Released: 2008, Mascot Records/Border Music
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
One and half years have passed since Volbeat last released their stunning second album ROCK THE REBEL/METAL THE DEVIL with which the band got their big breakthrough outside Denmark. The previous album has taken the platinum position in Denmark and they have won a row of awards. The new album is the first release on which the new guitarist Thomas Bredahl participates. Volbeat has already been out on a shorter festival tour through Europe this summer. Because of the huge success with the previous disc you can imagine that that there are huge expectations for GUITAR GANGSTERS AND CADILLAC BLOOD.
It can be hard to make up your mind about Volbeats music at first. The bands headstrong music that has been labeled as “Elvis Metal” usually needs a few rotations to stick, but for me it was love at first spin. Mix Danzig, Elvis, Metallica, Misfits and Johnny Cash. Add metal, punk, rock and rockabilly and you’ll get Volbeat.
14 tracks are featured this time, two are covers and the covers are of the Hank Williams song “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and the Social Distortion song “Making Believe”. The album circles around a group that travels under the name Guitar Gangsters and Cadillac Blood. It’s been said of Cadillac Blood, the frontman of the group, that he was found out in the desert in his Cadillac with seven gaping bullet holes in his back and blood all over the place. The lady who found him panicked and went into town to get the sheriff. When the sheriff arrived at the scene, the body and car were gone. As they go from town to town they eventually end up in “The 10 House City” a small town were few people live. Most of these people gather at a place simply called “The Bar” were they drink and tell their tales. So the album is a kind of theme/concept album but the songs manage to stand on their own. Many of the songs connect to songs from the two previous albums.
Poulsen and crew have managed to make it again and have done a simply amazing album that I have listened to for many many hours already. Poulsen has the ability to write stunning material and he also has the ability to write it such a personal and distinct way that you know that it is a song by Volbeat.
From the opening song “Guitar Gangsters And Cadillac Blood” to the last one “Making Believe” Volbeat fires off a cascade of fast punk and metal rockabilly that is pure genius. If you are into the previous two albums, you are going to love this one, be sure of that.
Volbeat manages to keep their reputation of being one of the best bands in Europe with this album. Despite the pressure of delivering the infamous album number three Poulsen has managed to create a third album that’s gonna be referred to as a masterpiece. If you have not discovered Volbeat yet it’s time to do now. Go out and buy GUITAR GANGSTERS AND CADILLAC BLOOD right now!