Danish/American metal band, Volbeat, has done it again. In a genre where many bands have a similar sound, this band’s style is unmistakable. Deemed a spiritual album, Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie leans more toward power pop and melodic metal through its clever and catchy songs. With the distinctive vocals of frontman Michael Poulson, Volbeat’s sound is recognizable with the first hard strums of guitar.
The album opens with a slightly ominous “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown”. It’s a song that’s sure to get your heart rate pumping, putting crowds right in the mood. Guitarist Rob Caggiano said, “This was the first song that got completed. We were playing it on that tour to test it out and see how the fans reacted to it. They went nuts every time we went into that riff, which is a lot of fun to play.”
“Marie Laveau” is the beginning of the spiritual storytelling expressed earlier. As Caggiano explained, “We’re talking about voodoo and the occult and Marie Laveau is one of those characters; she was the voodoo queen of New Orleans.” A pop-punk sounding anthem in the making with a contagious beat, “My Bliss” shows the beautiful voice upon which Poulsen is prided. However, on the international edition of the album, the song is titled “For Evigt,” which means forever in Danish. Johan Olsen from the band Magtens Korridorer, accompanied Volbeat, singing in their native tongue. Of course, he is no stranger to providing his voice to Volbeat’s albums; he was previously on a song called “The Garden’s Tale” off the 2007 album Rock The Rebel/Metal The Devil.
Rocker Danko Jones makes a guest appearance on “Black Rose,” providing his edgy punk voice in contrast to Poulsen’s silky croon. It’s fast paced both vocally and musically, which makes it great to play live where the crowd can get wild. Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie includes two over songs: Georgia Satellites‘ raucous “Battleship Chains” and Teenage Bottlerocket‘s punk sounding “Rebound”. According to Caggiano, “We got the news while we were in the studio that [Teenage Bottlerocket’s] drummer, Brandon Carlisle, had died, and that really hit us hard. So we learned the song and recorded it as a tribute to those guys.”
The unexpected and off-beat rhythm of “Mary Jane Kelly” makes you wonder who this woman is. Caggiano explained, “Mary Jane Kelly was Jack the Ripper’s last victim and her death was really brutal. What’s interesting about this song is that [it’s] not about the murder or how she was killed; he’s singing about her as a person.”
The band brought in the Harlem Gospel Choir to help Caggiano shine on “Goodbye Forever”. It has been in the works that the band wanted to collaborate with this choir, and what better a song than this? The hard-hitting closing track, “The Loa’s Crossroad” is distinct from the second it starts with three sharp taps of drumsticks hitting each other. It also includes one of Poulsen’s best friends from high school playing the bagpipes. Poulsen says it is a “special instrument that you either love or hate.”
From the moment fans glance at the old-time bare-knuckle boxer gracing the front cover, they know the album won’t disappoint, and after listening to it, that’s a definite. It’s filled with the typical Volbeat energy. For those itching for new material, Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie is your fix.
Hard Rock/Metal | Republic Records