Red eying is a current issue with the Volbeat camp. One reason could well be that Volbeat have been constantly on the road since 2010 when their eponymous Beyond Hell, Above Heaven album was released, while the second reason for the redness probably has to do with the band members rubbing their eyes in disbelief since the release of their fifth album Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies in April. The album was a huge success from the get-go and has added several chapters to “the tale of Volbeat.”
Thus Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies went hit the no. 1 spots in more than five countries around the world, including their home country Denmark and Germany, where the album in its first week sold over 50,000 copies. Like the band’s wide-ranging mix of rock and roll, heavy metal, rockabilly and country added prairie dust and south-western tinged romance, the four Volbeat gentlemen landed in ninth place on America’s top 200!
In the months that have passed since the release of Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies Volbeat have been almost constantly on the road: Two U.S. tours and a summer tour where the band headlined Europe’s biggest festivals.
The band are now celebrating the success by releasing a limited edition of the successful album. In addition to the original album this release includes bonus tracks and a live DVD with footage from a series of this summer’s festivals. A DVD which illustrates the band’s uncommonly unique place in the world, showcasing the extent of their fans dedication and appreciation. Whether it’s at the Download Festival in the UK, Rock Am Ring, Rock’n'heim in Germany, Hellfest in France or Roskilde Festival, these point-blank recordings capture the true essence of what it’s like to be a fan of Volbeat in 2013.
By now Volbeat are a live band in a league of its own. The band’s attitude towards the art of bringing the concert, is manifested in Michael Poulsen’s words right before entering the stage at Roskilde Festival: “Okay, let’s go out and give them something special!”
And so they did; as the upscale versions of “Lola Montez” and “Cape Of Our Hero” from just Roskilde will prove. But it is not only at Roskilde Volbeat give their fans something special. The rest of the footage on the DVD is a testament to this. Perhaps especially on “Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood” and “Heaven Nor Hell” – both taken from Hock’n'heim in Germany – and perhaps the best two live versions of these songs out there right now.
The DVD also includes climactic moments with the band performing “Doc Holliday”, “16 Dollars”, “The Nameless One”, “Evelyn” (with guest Barney of Napalm Death performing), “Another Day”, “Maybelline i Hofteholder”, “The Hangman’s Body Count “, “Dead but Rising” and “Sad Man’s Tongue”. True evidence of why exactly Volbeat are appreciated as one of the finest rock bands in 2013.