Volbeat has made a new song called "Room 24" available as a free download, according to Blabbermouth. The track is a collaboration with singer King Diamond of the legendary cult metal act Mercyful Fate, who like three members of Volbeat is Danish. Frontman Michael Poulsen said about the team-up, "I'm a huge fan of Mercyful Fate and King Diamond. Having King on this record is a huge privilege. Normally, it's not something he does. He wrote his own lines and it is half my lyrics and half his. It's a weird, scary story and he's the perfect person for it."
- "Room 24" is taken from Volbeat's new album, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, which arrives on Tuesday (April 9th).
- Poulsen told us that the record goes off in some different directions but still sounds like Volbeat: "It's not like we changed a lot, you know. People will immediately be able to hear that it's Volbeat, but I also think they will be able to hear that something new happened when it comes to the songwriting and some of the songs, you know. We definitely pushed ourselves to the limit."
- The first single from the new album is "Cape Of Our Hero."
- The new disc follows up 2010's Beyond Hell/Above Heaven, which featured three Number One rock radio hits, "A Warrior's Call," "Still Counting" and "Heaven Nor Hell."
- Volbeat is currently on a spring tour of North America that next stops in New York City on Tuesday.
CHECK IT OUT: Take a listen to "Room 24":
- Danish singer King Diamond and his band Mercyful Fate first emerged in 1982 and immediately became a favorite on the underground metal scene.
- The band gained notoriety for their dark, heavy sound, King's extreme vocal range, and his public and stage image as a Satanist.
- After one EP and two albums, King left Mercyful Fate for a solo career, although the band reformed several years later and he continued to perform both as a solo artist and with Fate.
- Metallica has cited Mercyful Fate as an early influence and recorded an 11-minute medley of five of the band's songs for its 1998 Garage Inc. covers compilation.
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?
ChopShop777 wrote: "it's great to hear the mighty King diamond's voice on a brand new track, looking forward to more new stuff from the King."
FadedLineVigil wrote: "Decent song. I love Volbeat but nothing I've heard off this album so far has instantly resonated with me like their previous material. Will still buy it Tuesday."
stormheart wrote: "This is awesome! Totally kills that cape song."
RedZombie wrote: "Volbeat rules and collaborating with the King just makes them even cooler."
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