These guys have a great sound–old school metal riffs mixed with some punk. I love it.
Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood is the follow up to the highly successful Rock The Rebel / Metal The Devil, which achieved platinum status in Denmark, as well as the single ’The Garden s Tale’. Outside their home country it was album of the month in German magazines Rock Hard, Guitar and Heavy, the Dutch Aardschok and the French edition of Rock Hard. At the beginning of 2008 Rock The Rebel/Metal The Devil was voted album of the year in Metal Hammer Germany and Italy.Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood features 14 new tracks, including a Jimmy Work cover as a bonus track on all editions (this song, Making Believe, was also recorded by Social Distortion on their Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell record but was originally written and performed by Jimmy Work). Seven of the songs share a common lyrical theme which will be continued on future records, the artwork is also based on this storyline. The album was recorded in Hansen Studios of Jacob Hansen, who also produced the two previous records.
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What do you get if you cross “Metallica” vocals with “my chemical romance” sound?? You get volbeat.
They are rock,metal,punk,country all rolled into one. I had never heard of them, and stumbled upon them through XM liquid metal show. They blew me away. In a sea of sound-alikes in the metal genre they were a breath of fresh air. Catchy riffs, solid sound and melodic songs is just a perfect mix of enjoyable listening! Buy this CD. You won’t be able to take it out of your cd player!!
My brother pointed out a song he’s heard on youtube, “Still Counting” when it suddenly appeared on the local rock radio station. For how long this band has been around (5 years since their debut album), I’m surprised I hadn’t known about them sooner. I ordered the album and it is SOLID! Heavy metal at its finest, infused with country (Something I don’t usually like, but Volbeat has its own way of presenting), Punk rock, Classic Rock & Roll, and some old-school blues. The singer’s voice is POWERFUL! The riffs vary from soft and accessible to incredibly heavy. My favorite songs on the album include the title track, Hallelujah Goat, Still Counting, Wild Rover of Hell, and their cover of I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.
I don’t normally say this, but I’d recommend this album to ANY rock music fan. If you’re a veteran metal-head who listens to stuff like Puddle of Mudd, Metallica, and Seether; this will be very accessible and incredibly awesome. If you’re still listening to stuff like All-American Rejects, Daughtry, and Foo Fighters: this album will CHANGE YOUR LIFE!!!!
Also, I’m looking forward to their next album coming this fall. ROCK ON VOLBEAT!!!!!
This singer has an awesome voice and it’s very powerful, I just heard that song Wild Rover Of Hell on XM Liquid Metal and that song is really good.
I used to consider Denmark’s Volbeat the best kept secret in rock, but now that they’ve been mentioned in Rolling Stone and were tapped to open Metallica’s latest tour, I guess the secret is out. That’s a great thing, because Volbeat is a band that deserves to be heard by just about anyone that is in to hard rock and metal.
How to describe Volbeat’s sound? They’ve used the term “Elvis Metal”, and I guess that fits. If Mike Ness (of Social Distortion), Glenn Danzig and Lemmy started a band, it would probably sound something like Volbeat’s blend of rockabilly, metal and punk-infused hard rock. Seriously, listening to Volbeat’s latest CD Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood is like spinning Danzig II: Lucifuge and Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell simultaneously while Ace of Spades is playing in the next room. Huge guitar riffing, ridiculously catchy, rockabilly-inspired melodies and Michael Poulsen’s powerful, distinctive Elvis-inspired vocals make this an incredible listening experience, and one that is all but guaranteed to have you cranking up the volume and wanting to move.
Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood is a flawless hard rock/metal album. The covers of Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonely I Could Cry” and Jimmy Work’s “Makin’ Believe” (based on Social Distortion’s version) are obvious highlights, but every single song on this album is an unforgettable, 5-star recording. This is easily one of the top releases of 2009, and it’s the kind of album that makes you wonder if the cliché about a band “saving rock & roll” might be true after all.
I usually close my reviews with a recommendation, and in this case that’s easy to do. If you like hard rock, metal, or any point in between, buy this album right away.
PS – I was able to catch Volbeat live earlier this year (when they were supporting/outperforming Nightwish) and can confirm that they are just as insanely awesome live as they are on disc. If you have the opportunity to catch one of their shows, do not pass it by.