ARTIST:

VOLBEAT

(DENMARK)
TITLE:

SERVANT OF THE MIND

(2021)
LABEL:

UNIVERSAL

GENRE:

HEAVY METAL

TAGS:
Happy, High-pitched vocals, Old School, Technical
"Volbeat finds with "Servant Of The Mind" a convincing Heavy Metal while keeping a certain talent for unstoppable melodies."
NOISE (02.12.2021)  
4/5
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With "Rewind.Replay.Rebound", Volbeat had proposed a direct and catchy record without changing its recipe. Carried by Michael Poulsen's voice, it was accessible, closer to a pop rock sound than a metal one. The result was nice but after a few listenings, the album was easily forgotten. Back with "Servants Of The Mind", Volbeat has the heavy task of proving that they haven't become one of those bands that privileges the immediate side to the detriment of the soul of the beginnings.

With a cover in the offbeat spirit that Volbeat likes, the new opus benefits from an energetic first part that allows it to start on promising bases, Volbeat showing a much more metallic and incisive face than in the last years. The riffs and soli are in the forefront with a heavy spirit not far from the melodic thrash we heard in the 90s. The power delivered is in perfect balance with the melodic strength brought by Poulsen. The latter makes his songs come alive with a crazy class and irresistible choruses. In the middle of this metal discharge, Volbeat puts his signature on the very rock'n'roll 'Wait A Minute My Girl'. Carried by the sax and the piano, the title dives straight into the 50s, just like 'The Devil Rages On', full of swing, rock and inhabited by a typical crooner's voice: a charming piece with an irresistible nostalgic side.

The second part of the album has its share of good things but seems a bit too long. After a classic Volbeat 'Heaven's Descent' with a good mix of melody and heavy side, the record falter. 'Dagen Før', with Stine Bramsen as a guest, is a pure radio pop song, nice for the vocal duo but too soft. 'The Passenger' and 'Step Into The Light' are in the commercial style of the recent Volbeat, and despite some nice passages, struggle to stay in the head. Fortunately the last tracks, much more interesting, allow the record to end on a good note.

Despite a small in performance, "Servants Of The Mind" stands out as an excellent vintage from Volbeat, which finds a good part of aggressiveness and pleases by putting the guitars back in the center of the subject. Michael Poulsen and his band show a nice vitality and push back a wear and tear that was settling a little.


More informations on http://www.volbeat.dk/





TRACK LISTING:
01. Temple Of Ekur
02. Wait A Minute My Girl
03. The Sacred Stones
04. Shotgun Blues
05. The Devil Rages On
06. Say No More
07. Heaven's Descent
08. Dagen Før
09. The Passenger
10. Step Into Light
11. Becoming
12. Mindlock
13. Lasse's Birgitta

LINEUP:
Jon Larsen: Batterie
Kaspar Boye Larsen: Basse
Michael Poulsen: Chant / Guitares
Rob Caggiano: Guitares
Stine Bramsen: Chant / Invité
   
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