Volbeat’s Michael Poulsen: 5 Excellent Non-Metallic Albums For Metalheads
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It’s no big surprise that Michael Poulsen enjoys music that goes beyond the limits of heavy metal. After all, he and his fellow bandmates Volbeat have successfully merged metal with elements of 50s punk, psychobilly, and rock & roll for over 15 years, creating a unique sound that is still very much present on the next one. Danish band album. Servant of the Disturbs.
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But Poulsen’s tastes extend to pop rock and alternative rock so far, which is why he admits it’s been difficult to come up with a selection of five favorite non-metal albums that Revolver readers could dig. “It was not an easy list to make, because the list of albums I love is huge, “he laughs.” So I tried to mix it up with new stuff and old stuff. “Check out his picks below. below.
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Idles – Joy as an act of resistance
The first thing I heard from them was in the soundtrack of Woozy Blinkers. I was like, who the hell are these guys? And then I started digging into their material, and it was this magical thing that happens every once in a while where life becomes good because you’ve found something that speaks to you. Joy as an act of resistance is such an amazing album; and just when you think you’ve heard all the details of this album, you put it on and you hear new things. They are amazing guys, amazing musicians, and they really master their instruments. And I like the idea that they’re not trying to be perfect; it’s very rude, but at the same time they really know what they’re doing. I love it!
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Elvis Presley – From Elvis to Memphis
It’s still among my absolute favorite Elvis records. My father always said, “I’ve got all of Elvis!” But when I started buying CDs, there were Elvis albums that he didn’t have. And just when I thought I I had everything, I found From Elvis to Memphis. I put on and said “Wow!” It was a bit of a different sound, his voice is harsher; he has that special feeling of coming back to ’68, and he carries that voice on this album. And I was blown away by it; I came home and said to my dad, “You have to listen to these songs!” He said: âI have everything! I said, “No, you don’t!” I put it on and he was amazed too. Amazing album!
Video of As One
Suede – L’Heure Bleue
Honestly, I have always been aware of the existence of Suede, but I never thought in a million years that I would become a big fan of Suede; it was just a band that I knew. But for some reason I was going through iTunes to see what new versions were available, and I saw The blue Hour. I said, “Whoa, these guys still make records? I wonder how they sound today?” I was just curious, but I listened to the record and became so obsessed with it; I couldn’t sleep, because these melodies kept going through my head! It’s such an incredible album; the songwriting is so strong, and the melodies and the atmosphere, and [Brett Anderson’s] lyricsâ¦ I started going through their old tracks and started to understand what they were trying to do in the past. Sometimes an album takes off for you like that. It’s probably the darkest album they’ve made, that’s probably also why I really like it!
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Manic Street Preachers – Ditch the Tigers
Manic Street Preachers are my all time favorite band. I remember the first time I heard [their 1992 single] âMotorcycle Emptinessâ and I was like, âWow, what a great song! I have been following them ever since. The talent of this group is unattainable. James Dean Bradfield is a very underrated guitarist, if you ask me, and he has such a great sense of melody. I really like all of their albums, but when Scare away the tigers came out, I was blown away that each song was just one fat song; it has certainly given me some inspiration over the years. They really know how to come up with a chorus at the right time in the song!
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A-Ha – Cast steel
Cast steel is one of my favorite albums right now. It’s not like I was a huge fan of the old A-Ha material; Sure, these hits we all know are good, but I’ve never bothered to listen to them. But again, it just happened out of curiosity; when they came out Lifelines [in 2002], I heard it in a record store, and I thought it had some great songs. I was blown away by how Morten Harket is able to control his voice; it’s very unique what he does. So I became an A-Ha fan at that point, and then they released a few more records after that, which are also really good albums. And then I had heard that they had parted but out of the blue came Cast in steel, which I initially thought was a best-of because of the terrible cover art. [Laughs] But I saw the song titles and I realized, “This must be a new album!” And I’m so attached to this album, because the writing is so beautiful, and I connect so well with the melodies and the emotions. I never thought they could surpass Lifelines, but it’s the best album A-Ha has ever made, and I’ll say it’s definitely my favorite pop-rock album of all.