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Band
Volbeat
Title
Beat the Meat
Type
LP/EP
Company
Independent
YOR
2003
Style
Power
4/14/2004 - Review by: Frank Hill
Volbeat
Beat the Meat




Company: Independent
Release: 2003
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer:
Frank Hill

  • Catchy, rockabilly power rock



  • For me, a unique sound sometimes works (System of a Down) and sometimes it doesn't work (Mr. Bungle).

    During a school dance concert at the end of "Back to the Future", Michael J. Fox' character leaves the audience mouths agape by playing a guitar solo that was way ahead of it's time. On the EP "Beat the Meat", Danish band Volbeat flip-flops the idea by throwing in a 50's inluence that makes for an odd mix of guitar-heavy, greaser metal.

    "Pool of Booze" starts out the disc with their prominent Godsmack/Load-era Metallica sound overlaid by a sneering Elvis delivery by vocalist Michael Poulsen. It's a little strange to hear and I think many will either like it or reject it altogether. "Boa" continues the vocal trend with an even better song behind it. Up to this point, they were only half into the vibe, but then the band goes completely back to the past with the terrific "Soulweeper". The vocals, the guitars, the tone and the arrangements are slicked back and turned up like Sha Na Na with a stack of Marshalls. It's continued through "Another Day" and the fuel-inspired, teenage-death "Danny & Lucy" until the band shows on "Alienized" that they can play standard metal.

    I'd like to see this band go with either the full-on 50's metal approach or the non-50's sound. Maybe a release of each sans Opeth. Going half the way is a bit anemic to hitting any kind of niche, but in time they may just go beyond that.

    Track Listing
    1. Pool of booze
    2. Boa
    3. Soulweeper
    4. Another day
    5. Danny & Lucy
    6. Alienized



    • 1 :REVIEW COUNT
      N/A :AVE RATING

    ALL REVIEWS FOR: VOLBEAT
    TITLE
    DOR
    COMPANY
    REVIEWER DATE MADE RATING
    Beat the Meat
    2003
    Independent
    Frank Hill4/14/2004
    -
    Live "Sold Out"
    2008
    Mascot
    Kim Thore5/2/2010
    5
    Rock The Rebel / Metal The Devil
    2007
    Mascot
    Kim Thore6/12/2008
    5
    Rock The Rebel / Metal The Devil
    2007
    Mascot
    Frank Hill4/25/2008
    4.5
    Seal The Deal & Lets Boogie
    2016
    Universal
    Frank Hill7/26/2016
    4

    ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: VOLBEAT
    INTERVIEW INTERVIEWER DATE TAGLINE
    Michael PoulsenKim Thore5/19/2010
    VolbeatEric Compton8/9/2004


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