Volbeat is a Danish metal band which was founded in Copenhagen in 2001 by former Dominus member Michael Poulsen. The lineup was completed by guitarist Teddy Vang, bassist Anders Kjølholm and drummer Jon Larsen. They play a fusion of rock and roll, heavy metal, schlager and rockabilly. They are inspired by classic rock and roll artists such as Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, as well as modern hard rock, groove metal, alternative rock and hardcore groups. Their current line-up consists of Poulsen, Kjølholm, guitarist Rob Caggiano and drummer Jon Larsen.
Volbeat recorded their self-titled demo in 2002, followed by another demo called “Beat the Meat.” Franz Gottschalk replaced Teddy Vang before the second demo was recorded. The band was then signed by Rebel Monster Records, a sub-label of Mascot Records.
“The Strength/The Sound/The Songs” was released as Volbeat's debut album in September 2005 and reached #18 on the Tracklisten chart in Denmark. Their second album, “Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil,” was recorded in autumn of 2006. When the recordings were finished, Gottschalk was forced to leave the band. He was replaced by Thomas Bredahl. “Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil” was released in February 2007 and peaked at #1 in Denmark.
Their third album, “Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood,” was released in August 2008 and debuted at #1 in both Denmark and Finland. Volbeat's long-awaited fourth album, “Beyond Hell/Above Heaven,” was released in September 2010. It debuted at #1 in Denmark, Finland and Sweden, and became their first appearance on the Billboard 200 Albums chart in the United States. Volbeat's fifth album, entitled “Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies.” was released worldwide in April 2013.