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Hail Of Bullets – Nosturi Helsinki Finland

June 3rd, 2011

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HAIL OF BULLETS with Maveth and Hateform



The 21st of May 2011

Nosturi Helsinki, Finland

 Review and pics by Arto Lehtinen

Hail Of Bullets visited the Jalometalli festival in Oulu a few years back and did a real bonecrushing and headsmashing gig in front of a lunatic crowd. Both their albums have been highly appreciated and praised amongst the press and die hard death metal fans. Their brutal grinding metal roared out with a blasting blitzkrieg.

But but once again where was the Helsinki audience?! It seems like the latest death metal metal gigs have suffered from a major lack of audience. Appx. 200 death maniacs had arrived at the Nosturi club on Saturday. Seriously, if this trend keeps up and attendance is decreasing all the time, there is a risk there will be no death metal gigs here. So when any death metal is coming to Finland, drag your corpses to the gigs.

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Best of 2010

January 3rd, 2011

Best of 2010

As always, the top albums are for releases from 2010 that are full albums (no EP’s or demos). They also have to be new studio albums for 2010, not re-recordings, re-releases, cover songs, or live material. Below the combined TOP 30 are links to each staff members personal "best of" lists which besides the top albums contains such things as best new band, best DVD/Blu-Ray, disappointments of 2010, greatest hopes for 2011, personal metal discovery of 2010, and various other metal-related categories. Enjoy!



The Top 30  Heavy Metal Albums of 2010

(Click the album cover to read our review.

If no review is available the link it to the band’s MySpace page.)

1. Accept – Blood of the Nations

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Wolf Hoffman’s reaction to the band’s #1 placement in our list was:

"Sensational!!! We are so happy about this reaction by the fans. This last year has been nothing short of phenomenal for Accept."

BLOOD OF THE NATIONS is a fantastic album, so fantastic that it very easily came out on top when we compiled our best of 2010 list! In the media, producer Andy Sneap said when he worked with the band he made them go back and listen to the 80’s albums, and it worked. Accept have delivered the album they needed to make. Accept reformed with a vocalist who is just as good as Udo Dirkschneider. Vocalist Mark Tornillo rages through the songs with power and charisma, without being a clone. Accept have proven to the world in 2010 they are still relevant, powerful, uncompromising and most of all entertaining. Welcome back!

2. Blind Guardian – At the Edge of Time 

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Easily the best and strongest Blind Guardian album since NIGHTFALL IN MIDDLE-EARTH with a maximum of variety and everything that has turned these guys from Krefeld into what they are today: one of Germany’s most successful and influential metal bands. With AT THE EDGE OF TIME, Blind Guardian returned to the fold in total triumph. This is an album to be enjoyed for numerous repeat listens. Newer fans should eat it up, and older fans should be appeased with the band’s renewed emphasis on their thrashy roots.

3. Ratt– Infestation

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Ratt is Metal. Always have been and likely always will be. From their appearance on the very first Metal Massacre compilation in 1981 alongside the likes of Metallica, Malice, and Bitch, to the new 2010 album, Ratt have always been among the heaviest of the so-called "hair metal" bands. So despite what the revisionists may think, Ratt have a firm spot in the development and evolution of the Heavy Metal genre and have earned their spot in this year’s list. Sonically the Ratt Pack is back! The band had stated they wanted a real up-tempo record and distinctly aimed for the classic sound. They nailed it. It’s all there, the swagger and slight sneer of Pearcy voice, the fluid and fiery soloing of DeMartini’s axe-work, the complimentary work of Cavazo…it’s a beautiful thing to behold!

4. Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones

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Thomas Gabriel Fischer (AKA Tom G. Warrior) has nothing to prove to anyone. As the principal architect behind Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, Fischer’s body of work is the reason that many bands exist today. Two years since Celtic Frost’s very public dissolution, Fischer could have easily opted to rest on his laurels and bask in the afterglow of his evil legacy, but nooooo. To the contrary, Fischer has assembled a new band and recorded an album of new material that’s arguably some of the best in his career. Triptykon is the band, EPARISTERA DAIMONES is the album, and yes – it’s as good as Fischer has promised it to be!

5. Melechesh -  The Epigenesis 

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Black/Death/Middle Eastern "Mesopotamian Metal" extremists made a big impact this year. Originally from IsraHELL and now based out of the Netherlands, the band has been around in some form since 1993. That Melechesh are able to maintain the album’s early momentum through to the record’s dying moments makes what they have achieved with THE EPIGENESIS that much more remarkable. Unlike so much of what passes for modern-day extremity, every one of this disc’s eleven tracks bristles with its own identity and design. It will demand a lot of attention – this definitely isn’t the record to whip out at your next kegger – but the rewards far outweigh the investment. Absolutely superb in every way.

6.  Helloween – 7 Sinners

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Helloween are very comfortable right now. They are back on a major label, the line-up has been stable for probably the longest stretch in the bands history, and they have fallen into a great pattern of releasing a studio album every couple of years (right around Halloween naturally). Relaxed, confident and mature the band have nothing to prove but instead of delivering a complacent record, the band have delivered the fastest, heaviest album of their career. It’s their 26th release over and 13th full-length studio album of all-new, original material. Lucky #13 for the band sees a crowning achievement with 13 killer cuts spread across the hour. Helloween have delivered a masterpiece. It will quickly silence all the fans who couldn’t stomach UNARMED from earlier this year.

7. OverKill – Ironbound

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The veteran New Jersey boys return with a compelling slab of unmistakeably old school thrash that is tinged with a fine mix of groove, progressiveness and melody that separates Overkill from the multitudes of carbon-copy thrashers out there. This is modern thrash the way it should be played: roots in the 80s but with its direction and ambition befitting a metal scene on the cusp of its 30-year anniversary. It’s a beautiful thing to behold: while most of their contemporaries have split up or sold out, Overkill are still doing their thing, updating and improving but never forgetting where they came from.

8.  Nevermore – The Obsidian Conspiracy

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Five years – that’s how long Nevermore made us wait for a sequel to the still awe-inspiring THIS GODLESS ENDEAVOUR. By modern-day standards that’s an absolute eternity, the length of which only the likes of Slayer or Metallica could reasonably be expected to get away with. Regardless of delay, the album is a perfect example of heavy metal in its purest, most intelligent and provocative form. As always the band defies classification with elements of power, thrash, prog, blended together into a mixture that is uniquely Nevermore.

9. Sabaton – Coat of Arms

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Sweden’s war metallers, Sabaton, have been consistently moving to the forefront of the power metal movement in the last few years. COAT OF ARMS continues Sabaton’s fine tradition of power metal with bite. The band is in fine form throughout and do not disappoint. You listen to a Sabaton album for the pounding marches (“Uprising”) the fast assaults (“Midway”, “Screaming Eagles”), and the catchy hooks and choruses (every damn song!) and COAT OF ARMS has it all!

10. Halford – IV – Made of Metal

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Finally! Halford was really overdue. Despite having a skeleton of a catalog, Halford really needed to put some meat on the bones of his solo career. MADE OF METAL is really only the third studio album of all new material in over 10 years. Sure the catalog looks impressive but in reality, live albums, demo albums, EP’s, digital only live albums and novelty Christmas albums are just filler. Halford needed to deliver the goods and we’re pleased to say he is still made of Metal. The album clocks in at a whopping 14 tracks at over an hour it is his longest solo album to date.

 

Number 11 to 20

11. Crazy Lixx – New Religion

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12. Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier Iron Maiden
13. Scorpions – Sting In The Tail Scorpions
14. Immolation – Majesty and Decay Immolation
 15. Avantasia – The Wicked Symphony / Angel Of Babylon Avantasia
16. High on Fire – Snakes For The Divine High On Fire
17. Kylesa – Spiral Shadow Kylesa
18. Death Angel – Relentless Retribution Death Angel
19. Dimmu Borgir – Abrahadabra

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20. Wuthering Heights – Salt Wuthering Heights


 

Number 21 to 30

21. Yngwie J. Malmsteen – Relentless

22. Danzig – Deth Red Sabaoth

23.
Black Label Society – Order of the Black

24. Reckless Love – Reckless Love

25. Hail Of Bullets – On Divine Winds

26. Hardcore Superstar – Split Your Lip

27. Forbidden – Omega Wave

28. Heathen – The Evolution of Chaos

29. Rage – Strings To A Web

30. Circle II Circle – Consequence of Power

 

Individual Staff Lists For 2010

Includes: top 20, best new band, best DVD, discovery of the year, greatest hopes for 2011, and disappointments of 2010.

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HAIL OF BULLETS launch full album stream of upcoming album ON DIVINE WINDS

October 5th, 2010

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

6. Guadalcanal

7. On Coral Shores

8. Unsung Heroes

9. Tokyo Napalm Holocaust

10. Kamikaze

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

Visit HAIL OF BULLETS online at http://www.hailofbullets.com, http://www.myspace.com/hailoffuckenbullets, http://www.metalblade.com/hailofbullets/, http://www.facebook.com/hailofbulletsofficial

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!

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HAIL OF BULLETS finish recordings for second studio album

August 5th, 2010

Dutch Death Metal Masters HAIL OF BULLETS have finished the recordings for their long-anticipated second full-length to be released this October!

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!”

The soon-to-be-titled album was produced by Ed Warby and like before, the monstrous mix was in the capable hands of Mr Dan Swanö.

HAIL OF BULLETS nailed down 11 songs plus intro.

More details on pre-orders, streaming MP3s, track listing, and the new artwork will be released shortly!

Check out this video for the track Warsaw Rising, off their first full-length album of the same name, directed and edited by Dave Hall and Dave Cardoso when HAIL OF BULLETS played the 2009 Maryland Death Metal Fest.

http://www.hailofbullets.com

http://www.myspace.com/hailoffuckenbullets

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Jalometalli 2009

October 20th, 2009

 

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The Jalometalli Open Air Metal festival has gained its status as well as place on the Finnish festival map. Although there are plenty of metal oriented festivals arranged all around in Finland, the Jalometalli festival has found its own style and approach in the metal festival offering in Finland. It doesn’t rely on the current hot names on the market like Volbeat and so on, instead the festival offers a more interesting line-up mostly consisting of old school thrash metal and of course death and black metal by having bands which have either never or rarely visited Finland. Especially several 80s thrash metal legends such as Whiplash, Agent Steel have never been seen on the soil of Finland. Now it is about time. Therefore the Metal-Rules.com team made a real assault at Jalometalli by witnessing plenty of killer bands and seeing the general atmosphere and here is the result.

                           Article by Niko Karppinen, Arto Lehtinen, Luxi Lahtinen

                                                     Pics by Arto Lehtinen



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