17 Songs, 1 Hour 6 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie, Volbeat shake heaven’s pillars with humongous riffs, heavy-metal hooks, and Michael Poulsen’s thunderous howls. “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” finds shredder Rob Caggiano cutting across the hammering momentum with blazing licks, while the punky “Black Rose” folds snarling power chords into ’60s-kissed pop. Poulsen’s lyrics temper his love of outlaw imagery with spiritual matters: “Goodbye Forever” is a crashing ode to love and unity, climaxing with soaring cries from the Harlem Gospel Choir.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

On Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie, Volbeat shake heaven’s pillars with humongous riffs, heavy-metal hooks, and Michael Poulsen’s thunderous howls. “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” finds shredder Rob Caggiano cutting across the hammering momentum with blazing licks, while the punky “Black Rose” folds snarling power chords into ’60s-kissed pop. Poulsen’s lyrics temper his love of outlaw imagery with spiritual matters: “Goodbye Forever” is a crashing ode to love and unity, climaxing with soaring cries from the Harlem Gospel Choir.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
28 Ratings
28 Ratings
Extreme Awesomness 100

Perfect!

The original album was amazing and this just adds to the awesomeness with more variety! My favorite songs are The Devil's Bleeding Crown, Black Rose, The Gates of Babylon, and Seal the Deal. Also, SLAYTAN IS FREAKIN KILLER!

Kid from the Bronx

Kid from the Bronx

This album is a masterpiece michael's singing ,robs solos johns drumming the songs the playing could go on and on go see them live and you will see the best band out bar none

Hamwhipper

Volbeat I Can't Not Buy You

I've been conditioned like a dog by Volbeat's awesomeness. They've put out such stellar music for so many albums now, they could probably poop on a plate and my reaction would be to buy it. I sure hope they never poop on a plate though. The point here is they continue to just pound away with one great song after another. Some have complained about them not being metal. My response is: Who cares if they're metal or not. They still rock above and beyond 99% of everything else, including metal bands.

About Volbeat

Volbeat, a Danish metal band begun by former Dominus leader Michael Poulsen in October of 2001, became a dominant force not only in Danish metal, but in Danish rock as a whole, charting albums and singles on a regular basis. Poulsen's earlier group, Dominus, was a giant in Danish metal, releasing four albums in ten years, and making a lasting impression on the scene. Poulsen felt it was time to start over, and his concept of giving straight-up heavy metal a more trad rock flourish (Poulsen was a big Elvis fan, if that is any indication) was at the heart of Volbeat.

Bringing together members Franz Gottschalk on guitar (he would be replaced by Thomas Bredahl in 2006), Jon Larsen on drums, and Anders Kjølholm on bass, vocalist and guitarist Poulsen was able to release the band's first demo, Volbeat, in 2002. Reception was lukewarm to the initial release, but the group's second demo, Beat the Meat, was an instant success, getting airplay on European radio. Volbeat consolidated this early win with a semifinal appearance on the Danish talent show competition Live Contest. From then on, Volbeat began an almost constant work schedule, including performances with Europe and America's biggest metal acts, as well as winning a number of genre and industry awards for their music.

The band soon landed a record deal with Rebel Monster, and released The Strength/The Sound/The Songs. That first "official" release was a relative monster in the band's home nation, and beyond brisk sales, the album won a handful of awards, including Best Album in the Danish Metal Musik Awards in 2005. Volbeat had further reason to celebrate, as 2006 saw the group playing most of the Continent's best-known rock festivals, including Roskilde and Summer Breeze. They followed up these appearances with a Danish tour. A follow-up to their best-selling debut finally appeared in shops in 2007. Titled Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil, the album debuted at number one in Denmark, and later that year Volbeat made a repeat appearance at Roskilde, opened for Metallica and Megadeth, and once again toured Europe.

They followed that chart-topper with Guitar Gangsters and Cadillac Blood in 2008, which also hit the top spot in Denmark, and once more toured festivals worldwide, seeing their brand of metal, hard rock, and punk cross over into the pop market without a concession in their sound. In 2010 Volbeat released Above Heaven/Beyond Hell with guest appearances from Mercyful Fate/King Diamond guitarist Michael Denner, Napalm Death's Mark "Barney" Greenway, Kreator's Mille Petrozza, and Jacob Øelund of rockabilly crew Taggy Tones. They toured relentlessly for the next year and a half on their own and played many festivals.

In 2012 Volbeat reentered the studio and emerged in April 2013 with their fifth album, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, which introduced a new member of the group, former Anthrax guitarist Robert Caggiano. (He had been brought in to co-produce and add guitar solos for the project, and ended up joining the band.) One of Volbeat's most stylistically diverse offerings to date, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies also became a major international success; it went to number one in Austria, Canada, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Norway, and Switzerland, while making the Top Ten in the United States, Sweden, Holland, and Belgium. After extensive global touring and numerous festival appearances, Volbeat jumped back into the studio with co-producer Jacob Hansen. A pre-release single, "The Devil's Bleeding Crown," was issued in April 2016. The full length Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie followed in June. ~ Chris True

ORIGIN
Copenhagen, Denmark
GENRE
Metal
FORMED
2001

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