Hail Of Bullets - CDemo 2007 review
|Band:||Hail Of Bullets|
|Release date:||September 2007|
01. General Winter
02. Red Wolves Of Stalin
03. Ordered Eastward
04. Advancing Once More
What do you get when you bring five Dutch metalheads together, each with a more-than-worthy history (Asphyx, Thanatos, and Houwitser), who form a band wherein the sole purpose is to recreate some of the most devastating sounds of the last century? A fucking orgasm of war!
Hail of Bullets aren't out to be faster than anyone, or more brutal, or more true, they're just out to kick ass, and trust me, they certainly do. From the first kick of "General Winter" to the last crash of "Advancing Once More" you know you're in for one killer ride. To set words to the music would be futile, but you can imagine the music to be a big ass bludgeoning tank rolling across frost bitten lands running down its enemies. At times the music can be slow and crushing, yet at other times can be fast and pummeling all the same.
One of the things I enjoy most about this demo, apart from the awesome songwriting and Martin's "sick-as-fuck vocals", is the production. It manages to be crystal clear without being overproduced. It doesn't fall victim to the cliche "shitty sound" on demos, and these songs sound like they could be pulled directly off of an album.
All in all, this is one fantastic, yet unfortunately short, demo that will leave you begging for more from these guys. Even though there are only four songs, the demo is extremely consistent in both quality of songwriting and the memorableness of the songs. Paul Baayens and Stephan Gebedi manage to grind out some of the best Death Metal riffs I've heard in a long time along with some respectable solos; while Ed Warby and Theo van Eekelen on drums and bass, respectively, manage to give the demo a heavy foundation; and Martin van Drunen manages to spew forth some of the most sickening vocals I've heard this side of John Tardy.
If you haven't heard this, check out their myspace where the demo is up in its entirety. For a demo, it doesn't get much better than this, so don't miss it for sure!
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