Album Review: Volbeat – Rewind, Replay, Rebound
It’s unlikely that anyone is looking to Volbeat, a group who have cultivated their brand – essentially Metallica playing quiff-tugging, whole-hearted homages to Johnny Cash and Social Distortion – for nuanced takes on gender politics. But in terms of misreading the room, in 2019 throwing in a lyrical reference to ‘juicy pussy’ not five minutes into your new album is a fail. That the line, from ‘50s rock’n’roll tribute Pelvis On Fire, is delivered while frontman Michael Poulsen attempts an Elvis Presley impersonation, only compounds the fist-gnawing horror.
From this nadir, Rewind, Replay, Rebound oscillates between the playful (Die To Live, featuring Clutch’s Neil Fallon, a killer chorus and joyous boogie-woogie piano; punchy Peaky Blinders tribute Cheapside Sloggers) and the genuinely painful (Eurovision ballad-in-waiting Rewind The Exit), without ever transcending mediocrity. And, even taking all this into account, seven albums into their career, Volbeat still sound like a band desperately searching for an identity to call their own.
No matter how successful the rock recipe, sometimes that one extra ingredient can take it to another level…
Listen to Black Sabbath’s newly remastered version of Am I Going Insane (Radio), taken from their upcoming super deluxe edition of Sabotage.