Volbeat frontman Michael Poulsen is a fan of extreme metal, and was even in a death metal band in his younger days. Though Volbeat's music is catchy and mainstream, guests like King Diamond on 2013's Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies and Gary Holt (Exodus) on 2019's Rewind, Replay, Rebound tip the hat to more extreme styles. They also covered "Don't Tread On Me" for the recently released The Metallica Blacklist.
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Their eighth studio album Servant of the Mind doesn't feature any guests from harder genres. It does however feature another batch of potential hit singles, adding to the plethora they've had over the past decade or so. Several Volbeat songs have topped the Mainstream Rock chart, including "Wait A Minute My Girl" from this record, which became their ninth number-one single.
Volbeat albums tend to be released every three years or so, but Servant of the Mind went faster. "I wrote the whole album in three months," Poulsen says. "I was in a good place and mood while at home, and had a captive audience of myself."