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Volbeat
Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil




Company: Mascot Records
Release: 2007
Genre: Hard rock, metal rockabilly
Reviewer: Strutter

  • Johnny Cash and Layne Staley must be proud



  • Get down on your hands and knees and pray to the Gods of Metal, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and hair pomade. Welcome to the world of Volbeat. Their latest release "Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil" is one of those cds that has you feeling baptized by a new sound. As the best thing to come out of Denmark since Hamlet, Volbeat formed in 2001 yet their echo is far more mature on this release than their "age" would have you thinking.

    Topping the Danish album charts as the first metal album/best-selling album, Volbeat's "Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil "somehow manages to combine Rockabilly and Metal in such a way that you wonder why it hasn't been done all along. While the band is as tight as they come, lead singer, Michael Poulsen, has an atypical and astonishing signature tonal quality to his vocals that is a faultless and impeccable instrument for well crafted lyrics and the banjo meets Beelzebub sound that flows through the entire cd.

    Jon Larsen – Drums, Anders Kjølholm – Bass and Thomas Bredahl on Guitar provide an Anthrax/Metallica barrage of resonance that grabs you from the gut and never sets you free for 11 tracks.

    And that's ok. You won't want to be released in any case.

    Finally, "Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil" is a tour de force that very well may find its place in the Metal Hall of Fame.

    Johnny Cash and Layne Staley must be proud.


    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: VOLBEAT
    CD
    TITLE BAND
    DOR
    REVIEWER DATE
    Beat the MeatVolbeat
    2003
    Frank Hill4/14/2004
    Live "Sold Out"Volbeat
    2008
    Kim Thore5/2/2010
    Rock The Rebel / Metal The DevilVolbeat
    2007
    Kim Thore6/12/2008
    Rock The Rebel / Metal The DevilVolbeat
    2007
    Frank Hill4/25/2008


    ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: VOLBEAT
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    DOR
    REVIEWER DATE
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    ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: VOLBEAT
    INTERVIEW BAND INTERVIEWER DATE
    Michael PoulsenVolbeatKim Thore5/19/2010
    VolbeatVolbeatEric Compton8/9/2004


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