Volbeat are a Danish rock band formed in Copenhagen in 2001. They play a fusion of heavy metal and rockabilly, their current line-up consists of vocalist and guitarist 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, their 2010 release Beyond Hell/Above Heaven was subject to widespread international critical acclaim, receiving double platinum in Denmark, platinum in Finland and Germany, gold in the United States and Austria. Volbeat's sixth album entitled Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie was released worldwide on 3 June 2016. Singer Michael Poulsen's first band was death metal act Dominus. In 2000, Poulsen became fed up with the death metal music scene. In 2001, Poulsen went on to form a new band with other former Dominus members.
This was the beginning of Volbeat. The band name "Volbeat" was derived from Dominus's third album name, called Vol. Beat. After selling 1,000 copies of their "Beat the Meat" demo tape, Volbeat was signed to a record deal by Rebel Monster Records, a sub-label of Mascot Records. Volbeat released their first album, The Strength/The Sound/The Songs in 2005; the line-up for the album consisted of Michael Poulsen, Jon Larsen, Franz Gottschalk and Anders Kjølholm. The album was a huge success in Denmark achieving a spot at No. 18 in the charts. Critics were 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 received a handful of awards, including Best Album in the Danish Metal Musik Awards in 2005. Volbeat was praised for its live performances, their concert at Roskilde Festival 2006 received a 6/6 stars review in the Danish newspaper BT. 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 opened the Roskilde Festival in 2007. Volbeat supported Metallica together with Mnemic at their concert in Denmark 13 July of that year, they were to support Megadeth in Finland and in their home town, to make a few festival appearances for the summer 2008. Volbeat hired Thomas Bredahl following the recording of Rock the Rebel / Metal the Devil as a replacement for Gottschalk on guitar. In 2008, Volbeat released their third album, Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood featuring guitarist Thomas Bredahl. Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood topped the Finnish Album Chart straight after its publication. In 2009, Volbeat supported the symphonic metal band Nightwish on their U. S tour in May. On 31 May 2009 they were on the main stage of the Pinkpop Festival, they supported Metallica on the North American leg of Metallica's World Magnetic Tour from October to December 2009.
In 2009 the band played at the biggest open-air festival in Przystanek Woodstock in Poland. Volbeat had announced. In regard to the album and its title in particular Poulsen said, "The album title refers to the overall theme of the album, it continues the storyline from where "Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood" left off…". On 25 January 2010, it was confirmed that Volbeat would be performing at Download Festival in June 2010, it was confirmed that Volbeat were to join Metallica, Anthrax and others in the "Big Four" show at Sonisphere Switzerland. It was announced that the new album, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven was to be released on 10 September 2010; the band announced their "Beyond Hell/Above Heaven Live 2010" tour. In 2011, 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 co-headlined this tour with rock powerhouse Cold on all US dates, but not in Canada.
On 28 November 2011, Volbeat announced the departure of Bredahl via their website. 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, Motörhead, Lacuna Coil on 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 filled in as the guitarist for Volbeat. On their North American Summer tour, which began in June 2012, Iced Earth and Hellyeah were the supporting acts; the tour included dates in Baltimore, Detroit, Boston, San Francisco, Weyburn and Lazerfest in Boone, IA and in June, Orion Music Festival, headlined by Metallica, at Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Volbeat were confirmed to be playing Download festival June 2013. 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 revealed the name of the new album, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, and, released in the spring of 2013.
On 4 February 2013, it was announced that Rob Caggiano of Anthrax, had joined the band as second guitarist. He had been producing and recording guest solos on the band's upcoming album, Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies, which the band announced will be released on 8 April 2013, be
Heaven nor Hell
"Heaven nor Hell" is a song by Danish heavy metal band Volbeat. The song was released as the third single from the band's fourth studio album Beyond Hell/Above Heaven; the song is Volbeat's major breakthrough in America, being their first single to reach the #1 spot on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart. The song features Henrik Hall of Love Shop providing harmonica. A music video was released for the song and features the band performing the song in a desert junkyard; the video was directed by Uwe Flade
Denmark the Kingdom of Denmark, is a Nordic country and the southernmost of the Scandinavian nations. Denmark lies southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, is bordered to the south by Germany; the Kingdom of Denmark comprises two autonomous constituent countries in the North Atlantic Ocean: the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Denmark proper consists of a peninsula, an archipelago of 443 named islands, with the largest being Zealand and the North Jutlandic Island; the islands are characterised by flat, arable land and sandy coasts, low elevation and a temperate climate. Denmark has a total area of 42,924 km2, land area of 42,394 km2, the total area including Greenland and the Faroe Islands is 2,210,579 km2, a population of 5.8 million. The unified kingdom of Denmark emerged in the 10th century as a proficient seafaring nation in the struggle for control of the Baltic Sea. Denmark and Norway were ruled together under one sovereign ruler in the Kalmar Union, established in 1397 and ending with Swedish secession in 1523.
The areas of Denmark and Norway remained under the same monarch until Denmark -- Norway. Beginning in the 17th century, there were several devastating wars with the Swedish Empire, ending with large cessions of territory to Sweden. After the Napoleonic Wars, Norway was ceded to Sweden, while Denmark kept the Faroe Islands and Iceland. In the 19th century there was a surge of nationalist movements, which were defeated in the 1864 Second Schleswig War. Denmark remained neutral during World War I. In April 1940, a German invasion saw brief military skirmishes while the Danish resistance movement was active from 1943 until the German surrender in May 1945. An industrialised exporter of agricultural produce in the second half of the 19th century, Denmark introduced social and labour-market reforms in the early 20th century that created the basis for the present welfare state model with a developed mixed economy; the Constitution of Denmark was signed on 5 June 1849, ending the absolute monarchy, which had begun in 1660.
It establishes a constitutional monarchy organised as a parliamentary democracy. The government and national parliament are seated in Copenhagen, the nation's capital, largest city, main commercial centre. Denmark exercises hegemonic influence in the Danish Realm, devolving powers to handle internal affairs. Home rule was established in the Faroe Islands in 1948. Denmark negotiated certain opt-outs, it is among the founding members of NATO, the Nordic Council, the OECD, OSCE, the United Nations. Denmark is considered to be one of the most economically and developed countries in the world. Danes enjoy a high standard of living and the country ranks in some metrics of national performance, including education, health care, protection of civil liberties, democratic governance and human development; the country ranks as having the world's highest social mobility, a high level of income equality, is among the countries with the lowest perceived levels of corruption in the world, the eleventh-most developed in the world, has one of the world's highest per capita incomes, one of the world's highest personal income tax rates.
The etymology of the word Denmark, the relationship between Danes and Denmark and the unifying of Denmark as one kingdom, is a subject which attracts debate. This is centered on the prefix "Dan" and whether it refers to the Dani or a historical person Dan and the exact meaning of the -"mark" ending. Most handbooks derive the first part of the word, the name of the people, from a word meaning "flat land", related to German Tenne "threshing floor", English den "cave"; the -mark is believed to mean woodland or borderland, with probable references to the border forests in south Schleswig. The first recorded use of the word Danmark within Denmark itself is found on the two Jelling stones, which are runestones believed to have been erected by Gorm the Old and Harald Bluetooth; the larger stone of the two is popularly cited as Denmark's "baptismal certificate", though both use the word "Denmark", in the form of accusative ᛏᛅᚾᛘᛅᚢᚱᚴ tanmaurk on the large stone, genitive ᛏᛅᚾᛘᛅᚱᚴᛅᚱ "tanmarkar" on the small stone.
The inhabitants of Denmark are there called "Danes", in the accusative. The earliest archaeological findings in Denmark date back to the Eem interglacial period from 130,000–110,000 BC. Denmark has been inhabited since around 12,500 BC and agriculture has been evident since 3900 BC; the Nordic Bronze Age in Denmark was marked by burial mounds, which left an abundance of findings including lurs and the Sun Chariot. During the Pre-Roman Iron Age, native groups began migrating south, the first tribal Danes came to the country between the Pre-Roman and the Germanic Iron Age, in the Roman Iron Age; the Roman provinces maintained trade routes and relations with native tribes in Denmark, Roman coins have been found in Denmark. Evidence of strong Celtic cultural influence dates from this period in Denmark and much of North-West Europe and is among other things reflected in the finding of the Gundestrup cauldron; the tribal Danes came from the east Danish islands and Scania and spoke an early form of North Germanic.
Historians believe that before their arrival, most of Jutland and the nearest islands were settled by tribal J
Gaffa is a free Danish music magazine distributed in Denmark and Norway. Gaffa has been published on a monthly basis since 1983; the magazine is distributed to places such as educational institutions, record shops and cafés, as well as a small number to paying subscribers. It features music news and notes, album reviews and upcoming concert schedules; the name Gaffa comes from gaffa tape, with the magazine's stated intention of "binding the different parts of the music community together". Gaffa's website, GAFFA.dk, was established in 1996. Since December 2008 all back issues of the magazine are accessible online free of charge. In 2008 Gaffa launched GAFFA live - a concert overview for Denmark and Norway. In 2009 Gaffa was launched in 2011 in Norway. In April 2006, Gaffa launched a user-written music encyclopedia, GAFFApedia, as a subsection of its website. Based on MediaWiki, it is similar to Wikipedia and covered by the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike licence. GAFFApedia was closed in 2010.
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Beyond Hell/Above Heaven
Beyond Hell / Above Heaven is the fourth studio album by Danish heavy metal band Volbeat. The album was released on September 10, 2010 on EMI in Denmark, on Vertigo in the rest of Europe, on Republic in the United States; the title refers to the overall theme of the album, continuing the storyline of Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood. This was the first Volbeat album to chart on the Billboard 200, was certified Gold by the RIAA on March 22, 2016; the album, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven was released on 10 September 2010. Michael Poulsen explained the title of the album stating "...it’s a way telling people that we don’t belong or believe in neither heaven nor hell. So if we go beyond hell, we will make heaven look like hell, if we go above heaven, we will make hell look like heaven. Heaven and hell is something we create in our minds and personal self-created demons come out of that." Featured on the album is released track, "A Warrior's Call", made for Danish boxer Mikkel Kessler. The track Evelyn contains some death grunts provided by Mark "Barney" Greenway, a whole new element on Volbeat's music, making a groove metal style.
Michael Poulsen has revealed several of the guest musicians on the album stating "I’m very proud to have these fine gentlemen with me, since they inspired me a lot for a long time."Cover and Artwork By Karsten Sand The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 3.5 stars stating "Any way you slice it, Volbeat, a skillful repository of so many lineage sounds, are their own thing: a band apart who are sophisticated and utterly entertaining as songwriters and performers. Nowhere is this more true than on Beyond Hell/Above Heaven.". The album debuted at number 142 on the Billboard 200 in the United States. In 22 March 2016, the album was certified gold by the RIAA for shipments of 500,000 units; the album has sold over 1,000,000 copies worldwide. All tracks written except where noted. VolbeatMichael Poulsen - vocals, rhythm guitar Anders Kjølholm - bass Jon Larsen - drums, percussion Thomas Bredahl - lead guitarGuest musiciansMark “Barney” Greenway – Napalm Death - vocals on "Evelyn" Michael Denner – Mercyful Fate/King Diamond - lead guitar on "7 Shots" Miland “Mille” Petrozza – Kreator - vocals on "7 Shots" Henrik Hall – Love Shop - mouth harp on "Heaven Nor Hell" Jakob Øelund – Taggy Tones - slap bass on "16 Dollars" List of number-one albums of 2010 Official website Volbeat Official MySpace Page Volbeat Official Twitter Page Volbeat Official Facebook Page "Fallen" from Beyond Hell/Above Heaven on YouTube "A Warrior's Call" from Beyond Hell/Above Heaven on YouTube
Jon Larsen (Danish musician)
Jon Larsen is a Danish drummer. He is the drummer for the band Volbeat. 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 Larsen endorses Pearl Drums and Paiste Cymbals. Larsen no longer endorses Anatolian Cymbals. Drums – Pearl Drums Metallic Black Blend22" × 18" Bass Drum × 2 12" × 10" Tom 13" × 11" Tom 14" × 12" Tom 15" × 13" Tom 16" × 16" Floor Tom 18" × 16" Floor Tom 14" × 6.5" Snare Drum Cymbals – Anatolian Cymbals18" Baris Crash 14" Expression Hihat 17" Ultimate Crash 18" Ultimate China 18" Expression Crash 19" Ultimate Crash 18" Ultimate China 14" Ultimate Hihat 18" Espression Crash 22" Natural Ride 18" Ultimate Crash Drums – Pearl Drums Masters Premium Legend SST Series22" × 20" Bass Drum × 2 10" × 10" Tom 12" × 10" Tom 13" × 11" Tom 14" × 12" Tom 16" × 14" Floor Tom 16" × 16" Floor Tom 18" × 16" Floor Tom 14" x 8" Kapur/Fiberglass Hybrid Exotic Snare Cymbals – Paiste 18" Signature Reflector Heavy Full Crash 19" Signature Power Crash 14" Twenty Custom Collection Metal Hats 18" Signature Precision China 18" 2002 Power Crash × 2 18" Signature Precision China 13" Signature Mega Cup Chime 20" RUDE Power Ride 14" 2002 Wild Hats 19" Twenty Custom Collection Metal Crash 18" Signature Reflector Heavy Full CrashDrumsticks Pro-Mark TX419W Pro-Mark Bionic Drummer GlovesDrumheads - Evans Onyx EQ3 Clear 300 Resonant BlackDrum Wraps Bumwrap Drum Company Official site
Death metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music. It employs distorted and low-tuned guitars, played with techniques such as palm muting and tremolo picking, deep growling vocals, powerful drumming featuring double kick and blast beat techniques, minor keys or atonality, abrupt tempo and time signature changes, chromatic chord progressions; the lyrical themes of death metal may invoke slasher film-stylized violence, occultism, Lovecraftian horror, mysticism, philosophy, science fiction, politics, they may describe extreme acts, including mutilation, torture, rape and necrophilia. Building from the musical structure of thrash metal and early black metal, death metal emerged during the mid-1980s. Bands such as Venom, Celtic Frost and Kreator were important influences on the genre's creation. Possessed, Necrophagia, Obituary and Morbid Angel are considered pioneers of the genre. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, death metal gained more media attention as popular genre. Niche record labels like Combat and Roadrunner began to sign death metal bands at a rapid rate.
Since death metal has diversified, spawning several subgenres. Melodic death metal combines death metal elements with those of the new wave of British heavy metal. Technical death metal is a complex style, with uncommon time signatures, atypical rhythms, unusual harmonies and melodies. Death-doom combines the deep growled vocals and double-kick drumming of death metal with the slow tempos and melancholic atmosphere of doom metal. Deathgrind and pornogrind mix the complexity of death metal with the intensity and brevity of grindcore. Deathcore combines death metal with metalcore traits. Death'n' roll combines death metal's growled vocals and distorted, detuned guitar riffs with elements of 1970s hard rock and heavy metal. English heavy metal band Venom, from Newcastle, crystallized the elements of what became known as thrash metal, death metal and black metal, with their 1981 album Welcome to Hell, their dark, blistering sound, harsh vocals, macabre, proudly Satanic imagery proved a major inspiration for extreme metal bands.
Another influential band, formed in 1981. Although the band was a thrash metal act, Slayer's music was more violent than their thrash contemporaries Metallica and Anthrax, their breakneck speed and instrumental prowess combined with lyrics about death, violence and Satanism won Slayer a rabid cult following. According to AllMusic, their third album Reign in Blood inspired the entire death metal genre, it had a big impact on genre leaders such as Death and Morbid Angel. Possessed, a band that formed in the San Francisco Bay Area during 1983, is described by Allmusic as "connecting the dots" between thrash metal and death metal with their 1985 debut album, Seven Churches. While attributed as having a Slayer influence and former members of the band had cited Venom and Motörhead, as well as early work by Exodus, as the main influences on their sound. Although the group had released only two studio albums and an EP in their formative years, they have been described by music journalists and musicians as either being "monumental" in developing the death metal style, or as being the first death metal band.
Earache Records noted that "the likes of Trey Azagthoth and Morbid Angel based what they were doing in their formative years on the Possessed blueprint laid down on the legendary Seven Churches recording. Possessed arguably did more to further the cause of'Death Metal' than any of the early acts on the scene back in the mid-late 80's." During the same period as the dawn of Possessed, a second influential metal band was formed in Orlando, Florida: Death. Called Mantas, Death was formed in 1983 by Chuck Schuldiner, Kam Lee, Rick Rozz. In 1984 they released their first demo entitled Death followed by several more; the tapes circulated through the tape trader world establishing the band's name. With Death guitarist Schuldiner adopting vocal duties, the band made a major impact on the scene; the fast minor-key riffs and solos were complemented with fast drumming, creating a style that would catch on in tape trading circles. Schuldiner has been credited by Allmusic's Eduardo Rivadavia for being recognized as the "Father of Death Metal".
Death's 1987 debut release, Scream Bloody Gore, has been described by About.com's Chad Bowar as being the "evolution from thrash metal to death metal", "the first true death metal record" by the San Francisco Chronicle. Along with Possessed and Death, other pioneers of death metal in the United States include Macabre, Massacre, Cannibal Corpse,Obituary, Post Mortem. By 1989, many bands had been signed by eager record labels wanting to cash in on the subgenre, including Florida's Obituary, Morbid Angel and Deicide; this collective of death metal bands hailing from Florida are labeled as "Florida death metal". Morbid Angel pushed the genre's limits both musically and lyrically, with the release of their debut album Altars of Madness in 1989; the album "redefined what it meant to be heavy while influencing an upcoming class of brutal death metal." Death metal spread to Sweden in the late 1980s, flourishing with pioneers such as Carnage, God Macabre, Entombed and Unleashed. In the early 1990s, the rise of melodic death metal was recognized, with bands such as Dark Tranquillity, At the Gates, In Flames.
Following the original death metal innovators, new subgenres began by the end of the decade. British band Napalm Death became associated with death metal, in particular, on their 1990 album Harmony Corruption; this alb