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Following the release of their new album III: The Rommel Chronicles, we caught up with Hail Of Bullets’ drummer Ed to ask him a few questions. See what we asked and what he said below!
You released your new album III: The Rommel Chronicles recently – how’s the reception been so far?
Reception has been terrific so far, a third album is always going to be scrutinized under a microscope but going by the reviews and sales I think we nailed it.
One of the things we liked about the album was how fantastic the sound quality was. Who was responsible for it?
That’s good to hear! The album was mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö who did all our previous releases as well. I myself took care of the production duties. It does indeed sound very good, we wanted to capture the massive sound of the first album and the more refined mix of the second, and that’s just how it turned out.
How was the writing and recording process for it?
We started compiling material for the album in June 2012. As always, I wrote about 70 of the songs with Stephan and Paul adding the rest. I usually make pre-production demos for all the songs first so we can iron out any parts that don’t work, and once we’re all satisfied we lay them down for real. Recording was done mostly at my home studio (the Warbunker), drums at Sandlane Recording Facilities and vocals at Harrow Studios.
Were there any songs that were more of a challenge for you?
Putting the arrangement together for DG-7 was a bit of a challenge, with its layered guitar parts and mood changes. Death Of A Field Marshal was one that needed a few re-writes before it was a fitting elegy for Rommel.
Which song is your favourite to play live from it?
We open the show with the first track of the album, Swoop Of The Falcon, and that is a very exciting one to start with. DG-7 is quite monstrous live as well.
What can fans expect from a Hail Of Bullets show?
They can expect honest old school death metal, played from the heart with blood ‘n guts by 5 guys who love the genre to pieces! We play a cross-section of our 3 full length albums, sometimes adding one or two tracks from the Warsaw Rising EP and we always try to deliver a quality show as far as sound and performance go.
What would you say is the best show you’ve played?
Not sure if it’s the best, but the first time we played Party.san in Germany is definitely one of the most memorable. And our recent show at the Basinfirefest in Czech Republic was one those rare occasions where we said to each other “damn, that was good!”
Is there anywhere you’d like to play that you haven’t yet visited?
Japan, Russia, Poland… difficult places to visit though, very expensive for the promoters to fly us in, arrange visa, backline, accommodation, etc. But hopefully some day.
If you could play a show with any band, who would you choose?
Since we’re all huge KISS and AC/DC fans it’d have to be either one of those, depending on which band member you ask. In my case it’s KISS, Theo will probably say AC/DC!