Michael Schøn Poulsen (born 1 April 1975) is a Danish vocalist and
guitarist. He is currently the singer, rhythm guitarist and main
songwriter of the band Volbeat.
2 Musical equipment
4.1 with Dominus
4.2 with Volbeat
6 External links
Poulsen at the
Summer Breeze Open Air
Summer Breeze Open Air 2007 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany.
Poulsen grew up in Ringsted, Denmark, which is about a 40 miles (63
kilometers) from Copenhagen, in a working-class family. He has a twin
sister and two older sisters, who are also twins. His parents were big
fans of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Chuck Berry.
As a teenager, he got in touch with metal music like Metallica, Iron
Maiden, Whitesnake, Deep Purple,
Iced Earth and Black Sabbath. At
the age of 17, he moved to
Copenhagen and formed his first band
Dominus. Poulsen stated a major influence during this period was Chuck
Schuldiner and his band Death.
Dominus released four records between 1994 and 2000. The band split-up
a year later as Poulsen was fed up with death metal music and the
death metal scene. He wrote new songs with a more rock'n'roll
approach and established Volbeat. After releasing two demos, their
The Strength / The Sound / The Songs
The Strength / The Sound / The Songs reached number 18 in
the Danish charts and became the first album of a Danish metal band in
20 years to enter the top 20. On 22 April 2006, Poulsen performed
with some of Elvis Presley's studio musicians in Copenhagen.
Volbeat's sophomore record
Rock the Rebel / Metal the Devil
Rock the Rebel / Metal the Devil and their
third effort Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood went straight to
number 1 in the Danish charts.
Poulsen later showed his affinity towards Social Distortion and taking
cues from a "new influence" created Volbeat's distinct sound.
Poulsen's father, who was a big fan of Volbeat, died on 27 June
2008,[better source needed] shortly before the release of
Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood. The song "Light a Way" from the
same album was played at his funeral. A week after the death of his
father Poulsen tattooed his parents' names, Jørn and Else, on his
fingers, with a letter on each finger except the thumb. Later
songs, like "Fallen" (Beyond Hell/Above Heaven) and "Our Loved Ones"
(Outlaw Gentleman & Shady Ladies) have been influenced by
March 2010 Poulsen was married at Graceland, Memphis, to his wife
Lina, but got divorced in 2015.
In 2012, Poulsen did a liner note for the
Relapse Records reissue of
Death's 1990 album Spiritual Healing, which he considers one of his
In 2014 Poulsen did a verse in Highwayman, a Jimmy Webb song covered
Iced Earth on the album Plagues of Babylon. Iced Earth's cover of
Highwayman was done in the format of the same song covered by country
Supergroup "The Highwaymen". Poulsen sings the same verse that Johnny
Cash sings in the song.
Poulsen primarily plays
Gibson SG guitars. At first he used a Tony
Iommi signature model, but later switched to a GT-model with Seymour
Duncan pickups. His amp of choice is a
Marshall JCM800 2210 model. He
sometimes plays an
ESP Eclipse and a
Gibson Les Paul
Gibson Les Paul Goldtop. The
effects Poulsen uses are an Ibanez Tube Screamer, a noise suppressor,
a vintage equalizer and a maximizer pedal.
In 2006, Poulsen was nominated in the categories Singer of the year
and Composer of the year at the annual Steppeulven awards. Two
years later, he was nominated in the category Best singer at the
Danish Music Awards.
1994: View to the Dim
1996: The First Nine
1997: Vol. Beat
2003: Beat the Meat-DEMO
2005: The Strength / The Sound / The Songs
2007: Rock the Rebel / Metal the Devil
2008: Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood
2010: Beyond Hell/Above Heaven
2013: Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies
2016: Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie
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^ Schiffbauer, Conny. "Im Schwatzkasten mit Michael Poulsen
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^ a b "VOLBEAT: 'Rock The Rebel / Metal The Devil' Tops Danish Album
Chart". Blabbermouth. Archived from the original on 2008-01-16.
^ "VOLBEAT Frontman Performs With ELVIS PRESLEY's Backing Musicians:
Photos Available". Blabbermouth. Archived from the original on
2006-05-11. Retrieved 2008-09-20.
^ "VOLBEAT: 'Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood' First-Week Chart
Positions Revealed". Blabber]. Archived from the original on
2009-06-18. Retrieved 2008-09-20.
^ da:Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood
^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-23. Retrieved
^ Stark, Janne. "
Volbeat - Michael Poulsen". fuzz.se. Retrieved
^ "...og de nominerede 2006 er:" (in Danish). steppeulv.dk. Retrieved
^ "VOLBEAT Nominated In Four Categories At DANISH MUSIC AWARDS".
Blabbermouth.net. Archived from the original on 2008-01-24. Retrieved
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