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All Music Guide - Gregory Heaney
While heavy metal is a genre that's all about pushing things to newer, more extreme territories, sometimes bands are so busy chasing down the latest and greatest trend that they forget the basics. Fortunately, Hail of Bullets is not one of these bands. Rather than weighing the songs down with unnecessary breakdowns, electronic beats, and dance synths, the Dutch band takes a simpler, more straightforward approach. With blunt, heavy riffs, thunderous double bass drumming, and songs about explosions, death, and the horrors of war, On Divine Winds finds the band channeling the old-school death metal of the war-obsessed Bolt Thrower. In a world where there's a musical arms ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Gregory Heaney
While heavy metal is a genre that's all about pushing things to newer, more extreme territories, sometimes bands are so busy chasing down the latest and greatest trend that they forget the basics. Fortunately, Hail of Bullets is not one of these bands. Rather than weighing the songs down with unnecessary breakdowns, electronic beats, and dance synths, the Dutch band takes a simpler, more straightforward approach. With blunt, heavy riffs, thunderous double bass drumming, and songs about explosions, death, and the horrors of war, On Divine Winds finds the band channeling the old-school death metal of the war-obsessed Bolt Thrower. In a world where there's a musical arms race to be the fastest, most technical kid on the block, Hail of Bullets' straight-ahead heaviness is kind of refreshing. Songs like "Unsung Heroes" and "The Muckden Incident" are classic, no-frills death metal that bowl the listener over with walls of thick guitars and furious drumming. What's most amazing about the record isn't that the band sounds like Bolt Thrower and Autopsy, but instead it's that they sound the way one remembers those bands sounding back in the day, giving listeners a taste of the way things were, but with all off the crispness of modern recording to combat the murky, muffled sound of some of those old records. Fans of old-school death/doom will definitely find kindred spirits in Hail of Bullets, and shouldn't hesitate to give On Divine Winds a spin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2010
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • UPC: 039841492927
  • Catalog Number: 14929
  • Sales rank: 225,721

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hail of Bullets Primary Artist
Martin van Drunen Vocals, Group Member
Ed Warby Drums, Group Member
Theo Van Eekelen Bass, Group Member
Stephan Gebedi Guitar, Group Member
Paul Baayens Guitar, Group Member
Technical Credits
Dan Swanö Mastering
Hans Pieters Engineer
Ed Warby Producer, Guitar Engineer, Bass Engineer
Hail of Bullets Composer, Lyricist
Mick Koopman Cover Art, Layout
Chris Van Der Valk Vocal Engineer, Drum Engineering
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  • Posted July 26, 2011

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    Pounding Old School Death Metal

    Death metal has never really been my music du jour, but there are always exceptions & this is one of them. Hailing from old school death metal, this just washes over you with power & force & then some! Understandable (somewhat) lyrics that are also amazingly well researched/ well written about the subject matter (the Japanese invasion of Asia/ war in Asia/ WW2). Really love the guitar work here as well as the context of the lyrics, Martin Van Drunen has all the emotion & raw power to deliver this war-metal message. This is certainly my surprise album for 2010.

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