August 30, 2012

Alestorm - Back Through Time

I've been listening to Alestorm since the Pirate Metal band's debut, and after months of listening and singing along I've decided I need to expand.

I decided to check into their last album, Back Through Time, because there's not many other Pirate-Any-Genre bands out there anyway. Since they do it well, I'm happy to support their monopoly.. And I just really needed something else to sing along to.

Today's song is Shipwrecked, one of my favorites. It displays the accordion atmosphere of the album, the Metal riff potential, and the slightly more mainstream riffs that go really well with the catchy lyrics.

Give it a listen.


It'd be good to note that a year ago this track didn't really impress me at all. Compared to how I feel now, the track was not worth giving the rest of the album a listen. If you feel that way too, Captain Morgan's Revenge is definitely the better place to start.

The song itself shows what the album will be like. It's simple, the lyrics are blunt, and most of the appeal comes from enjoying pirates. Not to mention the chorus is too much fun to sing along to. (And here's a link for those of you that don't know what banjanxed means.)

In reality I only like this album as filler. There was a hole being made and the only thing that could fix it was more pirates, so I found this and satisfied.

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All that being said, as long as you don't need substance the album is awesome. It's full of fun tracks like Rum, or those depressing songs one loves to hear while under the substance like Scraping the Barrel.

Needless to say, the album is probably best heard drunk.

If you think you may need a little swaying, try the title track out. It gives the album a background and better depth, but it might be a bit much to swallow for some. If you end up enjoying it; you'll probably like the album too.

16 comments:

  1. I can't tell if that video was high-budget or low-budget.

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  2. I love this! Great fun and decent music. It reminds me of one of our bands called Cruachan. It's a Celtic heavy metal band from Dublin-the Spawn adores them. Check them out and tell me what you think
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbyTcNn0-lM&feature=BFa&list=PL392AD469F72D18A2

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    1. This is pretty awesome, I think I'll write this in the future. Reminds me of an Irish Mago de Oz!

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    2. It would be great if you would do one on these guys. The last album they did was last year and I'm not sure what they're doing now. I'll ask The Spawn, she'll know. She's out of town for the next couple of days so I'll let you know.

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  3. It's okay and I've been using and banjaxed for years but then again I am Irish!

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  4. I liked this way more than I had any right to. But if you took out all the lyrics it would make for an amazing Megaman stage theme.

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    1. You're absolutely right too. Recommend it to Capcom!

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    2. I thought of video game music too, those opening riffs really sound like old school nintendo to me.

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  5. Wow! So upbeat but so metal! Fantastic! I've never heard anything like this and now I feel like I've been missing something all my life!!!

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  6. nice i like the upbeat. you are a music freak btw

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  7. Heavy heavy heavy - I love your eclectic tastes

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  8. The best part of this was when I said "WTF" out loud, AND THEN I saw the dwarf playing the violin.
    Whatdidijustwatch.

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