MOTÖRHEAD to Release New Live DVD, Appear on Gigantour

In celebration of MOTÖRHEAD 35 years on the road, on January 24th Motörhead Music/UDR is proud to present: The Wörld Is Ours-Vol 1 – Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else, a blistering DVD containing some of the finest moments from the band’s last tour, including the entire performance from Chile’s Teatro Caupolican, shot and filmed in classic black and white by Banger Films and Sam Dunn.

Songs from the shows in Manchester and New York are also included on the triple-disc digipack set, along with a series of extensive, in depth and exclusive interviews with the band, a bonus double live CD of the Chile show (including selected tracks from NY & Manchester), plus a photographed booklet documenting life on the road during the tour.

On January 26, MOTÖRHEAD make their return to the U.S. and Canada on the multi-bill festival, Gigantour, with MEGADETH, VOLBEAT and LACUNA COIL. The tour will kick off on Jan. 26 in Camden, NJ and run through Feb. 28 in Denver, and will include stops in NY (Jan. 28) and Los Angeles (Feb. 24).

VOLBEAT – Beyond Hell/Above Heaven

Four albums into their career and I can happily report that VOLBEAT are still going strong. Beyond Hell/Above Heaven is more or less “a VOLBEAT record” with it’s distinct blend and balance of thrash, punk, rockabilly, country, and 50/60’s rock n’ roll. There are some subtle nuances here and there but nothing that significantly changes what fans have come to expect from the band.

This time the band don’t start out with an obligatory “intro” of country guitars but instead breaks out of the gates with the heavy “The Mirror and the Ripper.” “Who They Are” is one of the band’s heaviest songs with an intro that sounds like 80’s METALLICA trying to sound like 80’s SLAYER with perhaps a dash of CANNIBAL CORPSE. Lead single, “Fallen,” is a memorable song with a big chorus, showing the pop-ier side to the band. “7 Shots” features the legendary Michael Denner and Mille Petrozza and is the song is 100% metal in spirit as a result. Denner’s guitar solos are absolutely exquisite and add the kind of flavor not found on VOLBEAT’s other songs. Mille’s distinct vocal bite on the song’s chorus sound great.

Like any VOLBEAT album, there are some definite monster songs that stand out from the rest. This time around “A New Day” plays that role to perfection. The song has plenty of soul and hooks. “16 Dollars” gets right down to it with its rockabilly/50’s rock n’ roll stylings complete with upright bass. “Evelyn” may be VOLBEAT’s heaviest song as the majority of the song is grindcore madness featuring NAPALM DEATH’s Barney Greenway. When you compare and contrast vocalist/guitarist Michael Poulsen and Barney’s vocals, Barney completely overpowers Michael’s vocals with his ferocity. Given the band’s commercial success thus far, VOLBEAT take time out to thank their fans via album closer, “Thanks.”

At the end of the day, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven is another high quality, solid offering of fine songs from these Danish gods. (Mascot Records)

VOLBEAT: One Continent at a Time

Nothing beats good, memorable songs and Copenhagen, Denmark’s VOLBEAT specialize in them. Their rise to fame in Europe is quite impressive as the band have earned multiple platinum and gold records, and several hit songs. In contrast, the band have only recently begun making their presence known in U.S. beginning with their tour earlier this year with fans, METALLICA. But make no mistake, the band have a very loyal underground following in the States that is only growing larger. APESHIT met up with guitarist Thomas Bredahl and drummer Jon Larsen before their sold out show in Anaheim, CA to speak with the new Danish gods about the secrets to their success.
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VOLBEAT @ House of Blues, Anaheim (08/27/10)

Denmark’s VOLBEAT rolled into Downtown Disney in Anaheim for their first headlining tour of the U.S. While the turn out for their first Southern California show earlier this year in support of METALLICA at the Troubador was pretty good, tonight’s turnout was absolutely incredible. The House of Blues was packed with only the most dedicated VOLBEAT fans. The crowd were chanting the band’s name as MOTORHEAD was played over the house speakers. As soon as VOLBEAT took the stage, the crowd went totally apeshit. There were drunken smiles, cheering, singing, and dancing that created a fun party atmosphere. The band played very well and played their hearts out as they constantly interacted with the audience. Frontman Michael Poulsen took a time out to give a shout out to the legendary Ronnie James Dio. The setlist was focused on the band’s last two albums along with “Fallen” off of their upcoming album and a few from the first album. It was clear from the show that VOLBEAT are on the cusp of breaking bigger in the U.S.

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APESHIT’s Top Albums of 2009

It’s that time where we take a look back on the year as 2009 comes to a close. So we, the APESHIT goons, asked ourselves, what albums moved us, kicked our asses, and reminded us of why we love metal (and music)? Read on for our top albums of 2009…
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VOLBEAT @ The Troubador, West Hollywood (12/09/09)

Denmark’s best import since MERCYFUL FATE played their first show in Los Angeles. Though this off-date from the band’s opening slot on the current METALLICA U.S. tour was hardly publicized, the Troubador was packed with enthusiastic VOLBEAT fans. As the band hit the stage, you could see the smiles on their faces as they had not anticipated such a great turn out. Everyone was in a good mood, plenty of drinks were being consumed by all, and it was just a fun party atmosphere. People were singing along and smiling the entire time. VOLBEAT played for a good hour and a half in which they played all the hits from their three albums. Even though their first album is not available domestically, the crowd seemed to be very familiar with the songs. They also played their latest song, “A Warrior’s Call,” which is the theme song for Danish boxing champ Mikkel Kessler. And for all the MISFITS fans, VOLBEAT played the classic, “Angelfuck.” Frontman Michael Poulsen told the crowd that although they are honored to be opening for METALLICA, there’s nothing like playing a full show. He also proclaimed that the Troubador crowd was the best crowd so far during the tour. All in all, this was probably one of the most fun shows in recent times to attend in LA, and there’s no doubt that VOLBEAT will be back soon. Skål!

VOLBEAT – Guitar Gangsters and Cadillac Blood

Denmark’s VOLBEAT continues to roll on Guitar Gangsters and Cadillac Blood with their unique combination of thrash, rockabilly, roots rock ‘n roll, country, and punk. While their last one, Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil was a quality, solid album, the new one is better. VOLBEAT better captures those intangible elements of soul and timelessness and the results are fantastic. The band really separate themselves from the pack with their superior songwriting skills.

Though there are still plenty of metal riffs that put Black Album-era METALLICA to shame, the album features the more rock ‘n roll and melodic side to the band. On “Still Counting,” VOLBEAT even play a reggage/dub intro that THE CLASH would’ve loved to have written and then proceed to split skulls with James Hetfield-sized riffs. While the first eleven songs provide more than enough quality content, it’s the final three songs that really bring it all home. The second to last song, “Find that Soul,” is the absolute crowning song on Guitar Gangsters and Cadillac Blood.

Once again, the man that holds it all together and leads the way is the larger than life presence of vocalist/guitarist Michael Poulsen. His vocal range and vocal arrangements have grown and his vocals take on a heavier workload this time around.

A unique sound, top notch songwriting, and soul – what more could you ask for in a record? (Mascot Records)

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VOLBEAT to Release Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood on March 17th

Rockabilly-influenced Danish metal band VOLBEAT will be releasing their second album, Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood, on March 17th through Mascot Records.  The album follows their successful 2008 release, Rock The Rebel/Metal The Devil.

The title Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood refers to a story that connects seven of the thirteen (official) songs on the album: “Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood“, “Find That Soul“, “Maybellene I Hofteholder“, “Still Counting“, “Back To Prom“, “Light A Way” and “A Broken Man And The Dawn“. It’s a tale about a travelling band whose leader is a man that once got shot in the desert and left for dead. During the bands tour he went on a mission to find the mysterious killer that put seven bullets in his body. While travelling from city to city the band ends up in a small town called Ten House City performing for just a handful of people in the local bar. The songs offer observations of the people in the rundown venue, made by the bandleader. This storyline will continue to be a connecting theme and developed asVOLBEAT writes future albums.

Singer/guitarist Michael Poulsen comments: “It’s one of our goals to improve every time. That’s the main reason of our existence. Every tour had to be better than the previous one. We also want every album to be better than the one before. We wanted to improve on the song writing with Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood. I think we succeeded.”

VOLBEAT is rounded out by guitarist Thomas Bredahl, bassist Anders Kjølholm and drummer Jon Larsen.

>Get more info on VOLBEAT via their official website and MySpace page.

APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2008

We finally got off our asses and did it.  It’s already the year 2009, but we’ve complied a list of our top albums of 2008.  Compiling such a list is never easy, and 2008 was no exception.  Maybe it was a lack of albums that really stood out, or maybe we just weren’t paying enough attention.  Regardless, we took a quick look back on the metal albums we felt were notable in 2008.
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VOLBEAT Joins NIGHTWISH on North American Tour 2009

Elvis metal ‘n’ rollers VOLBEAT will tour the US with Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH on their two-week May 2009 U.S. tour. VOLBEAT will be in support of their second U.S. release slated for March 2009 on Mascot Records U.S.A.

Tour Dates:

May 01 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
May 02 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theater
May 03 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
May 05 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
May 06 – Louisville, KY @ Club Oasis
May 08 – Sauget, IL @ Pops
May 09 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
May 11 – Corpus, TX @ Pavillion at Concrete Street
May 12 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
May 14 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade