This may cause cardic arrest to the faint hearted, however, to those who have been yearning for a proper portion of death metal, your prays have been answered! HAIL OF BULLETS is to play at this year´s !!!

Their new release will explode among the fans like a blast of shrapnel fired from a high-speed anti-aircraft cannon. HAIL OF BULLETS is at present an undisputed leader of this genre and will arrive to OEF with all guns blazing. The crew of this heavy-weight death roller is a bunch of thugs who can already proudly display notches on their rifle butts such as Gorefest, Asphyx, Thanatos and Houwister. Front man Martin Van Drunen has personally notched up Pestilence, Bolt Thrower and Comecon. However, this band is not just about names as is shown in their debut album „…Of Frost And War“ which explores the madness of World War II. This album was awarded the best death metal album of 2008. 

So get ready for total infernal death which will bring death metal fans to thier knees and leave thier gory remains strewn in the mud of the OEF battlefield!!!


In the early nineties the idea to form a band together with Gorefest drummer Ed Warby had already crossed the mind of Thanatos guitarist/singer Stephan Gebédi. Due to busy schedules, band reunions and other circumstances this never happened and the idea was put on ice.

A few years ago Thanatos played a show with the German band Death By Dawn, featuring one Martin van Drunen on vocals. After a few beers the aforementioned idea was brought up again and at the end of 2006 former Pestilence/Asphyx-singer Martin van Drunen, Gorefest-drummer Ed Warby, ex-Houwitser bass player Theo van Eekelen and both Thanatos-guitarists Paul Baayens and Stephan Gebédi hooked up for a serious drinking session in the city of Amersfoort, Holland. 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.

Easier said than done, cause the band members’ other bands Asphyx, Thanatos and Gorefest are very active recording albums and playing loads of shows. Not to mention Ed’s countless studio projects. Nevertheless, all five of us were very enthusiastic about the idea, and we started writing material for this new band.

Another problem was finding a suitable name for the band. It seems every possible name had already been taken by bands we never heard of and probably nobody will ever hear from again. After tons of ideas and suggestions we settled for Hail Of Bullets. The metal started flowing and within a couple of months we already had enough material written for a full length album.

In July 2007 the band decided to record four songs for a promo CD. Drums and vocals were recorded at the Excess studios in Rotterdam, Holland. Swedish death metal guru Dan Swanö mixed the four songs at his Unisound Studios and the result turned out pretty monstrous. As Swanö himself stated; ,,If this promo doesn’t get you guys a good record deal, I will eat my laptop!” Dan's stomach is still in good shape since Metal Blade Records didn't hesitate to sign the band. Our debut album '...Of Frost And War' was released in May 2008 and the reactions from both fans and press were quite overwhelming!

In the Summer of 2008 the band played a number of festival shows, including Party.San, Summer Breeze and Waldrock and in the Fall we started doing club shows all over Europe. More club shows and festivals are planned for 2009 and at the end of this year the band will start working on their second album...

Hail of Bullets is :


PAUL BAAYENS - guitars



ED WARBY - drums


Release date Release name Media
2008 "...Of Frost And War",


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