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Out Tuesday (April 9th) is the fifth album from Denmark's Volbeat, called Outlaw Gentlemen And Shady Ladies. It has a tough act to follow in 2010's Beyond Hell/Above Heaven, which yielded three rock radio Number Ones and established Volbeat in the U.S. as a group to watch. But frontman Michael Poulsen told us that the band has topped itself this time out: "Without any doubt and without sounding too cliche, I believe this is the strongest work we've ever done. Everything I wanted to accomplish and achieve on our new record is spot-on on this album. We had so much eagerness to put Volbeat up on another level where we thought that we could push ourselves a little bit more. These songs are really, really strong and we're very proud of them."
Former Anthrax member Rob Caggiano, who was a producer on the new disc, recently joined the band as its new guitarist. He replaces Thomas Bredahl, who was given his walking papers in November 2011.
The first single from the new album is "The Hangman's Body Count."
Late last week, Volbeat made a song from the album called "Room 24" available as a free download. The track is a collaboration with singer King Diamond of the legendary cult metal act Mercyful Fate, probably the biggest hard rock band before Volbeat to ever emerge from Denmark.
Volbeat is currently on a spring tour of North America that next stops in New York City on Tuesday night.