Alestorm
Captain Morgan's Revenge


4.0
excellent

Review

by Grant Hunter USER (76 Reviews)
January 29th, 2008 | 336 replies | 32,475 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Alestorm's first full-length heartily embraces the tales of pirating and spins them into a wild, sinful romp of alcohol, plundering, and metal.

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Metal’s ocean has been charted the same way one too many times. Destinations previously stated unknown have proven time and time again that they are in fact replicas of past jaunts. With the general metal population vigorously gobbling down any similar sound thrown onto their plate, record labels constantly search for the repeated tones that echo congruent to one another in an effort to churn a profit. Throughout these seas of monotony, Alestorm have found their course.

Taking influences from bands such as Korpiklaani and Turisas, Alestorm bestow a Scottish folk influence upon their work with strong tints of power metal. This alone might not sound like anything new, but their theme is, quite plainly, pirates. Running Wild might have pioneered the pirate theme with “Under Jolly Roger”, but in reality, they only scraped at the surface of pirate folklore. Alestorm, on the other hand (or hook), heartily embrace the tales of pirating and spin them into a wild, sinful romp of alcohol, plundering, and metal.

Upon hearing the first sea-faring riffs of “Over the Sea”, a yarn depicting the voyage to claim buried treasure, the impact is immediate: they really do love pirates. Unlike most “gimmick bands” (which Alestorm distances themselves from), if the pirate theme was to be taken away, you’d still be left with passionate music. Christopher Bowes, the vocalist/keyboardist, sounds like a mangy old drunkard of a buccaneer who hasn’t seen the shore in ages, while Gavin (guitar) seems to have a brig filled to the brim of enticing leads and rhythms. The grog-chugging “Wenches and Mead” is a profound avowal to the musicianship of Alestorm, which has the crew call forth their listeners to partake in the damnable desires of liquor and the lewdness of wenches by throwing Bowe’s mesmerizing keyboards center-stage and allowing Gavin’s thickly-chopped riffs to drive the melodies home.

After a period of using a drum machine, Alestorm picked up drummer Ian Wilson, who brings a much more human feel to the music (i.e. “Set Sail and Conquer”, which now features a thundering short drum solo). While tracks on Alestorm’s past work sounded a bit monotonous due to the programming of the machine, Ian is constantly working innovatively behind his kit with well-executed fills and styles. That’s not the only difference found on “Captain Morgan’s Revenge”, since now the band has forsaken their past "D" tuning in favor of "C", which makes the songs feel a bit more powerful and upbeat. Take for instance “Terror on the High Seas”, which on the past EP of the same name felt a bit detached from itself at points; well, not anymore! The newly tuned track is alive and full of spunk, with Gavin displaying his influences on heavier metal with thrash-tinted riffs. As great as it is to hear all of the old tracks updated with better production, tuning, and an actual drummer, it’s a bit frustrating that there’s only four new tracks (excluding the cover “Flower of Scotland”).

That is not to say that the new songs do not equate to the splendor of the old ones, because they do. The ferocious, bass-chugging “Death Before the Mast” could be the heaviest song Alestorm have recorded yet, while the acoustic, folky “Of Treasure” is a wonderful break from the rest of the album as it tells a tale of woe and treasure. The other two new tracks, “Captain Morgan’s Revenge” and “The Huntmaster” are simply extraordinary. The title track is a storming account of mutinous pirates and the curse that takes them to the gallows to perform the “Hempen Jig” at the end of their rope. Gavin’s short solo is impeccable; with a lead played overtop fleeting notes that seem to shoot straight from the ocean itself. Immediately following, “The Huntmaster” takes a more straightforward approach, and its appeal will easily reach to modern head bangers. Not to mention it possesses some hilariously outrageous lyrics, such as “Up from the bowls of hell he sailed / wielding a tankard of freshly brewed ale” and constant shouts of “With the power of ale / he could not fail!” Needless to say, Bowes drunken persona once again reigns unparalleled.

“Captain Morgan’s Revenge” delivers the goods; in fact, it delivers a keg-full of them. Instead of using the pirate gimmick to garner some attention and supplement as an annoying crutch, Alestorm uses it to bolster what would have already been a memorable experience. On “Nancy the Tavern Wench”, the boys invite you to come take a drink with them. Do it, because more than not it will end up as one of the best decisions you’ll make this year.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Pebster49
January 29th 2008



2991 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lol, this is hella fun to listen to...

*currently listening to there myspace songs*

Awesome Review too.

suspect
January 29th 2008



16 Comments


Ah, nice, wasn't aware that this was out yet. Great review by the way.

Lunarfall
January 29th 2008



3179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It came out for European countries last week.

Mine just got shipped, can't wait to get it. Drop C tuning really gave their music a lot more balls than it had before, after listening to Captain Morgan's Revenge on their myspace.This Message Edited On 01.29.08

MrKite
January 29th 2008



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listened to Wenches and Mead and I'm gonna try and download it. It reminded me of Against Me! how they're really upbeat and fun but really "passionate" at the same time.

Poet
January 29th 2008



5922 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This sounds really awesome.

Essence
January 29th 2008



3583 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yay, I've been looking forward to this album. Hope it's as good as you say

jrowa001
January 29th 2008



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ive heard a song from this and it was good. i want to get the whole album soon

south_of_heaven 11
January 29th 2008



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It reminded me of Against Me! how they're really upbeat and fun but really "passionate" at the same time.

Well, emotionally maybe (though I don't listen to Against Me!), but musically I'd say they're very different (obviously).
And yes, this album is awesome. Damn you MikeSN and your 3.5! :mad:

Mikesn
Emeritus
January 29th 2008



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0



the impact is immediate: they really do love pirates.
What tipped you off? :p

Nice review. This is a fun listen.

freudianslipknot
January 29th 2008



803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very well written review. I just might get this.

Remembrance
January 29th 2008



45 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not my usual cup of thea but enjoyable nontheless. YArrrrrr

MrKite
January 29th 2008



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've been listening all morning and I'm very much addicted. Pretty much amazing.

south_of_heaven 11
January 29th 2008



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Aye, tis a great album :thumb:

[quote=Mike]What tipped you off? [/quote]

Certainly wasn't the cover :lol:

And Mike, quit being a such a stingy bastard! Ya gave their EP a 4 and won't muster up that for this album :p

Also, I'd like to give mass rep to Lewis for helping me with this review.This Message Edited On 01.29.08

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
January 29th 2008



16083 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This is so lame that not even I like it hahahaha.

south_of_heaven 11
January 29th 2008



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck you both. Right in the ass.

Dethtrasher
January 29th 2008



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, I will get this album soon.

cSsteFa
January 29th 2008



47 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is just so great and it's so much fun...

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
January 29th 2008



17920 Comments


Yeah not even I will listen to this -_-

south_of_heaven 11
January 29th 2008



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What the hell Chan >:|

Lunarfall
January 29th 2008



3179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Then you definitely don't want to listen to this chan:

http://www.myspace.com/grailknights

(Watch the video Moonlit Masquerade lolz)This Message Edited On 01.29.08



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