Swashbuckle
Crime Always Pays...


4.0
excellent

Review

by Comatorium. USER (42 Reviews)
October 8th, 2010 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Wanna feel like a total badass? Then get some pirate thrash in your musical diet!

There are certain genres that one knows will kick ass before the music is even listened to, and Swashbuckle soundly fall into that category. Upon reading the words "Pirate-Thrash," I knew I needed to get Swashbuckle's third full length, Crime Always Pays...

And the album plays out exactly like their ridiculous genre tag would suggest; one part thrash, one part death metal, one part pirate, and six parts completely awesome. The closest way to describe their sound would be to say "Well its like if Municipal Waste and Misery Index banged. With Jack Sparrow feverishly fapping in the corner."

The album opens with the serene and obviously old time pirate themed "Slowly Wept The Sea." After three minutes of building instrumental goodness that recalls the first time you ever rode on Pirates of The Caribbean, those days you wanted nothing more than to be a pirate, out on the open seas, the whole world and its adventures ahead.

From there Swashbuckle wastes no time in laying down the soundtrack for all the pillaging, plunging, drinking, sex, and the high life you could ever want. Not surprisingly, the soundtrack consists of about equal parts of death and thrash metal, most songs featuring elements of both. The guitars are the best part about the album, and while not hyper-technical, there are plenty of crushing, groovy, heavy riffs to drive the music along, ranging from standard thrash and death metal territory to a cool combination of the two. Breakdowns are present, but never become boring or stale, and the gang vocals accompanying a good deal of them fit in perfectly.

The vocals are absolutely beastlike, going from a high throaty scream akin to Kelly Schafer (Atheist), and low guttural bellows resembling the screams from Misery Index. The bass is pretty much lost in the mix, but with a good set of speakers provides a decent low end for the music. The drumming is consistent and driving, a good mix of double bass and kicks to keep with the breakneck speed of the guitars.

While weighing in at 16 tracks and 53 minutes long, the album never seems bloated or overbearing due to the numerous downtempo instrumentals that are peppered throughout the tracklist, all of which sound like something ripped directly out of pirate lore. As a whole its an extremely satisfying album to listen to, as these instrumentals really show another side to the aggressive metal of the rest of the album.

All in all, the only thing that really NEEDS to be said about this album is that its Pirate Thrash. Do you really need any more convincing than that?



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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 8th 2010


31169 Comments


Sounds lol bad

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Comatorium.
October 8th 2010


4117 Comments


If you need any convincing beyond the genre, shame on you. Quick write up, how is there only ONE rating for this???

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Hawks
October 8th 2010


35824 Comments


These damn pirate bands are so retarded. Decent review nonetheless.

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Comatorium.
October 8th 2010


4117 Comments


This is actually one of the awesome pirate bands. Fuck alestorm. i mean, the music is pretty fucking awesome, all themes aside.

Ire
October 8th 2010


41780 Comments


Swashbuckle is fun to blast when you're drunk.

that's it though.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 8th 2010


7283 Comments


"The closest way to describe their sound would be to say "Well its like if Municipal Waste and Misery Index banged. With Jack Sparrow feverishly fapping in the corner.""

I think that alone was worth five pos'es.

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ThePalestMexican
October 9th 2010


2816 Comments


I totally forgot this was coming out
I feel ashamed, I love me pirate metal

Comatorium.
October 9th 2010


4117 Comments


its so fun to listen to.

Dethtrasher
October 9th 2010


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome album.

Comatorium.
October 9th 2010


4117 Comments


Awesome is the only way to describe it.

LepreCon
October 9th 2010


4093 Comments


Fun and awesome at the same time

Comatorium.
October 9th 2010


4117 Comments


lovin the gallows pole dancer.

Comatorium.
October 9th 2010


4117 Comments


had to bump the average to 4 ;]

foreverendeared
October 9th 2010


14678 Comments


good review, totally downloading this right now

Comatorium.
October 9th 2010


4117 Comments


get some rum in you first brah

foreverendeared
October 9th 2010


14678 Comments


I think this is more like Municipal Waste mated with Gwar

Comatorium.
October 9th 2010


4117 Comments


The vocals are undeniably Misdex sounding, though, ya gotta admit. I actually went online and checked the band members to see if this was some sort of side project from them.

Comatorium.
October 9th 2010


4117 Comments


and the fact that this a legit band and not some side project diversion meant as a joke makes it better. though it is all tongue in cheek, once again, fuck alestorm

foreverendeared
October 9th 2010


14678 Comments


yeah they do sound very similar and i agree, fuck alestorm

Comatorium.
October 9th 2010


4117 Comments


we dont pretend to be pirates cause its fun.

we do it cause were fucking ELITE.



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