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VOLBEAT are a Danish heavy metal band formed in Copenhagen
Copenhagen
in 2001. They play a fusion of rock and roll , heavy metal and rockabilly . They are inspired by classic rock and roll artists such as Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash , as well as modern hard rock , thrash metal , heavy metal, alternative rock and hardcore punk groups. Their current line-up consists of vocalist and guitarist Michael Poulsen
Michael Poulsen
, guitarist Rob Caggiano , drummer Jon Larsen and bassist Kaspar Boye Larsen. The band is signed to Dutch label Mascot Records and has released six studio albums and one DVD. All of their studio albums have been certified gold in Denmark. Their second album Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil received platinum status, and their 2010 release Beyond Hell/Above Heaven was subject to widespread international critical acclaim, receiving double platinum in Denmark, platinum in Finland and Germany, and gold in the United States, Sweden and Austria. Volbeat's sixth album entitled Seal the Deal & Let\'s Boogie was released worldwide on 3 June 2016.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Early years (2001–2004) * 1.2 The Strength / The Sound / The Songs (2005–2006) * 1.3 Rock the Rebel / Metal the Devil (2007) * 1.4 Guitar Gangsters "> Michael Poulsen, singer, guitarist and main songwriter of Volbeat
Volbeat

Singer Michael Poulsen
Michael Poulsen
's first band was death metal act Dominus . In 2000, Poulsen became fed up with the death metal music scene, causing Dominus to break up. In 2001, Poulsen went on to form a new band with some friends and other former Dominus members. This was the beginning of Volbeat.

The band name "Volbeat" was derived from Dominus's third album name, which was called Vol.Beat (read as: Volume Beat). After selling 1,000 copies of their "Beat the Meat" demo tape, Volbeat
Volbeat
was signed to a record deal by Rebel Monster Records, a sub-label of Mascot Records.

THE STRENGTH / THE SOUND / THE SONGS (2005–2006)

Volbeat
Volbeat
released their first album, The Strength/The Sound/The Songs in 2005. The line-up for the album consisted of Michael Poulsen (vocals), Jon Larsen (drums), Franz Gottschalk (guitar) and Anders Kjølholm (bass). The album was a huge success in Denmark achieving a spot at No. 18 in the charts. Critics were generally positive towards The Strength / The Sound / The Songs. The German hard rock magazine RockHard gave it 10/10 in a review. The Strength / The Sound / The Songs also received a handful of awards, including Best Album in the Danish Metal Musik Awards in 2005. Volbeat
Volbeat
was praised for its live performances . Their concert at Roskilde Festival
Roskilde Festival
2006 received a 6/6 stars review in the Danish newspaper BT . Bassist Anders Kjølholm at Nova Rock 2014

ROCK THE REBEL / METAL THE DEVIL (2007)

In 2007, the band released their second album titled Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil . The band featured the same line-up as their first album. In week 8 of 2007, Rock the Rebel / Metal the Devil debuted as No. 1 in the Danish Top 40 for CD-sales.

Volbeat
Volbeat
opened the Roskilde Festival
Roskilde Festival
in 2007. Volbeat
Volbeat
also supported Metallica
Metallica
together with Mnemic at their concert in Denmark 13 July of that year. They were to support Megadeth
Megadeth
in Finland and in their home town, Copenhagen
Copenhagen
, and to make a few festival appearances for the summer 2008. Volbeat
Volbeat
hired Thomas Bredahl following the recording of Rock the Rebel / Metal the Devil as a replacement for Gottschalk on guitar.

GUITAR GANGSTERS & CADILLAC BLOOD (2008–2009)

In 2008, Volbeat
Volbeat
released their third album, Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood featuring guitarist Thomas Bredahl. Guitar Gangsters "> Rob Caggiano and Michael Poulsen
Michael Poulsen
at Nova Rock 2014

Volbeat
Volbeat
had announced they were working on a new album called Beyond Hell/Above Heaven . In regard to the album and its title in particular Poulsen said, "The album title refers to the overall theme of the album, and it continues the storyline from where "Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood" left off…". On 25 January 2010, it was confirmed that Volbeat
Volbeat
would be performing at Download Festival in June 2010. It was also confirmed that Volbeat
Volbeat
were to join Metallica
Metallica
, Megadeth
Megadeth
, Anthrax , Slayer and others in the "Big Four" show at Sonisphere Switzerland. It was also announced that the new album, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven was to be released on 10 September 2010. The band also announced their " Beyond Hell/Above Heaven Live 2010" tour. In 2011, Volbeat
Volbeat
announced their Grand Summer Tour across North America. The tour began in Toronto, Ontario on 24 July at Heavy T.O., and concluded with a two-night stand on 3 & 4 September at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Volbeat
Volbeat
co-headlined this tour with rock powerhouse Cold on all US dates, but not in Canada. On 28 November 2011, Volbeat
Volbeat
announced the departure of Bredahl via their website. Volbeat
Volbeat
committed to playing all 2011-2012 as scheduled either as a trio, or with a replacement guitarist. On 26 January 2012, Volbeat joined Megadeth
Megadeth
, Motörhead , and Lacuna Coil on Gigantour
Gigantour
. The tour started in Camden, New Jersey and culminated on 28 February 2012 in Denver, CO at The Fillmore Auditorium. On the tour, Hank Shermann ( Mercyful Fate ) filled in as the guitarist for Volbeat. On their North American Summer tour, which began in June 2012, Iced Earth
Iced Earth
and Hellyeah were the supporting acts. The tour included dates in Baltimore, Toronto, Detroit, Billings, Boston, Tempe, San Francisco, and Weyburn and Lazerfest in Boone, IA and in June, Orion Music Festival, headlined by Metallica, at Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

OUTLAW GENTLEMEN AND SHADY LADIES (2013–2016)

Volbeat
Volbeat
were confirmed to be playing Download festival June 2013. Volbeat
Volbeat
announced in December that their new album would be released during 2013. A spring tour with Danko Jones and Spoken was announced in December. In January 2013, Volbeat
Volbeat
revealed the name of the new album, Outlaw Gentlemen text-align:left;vertical-align:top;">

CURRENT MEMBERS

* Michael Poulsen
Michael Poulsen
– lead vocals, rhythm guitar (2001–present) * Jon Larsen – drums, percussion (2001–present) * Rob Caggiano – lead guitar, backing vocals (2013–present), bass guitar (2015–2016) * Kaspar Boye Larsen – bass guitar, backing vocals (2006, 2016–present)

FORMER MEMBERS

* Anders Kjølholm – bass guitar, backing vocals (2001–2015) * Teddy Vang – lead guitar (2001–2002) * Franz "Hellboss" Gottschalk – lead guitar, backing vocals (2002–2006) * Thomas Bredahl – lead guitar, backing vocals (2006–2011)

TOURING MUSICIANS

* Hank Shermann – lead guitar (2011–2013)

TIMELINE

DISCOGRAPHY

Main article: Volbeat discography

* The Strength / The Sound / The Songs (2005) * Rock the Rebel / Metal the Devil (2007) * Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood (2008) * Beyond Hell / Above Heaven (2010) * Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies (2013) * Seal the Deal ">

* ^ Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil was released during Bredahl's tenure, but was recorded with Gottschalk on guitar.

REFERENCES

* ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 18 March 2017. * ^ "