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Monday, December 16, 2013
Volbeat - Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies
Volbeat have settled into a nice formula for the release of "Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies". You have the guest vocalist that notches up the heavy. You have the soothing non-offensive guitar tones that lulls you into a peaceful place. You have strong vocals. You have great stories in the lyrics. Mike Poulsen reveals "Half of the album tracks will take you into the world of outlaw gunslinger stories sometime in the 1800s. Some of the characters are true legends, while others are fiction. The listener will hear inspiration from classic spaghetti western movies which gives you a clue to the album title and cover artwork." There is not a hair out of place on "Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies". Five albums in (not counting "Live From Beyond Hell / Above Heaven") and Volbeat are coasting. They have a solid fan base and are able to tour the world as headliners. Gone from "Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies" is the new and different feel. If you've been a Volbeat fan for a long time, as I have, each album brought just a tad bit different feel to the table. You heard something new from "Guitar Gangsters and Cadillac Blood" to "Beyond Hell / Above Heaven". They pushed the envelope in terms of sound and style. With "Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies", the unique style has solidified and you've got ... a VOLBEAT album. "Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies" is exactly what you'd expect form a VOLBEAT album. It's the sound of VOLBEAT. It's the vibe of VOLBEAT. For the few out there that haven't been riding the Volbeat train, "Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies" is the perfect starter album to come in and hear what people have been raving about for years.