|Volbeat was formed in October 2001 by Michael Poulsen, who had previously split up the Danish metal band Dominus. Dominus was said to be Denmark's pride of metal. During their 10 years of existence Michael Poulsen and Dominus released 4 albums and had their videos shown on both MTV, VIVA. (for further information: www.diehardmusic.com).
Volbeat's musical style is said to be a combination of Metallic Rock'n'roll with a touch of the sixties melodic tunes. As a Swedish Reporter from Slavestate Magazine wrote: Metallica should have hired Volbeat as songwriters for their "Load" and "Re-Load" albums. Others have said: This is Elvis-metal.
In 2002 Volbeat release their self-titled debut demo. The response was moderate, and it wasn't until the release of their "Beat the meat" demo from 2003 that things really started happening.
Songs from the "Beat the meat" demo has been aired on Swedish Radio top 30, and has been one of the ten most played songs with the track "Soulweeper" , and also the French Radio have had the track "Danny & Lucy" on their top 30. Both songs are featured on the debut album "The Strength/The Sound/The Songs."
In 2004 Volbeat reaches the semifinals in Denmark's biggest music talent competition Live Contest.
On the 16th of December 2004 Volbeat went to Holland to support New Yorkers Helmet at the Melkweg in Amsterdam (www.melkweg.nl). 2 days later on the 18th of December Volbeat played the big Jingle Bell Rock Show in Copenhagen, Denmark. Later that evening the band was approached by the Danish national TV-station TV2, requesting to use their music during their coverage of the World Championships in handball in Tunisia. Unfortunately the station later ran from their promises.
Volbeat were a nominee for the best live act in 2004 at www.danishmetal.dk
Volbeat are featured on the soundtrack to Denmark's first ever snowboard movie "Frost" with the track "Pool of booze".
Volbeat appeared in the legendary German heavy metal magazine Metal Hammer as the best band/ best promo CD: "Beat the meat" (2003), produced by Jacob Hansen, and later in German magazine Heavy Oder Was as "Best upcoming band".
1000 copies of the "Beat the meat" demo CD has been sold until summer 2005.
After many months of negotiations between the band and many large record companies Volbeat secured a deal on the newly formed label Rebel Monster Records. A sub-label to Mascot Records.
Now their debut release "The strength the sound the songs" is out and the response all over the world is nothing short of amazing.
Volbeat's CD sale has set some kind of Danish record, since no other Danish Heavy Rock band than Volbeat has been able to get that high position at the Danish TOP 100 (position no. 18) for CD sales in over 10 years, and they are leaving bands behind like Madonna, Pink Floyd, Eminem, Guns 'n' Roses and Coldplay, just to name a few.
Volbeat were honoured with a 10/10 review by the legendary German metal magazine Rock Hard, and also made it to no. 6 on their soundcheck list. It's the first time ever any Danish band is given a 10/10 review in Rock Hard, and we are of course very proud of this to say the least.
Volbeat won the award for the best debut album on Danish Metal Music Award 2005 held in Copenhagen Denmark the 26th of November. The Band was not there in person to receive the award, since they were in The Netherlands to support such bands as Candlemass and Destruction on the Arnhem Metal Meeting Festival, and the day after they played in the legendary Dynamo Club.
After leaving the Dynamo Club in Eindhoven, Volbeat went home to Copenhagen Denmark to support Life Of Agony from U.S.A.
Volbeat was among the 10 best releases in the year 2005 in Denmark's 3 biggest newspapers B.T and Politiken and Jyllands Posten . The band appears on the list together with such bands as Rolling Stones, Rammstein and Motörhead.
Volbeat was nominated in 3 category's in Denmark's most acknowledged and respected Music Award show called Steppeulven, which took place in Vega, the 28th of January 2006 in Copenhagen Denmark. Volbeat won the price for the most promising band of the year.
In April 2006 Volbeat was playing to the Anthrax after show in the Netherlands. A big moment since Anthrax has been an influence from day one.
The 22th of April 2006. Frontman Michael Poulsen had the honour to perform with some of Elvis Presley's old studio musicians in Amager Bio, Copenhagen Denmark. Michael Poulsen: This was the greatest moment in my life, I still can't beleive it.
2006 is also the year where Volbeat is playing over 12 Festivals jobs including: Roskilde Festival, Rock Hard Festival, Full Force Festival, Summer Breeze Festival.
And after that Volbeat were heading for a 2 month Danish tour. And after that a one month European Tour with Hatesphere and Raunchy, followed by different gigs around the world. And between all that a Second album is going to be recorded in October 2006 by producer Jacob Hansen.