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VOLBEAT
BIOGRAPHY

Elvis Presley. Metallica. Muhammed Ali. Johnny Cash. Mercyful Fate. What do they have in common? Not a damn thing, you might think. But think again. Because all those people have changed the world in their own unique way. They’re all rebels. They’re all outlaws.

You can add the name Volbeat to that illustrious list. When it comes to outlaw rock’n’roll, this electrifying Danish four-piece are so far ahead of the field that they’re out of sight.

Since forming in Copenhagen in 2000, they’ve released four albums that have turned them into superstars, collecting platinum ... Read more

VOLBEAT
BIOGRAPHY

Elvis Presley. Metallica. Muhammed Ali. Johnny Cash. Mercyful Fate. What do they have in common? Not a damn thing, you might think. But think again. Because all those people have changed the world in their own unique way. They’re all rebels. They’re all outlaws.

You can add the name Volbeat to that illustrious list. When it comes to outlaw rock’n’roll, this electrifying Danish four-piece are so far ahead of the field that they’re out of sight.

Since forming in Copenhagen in 2000, they’ve released four albums that have turned them into superstars, collecting platinum discs and prestigious awards like other people collect shoes, and making them one of the most talked about bands around the world.

Distilling the rebel spirits of metal, rockabilly, country & western and rock’n’roll into a gas-guzzling beast of a sound, they’ve drawn huge acclaim from music fans worldwide, and earned them the respect and admiration of such iconic musicians as James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich of Metallica (who invited them on tour in 2009), Lemmy and Danish metal legend King Diamond, Dave Mustaine, Hank III, Jon Schaefer, Social Distortion and Scott Ian.

And now Volbeat’s electrifying fifth album, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, is about to secure them a seat at rock’s top table alongside those very same legends. It finds the core trio of Michael Poulsen (vocals/guitar), Anders Kjølholm (bass) and Jon Larsen (drums) joined by former Anthrax/The Damned Things guitarist Rob Caggiano, who produced the album with longtime Volbeat co-producer Jacob Hansen.

“It’s a new vibe for Volbeat,” says Volbeat mainman Michael Poulsen. “You’ve got everything – the rockabilly stuff, the melodies, the ultra-heavy stuff, the Western motifs and the big rock songs. It’s everything that Volbeat are all about, but taken even further.”

The title Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies tells you everything you need to know about the album – and about Volbeat themselves. It’s a phrase that evokes another time, an era when elegant lawbreakers were the rock stars of the day. It tips its fedora to everything from the bad men (and women) of the old west to the old school metal bands who influenced the young Michael Poulsen to form his first band, Dominus, back in the early 90s.

As with so many classic albums, the seeds of Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies were sown on the road in Europe and the US. That’s where Michael began playing around with ideas and riffs, recording them on his mobile phone and directly to an amp. “Melody, lyrics, everything – it’s just working non-stop in my head,” he says.

When the band eventually returned to Denmark, it was time to go to work.

“We came back from the US after touring a lot over there,” says Michael. “We isolated ourselves in our own homes for six months to finish off the album. That peace was something I needed. Even though it’s very inspiring to write on the road, it’s more comfortable to write at home.”

It was there that the album truly began to take shape. Michael would close the curtains, turn off the light and draw inspiration from the old Western movies he’d watched as a child with his father.

“I’d just isolate myself in my living room, in total darkness,” he says. “I’d watch a lot of great Italian spaghetti westerns – Once Upon A Time In The West, those kind of films. Sometimes it’s just about the right feeling – the scenery, the lines, the dusty look. I have my own soundtrack when I see those kind of pictures.”

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. You can hear it again in the rampaging Black Bart, which Michael describes as “our country-Motörhead song”, and in the banjos that pepper the chorus of the hard-as-steel Doc Holliday, a tribute to the legendary lawman and associate of the Wyatt Earp gang.

But Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies is no country & western record. If it was a car, it would be a 1973 Stutz Blackhawk with monster truck wheels – vintage and modern, stylish and muscular.

You can hear echoes of classic 50s rock’n’roll in the soaring Pearl Hart and the live classic-in-waiting Lola Montez. The band’s metal roots come to the fore via the heavy riffage of Dead But Rising and The Nameless One, while the ghostly The Lonesome Rider – which finds Michael duetting with Sarah Blackwood of Canadian band Walk Off The Earth like a modern day Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash – beats with a rockabilly heart.

Elsewhere, they bring some greased-back energy to My Body, a cover of the hit song by US pop-punk outfit Young The Giant, while the brooding album closer Our Loved Ones is the nearest thing they’ve ever written to a ballad. It’s an album that seamlessly brings together all of Volbeat’s influences and reshapes them into something gleaming and new.

“When I was growing up, my dad and mother played a lot of old records – Elvis, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry,” says Michael. “I love that stuff – it’s a drug somehow. My own record collection growing up was metal. But I listen to a lot of different styles of music. If something moves you, I don’t care what it is.”

But it’s not just about the music, either. This is a record that’s rich with stories and characters woven throughout its lyrics – the outlaw gentlemen and shady ladies of the title. Some are real – like the noble lady outlaw Pearl Hart, who held up a stagecoach to buy medicine for her dying mother, or Lola Montez, the erotic dancer with her infamous ‘Spider Dance’, or Black Bart, the gentleman highwayman who wrote poems for the people he robbed.

Others are entirely fictional. The Nameless One is a cautionary tale of dabbling in the dark arts, featuring the mysterious and sinister character of the title. Elsewhere, Room 24 was inspired by a terrifying experience in a hotel room somewhere in the heart of America.

The latter track features a massive coup for Volbeat – a guest appearance from King Diamond, the legendary frontman of Danish metal pioneers Mercyful Fate and one of Michael Poulsen’s musical idols.

“I’m a huge fan of Mercyful Fate and King Diamond,” says Michael. “So having King on the record is a huge privilege. Normally, it’s not something he does. He wrote his own lines – it’s half my lyric and half his lyric. It’s a weird, scary story, and he’s the perfect person for it.”

The album itself was recorded in the legendary PUK Studios, in Randers, Denmark. With Jacob Hansen and Rob Caggiano sharing production duties, it brought a new dynamic to proceedings.

“I love Jacob Hansen’s work, he’s part of Volbeat, and we worked together all the albums so far,” says Michael. “I started flirting with the idea of bringing Rob in as a producer too because he produced Anthrax and The Damned Things, and I like the sound of what he did there. I thought, ‘That could be a really cool combination’, as both guys have really high qualities.”

“I first met Michael and Anders at one of the Big Four shows,” says Rob Caggiano. “There was definitely a buzz about Volbeat. A lot of people were talking about them. When I left Anthrax, I decided to move on and focus on producing for a while. I guess Michael caught onto that, and he asked me if I was interested in flying over and working on the record. So I said, ‘Of course, it’s perfect’.”

It didn’t take long for Rob to be embraced by as part of the Volbeat team and work his magic on the new album. But the next move took everyone by surprise – Michael asked Rob to join the band as second guitarist.

“Rob had some really good ideas, so I opened up a few songs and said, ‘That’s your spot, what would you do?’,” says Michael. “And what he came up with was really cool. He was a little bit knocked out when we asked him. But the next day, he said, ‘I’ve been thinking – I’m ready. Let’s rock!’.”

For Rob himself, it was a dream move. “Michael’s a very talented musician, he’s a visionary,” he says. “It’s great to be on the same team as someone like that. He’s the real deal.”

With the dream team in place, their greatest album to date under their belts and plans in place to take their rebel-rousing rock’n’roll to crowds the world over, the future couldn’t be brighter for Volbeat.

“I chose this way of living because I love playing music and I love touring,” says Michael. “We wanted to write, we wanted to be inspired by our idols, we just wanted to rock out. That, for me, is what music is all about.”

And hallelujah to that!

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

VOLBEAT
BIOGRAPHY

Elvis Presley. Metallica. Muhammed Ali. Johnny Cash. Mercyful Fate. What do they have in common? Not a damn thing, you might think. But think again. Because all those people have changed the world in their own unique way. They’re all rebels. They’re all outlaws.

You can add the name Volbeat to that illustrious list. When it comes to outlaw rock’n’roll, this electrifying Danish four-piece are so far ahead of the field that they’re out of sight.

Since forming in Copenhagen in 2000, they’ve released four albums that have turned them into superstars, collecting platinum discs and prestigious awards like other people collect shoes, and making them one of the most talked about bands around the world.

Distilling the rebel spirits of metal, rockabilly, country & western and rock’n’roll into a gas-guzzling beast of a sound, they’ve drawn huge acclaim from music fans worldwide, and earned them the respect and admiration of such iconic musicians as James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich of Metallica (who invited them on tour in 2009), Lemmy and Danish metal legend King Diamond, Dave Mustaine, Hank III, Jon Schaefer, Social Distortion and Scott Ian.

And now Volbeat’s electrifying fifth album, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, is about to secure them a seat at rock’s top table alongside those very same legends. It finds the core trio of Michael Poulsen (vocals/guitar), Anders Kjølholm (bass) and Jon Larsen (drums) joined by former Anthrax/The Damned Things guitarist Rob Caggiano, who produced the album with longtime Volbeat co-producer Jacob Hansen.

“It’s a new vibe for Volbeat,” says Volbeat mainman Michael Poulsen. “You’ve got everything – the rockabilly stuff, the melodies, the ultra-heavy stuff, the Western motifs and the big rock songs. It’s everything that Volbeat are all about, but taken even further.”

The title Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies tells you everything you need to know about the album – and about Volbeat themselves. It’s a phrase that evokes another time, an era when elegant lawbreakers were the rock stars of the day. It tips its fedora to everything from the bad men (and women) of the old west to the old school metal bands who influenced the young Michael Poulsen to form his first band, Dominus, back in the early 90s.

As with so many classic albums, the seeds of Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies were sown on the road in Europe and the US. That’s where Michael began playing around with ideas and riffs, recording them on his mobile phone and directly to an amp. “Melody, lyrics, everything – it’s just working non-stop in my head,” he says.

When the band eventually returned to Denmark, it was time to go to work.

“We came back from the US after touring a lot over there,” says Michael. “We isolated ourselves in our own homes for six months to finish off the album. That peace was something I needed. Even though it’s very inspiring to write on the road, it’s more comfortable to write at home.”

It was there that the album truly began to take shape. Michael would close the curtains, turn off the light and draw inspiration from the old Western movies he’d watched as a child with his father.

“I’d just isolate myself in my living room, in total darkness,” he says. “I’d watch a lot of great Italian spaghetti westerns – Once Upon A Time In The West, those kind of films. Sometimes it’s just about the right feeling – the scenery, the lines, the dusty look. I have my own soundtrack when I see those kind of pictures.”

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. You can hear it again in the rampaging Black Bart, which Michael describes as “our country-Motörhead song”, and in the banjos that pepper the chorus of the hard-as-steel Doc Holliday, a tribute to the legendary lawman and associate of the Wyatt Earp gang.

But Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies is no country & western record. If it was a car, it would be a 1973 Stutz Blackhawk with monster truck wheels – vintage and modern, stylish and muscular.

You can hear echoes of classic 50s rock’n’roll in the soaring Pearl Hart and the live classic-in-waiting Lola Montez. The band’s metal roots come to the fore via the heavy riffage of Dead But Rising and The Nameless One, while the ghostly The Lonesome Rider – which finds Michael duetting with Sarah Blackwood of Canadian band Walk Off The Earth like a modern day Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash – beats with a rockabilly heart.

Elsewhere, they bring some greased-back energy to My Body, a cover of the hit song by US pop-punk outfit Young The Giant, while the brooding album closer Our Loved Ones is the nearest thing they’ve ever written to a ballad. It’s an album that seamlessly brings together all of Volbeat’s influences and reshapes them into something gleaming and new.

“When I was growing up, my dad and mother played a lot of old records – Elvis, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry,” says Michael. “I love that stuff – it’s a drug somehow. My own record collection growing up was metal. But I listen to a lot of different styles of music. If something moves you, I don’t care what it is.”

But it’s not just about the music, either. This is a record that’s rich with stories and characters woven throughout its lyrics – the outlaw gentlemen and shady ladies of the title. Some are real – like the noble lady outlaw Pearl Hart, who held up a stagecoach to buy medicine for her dying mother, or Lola Montez, the erotic dancer with her infamous ‘Spider Dance’, or Black Bart, the gentleman highwayman who wrote poems for the people he robbed.

Others are entirely fictional. The Nameless One is a cautionary tale of dabbling in the dark arts, featuring the mysterious and sinister character of the title. Elsewhere, Room 24 was inspired by a terrifying experience in a hotel room somewhere in the heart of America.

The latter track features a massive coup for Volbeat – a guest appearance from King Diamond, the legendary frontman of Danish metal pioneers Mercyful Fate and one of Michael Poulsen’s musical idols.

“I’m a huge fan of Mercyful Fate and King Diamond,” says Michael. “So having King on the record is a huge privilege. Normally, it’s not something he does. He wrote his own lines – it’s half my lyric and half his lyric. It’s a weird, scary story, and he’s the perfect person for it.”

The album itself was recorded in the legendary PUK Studios, in Randers, Denmark. With Jacob Hansen and Rob Caggiano sharing production duties, it brought a new dynamic to proceedings.

“I love Jacob Hansen’s work, he’s part of Volbeat, and we worked together all the albums so far,” says Michael. “I started flirting with the idea of bringing Rob in as a producer too because he produced Anthrax and The Damned Things, and I like the sound of what he did there. I thought, ‘That could be a really cool combination’, as both guys have really high qualities.”

“I first met Michael and Anders at one of the Big Four shows,” says Rob Caggiano. “There was definitely a buzz about Volbeat. A lot of people were talking about them. When I left Anthrax, I decided to move on and focus on producing for a while. I guess Michael caught onto that, and he asked me if I was interested in flying over and working on the record. So I said, ‘Of course, it’s perfect’.”

It didn’t take long for Rob to be embraced by as part of the Volbeat team and work his magic on the new album. But the next move took everyone by surprise – Michael asked Rob to join the band as second guitarist.

“Rob had some really good ideas, so I opened up a few songs and said, ‘That’s your spot, what would you do?’,” says Michael. “And what he came up with was really cool. He was a little bit knocked out when we asked him. But the next day, he said, ‘I’ve been thinking – I’m ready. Let’s rock!’.”

For Rob himself, it was a dream move. “Michael’s a very talented musician, he’s a visionary,” he says. “It’s great to be on the same team as someone like that. He’s the real deal.”

With the dream team in place, their greatest album to date under their belts and plans in place to take their rebel-rousing rock’n’roll to crowds the world over, the future couldn’t be brighter for Volbeat.

“I chose this way of living because I love playing music and I love touring,” says Michael. “We wanted to write, we wanted to be inspired by our idols, we just wanted to rock out. That, for me, is what music is all about.”

And hallelujah to that!

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

VOLBEAT
BIOGRAPHY

Elvis Presley. Metallica. Muhammed Ali. Johnny Cash. Mercyful Fate. What do they have in common? Not a damn thing, you might think. But think again. Because all those people have changed the world in their own unique way. They’re all rebels. They’re all outlaws.

You can add the name Volbeat to that illustrious list. When it comes to outlaw rock’n’roll, this electrifying Danish four-piece are so far ahead of the field that they’re out of sight.

Since forming in Copenhagen in 2000, they’ve released four albums that have turned them into superstars, collecting platinum discs and prestigious awards like other people collect shoes, and making them one of the most talked about bands around the world.

Distilling the rebel spirits of metal, rockabilly, country & western and rock’n’roll into a gas-guzzling beast of a sound, they’ve drawn huge acclaim from music fans worldwide, and earned them the respect and admiration of such iconic musicians as James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich of Metallica (who invited them on tour in 2009), Lemmy and Danish metal legend King Diamond, Dave Mustaine, Hank III, Jon Schaefer, Social Distortion and Scott Ian.

And now Volbeat’s electrifying fifth album, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, is about to secure them a seat at rock’s top table alongside those very same legends. It finds the core trio of Michael Poulsen (vocals/guitar), Anders Kjølholm (bass) and Jon Larsen (drums) joined by former Anthrax/The Damned Things guitarist Rob Caggiano, who produced the album with longtime Volbeat co-producer Jacob Hansen.

“It’s a new vibe for Volbeat,” says Volbeat mainman Michael Poulsen. “You’ve got everything – the rockabilly stuff, the melodies, the ultra-heavy stuff, the Western motifs and the big rock songs. It’s everything that Volbeat are all about, but taken even further.”

The title Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies tells you everything you need to know about the album – and about Volbeat themselves. It’s a phrase that evokes another time, an era when elegant lawbreakers were the rock stars of the day. It tips its fedora to everything from the bad men (and women) of the old west to the old school metal bands who influenced the young Michael Poulsen to form his first band, Dominus, back in the early 90s.

As with so many classic albums, the seeds of Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies were sown on the road in Europe and the US. That’s where Michael began playing around with ideas and riffs, recording them on his mobile phone and directly to an amp. “Melody, lyrics, everything – it’s just working non-stop in my head,” he says.

When the band eventually returned to Denmark, it was time to go to work.

“We came back from the US after touring a lot over there,” says Michael. “We isolated ourselves in our own homes for six months to finish off the album. That peace was something I needed. Even though it’s very inspiring to write on the road, it’s more comfortable to write at home.”

It was there that the album truly began to take shape. Michael would close the curtains, turn off the light and draw inspiration from the old Western movies he’d watched as a child with his father.

“I’d just isolate myself in my living room, in total darkness,” he says. “I’d watch a lot of great Italian spaghetti westerns – Once Upon A Time In The West, those kind of films. Sometimes it’s just about the right feeling – the scenery, the lines, the dusty look. I have my own soundtrack when I see those kind of pictures.”

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. You can hear it again in the rampaging Black Bart, which Michael describes as “our country-Motörhead song”, and in the banjos that pepper the chorus of the hard-as-steel Doc Holliday, a tribute to the legendary lawman and associate of the Wyatt Earp gang.

But Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies is no country & western record. If it was a car, it would be a 1973 Stutz Blackhawk with monster truck wheels – vintage and modern, stylish and muscular.

You can hear echoes of classic 50s rock’n’roll in the soaring Pearl Hart and the live classic-in-waiting Lola Montez. The band’s metal roots come to the fore via the heavy riffage of Dead But Rising and The Nameless One, while the ghostly The Lonesome Rider – which finds Michael duetting with Sarah Blackwood of Canadian band Walk Off The Earth like a modern day Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash – beats with a rockabilly heart.

Elsewhere, they bring some greased-back energy to My Body, a cover of the hit song by US pop-punk outfit Young The Giant, while the brooding album closer Our Loved Ones is the nearest thing they’ve ever written to a ballad. It’s an album that seamlessly brings together all of Volbeat’s influences and reshapes them into something gleaming and new.

“When I was growing up, my dad and mother played a lot of old records – Elvis, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry,” says Michael. “I love that stuff – it’s a drug somehow. My own record collection growing up was metal. But I listen to a lot of different styles of music. If something moves you, I don’t care what it is.”

But it’s not just about the music, either. This is a record that’s rich with stories and characters woven throughout its lyrics – the outlaw gentlemen and shady ladies of the title. Some are real – like the noble lady outlaw Pearl Hart, who held up a stagecoach to buy medicine for her dying mother, or Lola Montez, the erotic dancer with her infamous ‘Spider Dance’, or Black Bart, the gentleman highwayman who wrote poems for the people he robbed.

Others are entirely fictional. The Nameless One is a cautionary tale of dabbling in the dark arts, featuring the mysterious and sinister character of the title. Elsewhere, Room 24 was inspired by a terrifying experience in a hotel room somewhere in the heart of America.

The latter track features a massive coup for Volbeat – a guest appearance from King Diamond, the legendary frontman of Danish metal pioneers Mercyful Fate and one of Michael Poulsen’s musical idols.

“I’m a huge fan of Mercyful Fate and King Diamond,” says Michael. “So having King on the record is a huge privilege. Normally, it’s not something he does. He wrote his own lines – it’s half my lyric and half his lyric. It’s a weird, scary story, and he’s the perfect person for it.”

The album itself was recorded in the legendary PUK Studios, in Randers, Denmark. With Jacob Hansen and Rob Caggiano sharing production duties, it brought a new dynamic to proceedings.

“I love Jacob Hansen’s work, he’s part of Volbeat, and we worked together all the albums so far,” says Michael. “I started flirting with the idea of bringing Rob in as a producer too because he produced Anthrax and The Damned Things, and I like the sound of what he did there. I thought, ‘That could be a really cool combination’, as both guys have really high qualities.”

“I first met Michael and Anders at one of the Big Four shows,” says Rob Caggiano. “There was definitely a buzz about Volbeat. A lot of people were talking about them. When I left Anthrax, I decided to move on and focus on producing for a while. I guess Michael caught onto that, and he asked me if I was interested in flying over and working on the record. So I said, ‘Of course, it’s perfect’.”

It didn’t take long for Rob to be embraced by as part of the Volbeat team and work his magic on the new album. But the next move took everyone by surprise – Michael asked Rob to join the band as second guitarist.

“Rob had some really good ideas, so I opened up a few songs and said, ‘That’s your spot, what would you do?’,” says Michael. “And what he came up with was really cool. He was a little bit knocked out when we asked him. But the next day, he said, ‘I’ve been thinking – I’m ready. Let’s rock!’.”

For Rob himself, it was a dream move. “Michael’s a very talented musician, he’s a visionary,” he says. “It’s great to be on the same team as someone like that. He’s the real deal.”

With the dream team in place, their greatest album to date under their belts and plans in place to take their rebel-rousing rock’n’roll to crowds the world over, the future couldn’t be brighter for Volbeat.

“I chose this way of living because I love playing music and I love touring,” says Michael. “We wanted to write, we wanted to be inspired by our idols, we just wanted to rock out. That, for me, is what music is all about.”

And hallelujah to that!

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

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