Volbeat have taken the rock world by storm and now they’ve conquered EMP’s grand stage with their face-melting range of Volbeat merchandise. The metal band who mash Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash influences into their riffs are not to be messed with. Smash your guitars, throw out your blue suede shoes and make way for Volbeat t-shirts, jeans, hoodies and sneakers. If rock n’ roll threads aren’t your thing, kick back and listen to the band’s classic tracks with Volbeat CDs and vinyl. Pumping out Elvis-metal from your sound system never felt so good!
Thanks to these Danish heavy metallers, the King of Rock and Roll’s legend lives on. The lead singer and guitarist, Michael Poulsen, first brought the seemingly absurd mix of Elvis and metal to the world’s ears in 2001. Formed in Copenhagen, Volbeat went on to mix other genres and created a signature sound. Today the music of the band can be referred to as anything from Elvis-metal to rock 'n' roll, punk rock, country or blues.
Their list of inspiration includes rock and roll legends Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, as well as metal bands such as Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeth, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and punk rock bands like Social Distortion. The huge breadth of musical muses is reflected in Volbeat's work. The two albums The Strength/The Sound/The Songs (CD | vinyl | limited edition vinyl) and Rock Rebel/Metal The Devil (CD | vinyl | limited edition vinyl) are the best examples of this fondness for their unusual sound.
Quirky instruments aside, Volbeat’s lyrics are something else. Songs are mostly autobiographical or tell simple love stories. But just as they play fast and loose with the rulebook on the music, the lyrics follow suit. Stories flow through the tracks - not simply stopping at the end of a song. Some extend over several albums. The story of Danny and his girlfriend Lucy is a winding and tragic tale told over three albums, keeping you hooked and waiting for the next instalment.
The albums Beyond Hell/Above Heaven and Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies (CD | vinyl) saw Volbeat finally climb to the top of the metal scene. Scooping countless gongs at the Danish Metal Awards and the Metal Hammer Awards, songs like “Fallen”, “Still Counting”, “The Nameless One” or “Pearl Heart” should find a place on any metal playlist.
If you thought that Volbeat had already written their masterpiece with Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, you’d definitely be wrong. Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie (CD | 2-CD deluxe edition) is another cracker in the Danish band’s arsenal of vocal weaponry. Thirteen tracks hit you straight in the face, hooking you in with the typical Volbeat refrain. No other band out there can mix metal, rock ’n’ roll and hymnic choirs in the inimitable way that Volbeat does. Stirring and rousing, it’s a concept that has carved Volbeat a unique career with millions of albums sold and countless awards to match.