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On disc: Volbeat



- Rock The Rebel / Metal The Devil - Claudia Ehrhardt - 9 stars
- Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood - Claudia Ehrhardt - 9 stars


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Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood

Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood
(Mascot Records - 2008)


With Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood the Danish rockers present their 3rd album and 7 of the 14 songs tell a story which started at the debut - kind of the same thing Saga did with the chapters. But singer and mainman Michael Poulsen stated that at their next album the story will be finished.
Anyway, they start with End Of The Road - a country-like intro - which is followed by Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood. And with the title track you soon realize that the Danish stick to their guns and present a sleazy rocker with the unique vocals of Mr. Poulsen. With Back To Prom they speed up and add some metal riffing, but as usual the vocals take off the edge. With Mary Ann's Place they present a rocker with crunchy guitar riffs and additional female vocals by Pernille Rosendahl (ex-Swan Lee). The track has a melancholy touch and the female vocals make it stick out. Even if Pernille can't keep up with Poulsen at the duet parts, but she's doing good at the solo parts. Later in the song they go metal again. The single Maybellene i Hofteholder starts slowly, but then they push the accelerator down for this rocker. As a country tune starts the up-tempo rocker We, the beginning seems to be influenced by Johnny Cash... But when they speed up they have heavy staccato riffs and as usual it's the vocals which make this one a real Volbeat tune. A fast metal tune you get with Wild Rover Of Hell which names Metallica in the lyrics and you can partly hear some references to the American thrashers. The Hank Williams' cover I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry got a new rocking sound and if you don't know the original, you might think this is a Volbeat song... Even if it has a country passage, but as the Danish used this style before, it isn't really an indication for a cover. Acoustically A Broken Man And The Dawn starts, but then they add power and the riffs continue with the opening riff. A good tune, but not really one of the highlights... But not a filler, too. The other cover version should be mentioned which is the bonus track - at the Danish limited edition you also find 2 live tracks. The Danish cover the Kitty Wells song Making Believe, but their version is closer to the Social Distortion version. Very catchy and really cool!
Its almost impossible to describe the music of Volbeat, not just because they blend different styles into another, it's the magic of their sound which is mainly created by the vocals of Michael Poulsen! And so I can only recommend to listen to some track, but if you already heard Volbeat and liked it, then this one will win you over, too. Okay, it's more rock then metal this time, but on the other hand metal was always just one piece of the jigsaw puzzle Volbeat is musically.


9 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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Rock The Rebel / Metal The Devil

Rock The Rebel / Metal The Devil
(Mascot Records - 2007)


This is the second release of the Danish rock'n'metal band Volbeat. They once described it as 'Elvis Metal that even your Mom would like'... Singer / guitarist Michael Poulsen is a huge fan of Elvis Presley - and sometimes his vocal performance shows this. Btw, on the album guitarist Franz Gottschalk still played even if he left the band meanwhile and was replaced by Thomas Bredahl.
The Human Instrument starts of with heavy riffs, groove and some country elements while on top Michael Poulsen adds some rock'n'roll vibe... Sometimes they sound a bit like this American Nu Rock bands, but... They are different. It's something in their sound... A bit like a metal version of the Stray Cats... Especially Mr. And Mrs. Ness is a track which would do good at college rock radio stations in the US. An up-tempo one is Devil Or The Blue Cat's Song, even if it has some mid-tempo parts. It's catchy and pure fun! The song A Moment Forever is more metal then the other tracks and also faster. With Soulweeper #2 they recorded a powerful rock song. A bit balladesque and everybody who knows their debut will know what to expect, coz here they carry on what they started with Soulweeper.
With Sad Man's Tongue they recorded a homage to Johnny Cash and so this tune has some country elements, but surely rocks. Cool one! And my respect to record a track like this, many probably wouldn't have done it!
The album is just fun and actually you can pick any of the songs to get an idea of Volbeat, but try these ones: Devil Or The Blue Cat's Song, River Queen and A Moment Forever.


9 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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