting a bleak picture of destruction a la Bolt Thrower during their heyday. This is further highlighted by the amazing packaging with authentic pictures and the fitting artwork. The lyrics of tracks like "The Lake Ladoga Massacre" and "The Crucial Offensive (19-11-1942, 7.30 AM)" are actually worth investigating, as van Drunen is certainly well versed in history.

This being a nod to the masters of old-school death metal, most of the songs are intentionally devoid of melodic patterns and see the band proceeding through mid-tempo to faster musical terrains. Melody is only offered at key points, in order to provide contrast to the bleak, relentlessly heavy death metal aesthetic. This actually works perfectly, as the band seems to understand the overemphasis of melodic segments would not serve the purpose of such an album, but when applied scarcely, the songs transcend their limits and turn into modern death metal anthems. Ed Warby's drumming, though a bit lower in the mix than his work on the demo, is staggering and powerful; while the guitar duo of Thanatos, Paul Baayens and Stephan Gebedi, lay down some amazing harmonies on pieces like "Nachthexen" and the phenomenal album closer "Berlin". Combined with van Drunen's dry, tortured growl and Theo van Eekelen's rumbling bass, the tracks immediately stand out due to their epic arrangement, thick guitar layering and overall feel.

The balance of the fast and mid-tempo tracks is achieved seamlessly, as the sludgy, almost doom-metal like "The Lake Ladoga Massacre" and "General Winter" morph into crushing death metal monsters with insane drum fills and suffocating twin guitar riffery. Pay attention to the ending of "General Winter" where wah-infested guitars form a thick wall of dissonance that messes with the head. Actually almost all of the songs on the album end on a grandiose note, giving the impression that there isn't a single overplayed note on them.

As with their demo, the album was mixed and mastered by Dan Swano and therefore it sounds savage, massive and brutal. Swano also does some death growls on "Ordered Eastward", one of the best tracks on the album. Rife with machine-gun riffery, militaristic drum beats and van Drunen's abrasive vocals, it takes on a completely new vibe as Dan Swano enters the piece with some of his most brutal and punishing death growls ever. Swano sings atop an epic guitar theme thick with harmony through most of the tune, but it concludes with van Drunen in the finale.

Of Frost and War is the best death metal debut of 2008, and perhaps even the best death metal album of the year. Fans of Autopsy, Death, Bolt Thrower, Celtic Frost, and Obituary are advised to check it out. This is the true soundtrack to war and destruction.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An Amazing Depiction of Doom! 18 July 2008
By Johnny Insane - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album is simply amazing! In its simplicity it is surprisingly vivid in portaying the images of doom, destruction, and desparation that the world experienced during WWII. Bombong raids, gas attacks, and mass carnage abound in listening to the album. Low-end sludgy riffs paint a picture of helplesness in the wake of invasion and brutality of war. Every aspect is near perfect in conveying the devastation and sheer carnage of mankind at its worst. The black and white album art conjures retrospective images of the destrucion as the overall sound of the entire album seems to place the listener on a battlefield in the midst of overwhelming mortar attacks, gunfire, bombs, gas bombings, and inconcieveable carnage. Of Frost And War has inspired me, an artist myself to create my own depictions of these atrocties, as I have had similar images in my mind screaming to be released for years.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Best Death Metal Album in Years 15 April 2009
By AndersJohanson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Dutch Death Metal Supergroup!!!!

Hail of Bullets has members of Gorefest, Thanatos, ex-Asphx, and ex-Pestilence. This is by far the best death metal release in a long time hands down. Congratulations to Hail of Bullets for bringing back the old school death metal!! For those who don't know this is a concept album about the war on the Eastern Front between Germany in Russia in World War II. The mellow introduction 'Before the Storm' set the stage for oncoming onslaught 'Ordered Eastward'. The lead guitars handled by the two guitarist from Thanatos do a good job. Heavy riffs like in 'Ordered Eastward', 'Berlin' and the awesome solos like in 'Berlin'. My head hurts after listening to this album cause I have to continually head bang. The guitars are heavy as hell, and the drumming is awesome ( drum are handled by Ed Warby of Gorefest, an underrated drummer). Martin Van Drunen vocals are brutal, just like the good old days when he was growling for Asphyx, Pestilence, Comecon and Bolt Thrower. This is a must have album!!!!
A death metal album where the vocals are the highlight? 8 Mar. 2009
By Ghost of Metal Past - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Hail of Bullets has achieved something unique. They have created a death metal masterpiece where the vocals - yes, the vocals - are the most amazing aspect of the music. It's a perfect union of subject matter and performance. Of Frost and War chronicles the greatest military conflict in world history: Nazi Germany's invasion of Stalin's Soviet Union.

I'm not too familiar with the musicians of this band, but the vocalist, Martin van Drunen, conveys all aspects of the war in a way that puts the listener right on the frontline. The tone of his voice is reminiscent of Jeff Becerra on Possessed's Seven Churches album, although van Drunen's delivery is almost 'acted' as if he were a panic stricken soldier describing the mayhem going on around him. I say 'acted' instead of 'sung' as my highest compliment because he is so convincing in the part.

Hail of Bullets' riffs are powerful, thought not overly complex or breathtaking. There are not many guitar leads to speak of either. The drumming is impressive and also conveys the chaotic battlefield quite well. As stated above, however, the music simply sets the stage for van Drunen's stellar performance. The overall sound quality of the CD is superb - mixed and mastered perfectly. Check out the sound clips. This is one of the best CDs I have purchased in years. It's like a classic war movie for your ears and mind.
The Great Patriotic War, in Metal 20 Feb. 2015
By Jim Werbaneth - Published on
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Military-History based heavy metal is a fairly narrow field, with Sabaton and Ex Deo being probably the best-known. Hail of Bullets has carved out its own niche, specializing in concept albums on World War II. Of Frost and War's subject is the brutal war on the Eastern Front. As a military historian with an interest in the Great Patriotic War, I naturally gravitated to the band and the album.

This is not going to be for everyone. Heavy and sludgy, Of Frost and War is not for the faint of heart or hearing. Nor are the vocals to everyone's taste; growled, they undercut the power of the lyrics, and even their comprehensibility. Thus can be hard to see what this album is even about, and with that, the distinctiveness of its concept gets lost.
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