Volbeat – Seal The Deal And Let's Boogie album review

Denmark’s rockabillies Volbeat stick to familiar ground with new album

Cover of Volbeat album Seal The Deal And Let's Boogie

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When Volbeat first evolved from death metallers Dominus in the early 00s, there was no one else quite like them.

Metallica meets Elvis? No way! Twelve-ish years and six albums in, the jaunty Danes have exceeded all expectations with tours and festival appearances around the world. Their last album, 2013’s Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, saw former Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano officially join the band and even featured a track with King Diamond.

Seal The Deal… carries on from there, opening with some seriously explosive riffage on brilliant lead track The Devil’s Bleeding Crown. Volbeat’s rock‘n’roll roots are very much intact but the album shimmers with a variety of bonus enhancements. There are some slick Slayer riffs on the singalong The Gates Of Babylon, a Ramones-inspired tribute in the shape of Rebound and even the poppier Goodbye Forever, featuring guest vocals from underground Danish singer-songwriter Mia Maja. The only criticism is that Seal The Deal… recycles a lot of riffs, melodies and vocal lines from Volbeat’s previous output, which isn’t entirely surprising given their strong musical identity. But are the band running out of ideas, or just sticking to a formula that works perfectly? Either way, Volbeat were born to boogie.

Natasha Scharf
Deputy Editor, Prog

Contributing to Prog since the very first issue, writer and broadcaster Natasha Scharf was the magazine’s News Editor before she took up her current role of Deputy Editor, and has interviewed some of the best-known acts in the progressive music world from ELP, Yes and Marillion to Nightwish, Dream Theater and TesseracT. Starting young, she set up her first music fanzine in the late 80s and became a regular contributor to local newspapers and magazines over the next decade. The 00s would see her running the dark music magazine, Meltdown, as well as contributing to Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Terrorizer and Artrocker. Author of music subculture books The Art Of Gothic and Worldwide Gothic, she’s since written album sleeve notes for Cherry Red, and also co-wrote Tarja Turunen’s memoirs, Singing In My Blood. Beyond the written word, Natasha has spent several decades as a club DJ, spinning tunes at aftershow parties for Metallica, Motörhead and Nine Inch Nails. She’s currently the only member of the Prog team to have appeared on the magazine’s cover.