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VOLBEAT - Sentrum Scene, Oslo (NO) 23.10.2010

The Danes extraordinaire in Norway

Great music knows no borders. As we continue to spread out and diversify our contents with events from places all over the world, this time we got something from our Scandinavian neighbours in Norway. Volbeat's latest gig in Oslo was brought into the limelight. Unfortunately due to a camera incident, we were unable to retrieve the photos from this particular show. Luckily, Music Photocalypse gallery has all the bands we might need. So below you can see Volbeat pics from Sonisphere Finland 2010.


Danish band Volbeat was established in Copenhagen in 2001 by the vocalist Michael Paulsen. The band consists of Jon Larsen on drums, Anders Kjølhol on bass and Thomas Bredahl on guitar. By mixing different kinds of genres like rockabilly, metal and rock, this band has obviously found their recipe for success. Volbeat’s fan base has grown tremendously over a short period of time, and the fact that James Hetfield himself asked the band to be Metallica’s support act during their North American tour hasn’t exactly made the Danes any less popular. In 2010 Volbeat had released their 4th studio album “Beyond Hell/Above Heaven”.

volbeat2That night was my first encounter with Volbeat live and they got none other than The Kadidate and Entombed as their opening acts.
Yours truly missed out on The Kadidate but arrived at the venue just in time to see Entombed who are one of Scandinavia’s biggest death metal bands. I’ll have to admit that I don’t personally listen to them, but I was impressed by the energy the guys had on stage. Entombed started out with the song “Crawl”, which was a great choice to begin the show. They continued the set with the songs “To Ride, Shoot Straight and Speak The Truth” and “I for an Eye”. The venue was still pretty empty at this point, but the few people who where there, were ecstatic. Entombed put on a good show and I laughed a few times at how funny the vocalist Lars Gøran Petro was being while he was performing. And when he wasn’t, he was busy spitting water on people. Good intro, good music, good energy. volbeat4

After 5 minutes of worthless bullshit on the speakers, a huge flag with Volbeat’s logo came down from the ceiling, covering the stage. People knew that it wasn’t going to be long before the band “everybody” came to see was going to entertain us, but no. We had to wait another 30 minutes with the crew members running around like headless chickens, trying to prepare the stage, and an annoying guy “sound checking” the microphone with some lousy noise that started resembling a bad rap. While this was going on, the room started filling up and people where getting inpatient. A whole orchestra of chanting and feet stomping over tuned everything else.

Volbeat entered the stage and were welcomed with jumping applauding people. They started the show with “The Mirror and the Ripper” from their latest album. Songs like “A Better Believer” and Elvis-inspired “16 Dollars” where also played. The guys were everywhere, running up and down the ramps and enjoying themselves. They did a good job balancing rock tunes like “Rebel Monster” to the more simple tunes like “The Gardens Tale”. Lars Gøran Petro joined the stage after a while and accompanied Volbeat on the track “Evelyn”. They also dedicated a song to the man himself, Ronnie James Dio, which was of course “Sad Man’s Tongue”. Poulsen even managed to take breaks from singing because the audience was doing the job for him on the track “Still Counting”.

Right when I thought it was the end of the gig, the boys got off the stage and returned, performing not one but three more songs. Impressive gig, impressive artists and they put on one hell of a show. I would highly recommend you to go check them out live, you won’t regret it.

Review: Linda Nur Chbib | Pictures: Jana Blomqvist

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