Hail of Bullets
III: The Rommel Chronicles


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jeremy Wolfers USER (66 Reviews)
December 7th, 2013 | 11 replies


Release Date: 10/29/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Still relentlessly pursuing a straightforward death metal sound, Hail Of Bullets somehow progress their sound while doing seemingly little to it.

Hail Of Bullets is a band with practically one selling point, albeit a huge one. The vocals of Martin van Drunen were the unquestionable highlight of early Pestilence and Asphyx, and his presence here has a marked effect on the quality of the band's sound. While altogether not too different from the latter of those bands, Hail Of Bullets seems to have advanced their sound to the point of excellence with practically no effort, and not solely due to Drunen; this is the point where one can conclude that the band is more than just van Drunen with a mediocre death metal backing. Instead, he's backed with some of the most solid straight death metal around.

The criticisms of the last Hail Of Bullets albums seemed to lie in the fact that they were extremely generic, and that certainly hasn't changed. The same tremolo picked death metal riffs and big, Swede-death style chords are still here, but the general quality of them has improved. It's not even as though the tempos have changed much; the same mid-paced chugs and slow paced, doomier sections are here. Yet, the arrangements here are simply better - the riffs are slightly catchier and more crushing, the leads are better placed and more atmospheric, and the songs are less awkward in terms of length.

This goes a long way in making this album genuinely one of the better death metal efforts this year, and it shows in many of the songs themselves; Swoop of the Falcon fulfils its role as the foreboding opening fantastically, Dg-7 is appropriately epic and colossal sounding for a song of its length, To the Last Breath of Man and Beast and Farewell To Africa both work as shorter, more aggressive yet melodic numbers, and generally the album doesn't drop in quality at any point, with enough variation to justify its longer-than-average duration for a death metal album. While nothing in particular, besides Drunen's spectacular vocal performance, is special here, the all around strength of this album does go a long way in making it one of the better death metal albums of the year.

Recommended Tracks:
Swoop Of The Falcon
Dg-7
To The Last Breath Of Man And Beast
Tobruk
Dak
Farewell To Africa
Death Of A Field Marshall



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Madbutcher3
December 7th 2013


1167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Was surprised that this didn't have a review when Martin is so popular here

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 7th 2013


7122 Comments


Didn't realize you had 50plus reviews already : ]

Just for consideration:

but the general quality of them has gone up.


Your message gets through fine enough, but there's always two or more ways of saying the one thing. Maybe instead of a sixth-graders "gone up", try improved, bettered...

As it is, it does read fine and the pointer is merely something to think about.

You should also be album to work your "Recommended Tracks:" into your review without the need to list them at the bottom, try incorporating how they stand out to back your general argument and rating. It helps strengthen your thesis.

CaptainDooRight
December 8th 2013


30239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pos'd and Martin brings this up .5 so 3.5

solid great stuff

Madbutcher3
December 8th 2013


1167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Noted, thanks. I'll probably just stick a generic "increased" there.

Also, I've always felt that talking too much about the best tracks ends up running into some "track by
track" esque problems, so that's why I try not to mention too much stuff about them in the main body
of the review. Plus the stylistic features of the album makes it rather arbitrary seeing as the only
thing making some tracks better than others are the riffs.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 8th 2013


7122 Comments


The trick is to mention one or two tracks, instead of seven or the entire track-listing. Try to work them into your review without separating what you're writing about.

Madbutcher3
December 10th 2013


1167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I suppose, it's just kind of my routine I guess

MosesMalone
December 10th 2013


1836 Comments


This is like a 3 that doesn't need to be any higher for it to still be a fun little death metal record. Although it's only fun for shuffle fodder, as repeated listens wear the shine off of it.

Madbutcher3
December 11th 2013


1167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't see how it can be less than a 3.5 if it's a great death metal album. Unoriginality and utter lack of necessity does not make it any worse.

CaptainDooRight
December 11th 2013


30239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Agreed I'm the margin nig

hikingmetalpunk
January 12th 2014


1097 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

van drunen cant be stopped

hikingmetalpunk
February 20th 2014


1097 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

can't even hope to be contained



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