Volbeat at the Medford Armory
Rob Caggiano, lead guitarist for Danish heavy metal band Volbeat, has a reputation of being the new guy in the band. "I'm so good at it. I've been the new guy for a long time now," Caggiano says. "I was the new guy in (New York thrash metal band) Anthrax forever. That title never left me."
Caggiano says that fans have been supportive of his move to Volbeat, making an appearance on its 2013 album "Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies."
Thomas Bredahl, Volbeat's longtime lead guitarist, left the band in 2011. The remaining members went into the studio as a three-piece and emerged as a four-piece, with Caggiano.
"When I left Anthrax, Volbeat had called me to produce the new album," Caggiano says. "Two weeks into the process, I was the new guitar player."
Volbeat is equally influenced by Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley as they are Metallica and King Diamond. The band — Michael Poulsen on vocals and rhythm guitar, Anders Kjolholm on bass, Jon Larsen on drums and Caggiano — weave rockabilly and country elements into their heavy metal music.
Volbeat will play Thursday, April 10, at the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $37.50 and are available at www.ticketweb.com.
The follow-up to its 2010 break-through album, "Above Heaven/Beyond Hell," "Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies" debuted at number nine on the Billboard 200 chart when it was released last April, making Volbeat the first Danish act to break into the top 10 since Aqua's "Aquarium" in 1997. The song "Room 24" — which features guest vocals from King Diamond — was nominted for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance and the band received an Echo Award and platinum certification from the German recording industry for the album.
Caggiano says that when he came on board as the band's producer, he and Poulsen immediately began collaborating on unfinished songs intended for the album.
"Michael and I sat down and we ended up finishing four songs," Caggiano says. "We just had fun. That kind of set the tone for the record."
During the current tour, Orlando, Fla., band Trivium will open for Volbeat.
Trivium — guitarist and vocalist Matt Heafy, guitarist Cory Beaulieu, bassist Paolo Gregoletto and drummer Nick Augusto — plays an aggressive style of heavy metal, drawing influence from thrash metal and melodic death metal. The band's newest album, "Vengeance Falls," was released in October 2013.
"Trivium has their own thing and we have our own thing," Caggiano says. "I think the two styles are going to work really well and it's going to be a fun rock 'n' roll show."