Danish Press Boycotts Volbeat As New Album Arrives

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Nine leading Danish media outlets have penned an open letter to Volbeat explaining why they have decided to boycott the band's new album, Rewind, Replay, Rebound. With the disc officially arriving on Friday (August 2nd), none of the publications will review or write about the LP.

The controversy first arose when Volbeat allegedly refused to accredit two of the outlets, tabloid Ekstra Bladet and metal website Devilution, for the band's homecoming Copenhagen concert in August 2017. Every other Danish media outlet was reportedly allowed to cover the show. No explanation was given for the ban, but both of these outlets had previously written negative reviews of the group.

Volbeat then allegedly blocked the same two publications when the band performed in Denmark this past June. Again, no reason was given for the move. But now the band has apparently instructed its label, Universal, to avoid sending copies of Rewind, Replay, Rebound to those same two outlets, allowing no time to listen to the album and have a review ready in time for the release date.

As a result, Devilution, Ekstra Bladet and seven additional major Danish outlets have chosen not to cover the album. They have written an open letter to Volbeat, explaining that the band's apparent lack of respect for a free and independent press will not be tolerated by the Danish media and that none of these outlets will write about Volbeat again until this perceived press ban is lifted.

Rewind, Replay, Rebound follows up 2016's Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie, which featured the chart-topping "Black Rose" and "The Devil's Bleeding Crown." The new disc includes the singles "Leviathan" and the band's latest Number One at rock radio, "Last Day Under The Sun."