Review: Alestorm – No Grave But the Sea

Alestorm-No-Grave-But-the-Sea.jpgWritten by Brett Kihlmire

It’s been three long years but the pirates are back! Questing once more is the Scottish pirate crew known as Alestorm. If you’re at all familiar with this folk-power metal combination then you already know you’re in for one hell of a ride.

While totally tongue-in-cheek, Alestorm has the talent to back up their humor. With jagged riffs, period-specific synths and strings ripped right out of the Golden Age of Piracy, powerful beats and a gnarly pirate vocal style, this album will have you reaching for your flintlock and a bottle of rum in no time. Some of the standout tunes include the title track ‘ No Grave But The Sea,’ the party anthem ‘Mexico,’ the vengeful ‘Fucked With An Anchor,’ the epic ‘To the End of the World,’ and the story-driven ‘Treasure Island.’ But to judge this album on just a handful of tracks does it no justice. Alestorm’s No Grave But The Sea is a real banger through and through. Even if you don’t dig the pirate theme, the band rocks hard with gnarly guitar solos, chugging bass lines and shreddy riffs. It’s metal through and though but with a fun Pirates of the Caribbean feel. It’s well worth a listen. 7.5/10

 

 

Lineup:

Christopher Bowes – Vocals/Keytar
Gareth Murdock – Bass
Peter Alcorn – Drums
Elliot Vernon – Keyboards/Harsh Vocals
Máté Bodor – Guitar

Track List:

  1. No Grave But The Sea *
  2. Mexico*
  3. To the End of the World *
  4. Alestorm *
  5. Bar Und Imbiss
  6. Fucked with an Anchor *
  7. Pegleg Potions
  8. Man the Pumps
  9. Rage of the Pentahook
  10. Treasure Island *

*Editor’s Favorite Tracks

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