Rewind, Replay, Rebound (Deluxe)
On album seven, Volbeat solidifies their long-term infatuation with rockabilly and hard rock. The Copenhagen quartet elevates their ambitions—and volume levels–with guests ranging from vocalist Mia Maja and Clutch’s Neil Fallon to saxophonist Doug Corcoran, pianist Raynier Jacob Jacildo, and the Harlem Gospel Choir. “Pelvis on Fire” is what Volbeat does so well, all greaser swagger with Marshall stacks. “Die to Live” has a sustained over-the-top energy that equally recalls Jerry Lee Lewis and The Misfits. “The Everlasting” skews toward the metal edge, and “Cheapside Sloggers” features a killer solo from Exodus/Slayer guitarist Gary Holt. But for all the good times on Rewind, Replay, Rebound, the quartet can also examine deeper subjects like innocence (“When We Were Kids”) and mortality (“Last Day Under the Sun”), offering perspective as well as perspiration. The deluxe version includes five demos and three bonus tracks.