Alestorm
Terror on the High Seas


4.0
excellent

Review

by Grant Hunter USER (76 Reviews)
October 2nd, 2007 | 43 replies | 9,161 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: They're Scottish, and they sing about pirates and drinking. Awesome? Yes.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Pirates are about as metal as Vikings, though they just don’t get the same amount of respect. Throughout metal’s history, Vikings have always been seen as sort of its unofficial mascot, with all their axes, beards, and warlike behavior. But seriously, pirates were just the same way, except instead of axes they had cutlasses. They sailed around, got extremely drunk just about every night, took whatever their hearts desired, and attacked anything they wanted to.

Few bands have ever really embraced pirate themes (or actually did it well, for that matter). Running Wild, legends amongst the metal community for their lyrical topics dipped in piracy, set the bar and few have even come close to it. Bands like Swashbuckle tried, but failed due to lack of structure in their songs. However, one band has recently been making some waves in the metal community. Hailing from Scotland, Alestorm combines traditional heavy metal with folk influences to make for one hell of a fun time on their EP, “Terror on the High Seas”.

Kicking off with what is assumed to be a tribute to everyone’s favorite kind of rum, “The Curse of Captain Morgan” sets the stage as an epic intro, told by keyboards and an orchestra (though most likely programmed…this is self-produced after all). As it quickly builds up tension with choir-like singing and implanted images (injected by the melodies) of a ship shooting over the ocean, “Set Sail and Conquer” comes bursting in with full force. “Set Sail…” is a mix of power and speed metal, which makes it somewhat reminiscent of something Running Wild would put forth. The main differences, however, lie in the strong use of keyboards and the gruff vocals, both done by Christopher Bowes. His voice certainly won’t win awards for the most range, but he really does sound like a grumbling, drunk pirate. His keyboard melodies, which are often followed by Gavin Harper’s crunchy guitar riffs, are dipped lightly in folk, almost with a Scottish tint to them (they are from Scotland after all). Near the middle of the track, Bowes and Gavin actually begin to dual solo, and they both proceed to rip the song apart graciously.

“Terror on the High Seas” is a bit of a different story than “Set Sail…”, as it’s got a bit more of a thrash influence, which is evident in the grinding riffs and complete shredding solo that kicks off the song. It’s not long, however, before Bowes breaks the chaos with soothing keyboard melodies and cries of “ A ship approaches off the starboard bow, The time has come to fight, the time to strike is now.” “Terror on the…” is a perfect contrast to the more atmospheric “Set Sail…”, and is equally as impressive. Gavin’s presence is much more felt here, since the guitar is more of the driving force than the keyboards. However, both of these tracks don’t even come close to “Wenches and Mead”, which is bound to go down as one of the best metal drinking songs ever. Bowes and his keyboards are thrown to the front in this track, with bouncing melodies and gruff shouts. What’s so great about this track is it’s lyrics, which are simply these:

When I come back from a mighty quest.
I have no need for sleep or rest,
I head to a tavern for a drink,
And get so drunk I cannot think.
A wench by my side and a jug of mead,
These are the things that I most need.
So I sit back and sing this song,
And drink and party all night long.

HEI! HEI!
I want more wenches.
HEI! HEI!
More wenches and mead.
HEI! HEI!
I want more wenches.
Lots of wenches is what I need!


To say that this song is fun is a pure understatement; it’s brilliantly crafted to bring out the inner drunken pirate in all of us, and it’s perfect to chant along with (try and not scream along with Bowes during the chorus, because it’s damn near impossible not to).

“Terror on the High Seas (EP)” is just plain, good old fun. All three tracks (four including the intro) are so addicting and catchy that they’ll be stuck in the minds of listeners for weeks to come. The only downside to this EP is that the drums are programmed, but you can hardly tell so it doesn’t take away from the music at all. The band (Alestorm) recently signed with Napalm Records, and is expected to release a full-length come next February. If they keep this jolly attitude up, there’s no telling just how big these guys will become.

Overall – 4/5



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south_of_heaven 11
October 2nd 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok, so these guys were originally named Battleheart, but changed their name recently to Alestorm. This whole EP was up to download on their website, but since they changed their name, they deleted their old website and are building a new one.
So yeah, if anyone wants this, let me know, because you can't access the links anymore due to technical issues.

UncalledFor
October 2nd 2007



100 Comments


Great review! This seems like a good chunk of fun.
Edit: so yeah, I want it.This Message Edited On 10.02.07

BallsToTheWall
October 2nd 2007



44164 Comments


Brilliant stuff South. Great review of a demo or semi cd that is on my list of purchases.

Thor
October 2nd 2007



10169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I must have Wenches and Mead!

Dethtrasher
October 2nd 2007



2211 Comments


Hahaha, Alestorm :lol:
Man this sounds like a fun but cool album, give this to me when I ask you next time. :thumb:

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 2nd 2007



16242 Comments


I.... must... have.... this....

Lunarfall
October 2nd 2007



3179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Vocalist uses a keytar. +100000000000 for this band.

The song on their myspace kicks total ass.

south_of_heaven 11
October 2nd 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok guys, so the link I used to get this is down, and I can't upload it because it's not working (gigasize)

SCREAM!
October 2nd 2007



9963 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can you send me the EP since its no longer available on their site?

Digging: Agalloch - The Serpent and the Sphere

south_of_heaven 11
October 2nd 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you have AIM then yeah. My SN is in my profile.

SCREAM!
October 2nd 2007



9963 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn, i dont have AIM. You cant megaupload it?

south_of_heaven 11
October 2nd 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've been trying to upload it to gigasize, but the damn thing won't work!

EDIT: megaupload works. Email addresses plzThis Message Edited On 10.02.07

SCREAM!
October 2nd 2007



9963 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the_big_bear109@yahoo.com

i know its a dumb address but its a long story

south_of_heaven 11
October 2nd 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sent.
Whoever wants this can email me at Lacrosseguy48@hotmail.com

SCREAM!
October 2nd 2007



9963 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just downloaded it. Listening now

south_of_heaven 11
October 2nd 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

skip all the tracks and start with Wenches and Mead to get into a piratey mood

Lunarfall
October 2nd 2007



3179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hit me.

(Email Edited Out)This Message Edited On 10.03.07

SCREAM!
October 2nd 2007



9963 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Its too bad its so short. Its really good. Wenches and Mead is an amazing song.

south_of_heaven 11
October 2nd 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, well, it's an EP...I'm stoked for the full-length come Feb...

Sent more links out.

BallsToTheWall
October 2nd 2007



44164 Comments


I dont know how to upload anything. Hell, I had alot of trouble uploading Vinterland so I guess i'll wait for the full legth.



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