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Hail of Bullets - ...Of Frost and War

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  1. swizzlenuts

    swizzlenuts Smoke Pipe

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    Hail of Bullets - ...Of Frost and War
    Metal Blade Records – 19 May 2008
    By Brandon Peters

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    Hail of Bullets is a new death metal band from Holland, and the band has members from Thanatos and Asphyx. Of Frost and War is all about the German-Soviet from 1941 to 1945 and the Soviet offensive after Stalingrad, and it’s trying to have a mechanical/war atmosphere to it.

    The album starts off with a nice instrumental that sets the war-like atmosphere, and it’s tastefully done; the album continues with varying types of death metal riffs, but it all comes back to a mechanical sound. The riffs have some nice tremolo parts, and they usually flow nicely into an old school doom/death style riffing. The album is a bit of a grower, but has a nice atmosphere that can obviously hook people. 'Nachthexen' and 'Berlin' are the highlights of the album, because they hold the atmosphere together, and the riffs and songwriting flow perfectly. Most songs on ...Of Frost and Fire hold a nice atmosphere, but just don’t pack the punch. The only beef I really have is with the album is the riffs is in the song Stalingrad, because it has annoying riffs and doesn't come together at all. The vocals are superbly done though; it seems like anything Martin gets his hands, he will do his best to make it great. His vocals are still strained and deep, just like in Asphyx, and they fit perfectly.

    All in all this album is solid, but I don’t find anything that I can latch onto. The production on the album is standard for a modern death metal band; the riffs could be a bit more in the mix, and the vocals down a bit though. The album is just lacking a bit of punch to put it just over the edge. Some better riffing would do that trick in a few song, but definitely something to listen to, and perhaps they grow for their next album.

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    supersoad1 New Metal Member

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    i really dig this album
     
  3. Dr. Abner Mality

    Dr. Abner Mality Primary Scare Physician

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    I totally dig these guys. Asphyx was one of the best death metal bands ever and never really received their due...Hail of Bullets is certainly the rightful heir to Asphyx. I think they are just getting started and will only get better.:kickass:
     
  4. swizzlenuts

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    The album is solid, just something I'll probably never throw on again. I'd definitely be glad to see them put out another album because there is room to grow.
     
  5. V.V.V.V.V.

    V.V.V.V.V. Houses Ov Mercury

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    Martin is the best part here seriously.
     

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