The death metal supergroup is back with its second full-length album. This time, Hail of Bullets retains their focus on World War II, but switches theaters to the Pacific. Martin Van Drunen, he of the inhuman yowling death metal vocals, returns to the mic along with Ed Warby of Gorefest, Theo Van Eekelen of Houwitzer, and Paul Baayens and Stephan Gebedi of Thanatos. The band once again follows closely the sound of Asphyx, Van Drunen's other band, in crafting amazing death metal masterpieces with touches of doom.
The album pretty much sounds like the last one. Which is not a problem at all for me, because it made my Top 10 the year it was released. I am not sure whether this one will make my Top 10 as I have not started putting it together yet, but there is definitely something to be said for rock-solid death metal.
The album definitely feels like the soundtrack to warfare, with the riffs having a steely, cannon fire atmosphere. The whole thing sounds mechanical and hostile. It is a malevolent, powerful force. Van Drunen's vocals simply add to the chaotic atmosphere.
This is a very strong album. Hail of Bullets is rising to the ranks as one of the top metal supergroups out there. I have only heard it once so far, but I am very impressed.