Friday, June 3, 2016

CD Review: Volbeat Look To "Seal The Deal" & Hellyeah's New Album Is "Unden!able"

Danish metal band, Volbeat first brought their brand of rockabilly/heavy metal to the masses over ten years ago with their debut album "The Strength/The Sound/The Songs." Since then, they have become a headliner at every metal fest that they are a part of and their last album "Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies" cracked the top 10 on the Billboard Album chart. The band returns on June 3rd with their sixth full-length studio album titled "Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie."

The new thirteen-song release begins with the album's lead single "The Devil's Bleeding Crown." It topped the "Rock Radio" singles chart and starts the album off strong with chugging metal guitar riffs and Michael Poulsen's iconic vocals. Volbeat are never afraid to cross genres as they are one of the only heavy metal bands to add banjos to their music as in "The Bliss," before the blazing guitar solos and sing-along chorus of "The Gates Of Babylon." Singer Danko Jones joins in the fun on the hardcore rhythm of "Black Rose" and the story of "Goodbye Ferever" will have you following Poulsen's vocals as he leads the choir through the chorus. Drummer Jon Larsen and guitarist Rob Caggiano take over the intense feel of "Seal The Deal," before closing the album with the equally bone-crushing power of "The Loa's Crossroad." Volbeat are currently on tour in Europe, before returning to the U.S. in August for six shows. To find out more about their new album "Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie," please visit volbeat.dk.

American heavy metal band Hellyeah return with their fifth studio album titled "Unden!able." It features twelve tracks of hard-hitting metal music that fans have come to expect from this veteran band. After a short introduction, the band come out full blast on the intense, fast-pace of "X." Drummer Vinnie Paul and singer Chad Gray combine their efforts for the power of "Scratch A Lie," then Hellyeah slow the tempo down slightly for their version of a power ballad with "Human." The motor revs up again for the thunderous rhythm of "Blood Plague" and the screams of "Live Or Die." The album finishes with the clash of "Start A Riot" as you shout back the chorus and the aggressiveness of "Grave." Hellyeah have hit the road at the end of May and are currently reeking havoc across the U.S. until late July. For a complete list of live dates and to find out more about their new album "Unden!able," please visit hellyeahband.com.

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