Sealing the deal

Danish metal band Volbeat conquering the world with new release and tour

By BEA LEWIS
Union Leader Correspondent
July 12. 2017 1:15PM

Volbeat gained traction in the U.S. market with the 2010 release “Beyond Hell/Above Heaven," which featured the anthem “A Warrior’s Call,” a tune certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Volbeat’s 2013 release, “Outlaw Gentleman and Shady Ladies," earned a Grammy nomination for “Room 24” with King Diamond. 

The Danish heavy metal band Volbeat has drawn inspiration from artists ranging from rock & roll pioneer Elvis Presley to punk music’s Misfits.

But lead guitarist Robb Caggiano said the top reason fans connect with the group is because Volbeat’s music is genuine.

“Musically speaking, there are no rules, no boundaries. It’s from the heart,” he said. “There is no formula. We’re thinking outside the box, and I think that’s what fans are connecting with.”

Volbeat gained traction in the U.S. market with the 2010 release “Beyond Hell/Above Heaven.” It featured the anthem “A Warrior’s Call,” which was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Volbeat’s 2013 release, “Outlaw Gentleman and Shady Ladies,” debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 chart and earned a Grammy nomination for “Room 24” with King Diamond.

Volbeat, touring in support of its 2016 album, “Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie,” next will join Avenged Sevenfold in a show at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 18.

In a recent interview, Caggiano talked about the band’s growing popularity in North America.

“It doesn’t matter where we are in the world, we’ve put our work in and keep grinding it out,” he said.

That work includes six studio albums, and recent dates with Metallica on its “WorldWired” North American tour.

“We’re super humbled and over the moon that they wanted us on this run,” said Caggiano, who added that one of his favorite parts was to be in the “snake pit” to watch Metallica — considered one of the founding “big four” bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer — perform.

Caggiano, formerly of Anthrax, joined Volbeat five years ago, after producing and recording guest solos on the group’s 2013 album.

And he hasn’t looked back, even with the grueling touring schedules. Playing a sold-out show makes it all worth the work.

“It’s amazing, an indescribable feeling,” Caggiano said. “We do songs that we like, and to see fans digging it is like icing on the cake.”

Volbeat came together in Copenhagen in 2001 around former Dominus leader Michael Poulsen, who continues as vocalist, guitarist and song writer. Other current members are drummer Jon Larsen and bassist Kaspar Boye Larsen.

Poulsen grew up listening to his parents playing Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash records. He soon found Devo and Black Sabbath and, later on, Metallica.

One of Volbeat’s most stylistically diverse offerings to date, “Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies” garnered major international success, going to No. 1 in Austria, Canada, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Norway and Switzerland, while cracking the top 10 in the U.S., Sweden, Holland and Belgium.

While Caggiano said there has been some talk about returning to the studio, there are no solid plans; Poulsen’s life has become a bit more complex with the recent birth of his first child, a daughter.

Next, Volbeat will head to Montreal and then play the Wacken Open Air bash in Germany.


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