Seit ihrer Gründung im Jahr 2000 in Kopenhagen haben Volbeat vier Alben veröffentlicht, die sie zu Superstars gemacht haben. Sie sammeln Platinauszeichnungen und renommierte Musikpreise. Und nun sichern sich Volbeat mit ihrem fantastischen fünften Album "Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies" einen Platz am besten Tisch der Rockmusikszene.
Der Albumtitel sagt eigentlich schon alles, was man wissen muss … und über Volbeat selbst. Volbeat ziehen den Hut vor den Bad Guys (und Girls) des Wilden Westens und den alten Metalbands, die Michael Poulsen schon immer inspiriert haben. Aber "Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies" ist kein Country & Western Album. Man hört den Einfluss des klassischen Rock’n’Roll der 50er Jahre in dem kraftvollen Song Pearl Hart und in Lola Montez, der in nicht allzu ferner Zukunft zum Liveklassiker avancieren dürfte.
The band has shared that former Anthrax and The Damned Things guitarist Rob Caggiano has officially joined the band. Caggiano 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. Caggiano's producer credits include The Damned Things, Bleeding Through and Anthrax amongst others, and he was a member of Anthrax for two tenures from 2001-2005 and again from 2007-2013. Singer and guitarist Michael Poulsen shared,
"The band is very proud and happy to announce that he will also be the new guitar player in Volbeat. The collaboration with Rob in the studio was so inspiring and in good spirit that we the decided to keep him. Basically we went into the studio as a three piece and came out as a whole band!”
Caggiano offers a detailed explanation of the chain of events that transpired in adding, "Wow! I have to say I'm completely blown away by the turn of events over the last few weeks here in Denmark and at this point an update is definitely in order. To start with, I came to Denmark about a month ago to produce the new Volbeat record which in and of itself has been an incredibly exciting adventure from a producer's perspective thus far. However, I'm extremely happy to say my relationship with these guys will not end there as it turns out......it's just beginning! Michael had asked me on the phone before I got out here if I would play some guest solos on the new album in addition to my other duties and of course I was thrilled about that and agreed to do so. When I actually got to Denmark and started going through the material, this turned out to be so much more than that. After weeks of collaboration between Michael and I it became quite clear that we had an amazing creative chemistry together and a huge mutual respect for one another. It's so refreshing and inspiring to be creative again on a songwriting level that words can't even describe it and the vibe between Anders, Jon, Michael and I is just awesome. I'd say an artistic relationship like this one is very rare and it's also something I don't take for granted. When the guys asked me if I was interested in joining Volbeat the other day, my jaw just about hit the floor! It actually didn't even register in my brain properly until the next morning but I gotta say, it also didn't take me long to decide. It really isn't the way I envisioned the rest of my year to play out but at the same time, THIS feels more "right" to me than anything I could have possibly imagined and I'm going for it! To all my fans, family, friends and overall supporters that have reached out to me over this last month wondering if I'm ever gonna play guitar again or what I'm up to in general etc........See you all soon my friends and get ready for a wild ride!!!"
Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies will be released on Universal Music and Volbeat has revealed the cover for the upcoming album, and a photograph from the studio featuring the new line-up, both of which are available upon request. Poulsen reveals,
"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."
Poulsen also offers additional detail on the recordings sharing, "We are still ‘rocking out’ in the studio, and working on the last details. 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."
,,Es muss wohl diese Mixtur aus Metal-Power, C&W-Inbrunst und Rockabilly-Leichtigkeit sein, die auch beim fünften Album noch so unwiderstehlich wirkt. Und natürlich liegt es an Michael Poulsens wie stets wundervollem Gebell." (K. Reckert in Gaesteliste. de)
,,Die Dänen um Michael Poulsen holten sich mit dem Ex-Anthrax-Mann Rob Caggiano einen schlagkräftigen Partner. Gemeinsam wird richtig geknüppelt." (stereoplay, Juni 2013)
,,Ein geniales Album!" (Good Times, Juni / Juli 2013)
,,... gewohnt pfundig und phonstark." (Audio, Juni 2013)