Michael Poulsen Says Black Sabbath’s Influence on New Volbeat Album “Obvious”
During a recent appearance on “Whiplash”, the KLOS radio show hosted by All-metal jackie, VOLBEAT leader Michael poulsen spoke about the musical inspiration for the group’s eighth studio album, “Servant of the Spirit”, released on December 3 via Archives of the Republic.
“If you look at the heavier side of the material, it’s obvious it’s a lot of old BLACK SABBATH inspiration – more of the [Ronnie James] Dio past and Tony martin [era] of BLACK SABBATH, he said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). “I like Ozzy [Osbourne] material, but you can certainly hear the inspiration from the BLACK SABBATH Dio and Tony martin time. And there are some pretty old-school death metal influences too, like DEATH and BOLT LAUNCHER and BURIED; you can certainly hear that in between. And early METALLIC also. And when we do those kinds of pieces, we always have that 50s rock and roll inspiration that comes from Elvis Presley, Jerry lee lewis and Little Richard, and a few punk elements that might bring you back to some of the RAMONES really darker stuff and kind of CRAMPS Things.”
VOLBEAT‘s “The blue of the shotgun” unique, which is taken from “Servant of the Spirit”, maintains slot n ° 1 on both Billboard The Mainstream Rock and Mediabase Active Rock charts, the group’s tenth top chart, and cement the group’s record for having the most # 1 singles on the Mainstream Rock charts by an artist based outside of North America.
Revolver called “Servant of the Spirit” “excellent … the darkest and heaviest VOLBEAT for the moment. “For the LP, the group, which consists of Poulsen, Jon Larsen (drums), Rob caggiano (guitars) and Kaspar Boye Larsen (bass), took his heavy metal, psychobilly and punk ‘n’ roll signature to the next level while presenting Poulsenthe great capacity for songwriting and storytelling. “Rarely has a successful band sounded so ravenous,” says Kerrang! album review.
“Servant of the Spirit” was written and recorded during the shutdown and quarantine made necessary by the COVID-19 pandemic. The LP includes the “double barrel” of summer songs the band released last June: “Wait a minute girl” and “Dagen Fûr” (with Stine bramsen), the first of which became the group’s ninth number one single on the Billboard Mainstream rock graphic.
VOLBEAT has accumulated nearly three billion cumulative streams during his career, landed a “Best metal performance” Grammy apply for “Room 24” (with King Diamond) of 2014 acclaimed (and gold seller) “Outlaw men and shady ladies”, and won several Danish Music Awards.
Since its creation in 2001, VOLBEAT has grown from clubs in Copenhagen to landmark stages around the world, including the famous Telia Parken stadium in Denmark (becoming the only national artist to have sold the venue). Over the course of seven record-breaking albums, the group landed number one songs (including nine No. 1s on the US Mainstream Rock charts and counting, the most number of bands based outside of North America), certifications multi-platinum, awards and honors all over the planet. More recently, they have contributed to a resumption of “Don’t step on me” at “The Metallica Blacklist”, with all the benefits of the track benefiting METALLIC‘s Everything in my hands foundation and the Børne Cancer Fonden from Denmark.
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