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There are only two rules of pirate metal: 1) pirate metal exists, and 2) shitty costumes.

The third rule (of two) is that you must always – ALWAYS – cover a seafaring shanty from a popular children’s TV show. US pirate thrash band Swashbuckle pioneered the art way back in 2008 with their cover of the SpongeBob Squarepants theme tune, but ballsed it up by making it really, really, really, really, really, really shit. I mean fuck. Pirates aren’t even cool. These people didn’t shower for fuck’s sake, and pissing yourself after 11 bottles of rum is not as attractive as Disney make it out to be.* Just ask your girlfriend.

Scottish outfit Alestorm made a better fist of things, pulling the pseudo-genre from the brink of Mariana’s Trench with their own spin on ‘You Are a Pirate’ (from the BBC show Lazy Town) on last year’s Back Through Time. ‘You Are a Pirate’ is by no means the authoritative sea-plunderer’s manifesto – the only criterion it lays down is that “if you like to sail the sea, you are a pirate,” leading to the rather dubious conclusion that Simon LeBon is a pirate – but as far as pirate metal goes this is  about as innovative and forward-thinking as it’s ever going to get.

*None of the above applies to this badass motherfucker.





SowingSeason
05.01.12
This reminds me of what would happen if Dropkick Murphys had a booze cruise in international waters

Oh, and welcome back

Acanthus
05.01.12
I never got into these guys, I can handle vikings but not pirates.

pizzamachine
05.01.12
Can't believe they only put this on the limited edition version of the album.

Crysis
05.01.12
Can't say I like this band

Hyperion1001
05.01.12
as far as joke music goes these guys are entertaining

Funeralopolis
05.01.12
This song is really old

HangEmHigh
05.01.12
Loved this when it came out. My siblings watched the show all the time, I nearly died when I first heard it.

klap
05.01.12
hey dave think you forgot to mention what band in the third sentence

Ovrot
05.02.12
Swashbuckle is better

vanderb0b
05.02.12
I like these guys quite a bit. I saw them on the Paganfest U.S tour, though I went primarily for Arkona, and they put on a ridiculously fun show.

Captain North
05.02.12
Bloody feminists

AliW1993
05.02.12
Enormous guilty pleasure

Metalstyles
05.03.12
Their last album brings the fun, I unashamedly enjoy it.

BallsToTheWall
05.03.12
ninjas > pirates

Hawks
05.03.12
This band is so fucking bad.

SCREAM!
05.03.12
Gtfo hawks, these guys are boatloads of fun

especially live

macadoolahicky
05.03.12
It's always nice to have some music to throw beer at throw walls to

Yazz_Flute
05.04.12
YES

sixdegrees
05.06.12
hahaha, this is awesome

Kris.
05.10.12
Click Here

Zion
05.12.12
ugh

ReturnToRock
05.15.12
YO HO FIDDLE DEE DEE
BEING A PIRATE IS ALL RIGHT TO BE
DO WHAT YOU WANT CAUSE A PIRATE IS FREE
YOU
ARE
A PIRATE!

YO HO, AHOY AND AVAST
BEING A PIRATE IS REALLY BADASS!
HANG THE BLACK FLAG AT THE END OF THE MAST
YOU
ARE
A PIRATE!

"Yer a peyrate....ya gobsheyte!"

ReturnToRock
05.15.12
Also...HA HA, I've known about this cover for months!

SCREAM!
05.15.12
Cool story bro

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