This new album is a decent rock album. Most of their metal edges have been completely buffed clean though. I was afraid of this happening after their last album. Out of the 13 tracks, only one song 'Seal the Deal', could be categorized as metal. Maybe the last track too. Kinda.
It sounds like Volbeat, no question. And it's pretty catchy. But they've changed their sound from the older days. Whether that's a good thing or bad is completely up to the ears of the listener. If you liked the last album, there is no reason not to like this one too. I'm disappointed with it though.
There are also 2 cover songs on here. 'Battleship Chains' was originally done (better too) by The Georgia Satellites. While there is nothing inherently wrong with Volbeat's version, it lacks anything special.
'Rebound' was originally done by the pop/punk band Teenage Bottlerocket. It's not a bad cover, but a strange choice given the fact that it's about getting dumped by your highschool sweetheart and it's being sung by dudes well past their high school years. Apparently it's a tribute to TB's deceased drummer, who was a friend of the band.
Perhaps with time, I'll warm up to this album, but for now, if I wanna hear some Volbeat, I'm going back to their early albums when they were still cranking a nice blend of metal, rock, rockabilly and whatever else they felt like. This album is more suited for a bland, non-offensive Clear Channel playlist
Oh, and the bonus tunes are kinda lame and really non-essential listening. You're not missing anything with those.