Beyond Hell/Above Heaven

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Beyond Hell / Above Heaven
Studio album by Volbeat
Released 10 September 2010
Recorded Late 2009– June 2010
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock, groove metal
Length 56:57
Label Rebel Monster Records (US)
Mascot Records (US)
Vertigo (EU)
Universal (EU)
Producer Jacob Hansen[1]
Volbeat chronology
Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood
(2008)
Beyond Hell/Above Heaven
(2010)
Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies
(2013)
Singles from Beyond Hell/Above Heaven
  1. "Fallen"
    Released: 9 August 2010
  2. "Heaven Nor Hell"
    Released: 4 November 2010
  3. "A Warrior's Call"
    Released: 30 August 2011
  4. "Still Counting"
    Released: 2012
  5. "The Mirror and the Ripper"
    Released: 2013

Beyond Hell / Above Heaven is the fourth studio album from Danish heavy metal band Volbeat. The title refers to the overall theme of the album, continuing the storyline of “Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood”.[2] This was also the first Volbeat release to chart on the Billboard 200. As of April 2013, the album had sold 225,000 copies in the United States.[3]

Album[edit]

The album, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven was released on 10 September 2010. Michael Poulsen explained the title of the album stating "...it’s a way telling people that we don’t belong or believe in neither heaven nor hell. So if we go beyond hell, we will make heaven look like hell, and if we go above heaven, we will make hell look like heaven. Heaven and hell is something we create in our minds and personal self-created demons come out of that."[4] Featured on the album is previously released track, "A Warrior's Call", which was made for Danish boxer Mikkel Kessler.[1] The track Evelyn contains some death grunts provided by Mark "Barney" Greenway (Napalm Death), which was a whole new element on Volbeat's music.

Michael Poulsen has also revealed several of the guest musicians on the album stating "I’m very very proud to have these fine gentlemen with me, since they inspired me a lot for a long time."[4]

Cover and Artwork By Karsten Sand (Wrysand)

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[5]

The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 3.5 stars stating "Any way you slice it, Volbeat, a skillful repository of so many lineage sounds, are their own thing: a band apart who are sophisticated, accessible, and utterly entertaining as songwriters and performers. Nowhere is this more true than on Beyond Hell/Above Heaven.".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Michael Poulsen, except where noted [6]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Mirror and the Ripper"     4:01
2. "Heaven Nor Hell" (featuring Henrik Hall of Love Shop)   5:23
3. "Who They Are"     3:42
4. "Fallen"   Poulsen, Thomas Bredahl 5:01
5. "A Better Believer"     3:25
6. "7 Shots" (featuring Mille Petrozza of Kreator and Michael Denner of Mercyful Fate / King Diamond)   4:45
7. "A New Day"   Poulsen, Bredahl 4:07
8. "16 Dollars" (featuring Jakob Øelund of Taggy Tones)   2:49
9. "A Warrior's Call"     4:24
10. "Magic Zone"     3:52
11. "Evelyn" (featuring Mark "Barney" Greenway of Napalm Death) Greenway, Poulsen, Jon Larsen 3:30
12. "Being 1"     2:22
13. "Thanks"   Poulsen, Larsen 3:43
14. "Angelfuck" (Bonus Track) Glenn Danzig 1:31
15. "Still Counting" (Bonus Track) Poulsen, Larsen, Kjølholm & Bredahl 4:22
Total length:
56:57
Limited edition bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
14. "Angelfuck" (Misfits cover) Danzig 1:31
Danish bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
14. "Rebel Angel"     3:22
15. "Pool Of Booze, Booze, Booza" (Live)   4:11
16. "A Moment Forever" (Live)   4:37
Best Buy bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
14. "Still Counting" (From album "Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood") Poulsen, Larsen, Kjølholm & Bredahl 4:22

Credits[edit]

Volbeat

Guest musicians[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
Maailma on kaunis by Olli Lindholm
Finnish Albums Chart number-one album
22 September 2010 – 29 September 2010
Succeeded by
JHT2 by Cheek
Preceded by
Body Talk Pt. 2 by Robyn
Danish Albums Chart number-one album
24 September 2010 – 1 October 2010
Succeeded by
Welcome Back Colour by Tina Dickow
Swedish Albums Chart number-one album
24 September 2010 – 1 October 2010
Succeeded by
Små ord av guld by Larz-Kristerz

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Volbeat Reveals Album Title!". Volbeat.dk. 15 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  3. ^ Caulfield, Keith (17 April 2013). "Paramore Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Michael Poulsen Interview". EspyRock.com. 15 July 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed , 2012
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