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Servant Of The Mind (Deluxe)

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After two decades, seven previous studio albums, multi-platinum sales, and sold-out concerts across the globe, Denmark's roots Volbeat have remained stubbornly consistent in wielding massive, power and thrash metal riffs, passionate rockabilly swagger, and punk rock attitude. Eighth album Servant of the Mind continues their M.O. while glossing up their sonic approach (a tad) and re-emphasizing the theatrical potential in guitarist/vocalist Michael Poulsen's songs. Again produced and mixed by longtime collaborator Jacob Hansen, Servant of the Mind is arguably the darkest, loudest, and heaviest album in their catalog --as well as their most accessible. Written in three months, it was recorded in three weeks. With its roiling drumkit and bass intro, opener "Temple of Ekur" is as epic and excessive as its title. The chugging guitar riff, driving tempo, and Poulsen's crystal clean, hooky vocals combine to make it a stadium anthem. "The Sacred Stones" commences with a massive Black Sabbath-like dual guitar riff from Poulsen and Rob Caggiano, underscored by Jon Larsen's thudding tom-toms and kick drums and Kaspar Boye Larsen's filthy bassline. Poulsen deliberately channels Ronnie James Dio in his singing. What emerges is a dynamic update of Heaven and Hell's approach transformed through Volbeat's musicality. "Shotgun Blues" is darker, edgier, and more ferocious. The guitars charge at one another with 1980s thrash metal abandon, forcing Poulsen to climb above them. The charging drum kit and distorted bassline add ballast and textural dimension. In typical Volbeat fashion, however, the chorus delivers an infectious lyric hook without sacrificing the heaviness. Contrast this tune with the brutal chug and burn of "Say No More," with its proggy stop-and-start bridge, double-timed drumming, and assaultive guitars. The band know how to throw curve balls, too. "Dagen Før" features a guest vocal from Stine Bramsen of Danish pop heroes Alphabeat. Volbeat render it an unapologetic AOR anthem with slick, sheeny '80s production, a cruising tempo, and an irrepressible pop melody perfectly melding Bramsen's and Poulsen's voices. While the proceeding "The Passenger" answers with a punky '80s thrash vamp through the verse, its refrain offers the kind of pop-metal grandeur only Volbeat and Ghost -- and vintage Blue Öyster Cult, of course -- are capable of summoning. "Becoming" nods at death metal as drums and bass swing under the punishing guitars but again, Poulsen sends it over the top with a fist-pumping refrain. "Step Into Light" is horrific metallic surfabilly with a soulfully resonant vocal. Closer "Lasse's Birgitta" enters with edgy, reverbed blues and rockabilly guitar vamps before a thrashing "Paranoid"-esque riff asserts the tune's body. Poulsen's vocal keeps the band centered even as he sings of witch burning in 15th century Sweden. Servant of the Mind doesn't offer much in terms of change for Volbeat. But these 13 songs, penned during a time of great global uncertainty, are wonderfully crafted, beautifully recorded, and performed with an incendiary energy. In other words, they all affirm life, fun, and better days ahead. Rock & roll can ask no more.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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1
Temple Of Ekur
00:04:19

Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rob Caggiano, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Larsen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kaspar Boye Larsen, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 VOLBEAT

2
Wait A Minute My Girl
00:02:20

Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rob Caggiano, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Larsen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kaspar Boye Larsen, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 VOLBEAT

3
The Sacred Stones
00:06:14

Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rob Caggiano, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Larsen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kaspar Boye Larsen, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 VOLBEAT

4
Shotgun Blues
00:04:27

Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rob Caggiano, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Larsen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kaspar Boye Larsen, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 VOLBEAT

5
The Devil Rages On
00:05:10

Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rob Caggiano, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Larsen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kaspar Boye Larsen, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 VOLBEAT

6
Say No More
00:04:40

Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rob Caggiano, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Larsen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kaspar Boye Larsen, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 VOLBEAT

7
Heaven's Descent
00:04:10

Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rob Caggiano, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Larsen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kaspar Boye Larsen, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 VOLBEAT

8
Dagen Før
00:04:09

Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rob Caggiano, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Larsen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Stine Bramsen, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kaspar Boye Larsen, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 VOLBEAT

9
The Passenger
00:03:37

Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rob Caggiano, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Larsen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kaspar Boye Larsen, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 VOLBEAT

10
Step Into Light
00:04:56

Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rob Caggiano, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Larsen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kaspar Boye Larsen, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 VOLBEAT

11
Becoming
00:04:13

Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rob Caggiano, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Larsen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kaspar Boye Larsen, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 VOLBEAT

12
Mindlock
00:04:48

Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rob Caggiano, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Larsen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kaspar Boye Larsen, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 VOLBEAT

13
Lasse's Birgitta 
00:07:56

Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rob Caggiano, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Larsen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kaspar Boye Larsen, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 VOLBEAT

14
Return To None
00:02:35

Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Caggiano, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Larsen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wolfbrigade, ComposerLyricist - Kaspar Boye Larsen, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 VOLBEAT

15
Domino
00:02:56

Norman Petty, ComposerLyricist - ROY ORBISON, ComposerLyricist - Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Caggiano, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Larsen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kaspar Boye Larsen, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 VOLBEAT

16
Shotgun Blues
00:04:27

Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rob Caggiano, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Matrise, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Larsen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kaspar Boye Larsen, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 VOLBEAT

17
Dagen Før (Michael Vox Version)
00:04:09

Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rob Caggiano, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Larsen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kaspar Boye Larsen, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 VOLBEAT

18
Don’t Tread On Me
00:03:36

Volbeat, MainArtist - Michael Poulsen, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Caggiano, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James Hetfield, ComposerLyricist - Lars Ulrich, ComposerLyricist - Jon Larsen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kaspar Boye Larsen, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Blackened Recordings Inc., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

Album Description

After two decades, seven previous studio albums, multi-platinum sales, and sold-out concerts across the globe, Denmark's roots Volbeat have remained stubbornly consistent in wielding massive, power and thrash metal riffs, passionate rockabilly swagger, and punk rock attitude. Eighth album Servant of the Mind continues their M.O. while glossing up their sonic approach (a tad) and re-emphasizing the theatrical potential in guitarist/vocalist Michael Poulsen's songs. Again produced and mixed by longtime collaborator Jacob Hansen, Servant of the Mind is arguably the darkest, loudest, and heaviest album in their catalog --as well as their most accessible. Written in three months, it was recorded in three weeks. With its roiling drumkit and bass intro, opener "Temple of Ekur" is as epic and excessive as its title. The chugging guitar riff, driving tempo, and Poulsen's crystal clean, hooky vocals combine to make it a stadium anthem. "The Sacred Stones" commences with a massive Black Sabbath-like dual guitar riff from Poulsen and Rob Caggiano, underscored by Jon Larsen's thudding tom-toms and kick drums and Kaspar Boye Larsen's filthy bassline. Poulsen deliberately channels Ronnie James Dio in his singing. What emerges is a dynamic update of Heaven and Hell's approach transformed through Volbeat's musicality. "Shotgun Blues" is darker, edgier, and more ferocious. The guitars charge at one another with 1980s thrash metal abandon, forcing Poulsen to climb above them. The charging drum kit and distorted bassline add ballast and textural dimension. In typical Volbeat fashion, however, the chorus delivers an infectious lyric hook without sacrificing the heaviness. Contrast this tune with the brutal chug and burn of "Say No More," with its proggy stop-and-start bridge, double-timed drumming, and assaultive guitars. The band know how to throw curve balls, too. "Dagen Før" features a guest vocal from Stine Bramsen of Danish pop heroes Alphabeat. Volbeat render it an unapologetic AOR anthem with slick, sheeny '80s production, a cruising tempo, and an irrepressible pop melody perfectly melding Bramsen's and Poulsen's voices. While the proceeding "The Passenger" answers with a punky '80s thrash vamp through the verse, its refrain offers the kind of pop-metal grandeur only Volbeat and Ghost -- and vintage Blue Öyster Cult, of course -- are capable of summoning. "Becoming" nods at death metal as drums and bass swing under the punishing guitars but again, Poulsen sends it over the top with a fist-pumping refrain. "Step Into Light" is horrific metallic surfabilly with a soulfully resonant vocal. Closer "Lasse's Birgitta" enters with edgy, reverbed blues and rockabilly guitar vamps before a thrashing "Paranoid"-esque riff asserts the tune's body. Poulsen's vocal keeps the band centered even as he sings of witch burning in 15th century Sweden. Servant of the Mind doesn't offer much in terms of change for Volbeat. But these 13 songs, penned during a time of great global uncertainty, are wonderfully crafted, beautifully recorded, and performed with an incendiary energy. In other words, they all affirm life, fun, and better days ahead. Rock & roll can ask no more.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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