Servant of the Mind

Volbeat - Servant of the Mind
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
User Score
Based on 20 ratings
December 3, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Vertigo, Republic / Label
- / Genres
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Rarely has such a successful band sounded so ravenous. These leather seats are comfy, but the devil’s at the wheel.

Classic Rock
Like others, Volbeat have used the recent global travails to reset their musical clock. The result is not only their best album in a while, but also one that opens up an exciting future.

Eighth album Servant of the Mind continues their M.O. while glossing up their sonic approach (a tad) and re-emphasizing the theatrical potential in guitarist/vocalist Michael Poulsen's songs.

Metal Injection

Servant of the Mind has a lot of memorable songs, a couple of filler tracks, and follows in the path of Rewind, Replay, Rebound and 2016's Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie with catchy hard rock singles augmented by some metal moments.


I’ve always found Volbeat rich with fun fist pumping nostalgia but I must admit I’ve never really been a ‘whole album’ guy with this band although I did give *Rewind, Replay, Rebound* a couple of enjoyable spins but anyway I thought it’d be interesting to give this new one a quick go.

The first couple of tracks are okay but ‘The Sacred Stones’ is by far the standout track for me, it opens with church bells and patient chugging metal swagger the ... read more


Temple of Ekur - 3/5
Wait A Minute My Girl - 4/5
The Sacred Stones - 3/5
Shotgun Blues - 3/5
The Devil Rages On - 3/5
Say No More - 3/5
Heaven’s Descent - 5/5 ❤
Dagen Før (feat. Stine Bramsen) - 4/5
The Passenger - 3/5
Step Into Light - 3/5
Becoming - 3/5
Mindlock - 3/5
Lasse’s Birgitta - 4/5


It sure is a Volbeat album alright. This album marks the return to a heavier sound and is a step up from Rewind, Replay, Rebound which went for a lighter sound. It is a fun listen but could be cut down a little because this album is an hour long. It's another album of Volbeat doing what they do best and that's about it. I am glad this album is way more consistent than Rewind, Replay, Rebound because that album had some really boring and bland songs. It's also well performed and produced. Rob ... read more

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Track List

  1. Temple of Ekur
  2. Wait A Minute My Girl
  3. The Sacred Stones
  4. Shotgun Blues
  5. The Devil Rages On
  6. Say No More
  7. Heaven’s Descent
  8. Dagen Før (feat. Stine Bramsen)
  9. The Passenger
  10. Step Into Light
  11. Becoming
  12. Mindlock
  13. Lasse’s Birgitta
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Added on: September 23, 2021