Since the Danish metal quartet’s formation in October, 2001, VOLBEAT has steadily risen to become one of the major attractions in the European scene. The band has released three albums and a live DVD overseas. This fall, North Americans will finally have access to the complete catalog, with all three studio albums available (the DVD is planned for a later date).
Volbeat’s current title GUITAR GANGSTERS & CADILLAC BLOOD (2009) is showing an increased presence, with exponential sales and airplay increases in markets across the continent. On October 27, VOLBEAT will see THE STRENGTH / THE SOUND / THE SONGS (2005) join the previously issued ROCK THE REBEL / METAL THE DEVIL (2007) at retail stores across the U.S. and Canada.
In an age of retreads, Volbeat has been offering a unique blend of metallic hard rock alongside inspired Elvis-tinged melodies since their formation in October, 2001. Their debut was released in October 2005, and they have gradually risen to become a major force in Europe. Jacob Hansen has been the band’s collaborator in the studio for each of their three albums, as the sound continues to become ubiquitous to the band as they evolve becoming more unique with each passing release. Volbeat are a platinum band in their native Denmark, and continue to see major footholds grow across Europe, and imminently in North America.
The current release GUITAR GANGSTERS & CADILLAC BLOOD introduces a story that connects seven of the thirteen album tracks. The songs “Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood,” “Find That Soul,” “Maybellene I Hofteholder,” “Still Counting,” “Back To Prom,” “Light A Way,” and “A Broken Man And The Dawn,” chronicle the travels of a band leader who after being shot in the desert and left for dead, searches for the mysterious killer who fired the seven shots.
While travelling from city to city, the band comes upon a venue named Ten House City, where they perform for a small assembled crowd in the local bar. The songs offer observations of the people in the rundown setting, from the eyes of the bandleader. This storyline will continue to develop on future albums. The current release also offers a respectful ode to 50s country with a powerful interpretation of Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”
The band will return to North America this fall as support for Metallica and Lamb of God in arenas across Canada and the U.S.
Singer Michael Poulsen shared, “We are so thankful for this great chance and are looking forward to sharing the stage with one of our biggest inspirations. It's such an honor, and it's also a great honor to play for the METALLICA fans who are very dedicated. It will be a challenge, but we will do our best to give the METALLICA fans a little piece of what we are about and what we do. We wanna thank the gentlemen in METALLICA for giving VOLBEAT this chance. THANK YOU! Hopefully we will be able to play a headliner show or two while we’re in the US. We can’t wait to see you all!”
Alongside Poulsen, Volbeat is Anders Kjølholm (Bass), Jon Larsen (Drums) and Thomas Bredahl (Guitar).
The complete itinerary with Metallica and Lamb of God follows (headline dates noted):
10/26 TORONTO AIR CANADA CENTRE
10/26 TORONTO AIR CANADA CENTRE
10/29 TORONTO OPERA HOUSE (HEADLINE)
10/31 QUEBEC COLISEE PEPSI
11/01 QUEBEC COLISEE PEPSI
11/03 OTTAWA SCOTIABANK PLACE
11/09 GRAND RAPIDS, MI VAN ANDEL ARENA
11/10 BUFFALO, NY HSBC ARENA
11/12 ALBANY, NY TIMES UNION CENTER
11/14 NEW, YORK, NY MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
11/15 NEW YORK, NY MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
12/05 LAS VEGAS, NV MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CTR
12/07 NAMPA, ID IDAHO ARENA
12/08 SACRAMENTO, CA ARCO ARENA
12/10 ANAHEIM, CA HONDA CENTER
12/12 SAN JOSE, CA HP PAVILION