If you're looking for an interesting sound, one that won't leave you bored, look no further than Volbeat. The band plays a mix of rocakbilly, classic rock and roll, and heavy metal. Not to stop with just an interesting sound, these guys have an interesting story. If I were to say to you, "find me band's with sounds of: rockabilly, classic rock, and heavy metal" you'd probably come to the States. But I suggest you think outside of the box, and way across the pond, to Copenhagan. That's where Volbeat was fromed in 2001. Made up of vocalist and guitarist Michael Poulsen, guitarist Thomas Bredahl, bassist Anders Kjølholm and drummer Jon Larsen, Volbeat has released four studio albums and one live DVD - all chart toppers and/or certified gold in Europe, with their seminal release “Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil” certified Platinum.
Poulsen describes where the sound came from, and credits his childhood for the blending of sounds: “I think it all has something to do with the fact that since I was a child I was really interested in old rock and roll music. My parents were playing Elvis, Johnny Cash and Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, all the music from the 50’s – they were playing it all of the time, and generally my family were all interested in music but no one was writing or playing – they were just listeners. I remember listening to some of the old records that belonged to my sister’s boyfriend. He had old vinyl from Black Sabbath, Dio and bands like that and early Metallica—I got really hooked into the metal scene. In school, I gathered some friends and tried to form a metal band but it seemed like I was the only guy that was 100% dedicated and serious. So I had to seek out something different.”
The band got the opportunity to play in front of Metallica, and James Hetfield joined the growing fan club as well, telling Michael after a show, “I heard you translate in to some kind of Elvis metal...I really like it!”
As 2010 came to a close, the band’s fourth studio album “Beyond Hell/Above Heaven” hits the shelves in the U.S. Poulsen shares, “it’s different but still holds true to the Volbeat style. We have fast, slow and mid-tempo songs. We still blend different styles of punk, rock’n’roll, rockabilly, metal, heavy metal, thrash metal, and country.” They have announced a tour in suport of this record and it's coming to Michigan! Be sure to check out Volbeat on 8/16 in Grand Rapids, MI at the Orbit Room.