Album Review: Volbeat – “Rewind, Replay, Rebound”
For a moment, it was looking a bit hairy there for Volbeat. Having made their name with a series of solid albums since blasting out of Denmark in the mid-noughties, their last effort Seal The Deal And Let’s Boogie was a bit of a letdown, a record that chugged where it should have soared and generally felt a bit unspectacular. So it’s fair to say that my expectations going into listening to Rewind, Reply, Rebound weren’t exactly high.
Happy to report then that this is a good return to form from Volbeat containing plenty of the energetic arse-kicking rock ‘n’ roll that they made their name with a decade or so ago, right from the moment the sparky Last Day Under The Sun comes firing out of the traps on an energetic riff, before Pelvis On Fire goes from an almost Motorhead style rapid-fire verse to a sleazy ZZ Top style boogie in the chorus.
Rewind, Replay, Rebound is an impressively varied album as well, as evidenced by the way the rapid-fire Die To Live is followed by the more mid-paced and reflective When We Were Kids, which is then followed by the strutting Sorry Sack Of Bones. The main thing though is that this is the sound of a band very much getting its mojo back. If its predecessor was a bit lumpen and anonymous, here Volbeat sound refreshed, confident and keen to remind the world exactly what they can do when they’re on form, and The Sweet style rolling Cheapside Sloggers, the soaring Maybe I Believe and the swagger of The Awakening of Bonnie Parker bear that out in spades. By the time the thrashy Everlasting and the enjoyably melodic Soul Asylum indebted 7:24 round this one off, Volbeat have shouted from the hilltops that reports of their creative demise were very much exaggerated.
"Rewind, Replay, Rebound" is the welcome sound of a band who'd previously sounded as if they were on the skids creatively getting their groove back and reminding the world what they're capable of. Arguably the best album Volbeat have done since "Outlaw Gentlemen And Shady Ladies" way back in 2013, and one which marks them as still being a band with plenty of fire left in the tank.