"Warsaw Rising" (Metal Blade; 2009)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Another old school death metal assault arrives via Hail of Bullets (the Dutch side project from members of Asphyx, Houwitser, Gorefest, and Thanatos) in the form of a six-song EP showcasing this unit in both the studio and live setting.

While the studio tracks are solid, dripping with the vintage death metal decay that draws comparisons to greats such as Death and Bolt Thrower (especially on the surprising reworking of Twisted Sister’s “Destroyer”), it’s the live cuts on this short and sweet sojourn where this quintet shines brightest, as the gravel-throated delivery of Martin van Drunen commandeers the voracious crowd through death metal’s murky underbelly with the passion and power necessary to summon the masses to revolt.

Despite being a stopgap offering, Hail of Bullets bestows a nice mix of odds and ends before unleashing a fresh batch of menacing metal.

For more information, check out http://www.myspace.com/hailoffuckenbullets.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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