Review: Volbeat – Seal the Deal & Let\’s Boogie

Danish metal band, Volbeat have released their sixth studio LP, Seal the Deal & Let\’s Boogie. First and foremost, I don’t view Volbeat as a “metal” band. To me, they’re just a straight up “rock & roll band” and their full bodied sound is the classic arena sound. The one real defining factor that makes Volbeat unique is the vocal tone and melodic prowess of Michael Poulsen. It reminds me of a chunk of salami in a bloody mary…. It’s different but damn its tasty.  With the departure of bass player Anders Kjølholm, guitar player Rob Caggiano takes on the duties flawlessly. Actually, Caggiano and drummer Jon Larsen lay down a back beat that is so smooth, it makes you forget that Anders Kjølholm even left. Musically and lyrically, Seal the Deal & Let\’s Boogie feels as if it is a continuation to their last record, which commercially, is the right path considering the success that Volbeat garnered with Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies. One question I’ve heard floating around is… did Volbeat stifle growth for the almighty dollar? I have to admit that Seal the Deal & Let\’s Boogie feels like a tale of two albums. The first half is as strong as anything they have released. The second half loses traction on top of throwing two cover songs into the mix Highlight tracks from are Devil’s Bleeding Crown, Black Rose & Marie Laveau The bottom line is this; STD&B warts and all, is a really fun album. Is it as good as Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies? I’m not sure but, OG&SL is a damn tough act to follow and what the fuck do I know anyway?   -Cooper-