Following the event of Caggiano leaving Anthrax last month, many Anthrax fans surely wondered where Caggiano's next musical outlet would take place.
Now, UG can reveal to both fans of Rob Caggiano and Volbeat alike, that Caggiano now has joined Volbeat as a lead guitarist. He was originally only supposed to produce their new album titled "Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies" alonside their long-time producer Jacob Hansen (responsible for producing their four previous albums). All this was revealed in a Facebook post by the band:
"The band is very proud and happy to announce that he will also be the new guitar player in Volbeat. The collaboration with Rob in the studio was so inspiring and in good spirit that we the decided to keep him. Basically we went into the studio as a three piece and came out as a whole band!"
The facebook post also had Rob's thoughts on it where he revealed how it came to be:
"Wow! I have to say I'm completely blown away by the turn of events over the last few weeks here in Denmark and at this point an update is definitely in order. To start with, I came to Denmark about a month ago to produce the new Volbeat record which in and of itself has been an incredibly exciting adventure from a producer's perspective thus far. However, I'm extremely happy to say my relationship with these guys will not end there as it turns out... it's just beginning!"
Volbeat singer/rythm-guitarist Michael Poulsen also revealed that the upcoming album was inspired by the wild west, saying:
"Half of the album tracks will take you into the world of outlaw gunslinger stories sometime in the 1800s. Some of the characters are true legends, while others are fiction. The listener will hear inspiration from classic spaghetti western movies which gives you a clue to the album title and cover artwork."
This marks the leave of former lead-guitarist Thomas Bredahl, but the addition of Rob Caggiano is probably welcomed by fans of Volbeat.
What are your thoughts on this? Good, bad or simply awesome? Let us know in the comments!