Multi-platinum Danish band Volbeat has shared its version of “Don’t Tread on Me” from the forthcoming album “The Metallica Blacklist.”
The album features more than 50 artists contributing interpretations of their favorite cut from Metallica’s self-titled fifth album, celebrating the 30th anniversary of “Metallica” (aka “The Black Album”). All profits from “The Metallica Blacklist” will be donated to charity, benefiting Metallica’s All Within My Hands foundation and a charity of each contributing artists’ choice. For “Don’t Tread on Me,” Volbeat has chosen the Børne Cancer Fonden in Denmark.
“We didn’t want to touch any of the big hits on that album, which is quite difficult because they’re all hits, somehow,” Volbeat’s Michael Poulsen said. “We were trying to pick a song that you don’t hear as much from that album, and the most important thing was to pick a song where we could transform it into a Volbeat song. ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ definitely had a swing that I could turn into a Volbeat swing, and it turned out really great.”
Listen to “Don’t Tread on Me” here or below. “The Metallica Blacklist” will be available on digital and streaming on Sept. 10, 2021, and on vinyl and CD on Oct. 1.
Last week, Volbeat announced its first headline shows in nearly two years. Punctuated by festival appearances at Rebel Rock (Orlando, Florida, Sept. 23, 2021) and Aftershock Festival (Sacramento, California, Oct. 8, 2021), the eight-date headline run will see the band coming to cities including Atlanta, San Diego and Los Angeles. Special guests The Hu, Twin Temple and Municipal Waste will appear at select dates. Tickets are on sale here.
Volbeat 2021 tour dates:
Fri 9/24 – Atlanta, GA at Tabernacle*
Sun, 9/26 – Oklahoma City, OK at The Criterion*
Tue, 9/28 – San Antonio, TX at Sunken Garden Amphitheater^
Wed, 9/29 – Lubbock, TX at Lonestar Amphitheater^
Sat, 10/2 – San Diego, CA at The Observatory North Park #
Wed, 10/6 – Los Angeles, CA at Hollywood Palladium %
Sat, 10/9 – Paso Robles, CA at Vina Robles Amphitheatre*
Sun, 10/10 – Oakland, CA at The Fox Theater*
* Twin Temple
^ The Hu & Twin Temple
# Municipal Waste & Twin Temple
% Municipal Waste
Volbeat also recently released the music video for its current single “Wait a Minute My Girl.” The video was directed by Sean Donnelly, founder of AWESOME+modest, with collages by Mengqing Yuan and animation by Steve Yeung. AWESOME+modest is an animation studio based in Los Angeles, California, that specializes in mixed media techniques. It most recently created all of the animation in the HBO documentary miniseries “The Lady and the Dale,” Marvel’s “Behind the Mask” and Showtime’s “The One and Only Dick Gregory.”
Volbeat’s upcoming eighth studio album is expected to be released later in 2021.