Volbeat released their sixth studio album Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie (Vertigo/Capitol).It was produced by longtime collaborator Jacob Hansen and co-produced by frontman Michael Poulsen and lead guitarist Rob Caggiano,
Intense, fascinating, highly hummable, this is a surprising album both classy and haute couture. They take us to places we don’t expect. Ditching the western ambiance from their previous album, they create different types of atmosphere, new moods , a freshness of dynamics that will bring the listener into other universes, coupled with life stories, universal and personal and bringing together new characters such as Marie Jane Kelley (Jack the Ripper’s last victim) and Marie Laveau (the voodoo queen of New Orleans). Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie also contains guest appearances by Danko Jones on Black Rose and Johan Olsen on For Evigt.
A timeless unique rock music, suitable for live shows, that offers some tunes that will become soon, fan favorites. They define their sound further without losing their identity. Even if some songs like the first single The Devil’s Bleeding Crown shows Volbeat’s signature , they shake their sound , apply just, the right touch, creative twists and new textures to keep people excited. Perfect examples will be The Loa’s Crossroad with the cornemuse or the oriental flavor of The Gates Of Babylon. Goodbye Forever is spiced by acoustic guitars and the Harlem Gospel Choir. Marie Laveau mixes atmosphere of New Orleans , the voodoo stuff, in an electrifying combination of rock/metal sounds. Marie Jane Kelly has a new groove. The guitar tone is crispy. It is a pure blast of catchy variety of crunchy riffs/solos alongside thundering drums. Masterful song Let It Burn is driven by strong vocal melodies leading into powerful riffs and a guitar solo that blows you away. You Will Know is fueled by memorable guitar parts and top notch vocals as in the rest of the album. Alongside the original stuff, there are two great cover songs, the punk rock track, Rebound (Teenage Bottlerocket) and Battleship Chains recorded by Georgia Satellites.
All in all, Volbeat delivers without a doubt, their best work. They take us to places of pure bliss, exploring their own infinite creativity to deliver a highly enjoyable album that has new effective things to gather new fans.