HAIL OF BULLETS
ON DIVINE WINDS
Dutch warmongering metal squad Hail of Bullets come back to the frontline with ON DIVINE WINDS, an 11-track album again with a militaristic mindset, covering World War II this time around. Chock full of skull-pounding rhythms (“Tokyo Napalm Holocaust”) and grooves that will keep your neck in traction for weeks (“Guadacanal”) topped by the unmistakably seething vocals of Martin Van Drunen (“On Choral Shores”), this disc leans heavily on the death metal sound championed by Bolt Thrower and countless pioneers of the Swedish metal movement. Powerfully recreating both the sounds and fury of the time period they derive their style from while exuding the confidence to cohesively write an entire album based on an event with a scope as dramatic and epic as WWII, Hail of Bullets does justice to the style and gives the metal as history lesson both lyrically and musically another run on the wheel (“The Mukden Incident”).