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Volbeat, a Danish metal band begun by former Dominus leader Michael Poulsen in October of 2001, became a dominant force not only in Danish metal, but in Danish rock as a whole, charting albums and singles on a regular basis. Poulsen's earlier group, Dominus, was a giant in Danish metal, releasing four albums in ten years, and making a lasting impression on the scene. Poulsen felt it was time to start over, and his concept of giving straight-up heavy metal a more trad rock flourish (Poulsen was a big Elvis fan, if that is any indication) was at the heart of Volbeat. Bringing together members Franz Gottschalk on guitar (he would be replaced by Thomas Bredahl in 2006), Jon Larsen on drums, and Anders Kjølholm on bass, vocalist and guitarist Poulsen was able to release the band's first demo, Volbeat, in 2002. Reception was lukewarm to the initial release, but the group's second demo, Beat the Meat, was an instant success, getting airplay on European radio. Volbeat consolidated this early win with a semifinal appearance on the Danish talent show competition Live Contest. From then on, Volbeat began an almost constant work schedule, including performances with Europe and America's biggest metal acts, as well as winning a number of genre and industry awards for their music. The band soon landed a record deal with Rebel Monster, and released The Strength/The Sound/The Songs. That first "official" release was a relative monster in the band's home nation, and beyond brisk sales, the album won a handful of awards, including Best Album in the Danish Metal Musik Awards in 2005. Volbeat had further reason to celebrate, as 2006 saw the group playing most of the Continent's best-known rock festivals, including Roskilde and Summer Breeze. They followed up these appearances with a Danish tour. A follow-up to their best-selling debut finally appeared in shops in 2007. Titled Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil, the album debuted at number one in Denmark, and later that year Volbeat made a repeat appearance at Roskilde, opened for Metallica and Megadeth, and once again toured Europe. They followed that chart-topper with Guitar Gangsters and Cadillac Blood in 2008, which also hit the top spot in Denmark, and once more toured festivals worldwide, seeing their brand of metal, hard rock, and punk cross over into the pop market without a concession in their sound. In 2010 Volbeat released Above Heaven/Beyond Hell with guest appearances from Mercyful Fate/King Diamond guitarist Michael Denner, Napalm Death's Mark "Barney" Greenway, Kreator's Mille Petrozza, and Jacob Øelund of rockabilly crew Taggy Tones. They toured relentlessly for the next year and a half on their own and played many festivals. In 2012 Volbeat reentered the studio and emerged in April 2013 with their fifth album, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, which introduced a new member of the group, former Anthrax guitarist Robert Caggiano, who was brought in to co-produce and add guitar solos for the project and ended up joining the band. One of Volbeat's most stylistically diverse offerings to date, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies also became a major international success; it went to number one in Austria, Canada, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Norway, and Switzerland, while making the Top Ten in the United States, Sweden, Holland, and Belgium. After extensive global touring and numerous festival appearances, Volbeat jumped right back into the studio with co-producer Jacob Hansen. A pre-release single, "The Devil's Bleeding Crown," was issued in April 2016. The full length Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie, followed in June. ~ Chris True
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Stations Featuring
Volbeat

    Hard Rock

    Hard Rock
    7 songs

    Xtreme Alt Rock

    Xtreme Alt Rock
    5 songs

    Grammy Awards 2014

    Grammy Awards 2014
    1 song

Albums by
Volbeat

Top Songs by
Volbeat

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Still Counting
  3.   The Hangman's Body Count
  4.   Fallen
  5.   A Warrior's Call
  6.   Heaven Nor Hell
  7.   Lola Montez
  8.   The Devil's Bleeding Crown
  9.   Seal the Deal
  10.   Dead But Rising
  11.   Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood
  12.   A Moment Forever
  13.   You or Them
  14.   My Body
  15.   Room 24
  16.   The Garden's Tale
  17.   Doc Holliday
  18.   Hallelujah Goat
  19.   Radio Girl
  20.   The Bliss
  21.   We
  22.   A Broken Man and the Dawn
  23.   Black Rose
  24.   Battleship Chains
  25.   Mary Ann's Place
  26.   Room 24
  27.   A Warrior's Soul
  28.   I Only Wanna Be With You
  29.   Thanks
  30.   Mary Jane Kelly
  31.   Lonesome Rider
  32.   Ecotone
  33.   Let It Burn
  34.   Goodbye Forever
  35.   16 Dollars
  36.   Sad Man's Tongue
  37.   Marie Laveau
  38.   The Gates of Babylon