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The New Dream Team Has Arrived....
on April 9, 2013
Danish metal band Volbeat has parted ways with lead guitarist Thomas Bredahl and has also shared that former Anthrax and The Damned Things guitarist Rob Caggiano has officially joined the band. His addition has proved integral to the band's ever evolving sound. Caggiano also served as producer on Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies alongside long-time production partner Jacob Hansen, who produced and mixed the band's prior four albums.
"Half of the album tracks will take you into the world of outlaw gunslinger stories sometime in the 1800s. Some of the characters are true legends, while others are fiction. The listener will hear inspiration from classic spaghetti western movies which gives you a clue to the album title and cover artwork."
"You can hear the influence of the Old West right from the start in "Let's Shake Some Dust," an evocative intro track that features harmonica from acclaimed blues harp player Paul Lamb."
This is definitely the most ambitious set of tracks they've committed to tape, the songwriting is tightly focused, there are lots of hooks, most of them heavy -- thanks, no doubt, to Caggiano's presence. The band shifts from rockabilly to thrash, from death metal to heavy metal to country, and often within the fabric of the same song. Hard rock and vintage heavy metal dominate on cuts like "Pearl Heart," the rifferiffic "The Nameless One," and the ultra-aggressive attack in "The Hangman's Body Count."
"The slow, doomy chug of "Room 24" melds early Black Sabbath, Hetfieldishness, to death metal with King Diamond guesting on vocals." Great pick guys!
"Another surprise is in the cover of Young the Giant's "My Body." Thanks to Poulsen's awesome singing and the blasting guitars, it could pass as a Volbeat anthem."
Former "Creepshow" and now in a Canadian band called "Walk Off The Earth" vocalist Sarah Blackwood sings with Poulsen on "Lonesome Rider," where slap bass rockabilly and hooky '80s metal co-mingle."
"Our Loved Ones" is a really slow heavy song, with a great acoustic harmonica ridden intro with an ultra-vulnerable undertone.
"Doc Holliday" is definitely very heavy, inspired by the famous gunslinger. Volbeat refer to this one as "Our Slayer Song". Metallica infused from head to toe with a very uncharacteristic heavy chorus.
This is the best band to come along in some time, with a new vibe, ultra-heavy, vintage and modern rolled into one. A muscular approach, a cool combination of when blisters meet polish.
This album isn't just the best example of what Volbeat are capable of producing it is heavy metal at its best as well. It's like a "horror outlaw movie" unique, unpredictable and so good it's scary.
Poulsen also offers additional detail on the recordings sharing:
"We are very excited about this album. We feel that we've achieved the goals we set out. The heavy stuff on the album is perhaps more old school heavy riffs than earlier, and the rock songs rock out with tons of melodies and take us into unchartered territory. All that without losing the Volbeat sound that is the cornerstone of our band."
It's everything that Volbeat are all about, but taken even further. It finds the core trio of Michael Poulsen (vocals/guitar), Anders Kjølholm (bass) and Jon Larsen (drums) united with new guitarist Rob Caggiano, a revitalized band, a force to be reckoned with.
5 stars easily, onwards and upwards to superstardom. The New Dream Team Has Arrived....