Best Heavy Metal Fix: Volbeat
"We believe in three things," Michael Poulsen of Volbeat declared during the band's midnight set Friday. "We believe in Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and fear." With that last word he lifted the devil horns on his left hand and ripped into another pulverizing riff of heavy rock & roll. Volbeat originated in Copenhagen in 2001, but their interests couldn't be more American and high-octane. Their presence on the Coachella bill continues a loud-heavy precedent set by Motörhead's celebrated concerts at the 2014 fests, and AC/DC headline shows last year. Poulsen slashed at his guitar with a Social Distortion tattoo on his arm. Part metal, part punk, part Americana, Volbeat brought noisy intensity to the opening night's final moments.