Michael Poulsen and the boys have done it again in a big way:
they’ve pulled off a blistering album that follows right along the
footpaths of their amazing debut, ‘The Strenght/The Sounds/The
It’s been a
busy year and a half for the rock’n’metal crew since they exploded
onto the scene with rave reviews and more than a hundred live
appearances both inside and outside Denmark, but luckily, Poulsen
has found the time to pen down another 11 tracks for Volbeat and
producer Jacob Hansen to get their firm grip on.
What I find
ultimately cool about Volbeat is the fact that they avoid the
potential cheese factor by keeping their references clear and never
loosing the sharp edge. Although there’s so much Elvis and Cash in
this, so much rock’n’roll of yonder ages, even a tad of Bon Jovi
when he was insisting on Blazing the Glory, there’s never a hint of
a doubt that Slayer and Social Distortion have had a huge stake in
what made Volbeat.
Listen to a
song like Mr. & Mrs. Ness; it’s definitely Volbeat, yeah, but try to
compare it to Slayer’s Dead Skin Mask from ‘Seasons…’ – well, I’ll
be damned if it isn’t more or less the same eerie intro and the
exact same feeling captured right there. On the other side of the
fence, you have Sad Man’s Tongue that could make a Johnny Cash fan
wonder if the Man had come back for one last round with the rock
There are no
fillers on this album, just pure rock ’n’ metal that’ll get you up
and dance and let the hair fly.
The best track on there? I think it has to be Devil or the Blue
Cat’s Song. The song is in my view the epitome of Volbeat and their
unique style. The balance between rock and metal is perfect and the
chorus is to die for.
‘The Strength…’ , ‘Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil’ offers us a
cleaner and more controlled sound, secured by Jacob Hansen’s
If this album doesn’t take Volbeat to
the stars, then I don’t know what will. Whoever said that rock is
dead was an idiot. 'nuff said.