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Scottish Pirate Metal,
This review is from: Captain Morgan's Revenge (Audio CD)
The band proudly proclaim themselves to be 'Scottish Pirate Metal', and yup, that is (rather happily) just what you get. Nine songs (plus a cover, see later) of merry metal action, with some raspy pirate captain-esque vocals, cliche piratical lyrics ("With the power of ale, he cannot fail" is a personal favourite, along with "I want more wenches, more wenches is what I need") and hooks as large as any found on a pirate vessel in Peter Pan.
It is best not to expect anything progressive, especially bold or truly diverse from Alestorm: but then, their piratical formula for music has enough life in it for a whole album at least, and so it doesn't matter. Two pseudo-ballads, 'Nancy the Tavern Wench' and 'Of Treasure' offer little more than a respite from the fun solos and 'ya-ha-has!' of the rest of the tracks, and meanwhile their branch into the world of cover tracks, 'Flower of Scotland', is the album's weakest point. Thus, my only concern for Alestorm is that they may end up as something of a one-trick pony. Even if that is the case, however, 'Captain Morgan's Revenge' is a mightily enjoyable trick all the same!
Fans of bands such as Turisas and Hammerfall can't really go wrong with this: it's very difficult to dislike a band that sings about raising pints of rum, and trust me, you will soon be singing along with them. Buy this and enjoy the sound of timbers being well and truly shivered.