The Info List - Michael Poulsen

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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.


1 Biography 2 Musical equipment 3 Awards 4 Discography

4.1 with Dominus 4.2 with Volbeat

5 References 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
Iced Earth
and Black Sabbath.[2] 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.[3] He wrote new songs with a more rock'n'roll approach and established Volbeat. After releasing two demos, their debut album 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.[4] On 22 April 2006, Poulsen performed with some of Elvis Presley's studio musicians in Copenhagen.[5] 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.[4][6] 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,[7][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.[8] 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.[9] Later songs, like "Fallen" (Beyond Hell/Above Heaven) and "Our Loved Ones" (Outlaw Gentleman & Shady Ladies) have been influenced by Poulsen's father. March 2010 Poulsen was married at Graceland, Memphis, to his wife Lina,[10] but got divorced in 2015.[11] In 2012, Poulsen did a liner note for the Relapse Records
Relapse Records
reissue of Death's 1990 album Spiritual Healing, which he considers one of his favorite albums. In 2014 Poulsen did a verse in Highwayman, a Jimmy Webb song covered by Iced Earth
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. Musical equipment[edit] Poulsen primarily plays Gibson SG
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
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.[12] Awards[edit] In 2006, Poulsen was nominated in the categories Singer of the year and Composer of the year at the annual Steppeulven awards.[13] Two years later, he was nominated in the category Best singer at the Danish Music Awards.[14] Discography[edit]

with Dominus[edit]

1994: View to the Dim 1996: The First Nine 1997: Vol. Beat 2000: Godfallos

with Volbeat[edit]

2002: Volbeat-DEMO 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


^ "Volbeat." Starpulse. Accessed January 6, 2016. http://www.starpulse.com/Music/Volbeat/Biography/. ^ Schiffbauer, Conny. "Im Schwatzkasten mit Michael Poulsen (Volbeat)". Rock Hard (in German). Vol. 257 no. October 2008. p. 18. ISSN 1437-8140.  ^ Metalgreg. "Volbeat" (in German). Metal.de. Retrieved 2008-09-20.  ^ a b "VOLBEAT: 'Rock The Rebel / Metal The Devil' Tops Danish Album Chart". Blabbermouth. Archived from the original on 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-09-20.  ^ "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 ^ http://www.bt.dk/musik/volbeat-pladen-tilegnet-min-afdoede-far ^ http://www.b.dk/kultur/mere-end-en-myte ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2013-05-01.  ^ http://www.seoghoer.dk/nyheder/nu-er-det-slut-volbeat-forsanger-skilt ^ Stark, Janne. " Volbeat
- Michael Poulsen". fuzz.se. Retrieved 2009-07-09.  ^ "...og de nominerede 2006 er:" (in Danish). steppeulv.dk. Retrieved 2008-09-20.  ^ "VOLBEAT Nominated In Four Categories At DANISH MUSIC AWARDS". Blabbermouth.net. Archived from the original on 2008-01-24. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 

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Studio albums

The Strength/The Sound/The Songs Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood Beyond Hell/Above Heaven Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie


"Fallen" "Heaven nor Hell" "A Warrior's Call" "Still Counting" "The Hangman's Body Count" "Lola Montez" "Dead but Rising" "Doc Holliday" "The Devil's Bleeding Crown"

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