I’m doing both albums (i.e., no eps) at the same time: it’s a Hail of Bullets 3-way. Ha. [Shudder.]
Is it good or bad if you can safely review a band’s discography without having to worry about the nuances between specific discs? Whatever: Hail of Bullets are D-beat death metal (you instantly understand this or you’ve no idea), metal legends old school d(eath)-beat jamming– their sounds tuned a fifth below standard, i.e., inadvertant bowel-movement low, and sounds like –not like the frequent-metaphor “metal”–but rather Stone– massive, solid, unyielding ancient granite.
The kids call this “brutal” death metal (versus technical), which seems to connote lack of technical ability, which I suppose is true. Unfortunately, that tag misses their songwriting chops, which are many. Lyrically both albums are fairly detailed recountings of World-War II area stories, allegedly the result of a drunken bar bet. Which actually sounds completely plausible: “Hey man… let’s jam and make an album based on the fucking most metal battles of all– WWII, man!” You’ve probably made that decree at some point or another. We all have. It’s just that Martin van Drunen made good on it.
Sober(-ish) assessment: Both …of frost and war and On Divine Winds are completely worth your time and attention. They’re the “campfire” standby of Death Metal (capital D, capital M): fast or slow where necessary, lyrics nearly (though not completely) unintelligible, with surprisingly articulate lyrical content.
If you don’t have them, get them.
Word to your mother.