Michael Poulsen

born on 1/4/1975 in Slagelse, Sjaelland, Denmark

Alias Michael Schøn Poulsen

Michael Poulsen

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Michael Poulsen

Michael Poulsen (born April 1, 1975) is a Danish vocalist and guitarist. He is currently the singer and main songwriter of the band Volbeat.


Michael Poulsen grew up in Ringsted, Denmark which is about a 40 miles (63 kilometers) from Copenhagen in a working-class family. He has a twin sister and two older sisters who are also twins. His parents were big fans of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Chuck Berry. As a teenager, he got in touch with metal music like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Whitesnake, Deep Purple, Iced Earth and Black Sabbath.[1] At the age of 17, he moved to Copenhagen and formed his first band Dominus. Poulsen stated a major influence during this period was Chuck Schuldiner and his band Death.

Dominus released four records between 1994 and 2000. The band split-up a year later as Poulsen was fed up with death metal music and the death metal scene.[2] He wrote new songs with a more rock'n'roll approach and established Volbeat. After releasing two demos, their debut album The Strength / The Sound / The Songs reached number 18 in the Danish charts and became the first album of a Danish metal band in 20 years to enter the top 20.[3] On 22 April 2006, Poulsen performed with some of Elvis Presley's studio musicians in Copenhagen.[4] Volbeat's sophomore record Rock the Rebel / Metal the Devil and their third effort Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood went straight to number 1 in the Danish charts.[3][5]

Poulsen later showed his affinity towards Social Distortion, and taking cues from a "new influence" created Volbeat's distinct sound.

March 2010 Poulsen was married at Graceland, Memphis, to his wife Lina.[6]

In 2012, Poulsen is doing a liner note for the Relapse Records reissue of Death's 1990 album Spiritual Healing, which he considers one of his favorite albums.

Musical equipment

Poulsen primarily plays Gibson SG guitars, early on he used a Tony Iommi signature model but has lately switched to a GT-model equipped with Seymour Duncan pickups. Occasionally an ESP Ltd and Gibson Les Paul Goldtop is also used. Poulsen plays his guitars through an Ibanez Tube Screamer, a noise suppressor, a vintage equalizer and a maximizer pedal. For amplification Poulsen uses a Marshall JCM800 2210 model.[7]


In 2006, Poulsen was nominated in the categories Singer of the year and Composer of the year at the annual Steppeulven awards.[8] Two years later, he was nominated in the category Best singer at the Danish Music Awards.[9]


with Dominus

  • 1994: View to the Dim
  • 1996: The First Nine
  • 1997: Vol. Beat
  • 2000: Godfallos

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with Volbeat

  • 2002: Volbeat-DEMO
  • 2003: Beat The Meat-DEMO
  • 2005: The Strength / The Sound / The Songs
  • 2007: Rock the Rebel / Metal the Devil
  • 2008: Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood
  • 2010: Beyond Hell/Above Heaven
  • 2013: Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies


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  7. Janne Stark Volbeat - Michael Poulsen fuzz.se Retrieved: 2009-07-09
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