Volbeat Announces Eighth Album, “Servant Of The Mind”, Shares New Song “Shotgun Blues”
Danish / American rock and rollers VOLBEAT will release their eighth studio album, “Servant of the Spirit”, on December 3 via Archives of the Republic. The Effort will be available as a standard CD, deluxe 2LP vinyl (in various limited edition variations), and deluxe digital edition.
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 presenting Poulsenthe great ability to compose and tell stories.
“I wrote the whole album in three months”, remembers Poulsen, “I was in a good mood and in good spirits 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 record 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’s announcement, the band released the new single “The blue of the shotgun”, an anthemic piece 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 video with the lyrics below.
The album also 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.
Other songs on the album weave intricate and compelling stories. “The Sacred Stones” tells the story of “an earthly being who enlisted in the dark side. He is on a mission, speaking to the darkest forces and fallen angels.” During this time, “The devil is raging” look 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 story of the first witch fires in Sweden in 1471.
“Servant of the Spirit” standard edition track list:
01. Temple of Ekur
02. Wait a minute girl
03. Sacred stones
04. Shotgun blues
05. The devil is raging
06. Say no more
07. Descent to paradise
08. Dagen Før (feat. Stine Bramsen)
09. The passenger
ten. Step into the light
11. To become
13. Birgitta de Lasse
Deluxe 2 CD / 2 LP and digital deluxe bonus tracks:
14. Back to None (WOLFBRIGADE cover)
15. Domino (THE CRAMPS / ROY ORBISON cover)
16. Shotgun blues (feat. Dave Matrise by JUNGLE ROT)
17. 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 180g black vinyl 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, exclusive to UMG, limited to 3,100
* Danish Red and White 2 LP – only available in Denmark, limited to 2000
VOLBEAT has two decades of depth in a career that has seen them share scenes with genre legends like BLACK SABBATH, METALLIC, MOTRHEAD, NOOSE, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and more. They have accumulated nearly three billion cumulative streams during their career, landing a “Best metal performance” Grammy apply for “Room 24” (with King Diamond) of 2014 acclaimed (and gold seller) “Outlaw men and shady ladies”, and have won several Danish Music Awards. Not to rest on his laurels, his next album “Servant of the Spirit”, which was written and recorded during the shutdown and quarantine made necessary by the COVID-19 pandemic, is introspective but does not fire any punches and is no less noisy or driving than their previous efforts.
Tomorrow, the group begins its “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. 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.
Since its creation in 2001, VOLBEAT has grown from clubs in Copenhagen to flagship 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 band 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. Their latest album, “Flip, Play Again, Bounce”, was released in August 2019 and spawned the hit singles “Last day under the sun”, “Die to live” (with Neil fallon) and “Leviathan”. A live album containing songs recorded during the following world tour, “Rewind, Replay, Rebound: Live In Deutschland”, was released digitally in November 2020. More recently, they helped a revival of “Don’t step on me” To “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.