The band has also shared that former ANTHRAX and THE DAMNED THINGS guitarist Rob Caggiano has officially joined the band. Caggiano served as producer on Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, alongside long-time production partner Jacob Hansen, who produced and mixed the band's prior four albums. Caggiano was a member of Anthrax for two tenures from 2001-2005 and again from 2007-2013.
Singer and guitarist Michael Poulsen shared: "The band is very proud and happy to announce that he will also be the new guitar player in Volbeat. The collaboration with Rob in the studio was so inspiring and in good spirit that we the decided to keep him. Basically we went into the studio as a three piece and came out as a whole band!”
Caggiano offers a detailed explanation of the chain of events that transpired in adding: "Wow! I have to say I'm completely blown away by the turn of events over the last few weeks here in Denmark and at this point an update is definitely in order. To start with, I came to Denmark about a month ago to produce the new Volbeat record which in and of itself has been an incredibly exciting adventure from a producer's perspective thus far. However, I'm extremely happy to say my relationship with these guys will not end there as it turns out......it's just beginning! Michael had asked me on the phone before I got out here if I would play some guest solos on the new album in addition to my other duties and of course I was thrilled about that and agreed to do so. When I actually got to Denmark and started going through the material, this turned out to be so much more than that. After weeks of collaboration between Michael and I it became quite clear that we had an amazing creative chemistry together and a huge mutual respect for one another. It's so refreshing and inspiring to be creative again on a songwriting level that words can't even describe it and the vibe between Anders, Jon, Michael and I is just awesome. I'd say an artistic relationship like this one is very rare and it's also something I don't take for granted. When the guys asked me if I was interested in joining Volbeat the other day, my jaw just about hit the floor! It actually didn't even register in my brain properly until the next morning but I gotta say, it also didn't take me long to decide. It really isn't the way I envisioned the rest of my year to play out but at the same time, THIS feels more "right" to me than anything I could have possibly imagined and I'm going for it! To all my fans, family, friends and overall supporters that have reached out to me over this last month wondering if I'm ever gonna play guitar again or what I'm up to in general etc........See you all soon my friends and get ready for a wild ride!!!"
Poulsen adds: "Half of the album tracks will take you into the world of outlaw gunslinger stories sometime in the 1800s. Some of the characters are true legends, while others are fiction. The listener will hear inspiration from classic spaghetti western movies which gives you a clue to the album title and cover artwork."
Poulsen also offers additional detail on the recordings sharing: "We are still ‘rocking out’ in the studio, and working on the last details. We are very excited about this album. We feel that we’ve achieved the goals we set out. The heavy stuff on the album is perhaps more old school heavy riffs than earlier, and the rock songs rock out with tons of melodies and take us into unchartered territory. All that without losing the Volbeat sound that is the cornerstone of our band."
Volbeat will finally return to Denmark after nearly two years of absence to world premiere brand new material from their forthcoming album. The band will allow their fans a unique opportunity to hear brand new material plus Volbeat classics in intimate club surroundings.
19 - Store Vega - Copenhagen
20 - Ringsted Kongrescenter - Ringsted
22 - Posten - Odense
23 - Voxhall - Aarhus
24 - Multisalen - Aalborg
Volbeat will then hit North America in March with openers DANKO JONES. The itinerary is as follows:
6 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
7 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
9 - San Antonio, TX - Freeman Coliseum
10 - El Paso, TX - Speaking Rock Entertainment Center
11 - Lubbock, TX - Lonestar Pavilion
12 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
14 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues at Mandalay Bay
15 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
16 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
17 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
19 - Boise, ID - Revolution Center
20 - Missoula, MT - The Wilma Theater
22 - Seattle, WA - Showbox At The Market
23 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
24 - Calgary, AB - MacEwen Hall
25 - Prince George, BC - CN Centre
27 - Dawson Creek, BC - EnCana Events Centre
28 - Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference Centre
29 - Medicine Hat, AB - Cypress Center
30 - Regina, SA - Brandt Centre
1 - Saskatoon, SA - Credit Union Center
2 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
3 - Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights
6 - Ft. Wayne, IN - Piere's
9 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theatre
10 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head
11 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero