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Formed: 2006
From: Netherlands
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Hail of Bullets news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Triptykon To Play Party.San Festival

The organizers of the Party.San 2011 festival have issued the following announcement about more bands appearing on the bill:

"Raised from the ashes of Hellhammer and Celtic Frost by Tom Gabriel Fischer himself, PARTY.SAN 2011 is proud and honored to announce the addition of Triptykon to its expanding bill of bands. Hell literally broke loose with the release of the band's Eparistera Daimone debut. Pitch black and truly evil music for devoted fans of extreme metal.

"Gorguts from Canada recently joined the PARTY.SAN bill. A death metal dinosaur of sorts, the band formed in 1989 and, having survived a host of trends, tragedies and breakups, are still going strong today. Gorguts will present to you a technical and extremely furious death metal show you will never forget.

"Enslaved are easily among Norway’s finest bands. The progressive black/Viking metal ensemble has remained dark and innovative for their two-decade-long existence and will bring their monolithic blackness to the PARTY.SAN 2011 stage." More...

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The Ocean And Enslaved To Play Summer Breeze

German progressive metal act The Ocean and progressive black metallers Enslaved have both announced their participation for the forthcoming edition of the Summer Breeze festival. Summer Breeze 2011 is set to take place between August 18-20, 2011 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany.

The confirmed line-up includes:
9MM ASSI ROCK'N'ROLL
A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH
ARCH ENEMY
BOLT THROWER
CALIBAN
CORVUS CORAX
CRIMINAL
DECAPITATED
DEMONICAL
DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT
DESTRUCTION
DEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL
EINHERJER
ENGEL
ENSLAVED
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
FACEBREAKER
FARMER BOYS
HAIL OF BULLETS
HATEBREED
HAYSEED DIXIE
IMPERIUM DEKADENZ
IN EXTREMO
INTERMENT
J.B.O.
KALMAH
KAMPFAR
KVELERTAK
MARDUK
MELECHESH
MOONSORROW
NEAERA
PRIMORDIAL
REV 16:8
REVAMP
ROTTING CHRIST
SALTATIO MORTIS
SCAR SYMMETRY
SKELETONWITCH
SMOKE BLOW
SODOM
SONIC SYNDICATE
SWASHBUCKLE
SYLOSIS
TARJA
THE HAUNTED
THE OCEAN
THE SORROW
TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED
TURISAS
TÝR
VADER
VOMITORY
VREID
WITCHERY
WOLF

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Powerwolf Confirms Festival Date

Heavy metallers Powerwolf have announced that they will be taking part in this year's edition of the Rockharz Open Air festival, set to take place between July 7-9, 2011 at Airport Ballenstedt in Harz, Germany.

The confirmed line-up includes:

AMORPHIS
CALIBAN
EMIL BULLS
END OF GREEN
FEUERSCHWANZ
FREI.WILD
GRAND MAGUS
HACKNEYED
HAIL OF BULLETS
HAMMERFALL
HYPOCRISY
IN EXTREMO
LETZTE INSTANZ
ORDEN OGAN
PAUL DI'ANNO
POWERWOLF
SALTATIO MORTIS
SEPULTURA
STAHLMANN
TARJA
THE NEW BLACK
TURISAS
TÝR
U.D.O.

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Disbelief To Play Way Of Darkness Fest

Disbelief has been confirmed to perform at the 2011 edition of the Way of Darkness festival, which is set to take place from October 6th - October 8th, 2011. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location. The other confirmed bands are as follows:

Avulsed
Hail of Bullets
Hellish Crossfire
Milking The Goatmachine
Soul Demise
Syphor
Thanatos

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Hatebreed To Play Summer Breeze 2011

Hatebreed has been confirmed to perform at the 2011 edition of the Summer Breeze Open Air. The festival is set to take place from August 18th - 20th, and additional details can be found here. The organizers of the festival commented:

"Summer Breeze has already survived a few tremors over the last few years, but the most severe eruption of them all is yet to come. Hatebreed are gearing up to utterly destroy Dinkelsbühl in 2011 with their killer songs. No other band out there combines the attitude and aggression of hardcore and the uncompromising heaviness of metal in such a perfect way. Scene icon Jamey Jasta and his wrecking crew are the epitome of unleashed energy, the embodiment of credibility, the essence of groove, the purest form of brutality, the rulers of all pits and the blueprint for a whole generation, all rolled into one. Please welcome one of the most important and influential bands of the last decade for the first time at Summer Breeze! Hard, harder, Hatebreed!"

The currently announced lineup is as follows: Arch Enemy, Tyr, Kvelertak, Suicidal Tendencies, Bolt Thrower, J.B.O., Witchery, Farmer Boys, Kalmah, Hail of Bullets, Corvus Corax, Hammerfall, Skeletonwitch, Excrementory Grindfuckers, Kampfar, Hayseed Dixie, Turisas, Marduk, Sonic Syndicate, Decapitated, Moonsorrow, Sodom, and Hatebreed.

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Hail Of Bullets Announces Karaoke Winners

Hail of Bullets has issued the following announcement about the winners of the band's recent "Operation Z" karaoke contest:

"Dutch Death Metal commando Hail of Bullets has announced the winners of the Karaoke contest that ended two weeks ago. Everyone had the chance to participate and to submit his/her own version of Operation Z, the opening track of the bands latest album On Divine Winds that entered the official German album charts on position 75!

"Winner of the first prize and a meet and greet with Hail of Bullets at one of their upcoming concerts including a fanbag (cd, shirt, drumsticks, guitar picks) and the opportunity to sing Operation Z in the encore part of the gig is Tom Zorn from Germany.

"2nd prize (limited Hail Of Bullets roadjacket + signed Hail of Bullets CD) goes to Erika Tandy from the USA, 3rd prize (drumhead from Ed Warby signed by Hail of Bullets + signed Hail of Bullets CD + Hail of Bullets shirt) goes to Matias Nastolin from Finland (VIDEO)

"4th prize (Hail of Bullets shirt + signed Hail of Bullets CD) goes to Pierre-Luc Simard from Canada. 5th prize (Hail of Bullets shirt + signed Hail of Bullets CD): goes to Ulrik Bendtsen from Denmark.

"After much deliberation we have chosen these fine soldiers as the winners of our Karaoke contest! It goes without saying that all those who contributed deserve an honorable mention, we really enjoyed all your entries and picking the best wasn't easy!"

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Hammerfall To Headline Summer Breeze

The organizers of the Summer Breeze fest have issued the following announcement about Hammerfall headlining the 2011 edition of the festival:

"Merry Christmas! Now that we're halfway through our Advent Calendar, which has had plenty of killer bands so far, we want to present you the first headliner for Summer Breeze 2011: Hammerfall.

"They are one of the most relevant and successful heavy metal bands of the last 15 years, yet they have never played at Summer Breeze. It's about time to change that! We are extremely happy to present Hammerfall as one of this year's headliners! The undisputed leaders of true metal have loads of metal anthems and catchy melodies under their belt, after they almost single-handedly put traditional power metal back on the map with their glorious 1997 debut 'Glory To The Brave.'

"And what started as a fairytale became a metal dream come true, including high chart entries all over Europe for every one of their seven studio albums. If each of you goes back in time for a minute, you will certainly remember at least one metal party where you were banging your fists singing along to hymns such as 'Steel Meets Steel', 'Hearts on Fire' or 'Heeding The Call'. To put it in their own words: 'Brothers unite! Let's stand up and fight!'" More...

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Final Line-Up Confirmed For Maryland Deathfest

The final line-up of days and bands has been confirmed for the 2011 edition of the Maryland Deathfest. The 2011 edition of Maryland Deathfest will take place between May 26th to May 29th at Sonar in Baltimore.

Thursday, May 26th:
CATHEDRAL
TRAGEDY
BUZZOV*EN
EXTORTION
LACK OF INTEREST
FLESH PARADE
MIASMAL
WITCHAVEN
NOISEAR
SHITSTORM

Friday, May 27th:
NEUROSIS
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY
EXHUMED
AURA NOIR
MARDUK
GOATSNAKE
KYLESA
MACHETAZO
FUNEBRARUM
NOCTURNAL
HATRED SURGE
NAILS
PULLING TEETH

Saturday, May 28th:
VOIVOD
EXHORDER
DOOM
IMPALED NAZARENE
DESTROYER 666
HAIL OF BULLETS
INQUISITION
HOODED MENACE
DROPDEAD
CIANIDE
ACID WITCH
AVULSED
BLOOD FREAK
DEVOURMENT
THE KILL
CRETIN
DEFEATED SANITY
MAMMOTH GRINDER
CREATIVE WASTE
INNUMERABLE FORMS
MASAKARI

Sunday, May 29th:
CORONER
NUCLEAR ASSAULT
DEATH BREATH
LOCK UP
ORANGE GOBLIN
REPUGNANT
CITIZENS ARREST
DEAD CONGREGATION
REGURGITATE
LAST DAYS OF HUMANITY
WORMED
CRIPPLE BASTARDS
MALIGNANT TUMOUR
NOKTURNEL
GRAVEHILL
NIGHTBRINGER
BAD ACID TRIP
OAK
VISVERAL DISGORGE

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Death Breath Confirmed For Maryland Death Fest

Sweden's Death Breath is the latest band to be confirmed for the 2011 edition of the Maryland Death Festival. Next year's festival will take place from May 26th - 29th, 2011. Further details on the festival can be found at this location. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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New Hail Of Bullets Album Enters German Charts

Dutch death metal act Hail of Bullets has entered the German album charts on position 75 with the new album "On Divine Winds." The band commented on the chart position:

"Hail Of Bullets soar into the German album charts On Divine Winds! We’re extremely proud of our first ever chart entry, and it only makes sense that this would happen in the most metal-minded country in the world. We salute our loyal fans for greasing the gears of war, this isn’t just our victory but yours as well! Death Metal Supreme!"

"On Divine Winds" was released the 8th/11th of October and features 12 tracks on the limited first Digibook edtion and 11 tracks on the regular jewel case version.

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Hail Of Bullets Posts New Music Video Online

Dutch death metal act Hail of Bullets has posted its new music online. The video was shot for the track "Operation Z," which is included on the band's 2010 release "On Divine Winds." "On Divine Winds" was released on October 12, 2010 through Metal Blade Records.

You can view the video below:

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Hail of Bullets Confirms Festival Appearance

Dutch death metal act Hail of Bullets has announced its participation in the upcoming edition of the Party.San Open Air festival. The 2011 edition of the festival is set to take place between August 11th, 12th and 13th in Bad Berka, Germany. More bands are to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Party.San Open Air confirmed bands:
Hail Of Bullets
Nachtmystium
Negura Bunget
Ensiferum

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Exclusive

Stream Hail of Bullets' Entire New Album Online

UPDATE: The duration of this full album stream has expired. Hail of Bullets' "On Divine Winds" has been released and can be ordered here as well as at other online retailers and record stores.

In conjunction with the upcoming second full-length release from Hail of Bullets, "On Divine Winds," Metal Blade Records has teamed up with Metal Underground.com to premier the extreme metal act’s album "On Divine Winds" in its entirety. You can hear the entire album in the player below up until the album's release on Tuesday, October 12th.

If you like what you hear and see, you can pre-order the album while there is still time to take advantage of the discounted prices. "On Divine Winds" is available by itself or bundled with a t-shirt.

The tracklisting for "On Divine Winds" is as follows:

1. The Eve Of Battle
2. Operation Z
3. The Mukden Incident
4. Strategy of Attrition
5. Full Scale War
6. Guadalcanal
7. On Coral Shores
8. Unsung Heroes
9. Tokyo Napalm Holocaust
10. Kamikaze
11. To Bear the Unbearable

"On Divine Winds" was produced by Ed Warby and mixed once again by Dan Swanö.

Comments singer Martin van Drunen: "This time Hail of Bullets takes on the Pacific War. The expansion of the Empire of Japan throughout Asia, introducing a full scale war using all forces combined. The massive strike back of the Americans, whose marines bravely fought many tough and bloody battles on now forgotten insulate islands spread throughout the whole Pacific. This led to desperate Japanese defense tactics such as Kamikaze, human bullets and suicidal Banzai charges. Until finally, incendiary bombings brought the empire to its knees."

Comments drummer Ed Warby: "I don't think I've ever worked this hard on anything in my entire life, but it sure has paid off! Although …Of Frost And War is a tough act to follow, my ringing ears tell me we've succeeded in besting it on every level: songs, playing, production… at the moment Dan Swanö is putting the final touches on a mix that could squash a tank, and then it's off to the pressing plant! All the main ingredients of our blood 'n' guts style death metal have remained intact and I honestly can't imagine anyone that liked our previous work is going to be the least bit disappointed… on the contrary!"

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More Bands Announced For Maryland Death Fest

New Jersey based death metal band Funebrarum is the latest act to be confirmed for the 2011 edition of the Maryland Death Fest, which is set to take place from May 27th - 29th in Baltimore. The currently announced lineup is as follows:

Acid witch
Aura noir
Avulsed
Bad acid trip
Blood freak
Cianide
Citizens arrest
Corrosion of conformity
Creative waste
Cretin
Cripple bastards
Dead congregation
Defeated sanity
Devourment
Dropdead
Exhorder
Exhumed
Funebrarum
Goatsnake
Gravehill
Hail of bullets
Hatred surge
Hooded menace
Impaled nazarene
Innumerable forms
Inquisition
The kill
Kylesa
Last days of humanity
Lock up
Machetazo
Malignant tumour
Mammoth grinder
Marduk
Masakari
Nails
Neurosis
Nightbringer
Nocturnal
Nokturnel
Orange goblin
Pulling teeth
Regurgitate
Repugnant
Wormed

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Hail Of Bullets Seeking Fan Sing Along Videos

Dutch death metal act Hail of Bullets has issued the following announcement about running a karaoke contest:

"You always wanted to perform with one of the hottest Death Metal bands around these days? You think you can beat vocal legend Martin van Drunen in a vocal contest? Here's your chance! Download the instrumental version of 'Operation Z' - the opening track off Hail of Bullets new album 'On Divine Winds' - stream the song with vocals - and upload a video of yourself singing the song. The first winner will get the chance to meet the band and sing 'Operation Z' in the encore of a Hail of Bullets set! There will be 10 prizes in total so don't miss out here!

"Check out the video where Martin van Drunen himself announces the contest on the Hail of Bullets landing page at this location. On the same site you can download the instrumental version of 'Operation Z,' check out the lyrics and stream the 'Operation Z' version with vocals. You can also submit your video on the landing page and check out the prizes you can win."

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Hail Of Bullets Launches Landing Page For Album

Hail of Bullets has launched a new landing page for the band's upcoming album "On Divine Winds," which includes streaming music, video clips, and pre-order details. The website can be found at this location. The site features the new song "Operation Z," along with a live video clip of the song "Nachthexen," which is off the band's first album. "On Divine Winds" is set to be released on October 12th via Metal Blade Records.

Vocalist Martin van Drunen commented on the concept of the album: "This time Hail of Bullets takes on the Pacific War. The expansion of the Empire of Japan throughout Asia, introducing a full scale war using all forces combined. The massive strike back of the Americans, whose marines bravely fought many tough and bloody battles on now forgotten insulate islands spread throughout the whole Pacific. This led to desperate Japanese defense tactics such as Kamikaze, human bullets and suicidal Banzai charges. Until finally, incendiary bombings brought the empire to its knees."

The track listing is as follows:

1. The Eve Of Battle
2. Operation Z
3. The Mukden Incident
4. Strategy Of Attrition
5. Full Scale War
6. Guadalcanal
7. On Coral Shores
8. Unsung Heroes
9. Tokyo Napalm Holocaust
10. Sugar Loaf Hill (bonus track on ltd. 1st Digibook edition)
11. Kamikaze
12. To Bear The Unbearable

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Hail Of Bullets Streaming New Song

Dutch death metal act Hail of Bullets has launched the first song off the band's upcoming new album "On Divine Winds." The new track "Operation Z" can be heard at the Hail of Bullets MySpace page.

Drummer Ed Warby comments on the song: "On December 7th of 1941 Japan launched Operation Z, a bold surprise attack on the United States which came as such a shock that Roosevelt referred to it as 'a date which will live in infamy.' It is no coincidence then that we chose to cover this event in the crushing opening track of our upcoming album 'On Divine Winds.' Experience the carnage as hundreds of planes descend from the sky to bring death and destruction, and revel in the aural massacre we unleash upon your ears and necks! Banzai!”

Singer Martin van Drunen also commented on the concept of the album: "This time Hail of Bullets takes on the Pacific War. The expansion of the Empire of Japan throughout Asia, introducing a full scale war using all forces combined. The massive strike back of the Americans, whose marines bravely fought many tough and bloody battles on now forgotten insulate islands spread throughout the whole Pacific. This led to desperate Japanese defense tactics such as Kamikaze, human bullets and suicidal Banzai charges. Until finally, incendiary bombings brought the empire to its knees." More...

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Hail of Bullets Reveals New Album Details

Dutch death metal band HAIL OF BULLETS has announced "On Divine Winds" as the title of the band’s upcoming full-length studio album to be released October 12th via Metal Blade Records.

HAIL OF BULLETS' debut album "…Of Frost and War" was a concept album about the Eastern front war of Germany. "On Divine Winds" is another concept album, this time covering the Pacific battles between Japan and the USA.

Vocalist Martin van Drunen comments, "This time Hail of Bullets takes on the Pacific War. The expansion of the Empire of Japan throughout Asia, introducing a full scale war using all forces combined. The massive strike back of the Americans, whose marines bravely fought many tough and bloody battles on now forgotten insulate islands spread throughout the whole Pacific. This led to desperate Japanese defense tactics such as Kamikaze, human bullets and suicidal Banzai charges. Until finally, incendiary bombings brought the empire to its knees."

The album title "On Divine Winds" refers to the translation for the Japanese word Kamikaze, as kami stands for "God" and kaze means "wind." More...

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Hail Of Bullets Cancels Cilinderfest Appearance

Hail of Bullets has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's previously scheduled appearance at the Cilinderfest:

"Hail of Bullets have canceled their appearance at the forthcoming Cilinderfest, September 25th in Hoofddorp, Netherlands. The main reason for this cancellation is the organizer/local promoter not honoring previously made agreements; It was agreed that the band would perform between 23.00 and 0.00 hours so people would be able to catch the last trains/buses home (which leave around 0.15 hours). However this week we were told we had to go on a just after midnight which would result in a lot of people not being able to watch the headliner.

"Apart from this there were issues regarding the agreed/promised backline and more. We apologize to everyone who was looking forward to see us, but since it was a 'free entrance' festival fortunately nobody paid money to see the band."

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Hail Of Bullets Finishes New Album

Dutch death metal act Hail of Bullets has finished the recordings for a new album to be released October 8th/11th via Metal Blade Records in Europe and on October 12th in North America.

Comments drummer Ed Warby: "I don't think I've ever worked this hard on anything in my entire life, but it sure has paid off! Although 'Of Frost And War' is a tough act to follow, my ringing ears tell me we've succeeded in besting it on every level: songs, playing, production… at the moment Dan Swanö is putting the final touches on a mix that could squash a tank, and then it's off to the pressing plant! All the main ingredients of our blood 'n' guts style death metal have remained intact and I honestly can't imagine anyone that liked our previous work is going to be the least bit disappointed, on the contrary!"

The as-yet-untitled album was produced by Ed Warby and the mix was in the hands of Mr Dan Swanö. Hail of Bullets recorded 11 songs plus an intro. The limited edition of the CD will be released as a Digibook including a bonus DVD.

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