VOLBEAT are one of the shooting stars of the last few years, as far as European Metal and Rock is concerned. As their first two albums had already been very successful, the third album of the Danes, “Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood”, has reached the shelves to make the legions of fans happy.
Compared to “Rock The Rebel/Metal The Devil“ quite a few things have changed, which many would not necessarily have expected. Of course the gentlemen still celebrate a mix of Rock’n’Roll (50s/60s), Metal, Punk, Country, ELVIS PRESLEY, METALLICA and SOCIAL DISTORTION. “Guitar Gangsters...” Is somewhat less heavy than “Rock…” and has far more melodies and catchy passages. Especially the a little punkier songs “Back To Prom“, “We“ or “Making Believe“ (SOCIAL DISTORTION cover) have high catchiness and will grip you right away. Surprisingly strong are the Thrash track “Wild Rover Of Hell“ (homage to METALLICA) and the HANK WILLIAMS cover “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”. Overall there is no filler track, so that all fans should definitely be satisfied. The sound is strong and doesn’t leave anything to be desired, but let’s have a look at the changes. Michael Poulsen does not sound as much as Elvis anymore, but rather pursues a more “normal” vocal style. The result of this is that he sounds a bit more intelligible, but also lost some of his trademark, which some people might take some offense in. New also is the female vocal support on “Mary Ann’s Place“ and the strings on “Light Away“ (which work very well, btw).
VOLBEAT once more underline with their new album that they indeed deserve all the praise they deserve. The new album is full of hits and super catchy tracks and will satisfy every fan. The Danes are one of the few bands that manage to combine almost all styles of heavy music. If this album is a measure, the band should have a very bright future. “Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood” has to be bought!!!
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(Online December 30, 2008)