Current line-up: Michael Poulsen – Vocals, Guitar
Thomas Bredahl – Guitar
Anders Kjølholm – Bass
Jon Larsen – Drums, Percussion
Volbeat is a Danish rock band formed in Copenhagen in 2001. They play a fusion of early rock 'n' roll, heavy metal and rockabilly. They are inspired by the rock 'n' roll legends Metallica, Social Distortion, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. Their line-up consists of vocalist and guitarist Michael Poulsen, guitarist Thomas Bredahl, bassist Anders Kjølholm and drummer Jon Larsen. The band is signed to Dutch label Mascot Records and has released three studio albums and one DVD. All of their studio albums were certified gold in Denmark. Their second album Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil received platinum. According to Poulsen's stage banter in Ruisrock 2009 Volbeat has sold certified gold in two countries, Denmark and Finland. Their band name is taken from the album Vol. Beat by Michael Poulsen's former band Dominus. "Vol" stands for volume while "Beat" stands for beat.
Beyond Hell/Above Heaven is the fourth studio album. Singer Michael Poulsen also stated that the album will contain some surprises and guest appearances. Poulsen also stated, “The Album title is “Beyond Hell/Above Heaven” (no reference to religious beliefs). The title refers to the overall theme of the album, and it continues the storyline from where “Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood” left off…”.
Beyond Hell/Above Heaven features guest appearances by MERCYFUL FATE guitarist Michael Denner, NAPALM DEATH's Mark "Barney" Greenway and KREATOR's Mille Petrozza. Additionally, Jacob Oelund of the Copenhagen rockabilly outfit TAGGY TONES and songwriter Hanrik Hall swung by the studio to lay down some seriously swinging double bass and harmonica.
Tracklist: 1. The Mirror And The Ripper
2. Heaven Nor Hell
3. Who They Are
5. A Better Believer
6. 7 Shots (feat. Jakob Oelund of Taggy Tones)
7. A New Day
8. 16 Dollars
9. A Warrior's Call
10. Magic Zone
11. Evelyn (feat. Mark "Barney" Greenway of Napalm Death)
12. Being 1