If you need an introduction, then let me present to you: Volbeat. These guys have been around since 2005, and Outlaw Gentlemen And Shady Ladies is their fifth studio album. This Danish 4 piece give us a catchy rockabilly feel, a mix of explosive guitaring and an occasional double kick drum pelting.
Founded by Michael Poulsen (a former vocalist of a death metal band Dominus), who left in 2000 after 4 years of service. He then decided to form Volbeat, which is the name of a Dominus album. After releasing a few demos, they then released The Strength/The Sound/The Songs in 2005.
Writing this review, I thought I’d get all profound on you and show you what an epiphany is like, but I am unable to, as I am not profound and I once thought an Epiphany was a porn star. That’s what we’re dealing with people – no, what I am dealing with. To calm down this mind of mine, music helps. Outlaw Gentlemen And Shady Ladies gave me something that I found easy and comfortable to listen to. Michael Poulsen’s vocals, and the amazing guitaring from former Anthrax grinder Robert Caggiano are things to cherish. The addition of Caggiano is instrumental in these talented guys moving further forward
This album presents many catchy tunes – I even caught myself walking to a pie and mash shop humming “lady pearl again.” I don’t actually think that they are the correct lyrics to Pearl Heart but it sounded like that in my mind, and I want it to remain that way.
There is a heavier sound in Room 24, which I believe is highly influenced by Metallica, and it features King Diamond, the lead vocalist of the Danish metal band of the same name. King Diamond gives this song a much heavier, darker and dirtier feel than the rest of the songs. Another standout track, Dead But Rising reminded me of a lighter Life Of Agony from the River Runs Red and Ugly records.
Lonesome Rider, featuring Sarah Blackwood of Walk Off The Earth, is one of the other many standout tunes. The Hangman’s Body Count goes darker and dirtier, Cape Of Our Hero (which I have added below for you to listen to) is great.
Outlaw Gentlemen And Shady Ladies feels like western-style groove metal – we may have something there, country and metal? Could that be a new genre? Have I found something?
Tracks which have screaming guitars, melodies, a banjo…yes a banjo! And a bit of harmonica to boot. The album gave me what I love about music – it changed my emotion, it changed the way I feel. It was an uplifting experience with the undertone of being a mainstream rock record.
For Fans Of: Metallica, Life of Agony, Nickelback, Johnny Cash, King Diamond.