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III the Rommel Chronicles

Hail of Bullets

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Album Review

While Hail of Bullets' focus on war has always given their brand of brutal, no-frills death metal a refreshing, thematic change of pace from their contemporaries, it always felt more like flavoring than an actual concept. On their third album, III: The Rommel Chronicles, the band focus the attention from the horrors of war as a general theme to the rise and fall of legendary German Field Marshall Erwin Rommel, tracking the career of the man known as the Desert Fox with an album that skirts the line between concept album and historical essay. While the album's destructive, riff-heavy sound comes as no surprise, what's most interesting here is the earnestness with which Hail of Bullets tackle the subject matter. Unlike other death metal bands, whose lyrics about death, destruction, and gore create a sense of escapist fantasy, III: The Rommel Chronicles' lyrics feel surprisingly grounded. This makes for an experience that feels less like a death metal album and more like the heaviest, most sonically crushing history book on tape the world has ever known. Despite the lyrics lacking a certain level of sensationalism, Hail of Bullets' decision to hunker down and really explore one topic provides the album with a narrative through-line to propel the listener deeper and deeper into the album. Sure, in a sea of new things to try, historical documentary seems like an odd choice, but with its fine balance between history and heaviness, III: The Rommel Chronicles shows that there are still some new directions to take in the world of death metal.

Customer Reviews

Great Album!!!

Love it, wish there were more band's like Hail, They remind me of a heavier Bolt Thrower. But they bring back that old school sound so many bands forget these days. Heavy riffs and real good sound, they really have a unique sound. And a hard sounding vocalist, His voice really is great for death metal. I like how they let their drummer really hit his trash symbol and it really rings out! The guitars are so heavy! Great lyrcis and theme about one of the greatest corps and commanders of all time! I am glad they are releasing such great albums with good stories behind them. This is real death metal that tells it how it really is!

Biography

Formed: 2006 in Amersfoort, The Netherlands

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed in 2006 in Amersfoort, Holland after a particularly potent drinking session between former Pestilence/Asphyx vocalist Martin van Drunen, ex-Houwitser bassist Theo van Eekelen, Gorefest drummer Ed Warby, and Thanatos guitar players Paul Baayens and Stephan Gebédi, Dutch death metal ensemble Hail of Bullets signed with Metal Blade in 2007 on the strength of a four-song demo. The band's full-length debut Of Frost and War, arrived the following year, drawing comparisons to old-school death metal...
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