Toasty Taranna #25: Sonic Boom #9: Volbeat – Rock The Rebel/Metal The Devil
Here comes Volbeat’s second effort, and I got it for $2.99 too (I KNOW)! Definitely this one and The Strength/… were some of the major scores on this trip! Back are the propulsive heavy metal grooves, the soaring vocals that have edge when needed, and that huge full sound that is just so goddamn satisfying. Yeah it chugs and crashes but there are melodic sections that grab you completely, too. There’s more a punk edge to some of these tracks too. Sometimes they add tastes of blues, country or pop-punk to songs, but of course they eventually blast off into full-on metal and off they go! Listening to this stuff, you just know these songs would kick serious ass in a live setting.
Hit It Or Quit It? Hit! \m/ \m/
Toasty Taranna #24: Sonic Boom #8: Volbeat – The Strength, The Sounds, The Songs
If you can believe it, I got this stellar debut from Volbeat for $2.99. I know! I first heard about these guys through Brother Wilf, who got hooked when he saw them open for Metallica. This first release is mostly full-on metal with soaring vocals, huge riffs, and a damn good time to be had by all. Fuck yeah!
Hit It Or Quit It? Absolute Hit! \m/ \m/
Brace yourselves, it’s another new series! I call it Pronto Toronto! Here’s why…
The day following the Slayer show, Brother Craig and I hit up Sonic Boom. Because music! Now, Brother Craig knows what he wants. He walked in, pulled out 4 LPs he wanted and was off to pay within 10 minutes. He waited for me in the coffee shop next door while I dug in the bins. I mean, ten minutes and I ain’t even done the New Arrivals bins! It’s all good, I knew this going in, we didn’t have much time (the highway home awaited us). Probably the fastest dig I’ve ever done in that place!
So, as you can surmise, this wee series covers the treasures I found in the time I had. Folks, I found goodness. Of course.
Gonna start off with my $2.99 finds…
Pronto Toronto Series Pt.1: $2.99 Finds Pt.1: Volbeat – Live From Beyond Hell/Above Heaven
Yes, I got this full live album by the mighty Volbeat for $3. That’s… crazy. I am so sure that someone at Sonic Boom priced this one incorrectly, but it’s too late now suckas, this one’s mine! Hahaha! Now, this also exists as a CD/DVD set, so maybe just the CD edition wasn’t worth pricing high. Who knows. I don’t care! I win!
Tracks 1-15 were recorded at the Forum in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 19th, 2010. Now, Brother Wilf has seen Volbeat in concert a few times, loves them. He’s even got a picture of his (then 4-year-old) daughter on stage with them. Anyway, he’s the one who got me into them, and I thank him for it. This live set is stellar.
This is fist-pumping, straight-up, balls-out rock ’n fuckin’ roll, folks. If you know Volbeat at all, you know their sound. It’s a great amalgam of metal, melodic pop-punk (think Green Day), even country… I know. It shouldn’t work, but it does. Every damn song they do is so anthemic and huge, they’re built for stadiums. The crowd sing-alongs were great, and it’s obvious the crowd was totally into the show throughout.
Have a look at the track listing below, especially the wee little additions they threw into a couple of the songs. That must’ve been one helluva great night, because this set fuckin’ rocks!
Track List: Intro – Dance Of The Knights* / The Mirror And The Ripper / Maybelline I Hofteholder / 16 Dollars / Heaven Nor Hell / Who They Are / Evelyn / Sad Man’s Tongue^ / 7 Shots / Pool Of Booze, Booze. Booza/Boa / A Warrior’s Call / The Garden’s Tale / Fallen / Thanks / The Human Instrument^^
* from Sergej Prokofjew’s Romeo Und Julia. Ballet in 4 acts… op.64 performed by Chicago Symphony Orchestra (cond. Solti)
^ contains excerpts from ‘Holy Diver,’ originally performed by Dio
^^ contains excerpts from ‘Reign In Blood,’ originally performed by Slayer
And if that wasn’t enough…
Tracks 16-18 were recorded at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, California, USA on April 9th, 2010.
Yup, three more tracks from a different night earlier in the tour, two covers and one including a member from Anthrax on rhythm guitar. Does it get any better?
Track List: Angelfuck~ / Still Counting / I Only Wanna Be With You~~%
~ originally performed by The Misfits
~~ originally performed by Dusty Springfield
% rhythm guitar by Scott Ian (Anthrax)
\m/ VOLBEAT! \m/ For cheap! Wahoo!
Here’s a 2016 release I wanted to sneak under the wire before the year ends… This review portion of this post adheres to the 200-word challenge.
On their 6th record, Denmark’s Volbeat is still kicking ass and taking names. There’s a wealth of stadium power built into their melodic barroom brawl sound. Is it metal? Rock? Punk pop rock? Sure. They’d do well on Epitaph… One thing is certain: they’re damn fine musicians who can play the hell out of their instruments. Two words spring immediately to mind: HELL YEAH!
I was gonna go through this one track by track, but I don’t have to: it fuckin’ rocks, and you can’t help but be lifted by these tunes. They even break out the acoustic guitars for parts of Goodbye Forever, while For Evigt (f. Johan Olsen) has banjo in its Celtic-sounding midsection… Backing vocals from Mia Maja grace several tracks, and Harlem Gospel Choir are on Goodbye Forever. Danko Jones appears on Black Rose, so fuck yes!
For my money, Devil’s Bleeding Crown, Seal The Deal, and The Loa’s Crossing (bagpipes and all!) are the tracks I liked best… for those who know this record, you’ll know the sound of theirs I like best – heavy and fast!
Fully recommended for that rockin’, tuneful lift in your day.
Track list: Devil’s Bleeding Crown / Marie Laveau / For Evigt (f. Johan Olsen) / The Gates Of Babylon / Let It Burn / Black Rose (f. Danko Jones) / Rebound / Mary Jane Kelly / Goodbye Forever / Seal The Deal / Battleship Chains / You Will Know / The Loa’s Crossroad
UPDATE: Brother Wilf, who is a huge fan of this band, mentioned that two of these songs are cover tunes! Battleship Chains is a Terry Anderson track by the band Woods. It was later made famous by Georgia Satellites. It was also covered by the Hindu Love Gods, which contained Warren Zevon and members of R.E.M. The other cover here is Rebound, originally by Teenage Bottle Rocket. According to Wilf, Volbeat toured with them, and when the TBR drummer died, they recorded this song as tribute. The internet confirms it!
Brother Wilf is a huge fan of Volbeat. He even took his (then 4 year old) daughter* with him to a show of theirs, and the band got her up on stage with them. Of course, she took the opportunity to throw her best metal horns at the crowd. Parenting: Wilf’s doing it right.
Anyway, Wilf sent me towards these guys. I take recommends like this seriously, so when I came across this 2CD version cheap, I snapped it up. Wow! What an invigorating record!
It’s kind of 90s pop punk-ish (Pearl Hart), a bit nu-metal (The Nameless One), and heavy as fuck while combining those other two (Dead But Rising)… and that’s just the first three songs! Room 24 (featuring King Diamond) bashes along like a menacing monster while shifting gears several times (what a workout!). Lonesome Rider (featuring Sarah Blackwood of Dubstar) is a bouncy country-punk jam. This record has a bit of everything! Another favourite track is Doc Holliday, after its banjo intro (yes!) it’s just pure metal rock mayhem.
The record itself is very, very well-produced. The sound is perfect – it’s clean, yet it still crunches satisfyingly. Shouldn’t be possible, yet here it is! The extra disc contains 4 songs: Ecotone (bonus track), Lola Montez (Harp Version – harmonica, not a harp), Evelyn (2010 demo), and Shots (Live From Wacken 2012). I’m glad I got this bonus edition, these tracks are all superb.
It’s mostly pop-punk but with metal all over it, with maybe a bit of Ghost’s sound to it sometimes (or is that just my ears?). The word epic gets misused quite a bit, but I think it applies here. The guitars are huge, the drums pound pleasingly, and it’s all so melodic and huge-sounding. I really dug this!
Volbeat! \m/ \m/
*Wilf is a responsible parent -she was wearing massive ear protection the whole time.