Danish metal rock 'n' rollers VOLBEAT will release their fourth studio album, "Beyond Hell/Above Heaven", in Germany on September 10 and in most parts of Europe on September 13 by Vertigo/Universal. The CD was once again recorded at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen and is currently being mixed.
In other news, VOLBEAT has scheduled the following European dates:
Nov. 02 - DE - Düsseldorf @ Philipshalle
Nov. 03 - DE - Ludwigsburg @ Arena
Nov. 04 - DE - München @ Zenith
Nov. 05 - AT - Wien @ Gasometer
Nov. 06 - AT - Graz @ Stadthalle
Nov. 08 - CH - Zürich / Winterthur @ Eishalle Deutweg
Nov. 10 - NL - Amsterdam @ Heineken Music Hall
Nov. 11 - BE - Antwerp @ Lotto Arena
Nov. 13 - DE - Chemnitz @ Arena
Nov. 14 - DE - Berlin @ Columbiahalle
Nov. 15 - DE - Hamburg @ Sporthalle
Commented the band: "We're thrilled to present a handful of European dates — first up is Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria.
"We're bringing the biggest live production we've ever toured with, a fistful of new songs, a bunch of classics and hunger for some serious 'Halle' action."
VOLBEAT will return to the U.K.'s Download festival this June, an event they first participated in last year. Just prior to the band's Download appearance, VOLBEAT will open for German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN at the 10-Oren venue in the group's hometown of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Regarding the title of VOLBEAT's new album, guitarist/vocalist Michael Poulsen previously stated, "The title refers to the overall theme of the album, and it continues the storyline from where [the last VOLBEAT CD] 'Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood' left off…"
VOLBEAT is "very excited" about the new material, "carrying the songs into both extreme metallic territory, punk variations and some very catchy stuff at the same time," according to a posting on the band's web site. In addition, fans can expect to hear various guest musicians on the CD.
Added Poulsen: "We have fast, slow and mid-tempo songs. We still blend different styles of punk, rock 'n' roll, rockabilly, metal, heavy metal, thrash metal, country — we still keep it very open, it's just music! I cannot say too much about it right now, but we're really excited about it and it's going to be very, very cool. Again, we're going to give people something they haven't heard before. We always try to do something special and different on each and every album."
A video message from VOLBEAT regarding the new album title and the songwriting process for the new CD can be viewed at this location .
"Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood", the third studio album from VOLBEAT, received a U.S. release in March 2009 via Mascot Records. The follow-up to "Rock The Rebel / Metal The Devil" featured 14 tracks, including a SOCIAL DISTORTION cover as a bonus cut on all editions.
"Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood" was certified gold in Denmark for sales in excess of 20,000 copies less than a month after its release. The CD entered the Danish chart at No. 1, and was beaten only by METALLICA's "Death Magnetic" in its second week of release.