KNAC.COM – News – VOLBEAT unveils new album ‘Servant Of The Mind’
The wait is finally over. Today, Danish multi-platinum band VOLBEAT announce the release of their eighth studio album, Servant of the spirit, coming via Republic Records on December 3. The new album will be available as a standard CD, deluxe 2LP vinyl (in various limited edition variations, full info below) and deluxe digital edition. Pre-order the album HERE.
For Servant of the spirit, the group, which consists of Michael poulsen (guitars / vocals), Jon Larsen (drums), Rob caggiano (guitars) and Kaspar Boye Larsen (bass) took their heavy metal, psychobilly and punk ‘n’ roll signature to the next level while showcasing Poulsen’s great songwriting and storytelling ability.
“I wrote the whole album in three months,” Poulsen remembers, “I was in a good mood and good humor at home, and I had an audience captive to myself… There are a lot of VOLBEAT signatures in it. If you go back to the first album and compare it to where we are now, you can hear how the band developed their style, while still keeping the characteristic sound. “
To coincide with the album announcement, the band released the new single “The blue of the shotgun”, an anthemic track in which Poulsen explores the ghostly events he recently experienced when moving into a new home. “Every time you move into a house, you bring the dead with you,” he explains. “Strange things happen when I move into a [new] house… it’s very otherworldly. ”Watch the lyrics video BELOW.
The album also includes the “double barrel” of summer songs the band released last June: “Wait a minute my girl” and “Dagen Før (feat. Stine Bramsen)”. The first became the group’s ninth number one single on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts.
Other songs on the album weave intricate and compelling stories. “The Sacred Stones” tells the story of an “earthly being who joined the dark side.” He is on a mission, speaking to dark forces and fallen angels. ” “The devil is raging” looks at the idea of the devil taking human form. Album opening “Temple of Ekur” returns to ancient themes explored in past songs such as “The gates of Babylon”, as the epic album draws closer “La Birgita de Lasse” explores the history of the first witch fires to occur in Sweden in 1471.
Today, the group kicks off “Wait a minute… let’s go around” run, their first U.S. tour in two years, at the Atlanta Tabernacle with shows in cities like Oklahoma City, San Diego and Los Angeles. Special guests THE HU, TWIN TEMPLE, and MUNICIPAL WASTE will join them for certain dates. Tickets for these dates are on sale now. Earlier this week, the group also announced their 2022 arena tour with GHOST and special guests TWIN TEMPLE, coming to cities like Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Houston and Phoenix. Tickets for the tour, co-produced by Live Nation and Frank Productions, will be available Friday, September 24 at 10 a.m. local time. Limited VIP packages are also available at volbeat.dk.
SERVANT OF THE SPIRIT Standard edition tracklist:
- “Temple of Ekur”
- “Wait a minute my girl”
- “The Sacred Stones”
- “The blue of the shotgun”
- “The devil is raging”
- “Say no more”
- “The descent to paradise”
- “Dagen Før” (feat. Stine Bramsen)
- “The passenger”
- “Step into the light”
- “To become”
- “La Birgitta de Lasse”
Deluxe 2 CD / 2 LP and Digital Deluxe Bonus Tracks:
- “Return To None” (cover of Wolfbrigade)
- “Domino” (cover of The Cramps / Roy Orbison)
- “Shotgun Blues” (feat. Dave Matrise from Jungle Rot)
- “Dagen Før” (Michael Vox version)
Vinyl variants (North America)
- Standard black vinyl 180g 2LP
- Translucent Rust 2 LP – Volbeat.dk Exclusive, Limited to 550
- Transparent Yellow 2 LP – Revolver Magazine Exclusive, limited to 400
- Mystery Color LP2 – Independent Retail Exclusive, Limited to 100
Vinyl variants (Europe)
- Standard black vinyl 180g 2 LP
- Crystal Clear 2 LP, exclusive to volbeat.dk, limited to 2000
- Glow In The Dark 2 LP, EMP Exclusive, Limited to 2,000
- Orange and Blue 2 LP, UMG exclusive, limited to 3,100
- Danish Red and White 2 LP – only available in Denmark, limited to 2000