Volbeat
Rock The Rebel/Metal The Devil


3.5
great

Review

by RATCHET SKANK 777 USER (203 Reviews)
June 9th, 2008 | 37 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What If: Elvis Pressely's mysterious death on the toilet was indeed a myth and he instead flead to Denmark where many years later he formed a melodic thrash band...... What If?

I’m always on the prowl to find bands that continue to mangle the boundaries of metal and create something so insane that I have to give them some serious props. I recently found a metal act from Denmark called Volbeat and they definitely fit the bill. Forming in 2001, Volbeat have currently released two full length albums and have already garnered a lot of critical success from their native country. I came upon this band from reading a review for their second album which led me to read another one and finally check the band out. On the bands myspace, the band cites Napalm Death, Social Distortion, Elvis Presley, Iron Maiden, and Johnny Cash as their creative influences. I was sold instantly. Call it a mixed bag but Volbeat really do manage to incorporate these influences into their own music. Now, I’m not quite familiar with the rockabilly term other than that it’s used to describe a form of music stemming from the 1950’s period. However, Volbeat manage to merge this particular style with heavy metal similar to the likes of Metallica and Pantera.

“Rock the Rebel/ Metal the Devil” is the bands most recent album and quite frankly I didn’t know what to expect after hearing the myspace tracks. Needless to say, the album itself was a journey. Constantly shift shaping from one influence to another all while retaining the traditional heavy metal element. Now, the star of the show is the vocalist Michael and his uncanny ability to merge several different vocal styles into Volbeat‘s guitar driven ruckus. Picture a Danish metal singer with the genetic makeup from Danzig, Sully Erna, Johnny Cash, James Hetfield, and Elvis and you got Michael Poulsen. The thing is, throughout the album you really can hear all of these figures come out in the music. However, this is the make or break for the casual listener. In my opinion, his vocals are great but I’m sure many won’t be able to deal with his voice at first. I understand because I didn’t get it at first either. Fortunately, when not aping others, he displays a voice of his own. Loud, crisp and somewhat reminiscent of grunge, Michaels approach is just as effective. “The Garden’s Tale” is a great example. Technically the lyrics are written and sung in English but due to a heavy Danish accent it’s hard for me at times to understand what he’s saying.

One thing I’m greatly impressed with is the guitar work. I wasn’t expecting this to be heavy but Michael and Thomas pay an ode to their metal roots quite well. “Rock the Rebel/ Metal the Devil “has plenty of mid paced Gothenburg thrash madness, complete with face ripping solos and Pantera esque grooves. Technicality doesn’t mean anything to me if you can’t write a good song and Volbeat do not disappoint. The goal seems to focus on crafting songs to be accessible to the crowd as they are hard hitting. The guitars get particularly interesting when they transcend genres. “Sad Man’s Tongue could mind as well be a rip of a famous Johnny cash song before shifting back to heavy metal. “Radio Girl” has a distinct rockabilly feel to it early on before going all out Social Distortion. Drum work is pretty solid but standard stuff. Nothing in particular needing to be mentioned but Jon holds a steady rhythm through the duration.

Production is pretty solid for the most part. Everything is big and clear as crystal. The vocals shine perfectly and the guitars crunch with massive power. The bass however, is pretty much tuned out on the album. If you can get past all the ridiculous fanfare that I’ve been spewing, it’s actually a pretty solid album. Fans wanting to hear something new and fresh to the metal genre need to look no further. A sense of humor would also be great.



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BallsToTheWall
June 9th 2008


44620 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Most rushed review of my life. I couldn't help it however, this band is sick and i'm jacked up on red bull and watching Entourage. Does anyone here watch Entourage? Classiest show on the mother fuckin planet.

Digging: Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith

Poet
June 9th 2008


5935 Comments


LOL@your A.D.D like spurts.

Good review, Sully Erna is one of my favorite vocalists still and seeing that this guy has a pinch of his styling makes me a bit intrigued.

BallsToTheWall
June 9th 2008


44620 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Indeed. I just heard some great power metal you'd like. Tarot(ironically enough) from Dark Moor. Dark symphonic power metal with dual vocals. Pretty solid and fuck everyone.

IAmInsect
June 9th 2008


3800 Comments


fled is spelled wrong in the summary i believe

Poet
June 9th 2008


5935 Comments


I've heard some stuff off of The Hall of Olden Dreams, it was pretty solid. I'll check out Tarot from them.

Willie
Moderator
June 10th 2008


16049 Comments


How can you not read a review that has a summary like that??? Great review, I guess I missed it between all the crashes.

Digging: Skrew - Universal Immolation

BallsToTheWall
June 10th 2008


44620 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wow, this got bumped again pretty quickly. It's definetly worth a spin. It's one of the weirdest albums i've heard.

foreverendeared
June 10th 2008


14678 Comments


great review. listening to their songs on myspace by your suggestion. it really caught me off guard. i guess i imagined their soun to be different. but it's catchy as hell. so far i'm likin it.

ThePreacher
June 18th 2008


56 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The best thing to come out of Denmark ever!

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
August 7th 2008


8010 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

In "Mr. and Mrs. Ness" the lead singer sound 100% exactly like Sully Erna. That was a good call

Digging: Beach Slang - Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street

ASberg
August 13th 2008


2161 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No King Diamond is the best think to ever come out of Denmark. This is pretty damn good though.

BallsToTheWall
August 13th 2008


44620 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^^^ 123 asberg. Next comes, uhh.... The Danish scene is relatively weak compared to the others which is strange. Danish metal is somewhat making a comeback though.

M@rty
August 18th 2008


71 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this album. Seriously. Been trying for ages to get hold of their first but I can't find it anywhere.

Heard the first three songs at a mate's place and I was practically begging for more, so I bought the album, and though most of the rest aren't quite as amazing they're still very good.

ASberg
August 26th 2008


2161 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I just bought their live dvd, awesome stuff even though the filming was rather dull at times. I realized they played a festival not far from me a while ago and that pissed me off! Btw in gardens tale there are danish lyrics if that was those part you couldnt understand.

marksellsuswallets
August 31st 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This band has been rapidly growing on me for the past few weeks. Its one of the more refreshing and different albums released in metal in the last little while...

BallsToTheWall
September 3rd 2008


44620 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Does this sound a bit grunge to anyone? And their's a new album out? Sweet.

marksellsuswallets
September 3rd 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You know I actually got that feeling from a few tracks... They have a new album? I will be checking that out...

natey
February 14th 2009


4170 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Foreign exchange student from (guess) Denmark recommended these guys to me. Voice is one of my least favorite types.

BigHans
November 20th 2009


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sad Man's Tongue might be my new favorite song. Holy shit does it rock.

Puckingham
January 24th 2010


64 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

In case anyone's interested, there is a fantastic video of Sad Man's Tongue live on youtube. I really recommend checking it out if you're interested in seeing them live.



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