Concert Review: Volbeat

House of Blues, March 14

From the audience’s first fist-pump, this Danish act had fans rockin’ with a high-energy set. Although Volbeat is fairly new to American fans, the musicians performed songs that spanned their 12-year career.

The title track of their previous record, “Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood,” had the crowd chanting along. The song also featured a wicked guitar solo from Rob Caggiano, formerly of Anthrax, who joined the band last month. Prior to playing their latest single, “Heaven Nor Hell,” lead vocalist/guitarist Michael Poulsen said, “If I lose in Vegas, I always win when I’m onstage with all of you.”

Volbeat rocked covers ranging from Slayer to Johnny Cash, which is a good representation of their sound. Poulsen, resembling Cash with a pompadour, white collared shirt and black vest, performed a solo cover of “Ring of Fire” on a mounted acoustic guitar at the front of the stage before segueing into Volbeat’s “Sad Man’s Tongue.” The band also gave a sneak peak of their new song “Lola Montez” from their album Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, scheduled to be released next month.

“A Warrior’s Call” had the crowd screaming “Fight! Fight! Fight!” with more fist-pumping action than ever. For the encore, the band played a beefed-up hard-rock cover of Young the Giant’s “My Body.” Volbeat is definitely a band to catch live and are winning over new fans around the world one fist pump at a time. ★★★★☆

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