Volbeat's upcoming studio album Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies already has a release date and cover artwork. It will come out on April 8th, 2013 (GSA on April 5th and USA on April 9th) via Universal Music. The band has also shared that former Anthrax and The Damned Things guitarist Rob Caggiano, who planned to focus on producing, has officially joined the band as second guitarist.

Caggiano produced Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, alongside long-time production partner Jacob Hansen, who produced and mixed the band's prior four albums.

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!"

Poulsen said about the album cover: "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 details on the recordings: "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."

Caggiano's statement: "Wow! I have to say I'm completely blown away by the turn of events over the last few weeks here in Denmark and at this point an update is definitely in order. To start with, I came to Denmark about a month ago to produce the new Volbeat record which in and of itself has been an incredibly exciting adventure from a producer's perspective thus far. However, I'm extremely happy to say my relationship with these guys will not end there as it turns out... it's just beginning!

Michael had asked me on the phone before I got out here if I would play some guest solos on the new album in addition to my other duties and of course I was thrilled about that and agreed to do so. When I actually got to Denmark and started going through the material, this turned out to be so much more than that. After weeks of collaboration between Michael and I it became quite clear that we had an amazing creative chemistry together and a huge mutual respect for one another. It's so refreshing and inspiring to be creative again on a songwriting level that words can't even describe it and the vibe between Anders, Jon, Michael and I is just awesome. I'd say an artistic relationship like this one is very rare and it's also something I don't take for granted.

When the guys asked me if I was interested in joining Volbeat the other day, my jaw just about hit the floor! It actually didn't even register in my brain properly until the next morning but I gotta say, it also didn't take me long to decide. It really isn't the way I envisioned the rest of my year to play out but at the same time, THIS feels more 'right' to me than anything I could have possibly imagined and I'm going for it! To all my fans, family, friends and overall supporters that have reached out to me over this last month wondering if I'm ever gonna play guitar again or what I'm up to in general etc... See you all soon my friends and get ready for a wild ride!"

Source: volbeat.dk
Band profile: Volbeat
Posted: 04.02.2013 by BloodTears


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psykometal - 04.02.2013 at 21:33  
Interesting bit o' news. Wonder how long this will last...
Jtbmetal123 - 05.02.2013 at 16:00  
Hes wasting his time. How do you go from Anthrax to Volbeat?
psykometal - 05.02.2013 at 20:39  
Well maybe he's just tired of playing thrash and wants something different. Just because you don't like Volbeat doesn't mean other people can't like them. I personally love Volbeat and am looking forward to the new album.

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