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VOLBEAT releases video for LG PETROV tribute song 'Becoming'

24-08-2022

Danish/American rock and rollers VOLBEAT have released the official music video for the song “Becoming”. The track is a “tribute” to the legendary Swedish death metal band ENTOMBED, whose lead singer Lars-Göran “LG” Petrov died in March 2021 after a battle with bile duct cancer. He was 49 years old.

Watch the official video, a video of Michael Poulsen explaining the song and the lyric video for “Becoming” below.

VOLBEAT frontman Michael Poulsen said: “We were recording (the latest VOLBEAT album) ‘Servant Of The Mind’ in (producer) Jacob Hansen’s studio, and we were about to record the song ‘Becoming’. And it has that opening riff that’s really inspired by the mighty ENTOMBED, and you know, we just talked about why not put that Boss Heavy Metal HM-2W pedal on that ENTOMBED was so well known for, and bands like DISMEMBER and a lot of Swedish death metal bands, actually. It’s the signature death metal Swedish distorted guitar sound, and it sounds disgustingly good. (Laughs) So, we thought, why not use that pedal on that riff? So, we did and it just ended up just sounding even more like ENTOMBED, and it turned out to be a really good song and it was probably one of the most heavy riffs in VOLBEAT. But later on, of course, we were hearing the sad news about LG passing, a very sad day, and I think it is still very sad that he is not around. He was one of our really great friends. I had a lot of great conversations with LG. And we were always hanging out when it was it was possible, and talking and helping each other out, as well. So, we decided, later on to actually dedicate ‘Becoming’ to LG because of the great inspiration that we had in that song. So, yeah, ‘Becoming’ has somehow become the LG song.”

In a November 2021 video explaining the inspiration for “Becoming”Poulsen said: “(The song) is, as you probably noticed, a tribute to the mighty ENTOMBED and our good friend L.G. Petrov who sadly passed away. But, yeah, it’s one of those riffs where you can definitely hear the inspiration from the ‘Clandestine’ album, which (was) L.G.’s favorite ENTOMBED record, which is quite funny because he doesn’t sing on this album.

L.G. was a great guy, a great human being, a good friend. And wherever you are out there, friend, dear brother, I hope that you’re doing good down there or up there.

“Let’s all raise our glasses for Mr. L.G.

‘Becoming’ is for you, my dear friend. Cheers!”

“Becoming” is taken from VOLBEAT’s eighth studio album, “Servant Of The Mind”, which was released last December via Republic Records.

A few years ago, Poulsen, who played extreme metal with his first band, DOMINUS, back in the early ’90s, said that he wouldn’t rule out a return to death metal in future. “I do have things at home — I can pick up some few death metal riffs here and there,” he told Heavy TV. “I’ve got so many good friends in the death metal scene, and I’ve been talking to some of them to one day, when the time is right, sit down and write some old-school death metal. When that’s going to happen, I don’t know. It will happen; it’s just timing is everything.”

Back in 2011, Poulsen told Soundspike about his pre-VOLBEAT act: “(DOMINUS) was straight metal. On the third record, we were starting to flirt around with making a little bit with some rock ‘n’ roll stuff. What I wanted to do was keep the door wide open and see what happens. I didn’t want to paint myself into a corner. If I wanted a song to start like a country song and let it burst into a metal song, that’s what I did. Right now it comes very naturally. That’s the most important thing — that you don’t sit and try too hard to provoke it out of you. It has to come as a normal flow, and that’s actually what happened.

Photo credit: Ross Halfin
Photo credit: Ross Halfin

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