Power of Metal.dk Review

Hail of Bullets
III - The Rommel Chronicles
Style: Death Metal
Release date: 25 October, 2013
Playing time: 44:38

Dutch old-school death metal machine Hail of Bullets delivers their third album. The band with (ex) members who delivered (and still deliver) great performances in bands like Asphyx, Pestilence, Houwitser, Gorefest, Thanatos, Bolt Thrower and The 11th Hour. After the first tune you immediately recognize the sickening vocals of Martin van Drunen, the riffs of Stephen Gebédi and Paul Baayens lead by the tight rhythm section of bass player Theo van Eekelen and drummer Ed Warby.

Again the lyrics are based on a war theme. This time a very interesting and objective story about the German field marshal Erwin Rommel. You can hear that Martin van Drunen spend lots of hours reading history books and biographies about Rommel.  Like on... 'Of Frost and War' and 'On Divine Wings' their death metal still sounds like a mix of Bolt Thrower, Massacre, Death, all the Dutch bands mentioned above and a piece of doom. If you expect something new on this album, you will be listening in vain. No experiments or modern influences, just plain skull crushing scorching death. From start to finish the songs fulfill my expectations, the only thing that I miss is a real hammer that puts the icing on the cake.

Hail of Bullets develops into the AC/DC andMotörhead of old school death metal, no style changes, but just delivering the goods!

01. Swoop of the Falcon
02. Pour Le Mérite
03. DG-7
04. To the Last Breath of Man and Beast
05. DAK
06. The Desert Fox
07. Tobruk
08. Farewell to Africa
09. The Final Front
10. Death of a Field Marshal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 20 October, 2013
Website: www.hailofbullets.com