Volbeat released its sixth studio album on Friday (June 3rd), titled Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie. The Danish-American act took its time making the disc and frontman Michael Poulsen told us that he couldn’t be happier with the final product: [“I’m very proud. Totally proud of this one, you know. I’m proud of every record we’ve done so far, but this time I took the right time to get through every song, every idea, every detail, you know, and I think we managed to — if you ask me — write our strongest album so far.”] SOUNDCUE (:15 OC: . . . album so far.)

  • The first single from the disc, “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown,” recently hit Number One on the rock radio airplay chart, joining previous Volbeat chart-toppers “Still Counting” from 2010’s Beyond Hell/Above Heaven and “Lola Montez” and “The Hangman’s Body Count” from 2013’s Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies.
  • Volbeat will spend most of the summer in Europe, returning in August for Seether‘s Rise Above festival in Maine on August 6th, the Heavy Montreal event on August 7th, and an opening slot for Metallica at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on August 8th, along with a number of other late summer festivals.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Michael Poulsen says many of the songs on the new disc address spiritual topics, but it’s not religious.
  • For the song “Goodbye Forever,” the band brought in the Harlem Gospel Choir, while the song “The Loa’s Crossroad” includes one of Poulsen’s best friends from his school days playing the bagpipes.
  • The album includes two cover songs: one is “Battleship Chains,” originally done by the Georgia Satellites, and the other is “Rebound,” first recorded by the pop punk group Teenage Bottlerocket.

DAILY INQUIRY:

  • How do you rate the new Volbeat album?
  • Where do you think it ranks compared to their earlier efforts?
  • Do you think this could be the album that makes the band bona fide stars in the U.S.?

INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?

Anders Kjeldsen wrote: “Great album. I like it.”

Matthew Morgan wrote: “Sadly, I think this might be their weakest effort. I like it for what it is, but it’s a shadow of what this band has done up to now. This album has ‘mainstream’ written all over it. Still love Volbeat, but I was let down with this one.”

Dan Lindner wrote: “SO F**KING disappointed. I never thought these guys would sell out. I LOVED Volbeat but this is the most generic mainstream s**t they’ve ever done. Just a bunch of boring crap that all sounds the same. For shame Volbeat. Please come to your senses.”

Dylan Powers wrote: “Another great album by Volbeat…these guys freaking rock and are one of the best rock bands around today!”

Les Ormes wrote: “I’m seriously disappointed in this album as well. Been a fan since the beginning, but this is too mainstream rock and commercial, and all the songs sound the same. Sorry, but no.”