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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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Hail of Bullets Issue New Studio Update

HAIL OF BULLETS, featuring former PESTILENCE/ASPHYX singer Martin van Drunen and GOREFEST drummer Ed Warby, have entered Excess studios in Rotterdam, Holland to begin recording their debut album for a May release via Metal Blade Records. The band have issued the following studio update from Warby:

"As we're entering the final stages of recording our full length album for Metal Blade Records, we thought we'd share some choice footage of the proceedings. First up is a four-minute glimpse of yours truly beating the shit out of his drums. You can almost see that one crash break! The song I'm doing here is one of the more brutal ones (well, they all are, I guess), with some cool fills and stuff to spice up the umta-umta onslaught. I think I broke an average of 3-4 sticks per song during this session. The forests weep..." More...

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Hail Of Bullets Post Studio Update

HAIL OF BULLETS, the new band featuring GOREFEST drummer Ed Warby, THANATOS guitarists Stephan Gebédi and Paul Baayens, former PESTILENCE/ASPHYX singer Martin Van Drunen and former HOUWITSER bass player Theo van Eekelen, has entered Excess studios in Rotterdam, Holland to begin recording its debut album for a May release via Metal Blade Records.

Commented Warby: "Today we had the first of three planned vocal days, and Herr van Drunen nailed five songs in as many hours. You should hear the man warm up, it's quite an experience... On many of these songs I'm hearing vocal lines for the first time, and it's fantastic stuff. The lyrics are already quite a vivid read, but hearing them screamed, growled and vomited is an entirely different thing! We mess around with little timing things afterwards, but mostly these are done in one or two whole takes. To wrap up a long day (we did drum-editing/cleaning in the morning), our engineer Chris cranked up the last song on the big-ass speakers (that you never use in the studio cause they make everything sound way too good), and we just sat there grinning like monkeys at the awesomeness pouring out. Life is good."

HAIL OF BULLETS' semi-legendary four-track promotional CD, which recently brought the band a deal with Metal Blade Records, was scheduled to be released on vinyl last month through Iron Pegasus Records from Germany. The limited-edition EP is being made available in two different versions from various mailorders and underground labels throughout Europe and the U.S.

HAIL OF BULLETS was formed in late 2006 through a mutual love for old-school death metal bands like AUTOPSY, BOLT THROWER, MASSACRE, CELTIC FROST and DEATH. In the summer of 2007, the band entered a Rotterdam studio to record a four-song promotional CD, which was mixed by the infamous death metal guru Dan Swanö in Sweden. Swanö stated upon the CD's completion: "If this promo doesn't get you guys a good record deal, I will eat my laptop!"

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Hail of Bullets Preparing To Enter Studio

HAIL OF BULLETS, the new band featuring GOREFEST drummer Ed Warby, THANATOS guitarists Stephan Gebédi and Paul Baayens, former PESTILENCE/ASPHYX singer Martin Van Drunen and former HOUWITSER bass player Theo van Eekelen, will enter Excess studios in Rotterdam, Holland in February to begin recording its debut album for a May release via Metal Blade Records.

Commented Ed Warby: "Yesterday we had our last band rehearsal before we enter the studio. Worked out some final arrangements and played the last two songs we wrote for the first time. One is the epic closer to the album (we'll have fun building this one up in the studio), and another is the proposed bonus track; a groovy beast of a tune that actually has a dual guitar solo in it. Martin couldn't attend, so we'll leave the vocal fine-tuning for the studio. I'm also working on a nice, moody intro for the album. Some strings, some bombs... it's turning out a lot cooler than I expected; God bless ProTools! Meanwhile our creative department is hard at work on putting together the artwork, it's starting to look very promising indeed."

"And finally we're close to securing a U.S. deal... more information will follow shortly."

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Hail Of Bullets Book February Studio Time

Drummer Ed Warby (GOREFEST) from Dutch death metallers HAIL OF BULLETS has issued the following update:
"The studio's booked! February 2008 will see Hail Of Bullets occupying the renowned Excess studios in Rotterdam to wage some serious war. Although we have enough material to fill two albums we're still writing new stuff. So far we all agree on eight tracks, and since we're going for a ten-track album we still need to decide on the final two. This week I had planned to finish one of two likely candidates but ended up writing a brand new song that everyone seems to like. It's a heavy fucker (well yeah, they all are), with a tank-like groove that segues into a pummelling 'uffta' spectacle. Odds are pretty good you'll be finding this one on our upcoming full length in May. If time allows me and Paul (Baayens - THANATOS) will get together before the end of the year to arrange one of his songs into a grand dramatic finale, and then I'll start preparing Pro Tools sessions for the recordings."

Hail Of Bullets was formed in late 2006 by former PESTILENCE/ASPHYX singer Martin van Drunen, ex-HOUWITSER bass player Theo van Eekelen, Gorefest drummer Ed Warby and both THanatos guitarists Paul Baayens and Stephan Gebédi.

According to a press release, "a mutual love for old school death metal bands like AUTOPSY, BOLT THROWER, MASSACRE, CELTIC FROST and DEATH resulted in the idea to form a band together."

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Hail Of Bullets Sign With Metal Blade

HAIL OF BULLETS, the new band featuring GOREFEST drummer Ed Warby, THANATOS guitarists Stephan Gebédi and Paul Baayens, former PESTILENCE/ASPHYX singer Martin Van Drunen and former HOUWITSER bass player Theo van Eekelen, has inked a deal with Metal Blade Records.

HAIL OF BULLETS was formed in late 2006 through a mutual love for old-school death metal bands like AUTOPSY, BOLT THROWER, MASSACRE, CELTIC FROST and DEATH. In the summer of 2007, the band entered a Rotterdam studio to record a four-song promotional CD, which was mixed by the infamous death metal guru Dan Swanö in Sweden. Swanö stated upon the CD's completion: "If this promo doesn't get you guys a good record deal, I will eat my laptop!"

Commented Martin Van Drunen: "When we heard the final Swanö mix of the promo, the question for me was not if we got signed at all, but more to whom. We're all very experienced musicians and we knew that we created an awful fucking heavy piece of molten metal. A smart and appropriate A&R man/woman at a high-quality label recognizes this immediately. So Metal Blade didn't hesitate. Important to me was that they let us free in performing in our other bands and they didn't have a problem with that at all. Of course as a young metal kid I saw this label rising from a little company 'til the standard that it has now; the name Brian Slagel always remaining in the back of my head as one of the pioneers. Always delivering quality metal bands and never a bad word in the press from whatever what signing. The pact is solid. We'll deliver our old-school death metal supreme, Metal Blade will do the rest. We're one of the best in what we do and they're in theirs. Blades meet Bullets!"

Added Stephan Gebédi: "The HAIL OF BULLETS promo was sent out to just a handful of carefully selected record labels. Metal Blade was my personal first choice, so when they actually made us an interesting offer, it was an offer I definitely could not refuse! Many classic metal albums have been released on Metal Blade Records over the past few decades, so an old-school death metal band signing to a classic metal label can be seen as the ultimate metal marriage forged in the fires of Hades!"

HAIL OF BULLETS will enter the studio in February 2008 to begin recording its as-yet-untitled debut album for a May European release. The band is planning to promote the CD with a number of live appearances during the European summer festival season.

HAIL OF BULLETS' entire four-song promotional CD is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.

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Hail of Bullets To Record Debut Album In February

HAIL OF BULLETS, the new band featuring GOREFEST drummer Ed Warby, THANATOS guitarists Stephan Gebédi and Paul Baayens, former PESTILENCE/ASPHYX singer Martin Van Drunen and former HOUWITSER bass player Theo van Eekelen, has issued the following update:

"The response from record companies following the release of HAIL OF BULLETS four-track promo CD has been quite overwhelming for us! We have made our decision now and the name of the label will be revealed in a couple of weeks, when the contracts have been signed."

HAIL OF BULLETS will enter the studio in February 2008 to begin recording its debut album for a May/June 2008 release. The band is planning to promote the CD with a number of live appearances during the European summer festival season. More...

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Hail of Bullets Post New Song Online

HAIL OF BULLETS, the new "old school death metal" project featuring Martin Van Drunen (vocals - ex-PESTILENCE, ASPHYX), Paul Baayens (guitars - THANATOS), Stephan Gebedi (guitars - Thanatos), Theo Van Eekelen (bass -
ex-HOUWITSER) and Ed Warby (drums - GOREFEST), have posted a brand new, unmixed song at this location.

As previously reported, Dan Swano (EDGE OF SANITY) is mixing/producing the band's upcoming demo/promo CD. Stay tuned for updates.

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Pestilence, Gorefest, Thanatos Members Form Band

DAN SWANO To Produce New Band Featuring PESTILENCE, GOREFEST, THANATOS Members ~
Swedish producer/multi-instrumentalist Dan Swano (EDGE OF SANITY, INFESTDEAD) has agreed to mix/produce the upcoming demo/CD from HAIL OF BULLETS, the new band featuring THANATOS guitarists Stephan Geb?di and Paul Baayens, former PESTILENCE/ASPHYX singer Martin Van Drunen, GOREFEST drummer Ed Warby, and former HOUWITSER bass player Theo van Eekelen. The recordings will take place in June/July and the band hopes to have it all finished before the end of the summer.

Geb?di previously stated about the group's upcoming CD, "We trust it will be a classic death metal album in more than one way. The material we've written so far is very strong stuff ranging from slow, doomy parts to the occasional blast beat. Funny thing to mention is that drummer Ed Warby has written most of the guitar riffs so far."

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