Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies
08 April 2013
by David Keevill
The ascent towards the upper echelons of Europe’s metal strata that Danish chimaera Volbeat (part-rockabilly, part-groove metal, part-rock) have enjoyed over the last 13 years is proof not of a charmed life of Michael Poulsen and co., but of hard graft at making their distinctly obscure clash of sounds work. Their fifth studio album will continue to propel them on this upward trajectory, but it’s not the self-assured follow-up to Beyond Hell/Above Heaven that it should have been.