Volbeat’s Michael Poulsen reveals he wrote band’s upcoming album in only three months

Author Arto Mäenpää - 23.7.2021

Danish rock’n’roll band Volbeat recently completed the work on it’s upcoming album which will be released later this year via Universal Music. Band’s lead singer / guitarist Michael Poulsen has revealed in a brand new interview given to Germany’s Rock Antenne that it took him only three months to write the follow-up to 2019’s “Rewind, Replay, Rebound”. He said the following in the interview about the writing process:

Well, when we heard it was not possible to tour [due to the coronavirus pandemic], and nobody knew when we could go back on the road, it was, like, ‘Okay, then what do we do now?’ And there was nothing else [for us to do but write].

I’ve gotta be honest: I enjoyed my time at home with my kids and my fiancée, family. I love it; I hadn’t been home for such a long time. So being able to do that has been a blessing. I’m very satisfied with my life at home, but I’m also looking forward to getting back to the road. So, basically, we just said, ‘You know what? There’s no reason for just sitting around doing absolutely nothing.’ So I just started writing a new album. And I had so much energy, because that energy was supposed to be used on the road, on stage, and I used all that energy to stay in one bubble and write the new record. Normally I can be in 10 different bubbles when I write those albums. Sometimes it takes one and a half years to write an album, because then you’re touring and you don’t have so much breaks to go home and write. This time I stayed in one bubble, and it took me only three months to write the album and put down all the guitars and all the lyrics and everything. And I was just so inspired; I just never looked back. And every time we had a rehearsal — we were rehearsing two times a week — I had a new song. And it felt like that was how we did back in the day for some of the first records. That was pretty much how we did it. It felt like we were 17 [or] 18 years old again. And those songs just came [so quickly].

– Michael Poulsen

Regarding the musical direction of the upcoming album Poulsen said the two singles released already don’t really represent the rest of the material on the album which he feels is the heaviest the band has ever done. He had the following to say about the direction:

It’s the most heavy Volbeat record to date. The two singles that are out now — I’m very, very proud of them; they’re pure rock songs — but they don’t really represent the rest of the material. There’s a good reason why we released those two songs now. It’s summer. People need some light. They need some positive energy. They need good vibrations, good mood. And I think those two songs have all those kind of things.

Asked if the upcoming album will contain songs as heavy as “Evelyn” Poulsen had the following to say:

There’s definitely stuff that’s just as heavy as ‘Evelyn’ — no doubt about it. I wouldn’t say much more than that. But there’s definitely stuff that’s just as heavy as ‘Evelyn. And there’s stuff that’ll bring you back to old Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio, early Metallica, even some old Death inspiration, old Bolt Thrower inspiration. So some of those classic songs from old-school heavy bands. For sure, there’s definitely stuff that sounds like early Candlemass. So, there’s gonna be a lot of thunder and lightning for the rest of the material.

You can watch the interview below: