|Former Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano joins VOLBEAT|
|Monday, 04 February 2013 13:26|
Danish metal band Volbeat has announced that the upcoming studio album 'Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies' will be released on April 8, 2013. The band has also shared that former Anthrax and The Damned Things guitarist Rob Caggiano has officially joined the band.
Caggiano served as producer on 'Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies', alongside long-time production partner Jacob Hansen, who produced and mixed the band's prior four albums. Caggiano's producer credits include The Damned Things, Bleeding Through and Anthrax amongst others, and he was a member of Anthrax for two tenures from 2001-2005 and again from 2007-2013. Singer and guitarist Michael Poulsen shared,
"The band is very proud and happy to announce that he will also be the new guitar player in Volbeat. The collaboration with Rob in the studio was so inspiring and in good spirit that we the decided to keep him. Basically we went into the studio as a three piece and came out as a whole band!"
Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies will be released on Universal Music and Volbeat has revealed the cover for the upcoming album, and a photograph from the studio featuring the new line-up, both of which are available upon request. Poulsen reveals,
"Half of the album tracks will take you into the world of outlaw gunslinger stories sometime in the 1800s. Some of the characters are true legends, while others are fiction. The listener will hear inspiration from classic spaghetti western movies which gives you a clue to the album title and cover artwork."
Poulsen also offers additional detail on the recordings sharing,
"We are still 'rocking out' in the studio, and working on the last details. We are very excited about this album. We feel that we've achieved the goals we set out. The heavy stuff on the album is perhaps more old school heavy riffs than earlier, and the rock songs rock out with tons of melodies and take us into unchartered territory. All that without losing the Volbeat sound that is the cornerstone of our band."
Volbeat achieved a rare feat over the past album cycle, with three songs from 'Beyond Hell / Above Heaven' hitting #1 on the Active Rock charts. The third of these songs, 'Heaven Nor Hell' is currently the most played song at the format, following prior singles 'A Warrior's Call' and 'Still Counting' in achieving this milestone. The anticipation for the upcoming release 'Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies' is significant on a worldwide basis, as the band's notoriety continues to grow steadily month after month. 'Beyond Hell / Above Heaven' has now sold more than 750,000 copies across the globe, and has been certified for 2X platinum in the band's home country Denmark, while achieving platinum certification in Germany and Finland. The album reached gold status in Canada, Sweden and Austria, with strong U.S. sales exceeding 250,000 units.