Martin van Drunen out of Hail of Bullets, News from Moon Tooth, Sumac And More


So, things happened.

Martin van Drunen left Hail of Bullets. And when I say left, I mean he was outright fired. I mean “On a personal level it’s no longer possible for us to continue the cooperation with Martin” -level fired. This sucks and blows. And not in the good, vacuum-y kind of way either. I know of at least one attempted hanging by the neck until death that’s occurred in the aftermath of this grave news (pray for Randall Thor). You can read the whole thing here as you weep. I, for one, sure as hell hope there aren’t problems between Martin and Paul, because those guys are pretty much the heart of Asphyx today as well.

Hail of Bullets has canceled all their gigs in the wake of this but promise to make a comeback. We shall see; there are few – if any – vocalists harder to replace than Martin.

On a more positive note, Moon Tooth have put their new album up for streaming. The first song off of it, anyways; ’tis called Queen Wolf. You can stream it here, which is where you can also pre-order the whole album, Chromaparagon, to be released on February 5th. Because I know you’re a lazy bunch I’ve also linked the song below. Now I don’t know who wrote this (the band’s PR most likely, whoever that is), but based on this one song, it’s accurate-ish.

“A fireworks display of melody and rhythm, Chromaparagon is more than that too – its progressive, aggressive sound is brimming with soul, riddled with hairpin turns, and delivered with the grace and swing of real virtuosos. Over the course of twelve songs, Moon Tooth mashes together rock, metal, and blues, into a fusion that bursts with color. There are few limits here. Moon Tooth possesses the imagination and skill to swerve into whatever musical direction it wants. But this band wanders without getting lost; it channels its wild dreaming and black-belt chops into an album that drives forward with purpose.”


Sumac, a band featuring members of Isis (the band, jerks) and Baptists that everyone wasn’t all over last year (what do you mean The Deal came out this year), has entered studio with Kurt Ballou. The purpose is to record their sophomore full-length. Tracking took place in The Unknown, in Anacortes, WA if that means anything to you. In case you are unfamiliar with the band you can stream a song below.

  • Speedtrap’s vocalist Jori Sara-Aho, having grown tired of the touring life, has decided to step down. His last gig with the band will be in January.
  • Vader is going to re-release their cover album, Future of The Past, with a new cover album Future of the Pabst – Hell In the East. Albums will be available together.
  • Omnium Gatherum will release a new album, Grey Heavens, on February 19th.
  • Amoral will release In Sequence on February 5th.
  • Pandora bought the bankrupt Rdio for $75 million. Also, Apple shut down Beats Music and absolutely nobody was surprised or cared.
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  • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

    Anyone else find it funny that Isis and Baptists are in a band together?

  • I wonder how many bullets constitutes a “hail of bullets.”

    I have lots of bullets.

  • ┼yree

      Was not surprised when i clicked

      • ┼yree

        Total Death.

        • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

          Its aight. You and i are on opposite sides of the production value argument tho

          • that song was practically a Steven Wilson recording relative to some of his other picks!

          • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

            I just hear 90% cymbal wash and vocals


    Rdio folks laughing all the way to the bank. Ahh capitalism. ‘Murica


      Dio still mad ab it

    • CyberneticOrganism

      So many goddamned streaming services, and yet they’re all still just kinda ok.

      • COAL ROLL

        I pay for Spotify

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain


          • COAL ROLL

            I spend far more on shipping for vinyl every month than the $9 I pay them to listen to (almost) anything, wherever, whenever, and without commercials.

          • COAL ROLL

            and as McNulty pointed out above….I just follow Tyree around to hear all the other stuff, it’s like valet service.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            *creates Kickstarter for Tyree-curated streaming service*

  • Tim Wilsön

    that moon tooth song is good shit

    • I support this.

      The riff noodling reminds me of some Mastodon.

  • Stanley

    Has any checked out the new Withcraft song? The people over at the FB group seem indifferent, but I think it rawks!

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      It’s ok, but I haven’t really given a shit about them since The Alchemist. I actually got to interview them back in 2006 on their first US tour.

      EDIT: This track killed.

      • Stanley

        How was Magnus is real life? He posts some crazy shit on their FB page.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Aloof. He actually wasn’t present for the interview. I said like two words to him. I said sarcastically, “Magnus, you missed the interview”, and he just kind of shrugged…they killed though. I saw them again in 2007 and that was the last time….

          • Stanley

            Ha ha. That does not surprise me at all. The guy’s trippin’.

          • You interview persons? Interesting


          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Well, that was 9 years ago.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      I didn’t think much of it. Not that I ever was a fan, so a grain of sand and all that jizz, I mean jazz. But it felt like they got fat and middle-aged. Nothing wrong with that, if Horus wills it, I’ll be there one day, but in music it’s generally a bad thing.

  • EsusMoose

    I listened to the Deal two or three times, never really clicked with me, I like Isis and the Baptists are good but found the album dull.

  • Guacamole Jim

    That Moon Tooth is really dope. I dunno if they’ve been mentioned on the Toilet before, but if they did and I slept on it, woe is me. If not, they should have been. I DEMAND RIGOUR IN TOILET JOURNALISM.

  • Count_Breznak

    Which one of the van Drunen bands was it ? The oldschool death metal one ?

    • Old Man Doom


  • CyberneticOrganism

    “Apple shut down Beats Music”

    Well that sure lasted long.

    • ┼yree


      • i just follow you around to hear tons of new music. no streaming services required!

        • COAL ROLL

          you too huh?

    • I love my Mac and iPhone but Apple Music suuuucks. I had it for like five minutes before I sent an email of apology to Spotify begging them to forgive me.

      • Have you tried Amazon’s dumpster fire of a streaming service? Terrible. Just terrible.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          “dumpster fire” and “hot garbage” are my favorite phrases to denote awfulness

        • God, no. I’m pretty content with Spotify Premium. Apple Music could be so much better.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            DUUUUUUDE!!!! You ever check out YouTube?!?!?!?!

          • Yeah. It’s fine for laptop speakers but re-encoding artifacts and swishy cymbals would drive me fucking crazy for serious listening.

          • ME GORAK B.C.™

            STILL BEST!!!!!!!!!!!


          Unless youre streaming video

          • Still haven’t tried any of their video stuff

          • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

            Its not bad (esp if youre already paying for prime for shipping)

  • Scrimm

    Less MVD is horrible news. If they got Dan Swano as a replacement I might still be interested.

    • Don’t quote me but I don’t think Dan Swanö is feeling the guttural vox that much these days.

      • His precious baritone vocal range is welcome to me in any type of voice. Dude have such a great tone.

        • I know he doesn’t make mad cash off Nightingale but I wish they’d come out with albums more frequently. Witherscape is pretty great too; it has the balance between EoS and Nightingale.

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    Funny that the guy standing in the background in the hail of bullets photo is wearing a death shirt, considering the amount of shit Martin talked on Chuck.

    • I can’t believe anyone talked shit on Chuck. He was OG and better than everyone that he inspired.

      • Scrimm

        It all came from a tour they did together waaaaaaaaay back.

  • 365ChaosRiddenDays

    Basically, Martin Van Drunen is a great loss, so, yes, this really sucks and blows because of his unique style who gave a more epic tone to their war themed metal.

  • Xinen

    Sad about MVD but I feel the pain is somewhat mitigated by the Omnium Gatherum news. I love those guys.

  • Waynecro

    I like Omnium Gatherum’s sweet melodeath jams.