REVIEW: VOLBEAT – “Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie”
‘Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie’ sounds like an invitation of sorts, and being the name of Volbeat’s latest album, a good time is waiting for those who are craving new material from the Danish/American metal band, who last put out an album in 2013 with ‘Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies’.
The first song “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” starts off with the driving force of a locomotive charging full steam ahead. With drums and guitar work that’s sure to get your heart rate elevated and blood and fist pumping, I can easily see this song being Volbeat’s show opener to get the crowd right into the mood.
‘Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie’ is full of the metal, blues and rockabilly Volbeat sound we are all familiar with. Crisp guitar riffs by Rob Caggiano, who also played bass guitar following Anders Kjolholm’s departure, stands out on “Marie Laveau” with a crunchy sound on lead guitar and a frantic pace on “Seal the Deal”. Caggiano’s bass guitar paired with Jon Larsen on drums create a back beat that drives the songs along with Michael Poulsen’s rhythm guitar tying things together, especially noticed on the tracks “Battleship Chains” and “The Loa’s Crossroad”.
Poulsen is not the typical singer, as his voice is unique, and that’s what makes him stand out. The track “My Bliss” displays Poulsen’s range as a vocalist, and after the first time hearing this song, it just stuck in my head like an anthem, one of my favorites off this 13-track album. “Black Rose” is another track that flows great, having a fast pace vocally and musically which features Danko Jones. I can see the crowds clapping and singing along right now when they play this live.
‘Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie’ features some more great songs, building onto Volbeat’s catalogue. Not all are chart toppers, but there’s enough here to make you appreciate the craftsmanship put into the album. I have my stand-out songs and I’m sure you’ll find songs on this album that stick with you long after you’ve listened to them. I love the artwork on the album cover of an old-time bare-knuckle boxer ready to rumble as a cast of interesting characters stand behind the ropes. This album won’t disappoint fans as it is filled with energy. For those itching for a dose of new Volbeat, ‘Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie’ is your fix.