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Vol coverFrom the stuff we missed for review department comes BEYOND HELL/ABOVE HEAVEN (out now via Universal/Republic), the latest album from Danish rockers VOLBEAT. The follow-up to their 2008 album GUITAR GANGSTERS & CADILLAC BLOODHell/Heaven picks up where that record left off, presenting a 50-minute set of metal with a distinct flavor.

VOLBEAT is essentially the Social Distortion of metal, blending rockabilly and punk stylings together with classic thrash and groove.Sprinkle in the storytelling elements of Clutch with the lionlike roar of Metallica frontman James Hetfield, and you’ve boarded the proper train of thought.

Each song brings a different element to the forefront, giving all sonic influences a chance to stand in the spotlight. Tracks like The Mirror and The RipperA Warrior’s Call, and A Better Believer stand tall, with the grindcore-infused Evelyn (featuring vocals by Barney Greenway of NAPALM DEATH!) providing a crushing element to the album’s latter half. Those who have only heard the two tracks that videos have been released for (Fallen and 16 Dollars – seen above) are missing out, as neither is a good representation of this album or the band.

BEYOND HELL/ABOVE HEAVEN is something well worth your time.

Rating: 4/5

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