What do you do when your debut album was at such a high level that it almost can't be beaten? You make a new one that is at least that good, not to say even better. Hail of Bullets with guitarists Stephen Gebedi, Paul Baayens (both Thanatos), Houwitser bassplayer: Theo van Eekelen and super drummer Ed Warby succeeded in making yet another hammer. With the sick vocals of Martin van Drunen (doesn't need any introduction) and a story about the war in the Pacific (WWII) things can't go wrong.
Every song is pure heavy, aggressive and molesting metal. It feels like being run over by a horde of pregnant elephants. Everything fits, the songs, the sounds, the artwork, the sick screaming and grunting vocals, the concept, yes every detail. The combination of influences from Bolt Thrower, Autopsy, Benediction, Asphyx, Death and Celtic Frost scrambled and mixed in a Hail of Bullets sauce is old school death metal like I want it.
Compared with '...Of Frost and War', the album has more variety and melody, more twin harmonies for example. With "Tokyo Napalm Holocaust" and "To Bear the Unbearable" there are two slower tracks on the album too. With the word melody you might be afraid of HOB being less brutal and heavy, but that isn't the fact. 'On Divine Winds' (which means Kamikaze) will give the fans lots of pleasure and death metal fans who don't know the band yet, step on board.