Review Summary: Once Again Volbeat makes a fantastic record, that won't disappoint the fans.
But If you If didn't like Volbeat before this record, you will probably not change your mind this time.
Volbeat have never label themselves to be 100% metal, so if you expect a true metal record, go look somewhere else for it, you not gonna find it here.
Once again Volbeat is back with another strong album, full of great & catchy melodies but also filled with groovy parts, tasty riffs & and strong power chords.
Volbeat is known for their fusion of many genre's like: Rock N' Roll, Heavy Metal, Punk & Rockabilly, to just name a few, and the Danes continues with their unique sound on this record to, but also adding something new & a couple of surprises as well. The album is procured by Jacob Hansen oncemore, and as always doing a great job.
Michael Poulsen – lead vocals & guitar (2001–present)
Thomas Bredahl – lead guitar, backing vocals (2006–present)
Anders Kjølholm – bass, backing vocals (2001–present)
Jon Larsen – drums (2001–present)
The guest musicians is;
Mark “Barney” Greenway – Napalm Death
Michael Denner – Mercyful Fate/King Diamond
Miland “Mille” Petrozza – Kreator
Henrik Hall – Love Shop (mouth harp)
Jakob Oelund – Taggy Tones (slap bass)
Now a short description of each song:
01. The Mirror And The Ripper
The opener is a fresh up-tempo song, but breaks down a couple of times, but the tempo changes really suits the song. Great opening song its heavy, catchy as hell and have great melodies. 5/5
02. Heaven Nor Hell
A great mid-tempo song which starts with a simple but good drum beat and then the guitars hit open chords. Heaven Nor Hell is one of the more melodic songs on record. Henrik Hall from Love Shop adds, a good southern state feeling on the song, with his mouth harp. 4,5/5
03. Who They Are
Who They Are is a Thrash Metal inspried song, a great up-tempo song which slows down at the chorus which is catchy and with a good melody, but quick returns to up-tempo again. 5/5
Fallen is a tribute to Michael's dead father, which starts off slowy and changes to a mid-tempo about 40 secs into the song. Fallen is very melodic and catchy and will probably be too much, for the ¨true¨ metalheads. Great Tribute which will find way to many radio stations. 5/5
05.A Better Believer
A nice fast paced song which reminds me a bit of ¨We¨ off the last record just a little faster and better. And again Volbeat creates a catchy song with good melodies. 4,7/5
06. 7 Shots
Welcome to the wild west with Mr. Cadillac. As you already have guessed, this song is country inspired. The intro have a good country feeling about it, and starts off with a story about Mr. Cadillac.
After the intro the song kicks off with a great melody, and the song turns into a more well known Volbeat sound, but still with a little country twist. Mille From Kreator sings on this song and Michael Denner from King diamond/Mercyful Fate, also plays guitar on this, both doing great and making the song special. 5/5
07. A New Day
A New Day is a rock n roll inspired Volbeat song. A New Day is a funky Volbeat song and there is not much heavy about it, but still a nice song. 4,8/5
08. 16 Dollars
This song is heavy influenced by the 60's music scene. Jakob Oelund of Taggy Tones is playing the slap bass on this one, and adds a unique sound to this song. Michael also add a twist of the 60's with the way he sing on this one. 4.8/5
09. A Warrior's Call
Volbeat song to the danish boxer Mikkel Kessler. A very bombastic song and groovy too. The song title is passing perfect to the song. There are also some some old horns in the beginng of the song, and some gang vocal with Kessler, and again catchy as F***. 5/5
10. Magic Zone
Magic Zone is a great up-tempo, but not so heavy as some of the other songs. Volbeat are flirting with their Punk and Rock N'Roll inspiration on this song and again catchy with great melodies, soundwise reminds me of A Better Beliver. 4,8/5
The heavist song on record, this song shows the metal side of Volbeat. Barney from Napalm Death growl on this one, if you like growls, you will love this song, but if you hate growl vocals, then you better skip this one. The song is heavy, full of grooves and is a mid to up-tempo song. 5/5
12. Being 1
Again a Punk/Rock N' Roll song, you could compare it to Magic Zone or A Better Beliver, without sounding too similar. Again Suprise Suprise, a catchy song with great melodies. 4,8/5
Dedicated to the Volbeat fans. Again similar to MZ & ABB, but a little bit heavier. The Song also have some fans to sing gang vocals and clapping to the song. Someone will recognize this song as the football song, it is the football song but with different lyrics. A good way to end Imo a classic album. 4,5/5
I had huge expectations for this album and my expectations were met.
Once Again Volbeat is doing what they do best, and thats being Volbeat