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Volbeat—the Copenhagen rockers who debuted back in 2005 with their album "The Strength / The Sound / The Songs" released their latest record "Rewind, Replay, Rebound" in 2019. Their primary strength lies in including various songwriting techniques and angles.
Their road to popularity has been winding and long. Still, their skill in wrapping catchy rock choruses with Scandinavian metal riffs to create a lockable aesthetic has helped them appeal to multiple Rock and heavy metal fans worldwide.
Their latest album shows that Volbeat has continued to juggle those multiple aspects within their sound, with the additional effort of trying to please their songwriting masters. They've walked a musical tightrope since the beginning of their career, but the additional strain of catering to their rock radio fans has made things a little jarring.
The first song on the album is "Last Day Under The Sun"—overloaded with riffs stolen from the pop-metal side of 80's AC/DC records, along with the coveted radio catchiness, shows that the band is playing towards those who are drawn in by their image of rockability.
The following track makes the album begin to feel a bit disjointed. "Rewind The Exit" is a well-executed power ballad with guitarist Rob Caggiano and bassist Kaspar Larsen delivering a pleasantly thick sound and godly solos. While the band always has a couple of ballads in each of their records, the flow makes it feel like many different musical voices fight for dominance.
This is further intensified by "Die To Live"—a super-fast ripper that reminds us of Queen's "Sheer Heart Attack"—complete with a 50s piano and rock saxophone.
Almost every single song on the album has some merit on an individual level, but when listened to in one go, the experience feels like a bit of a roller coaster that's missing a few bolts—shaky but still functional. There's a reason it was the first to enter the top 10 in UK's charts!
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