Written by Alex Stojanovic
Temple Of Ekur
Wait A Minute My Girl
The Sacred Stones
The Devil Rages On
Say No More
Step Into The Light
Release Date: December 3, 2021
Label: Republic Records / Website: www.volbeat.dk
Michael Poulsen - Lead vocals & rhythm guitars / Rob Caggiano - Lead guitars & backing vocals
Kasper Boye Larsen - Bass & backing vocals / Jon Larsen - Drums
With touring for Rewind, Replay, Rebound being cut short in 2020 due to the pandemic, the band wasted no time, got the creative juices flowing, and began writing for their eighth album Servant Of The Mind. This album is much more of a return to their heavier sound, while still having a handful of songs in the vein of what they've been doing for the last decade. On previous albums, you can hear a great mix of influences within the songs, but this time around, they stuck with the basics and just wrote fun songs that will work great with rock/metal fans. While some may call these songs more "run of the mill", there's plenty of memorability within these songs, from the stomping groovers like "Shotgun Blues" and "Mindlock", to the melodic pleasers like "Wait A Minute My Girl" and "Dagen For", and the heavy ragers like "Say No More", "The Passenger" and "Heaven's Descent".
"The Devil Rages On" is one song where Poulsen really lets his Elvis vocal influence come into the spotlight. It's funny because I can actually picture Elvis singing this song if he played in a heavy rock band. "Becoming" is without a doubt the most dynamic track. Starting off with a fast-paced thrash/death metal style riff, it transitions into a more mid-paced stomping riff in the verses, and a highly melodic chorus. It's one of those songs that is sure to impress and confuse some listeners. It was also written in tribute to LG Petrov of Entombed, who passed away in early 2021. It's obvious that Volbeat's goal with this album was just to offer something for fans to enjoy rather than reinvent the wheel. Servant Of The Mind certainly turns the time machine back to the band's earlier roots while also still maintaining elements of their current sound. A couple of songs felt like they could've been left off, but it's another solid rock album by one of Denmark's finest.
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