AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – October 04, 2010 – In conjunction with the upcoming second full-length release from HAIL OF BULLETS, ON DIVINE WINDS, Metal Blade Records has teamed up with Metal Underground.com to premier the extreme modern metal act’s album ON DIVINE WINDS in its entirety. Be sure to head over to MetalUnderground.com, a metal site that provides fans with comprehensive metal news coverage, reviews, interviews, band info, live concert reports, photos, and is updated daily by a dedicated staff of die-hard metalheads, to check out HAIL OF BULLETS’ upcoming album ON DIVINE WINDS while you can. The stream ends Monday, October 11th.
If you like what you hear and see head over to the band’s landing page and pre-order the album while there is still time to take advantage of the discounted prices. ON DIVINE WINDS is available by itself or bundled with a t-shirt.
ON DIVINE WINDS track listing is as follows:
1. The Eve Of Battle
2. Operation Z
3. The Mukden Incident
4. Strategy of Attrition
5. Full Scale War
7. On Coral Shores
8. Unsung Heroes
9. Tokyo Napalm Holocaust
11. To Bear the Unbearable
ON DIVINE WINDS was produced by Ed Warby and like before the monstrous mix was in the capable hands of Mr Dan Swanö.
Comments singer Martin van Drunen: “This time Hail of Bullets takes on the Pacific War. The expansion of the Empire of Japan throughout Asia, introducing a full scale war using all forces combined. The massive strike back of the Americans, whose marines bravely fought many tough and bloody battles on now forgotten insulate islands spread throughout the whole Pacific. This led to desperate Japanese defense tactics such as Kamikaze, human bullets and suicidal Banzai charges. Until finally, incendiary bombings brought the empire to its knees.”
Comments drummer Ed Warby: “I don’t think I’ve ever worked this hard on anything in my entire life, but it sure has paid off! Although “…Of Frost And War” is a tough act to follow, my ringing ears tell me we’ve succeeded in besting it on every level: songs, playing, production… at the moment Dan Swanö is putting the final touches on a mix that could squash a tank, and then it’s off to the pressing plant! All the main ingredients of our blood ‘n’ guts style death metal have remained intact and I honestly can’t imagine anyone that liked our previous work is going to be the least bit disappointed… on the contrary!”
HAIL OF BULLETS is:
Martin Van Drunen – Vocals
Paul Baayens – Guitar
Stephan Gebedi – Guitar
Theo Van Eekelen – Bass
Ed Warby – Drums
About the band:
HAIL OF BULLETS was 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 including: Asphyx, Gorefest, Thanatos and Houwitser. A serious drinking and thinking session followed and the plans for the band’s musical direction were laid down that night. From the start it was crystal clear there was a mutual love for true death metal bands like Autopsy, Massacre, Bolt Thrower, early Death as well as Celtic Frost.
The metal started flowing and within a couple of months they already had enough material written for a full length album. In July 2007, the band decided to record four songs for a demo CD. Swedish death metal guru Dan Swanö produced the four songs at his Unisound Studios and the result turned out pretty monstrous.
Metal Blade Records didn’t hesitate to sign the band and HAIL OF BULLETS’ debut album …Of Frost And War was released in May 2008. Apart from the thundering drums, scorching guitars and tormented vocals, the lyrical concept about the battles at the Eastern front during World War II made the album’s impact even greater. The reactions of press and fans were amazing and the band played countless festival dates and club shows all over Europe.
The debut album was followed by a six-track mini album in July 2009, entitled Warsaw Rising, which featured two brand new songs, a cover version of Twisted Sister’s ‘Destroyer’ plus three live tracks recorded at 2008’s Party.San Open Air festival. More shows followed and the band even made their first visit to the USA at 2009’s Maryland Deathfest.
In the beginning of 2010, the band started work on their second full length album, another massive chunk of war-themed death metal. Singer/lyricist Martin van Drunen managed to come up with a new, intriguing concept; the rise and fall of the Japanese Empire. For the first time in history, a new art of warfare where all modern day forces: Navy, Air force and Army were combined in joint operations. Mick Koopmandcraft the striking artwork, which shows a distinct continuation of the HAIL OF BULLETS aesthetics. The album was produced by Ed Warby and like before, the monstrous mix was in the capable hands of Mr. Swanö. HAIL OF BULLETS go on a full scale war with ON DIVINE WINDS!