REVIEW: VOLBEAT – “Rewind, Replay, Rebound”
Hey fellow metalheads, the psychobilly rock and rollers, Volbeat, have a new album releasing on August 2nd. The album is titled, ‘Rewind, Replay, Rebound’. There’ll be plenty of replay of this album as it features 14 songs. Unless you grab the deluxe edition, which has an additional eight songs, three of which are not on the original album and the other five songs are demos of tracks that are on the original album.
Michael Poulsen on vocals and guitar, Rob Caggiano on guitar, Kaspar Boye Larsen on bass and Jon Larsen on drums have brought their talents back into the studio to create the seventh Volbeat album. The signature Volbeat sound of Poulsen’s voice and those moments of heavy riffs and crowd inducing sing-a-long lyrics still exist, but they’ve also expanded their sounds with help from other musicians.
Most notably the influx of additional talent can be heard on the track, “Die To Live”, which features guest vocalist Neil Fallon of Clutch along with Raynier Jacob Jacildo on piano and Doug Corocran on saxophone. The song bursts out immediately at full speed like a straight-ahead driving force that certainly fits Fallon’s style. The saxophone and piano add a touch of old-time rock and roll boogie that seems to be a lost art.
“Last Day Under The Sun” the first song on the album was influenced by a Johnny Cash book that Poulsen had read where Cash had been so down on tough times with drugs and alcohol that he had gone into a cave to lay down and die only to wake up feeling he was given a second chance. The song is quite catchy and I can easily see crowds singing along to it at the live shows.
Volbeat shifts back the gears on “When We Were Kids” as it reminisces about the innocence and naïve times of our youth and thinking we would live forever. The music and vocals are on point in taking you back in time. Some other tracks that stand out to me are “Pelvis On Fire”, where Poulsen’s vocals seem to steer the music into overdrive as he stutters out “Ba, ba, ba, ba, ba, baby!” That song is a hip shaker for sure. “Sorry Sack Of Bones” has some nice rumbling drum work. “Cheapside Sloggers” features some fantastic guest guitar shredding by Gary Holt of the bands Exodus and Slayer.
‘Rewind, Replay, Rebound’ is an album of fun songs that will have fans pumped and rocking the days away.