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  • Audio CD (28 Oct. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade Records
  • ASIN: B00F2HW1L2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,641 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Swoop of the Falcon
  2. Pour Le Mérite
  3. DG-7
  4. To the Last Breath of Man and Beast
  5. DAK
  6. The Desert Fox
  7. Tobruk
  8. Farewell to Africa
  9. The Final Front
  10. Death of a Field Marshal

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Bought today, listened once through. First impressions are good. Didn't blow me away as much as their first 2 releases, but yeah, as said, only listened to it once. On the 2nd, 3rd listen I will be more familiar with the songs and no doubt regret the 4 stars instead of 5. Heavy as ever, to be expected. Martin van Drunen doesn't do subtle. I'd recommend it, cos come on, it's Hail of Bullets, these guys rule.
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awesome 3rd album! Loved both their 1st and 2nd album but this one combines the rawness of the debut album with the big sound of the 2nd one. Also some more fast songs on this one; DG-7 is equally as brilliant as Ordered Eastward - MUST have!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa0a0b72c) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0a4818c) out of 5 stars Hail of Bullets completes the perfect death metal trifecta 29 Oct. 2013
By Donald Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Martin Van Drunen has been a busy guy in the past five years, what with two Asphyx albums under his belt , the Grand Supreme Blood Court debut, and this third album with Hail of Bullets. Perhaps he's making up for lost time or is just on a creative streak, whatever the case Van Drunen is on a warpath..literally. After the epic Of Frost and War and the bombastic On Divine Winds, HOB return with another fantastic arsenal of songs. Upon intial listen, The Rommel Chronicles may seem samey in comparison to its predecessors but a seasoned listener of the band will pick up on the slight nuances. Most notably, Hail of Bullets have peppered some songs with that classic European Boltthrower sound that was heard on The Last Crusade or For Victory .Dan Swano has given the band a nice full production without compromising the raw brutality of the instruments. Some songs are bottom heavy and mid-paced while other steamroll ahead with shredding riffs. Hail of Bullets has got this war theme down to a science and is great at creating a musical atmosphere that complements the lyrical story line. My only minor criticism about this album would be that the songs are not quite as memorable or mindblowing as the debut album , but that's a tall order to fill. This is another extremely heavy album that lays waste to much of HOB's peers. It's the perfect combination of Grave, Dismember , Asphyx and Boltthrower. The final song Death of a Field Marshal strays into My Dying Bride territory with it's mournful tone. Each band member is firing on all cylinders once again to make another impactful release. The Rommel Chronicles completes the trifecta of a savage campaign waged by Van Drunen and crew. It's a great heavy album to tide you over until the new Deicide album drops .
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0a48594) out of 5 stars "Rommel Chronicles" Proves Death Metal Is Alive and Well 29 Oct. 2013
By J. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Wow. Not an exuberant, giddy "Wow!" or a thoughtful "Wow...", but a stunned, knocked-on-my-ass "Wow." When I think about the best death metal out there, several elements come to mind. Hail of Bullets uses and masters every single one of those elements for one of the most enjoyably crushing listening experiences I've had this year. I haven't listened to their other two albums much, so I can't compare it to those. One thing I hear a lot of, though, is a propensity for slow groove and grind that reminds me of Grave from the "You'll Never See" and "Soulless" era. They also add in just the right amount of speed and occasional melodies to balance out the sound, which, combined with one of the thickest guitar tones I've ever heard and the iconic vocalist of the first two Pestilence albums, Martin Van Drunen, sums up to an almost perfect package of death metal music. Take some of the best of early Entombed, Dismember, and Grave, add in a dash of At the Gates and old Pestilence, and you get Hail of Bullets. As much as I like Bloodbath, these guys do for real what Bloodbath has attempted to do for years, and that's write pure old-school death metal that draws from all of the important inspirations, but manages to find its own sound without seeming like a near-parody. Hail of Bullets is dead serious, and no one today does this genre any better than they've done on "The Rommel Chronicles". If you're looking for a highlight, just close your eyes, pick a song, and you'll find one. My personal favorite right now is track 2, "Pour le Merite", but that will probably change within the next few listens. "The Desert Fox" is also 100% badass. Anyway, old-school death metallers enjoy. This is one you need to have.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0a4860c) out of 5 stars The long-lost follow-up to "Those Once Loyal"? 25 Sept. 2014
By A. Stutheit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It may surprise many newbie listeners to learn that the Netherlands' Hail Of Bullets are, even with only a mere three albums under their belts, are actually already a significantly important and influential band. And furthermore, they can play their instruments historically well! That fact is made absolutely certain on full-length effort number three, 2013's "III: The Rommel Chronicles."

But what is the not-so-secret key to HOB's success and capability of being able to shred with the big dogs? The fact that they are a death metal supergroup is one big reason. Indeed, the old-school extreme metal throwback outfit (who are strongly influenced by the likes of Dismember, Death, Morbid Angel, Autopsy, Immolation, Vader, Incantation, and Nineties-era Napalm Death), are comprised of members who have spent time in such extremely highly well-respected institutions as Bolt Thrower, Asphyx, Pestilence, and Thanatos. So the point, here, is that these are several very talented instrumentalists, and guys that also know darn well what they are doing when it comes to songwriting, too!

"III: The Rommel Chronicles" begins in a manner similar to that of many metal albums (and, moreover, an even greater number of death metal albums): Fading in with an ominous wall of guitar feedback before locking onto a solid, chugging main riff. This is then backed up by pummeling, interlocking drum blasts, and when it is topped off by gravelly, growly death vocals, the end result is an opener ("Swoop Of The Falcon") that evokes many a Bolt Thrower classic. Fitting, then, for "Pour Le Merite" to be its neighbor, as it is a shot of pure, white-hot adrenaline that hits the listener like a, um, lightning bolt. The number, a blast of pure, unadulterated hyper-kinesis, does eventually slow down, though, and adopts a meaty, hefty chug, as a way of proving the point that Hail Of Bullets never totally abandon or lose track of a song's central groove.

Working in reverse order to the song described above, though, "DG-7" opens with a bottom-heavy, filthy-sounding guitar chug before blasting off into hyper-speed, grindcore-worthy/leaning territory complete with rip-roaring death-thrash riffage and pummeling blast beats. A few blistering, screaming guitar solos are uncorked, here, as well. "To The Last Breath Of Man And Beast," however, pulls out all of the stops and just plain rips from start to finish, playing like a brief but potent, death-grinding blast of buzzsaw guitar crunch and really dexterous drumming.

"DAK" again finds HOB dabbling in various degrees of tempo variation, as it opens on a lurching, restrained, and even borderline doomy introductory note. The end result is a song that does a superb job of breaking up the album's monotony, and one that it as equally-as-terrific at balancing the two extremes of speeds: Blistering death-thrash and mid-tempo death `n' roll. And working as that song's sequel (but also a total anomaly of it), most of the ensuing "Desert Fox" is blistering and thrashy, although it does eventually evolve into more restrained territory, venturing into the realms of exotically melodic leads and mid-tempo, rhythmically marching cadences.

The biggest highlight of the album's second half has got to be its closing epic, "Death Of A Field Marshal." It is primarily centered around brutal, pounding, string-bending, ominously thunderous riffing and a sick, stomach-churning main groove, but is also highlighted by some positively creepy-sounding spoken word dialogue (that is uttered in a foreign language of some kind), and a surprise ending. Here, the band traffic in the almost shocking use of twin-guitar harmonies, and do so to excellent effect. But just because that's one of the set's biggest standouts in no way means that it is its only one. Also make sure to check out "Tebruk," which is home to blistering riffage, machine gun drumming, and some of the record's longest and most memorable soloing; and "The Final Front," which boasts another pounding, thundering riff slice and more emphatic soloing. (The soloing, here, is wild and careening, yet also simultaneously manages to be fairly melodic.)

The only real thing that comes to mind when this reviewer thinks about things about "Rommel" to change is its playing time. Clocking in at under forty-six minutes in length total, one cannot help but to maybe think that the release could use another song or two. But that is the only thing that stands in its way from being a totally satisfying, auspicious, and commanding slab of vicious death metal that every extremist currently walking the face of this earth should take notice of.
HASH(0xa0a4899c) out of 5 stars ESSENTIAL DEATH METAL RELEASE 15 April 2014
By Alan Gutierrez Sanchez - Published on Amazon.com
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I'd recommend this album to any fans of the so called "old school" death metal. I don't know why people keep making these type of differences in between bands. Hail of bullets is a pretty recent act in the extreme metal scene, maybe it's because this band is made up by veterans that really know how to create a good death metal record.

I guess HOB is a band that need no introduction. There are two reasons why I love this band.

The first one is the fact that Ed Warby is behind the drums and the dude is a frikin genius when it comes to keep things enjoyable and natural. No ridiculous speed or long blast beat passages whatsoever! Hands down. The guy is a legend.

The second would be the war-themed lyrics and the fact that every HOB release is a lesson in history! Martin is a great lyricist. He really knows how to write about WWII. His voice is amazing and completely suitable for the kind of riffs and the overall style of the band.

This time around the story focuses on one of the well-known yet less appreciated Nazi generals Erwin Rommel. To say that the guy was a great war connoisseur and a very respectable enemy of the British in the South Africa front is not lying at all.

Some say that Rommel was fighting in the "wrong side or at the wrong historical time" the Nazi Germany is despicable as we all know it and they sadly gave mankind one of the darkest times we've ever had. But Rommel was without a doubt the only Nazi general that had the decency of following the normal war rules. Rommel treated prisoners with dignity and never fell in that whirlwind of hatred that the Nazis are known for.

So what we have here is a conceptual album of Rommel's life dressed up with quality death metal. There are lots of groovy riffs and awesome metal arrangements here that will keep the listener hooked until the end of the final track.

All in all this is a superb release of the Dutch band that once again has set the Death Metal genre on top of the game.

Absolutely killer record!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0a483a8) out of 5 stars Dutch war metal, one of the best CD's of "13" 22 Dec. 2013
By Metal - Published on Amazon.com
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This band has vocals by Marten van Drumen. He along with the other members of this band have been involved In many projects and are great musicians. I think this is one of the best for "13" It has great sound stage, lots of bass, guitar rifts and of course the vocals are great. This is a "must have" album and is 46 minutes with 10 tracks
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