[HARD ROCK] If Johnny Cash started a heavy metal band, he’d probably end up with something like Volbeat. Of course, that’s taking the easy way out to describe these guys. These Danish rockers (Michael Poulson on vocals andguitar, Jon Larsen on drums, Kaspar Boye Larsen on bass) assisted by Rob Caggiano of Anthrax on guitar, are hook masters. Their last two albums in particular, the dark western themed Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies, and the boisterous and spooky Seal the Deal and Let’s Boogie has riff after riff that will not only get your head banging, but also melodies that you’ll be singing at the top of your lungs. Poulsen is a powerful singer and a gifted storyteller, and Volbeat has been steadily climbing the ladder of hard rock for years because of it. It’s infectious as all hell, so if you call yourself an old fashioned rock and roll fan you won’t want to miss their headlining show at Artpark on Saturday, May 20.