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Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie (Deluxe)

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Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie may be the album that finally makes Volbeat rock & roll superstars in the U.S -- they are everywhere else. That said, the follow-up to 2013's brilliant Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies may seem, at least for longtime fans, a surprising choice for a breakthrough. Ex-Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano joined the band after producing and playing on the 2013 date, and he cements his position here. He co-produced this with vocalist Michael Poulson and Jacob Hansen. His original riffs and mad shredding have made the band's sound -- already unique -- iconic. While the record's title -- as wonderfully strange and catchy as its predecessors -- signifies a hard-partying set, there is something else afoot here. The album is divided into distinct halves. The first is darker and moodier, though infectious melodies and dynamics abound. Song topics often refer to historical characters who have an unshakable belief in the powers and principalities of the spiritual world. The opening single, "The Devil's Bleeding Crown," hit the top spot on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart. Poulsen remains one of rock's most charismatic frontmen. He soars above the swaggering, streetwise boogying riff and clattering drum swing. He teases the melody out of this powerful attack and brings it home. The shredding solo by Caggiano is an added plus. It segues into "Marie Laveau," which inverts the first tune's riff and delivers a different compulsively catchy melodic refrain. "The Bliss," a midtempo hooky rocker, offers a banjo breakdown in the bridge before chugging back to its catchy lyric. Danko Jones guests on "Black Rose." His rougher, edgier vocals contrast with the smoother ones of Poulsen as edgy '70s glam metal meets early-'60s "oooohhhh--ahhhhh--oooooo" pop in the backing chorus. The tight guitar break and crackling riff make it irresistible. The second half is looser. It commences with a cover of the Ramones-worshiping Teenage Bottlerocket's "Rebound." It's faithful but nonetheless has been remade in Volbeat's hard-rocking retro image. Poulsen's declarative sincerity in the lyric of "Goodbye Forever" contains a surprise. A tight, anthemic hook pairs acoustic guitars and the bells of ride cymbals to color the middle of the mix. Already a great song, after a swirling bridge the Harlem Gospel Choir enters, delivers the fist-pumping chorus, and accompanies Poulsen for the duration. The title track is a real showcase for Caggiano and a certain candidate to open shows. Unfortunately, the reading of the Georgia Satellites' "Battleship Chains" is too reverential and feels out of place. Set closer "The Loa's Crossroad" is a rager, though it contains a bagpipe breakdown that only adds to its ferocity. Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie possesses all the elements that make Volbeat impossible to compare or pigeonhole. That said, while it delivers on the ambition of its predecessor, it lacks its acute focus. But for its missteps as well as its strengths, it doesn't disappoint. It rocks. Hopefully, it will transition them to top of the pile where they belong.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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1
The Devil's Bleeding Crown
00:03:59

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOE BARRESI, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rob Caggiano, Producer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Co-Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Russell, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Larsen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Recording Engineer, Clapping, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Tue Bayer, Clapping, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Stablein, Clapping, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 VOLBEAT

2
Marie Laveau
00:03:14

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOE BARRESI, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rob Caggiano, Producer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Co-Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Russell, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Larsen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 VOLBEAT

3
For Evigt
00:04:43

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOE BARRESI, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rob Caggiano, Producer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Co-Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Johan Olsen, Additional Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Russell, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Larsen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Percussion, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Rod Sinclair, Banjo, AssociatedPerformer - Mia Maja, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 VOLBEAT

4
The Gates Of Babylon
00:04:34

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOE BARRESI, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rob Caggiano, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Co-Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Russell, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anders Pedersen, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Larsen, Composer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Additional Vocals, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 VOLBEAT

5
Let It Burn
00:03:39

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOE BARRESI, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rob Caggiano, Producer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Co-Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Russell, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Larsen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mia Maja, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 VOLBEAT

6
Black Rose
00:03:55

Danko Jones, Additional Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOE BARRESI, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Vic Florencia, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Caggiano, Producer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Co-Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Russell, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Larsen, Composer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Additional Vocals, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Mia Maja, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 VOLBEAT

7
Rebound
00:02:29

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOE BARRESI, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Caggiano, Producer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Co-Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Russell, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Larsen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Recording Engineer, Clapping, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Tue Bayer, Clapping, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Stablein, Clapping, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Carlisle, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2016 VOLBEAT

8
Mary Jane Kelly
00:05:40

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOE BARRESI, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rob Caggiano, Producer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Co-Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Russell, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anders Pedersen, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Larsen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mia Maja, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 VOLBEAT

9
Goodbye Forever
00:04:31

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOE BARRESI, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rob Caggiano, Producer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Bryan Russell, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harlem Gospel Choir, Choir - Jon Larsen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 VOLBEAT

10
Seal The Deal
00:04:09

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOE BARRESI, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rob Caggiano, Producer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Co-Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Russell, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anders Pedersen, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Larsen, Composer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 VOLBEAT

11
Battleship Chains
00:03:22

Terry Anderson, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOE BARRESI, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Caggiano, Producer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Co-Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Russell, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anders Pedersen, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Larsen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 VOLBEAT

12
You Will Know
00:04:32

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOE BARRESI, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rob Caggiano, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Co-Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Russell, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Larsen, Composer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 VOLBEAT

13
The Loa's Crossroad
00:04:22

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOE BARRESI, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rob Caggiano, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Co-Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Russell, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Larsen, Composer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Additional Vocals, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Henning Skovskjalden, Bagpipes, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 VOLBEAT

14
Slaytan
00:00:59

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOE BARRESI, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rob Caggiano, Producer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Co-Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Russell, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Larsen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 VOLBEAT

15
The Bliss
00:04:43

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOE BARRESI, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rob Caggiano, Producer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Co-Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Russell, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Larsen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Percussion, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Rod Sinclair, Banjo, AssociatedPerformer - Mia Maja, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 VOLBEAT

16
Black Rose
00:03:58

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOE BARRESI, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rob Caggiano, Producer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Co-Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Russell, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Larsen, Composer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Additional Vocals, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Mia Maja, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 VOLBEAT

17
The Devil's Bleeding Crown (Live At Tusindårsskoven, Odense / 2015)
00:04:05

Mads Mikkelsen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Not Applicable, Author - Rob Caggiano, Producer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Co-Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Anders Kjølholm, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Larsen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 VOLBEAT

Album review

Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie may be the album that finally makes Volbeat rock & roll superstars in the U.S -- they are everywhere else. That said, the follow-up to 2013's brilliant Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies may seem, at least for longtime fans, a surprising choice for a breakthrough. Ex-Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano joined the band after producing and playing on the 2013 date, and he cements his position here. He co-produced this with vocalist Michael Poulson and Jacob Hansen. His original riffs and mad shredding have made the band's sound -- already unique -- iconic. While the record's title -- as wonderfully strange and catchy as its predecessors -- signifies a hard-partying set, there is something else afoot here. The album is divided into distinct halves. The first is darker and moodier, though infectious melodies and dynamics abound. Song topics often refer to historical characters who have an unshakable belief in the powers and principalities of the spiritual world. The opening single, "The Devil's Bleeding Crown," hit the top spot on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart. Poulsen remains one of rock's most charismatic frontmen. He soars above the swaggering, streetwise boogying riff and clattering drum swing. He teases the melody out of this powerful attack and brings it home. The shredding solo by Caggiano is an added plus. It segues into "Marie Laveau," which inverts the first tune's riff and delivers a different compulsively catchy melodic refrain. "The Bliss," a midtempo hooky rocker, offers a banjo breakdown in the bridge before chugging back to its catchy lyric. Danko Jones guests on "Black Rose." His rougher, edgier vocals contrast with the smoother ones of Poulsen as edgy '70s glam metal meets early-'60s "oooohhhh--ahhhhh--oooooo" pop in the backing chorus. The tight guitar break and crackling riff make it irresistible. The second half is looser. It commences with a cover of the Ramones-worshiping Teenage Bottlerocket's "Rebound." It's faithful but nonetheless has been remade in Volbeat's hard-rocking retro image. Poulsen's declarative sincerity in the lyric of "Goodbye Forever" contains a surprise. A tight, anthemic hook pairs acoustic guitars and the bells of ride cymbals to color the middle of the mix. Already a great song, after a swirling bridge the Harlem Gospel Choir enters, delivers the fist-pumping chorus, and accompanies Poulsen for the duration. The title track is a real showcase for Caggiano and a certain candidate to open shows. Unfortunately, the reading of the Georgia Satellites' "Battleship Chains" is too reverential and feels out of place. Set closer "The Loa's Crossroad" is a rager, though it contains a bagpipe breakdown that only adds to its ferocity. Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie possesses all the elements that make Volbeat impossible to compare or pigeonhole. That said, while it delivers on the ambition of its predecessor, it lacks its acute focus. But for its missteps as well as its strengths, it doesn't disappoint. It rocks. Hopefully, it will transition them to top of the pile where they belong.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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