By: Callum (CJ) Lavender
Label: Napalm Records
Available: 1st August 2014
“Arrr matie’s, the new alestorm album be coming to our shores this summer, lets crack the rum open and celebrate har-har” I’m actually a loose fan of alestorm but I lost track after the first album so I’m very happy to be hearing the latest work again. Funny story I actually first heard of alestorm while in sixth form college because of a friend at the time, he said he had just seen this pirate band in this demon filled town that we lived in and that he liked them so much he got the album, he let me have a listen and for the rest of my classes that day he lent me his iPod and I listened to it over and over again. Sadly I have a very short attention span and stopped listening as I said, but what better time to catch up again and hear the new album. On a side note if you didn’t hear the spin of band glory hammer yet then I strongly recommend you do so, their album last year was one of the best albums of the year. Anyway now back on topic.
The song’s I enjoyed the most and recommend are: ‘Walk The Plank’, ‘Drink’, ‘Magnetic North’ and ‘Hangover’.
The things I liked about the album is the great revamped sound, it still has it’s well placed mixture of joyful and heavy sounds that make them still sound one of the most unique Celtic metal bands out there. It might be my imagination but parts hear and there do sound like it has a pop rock feel to it but that might just be me. It has really great lyrics and original shanties again. Absolute great artwork that kind of reminds me of Axel Rudi Pell’s latest album. As well as having there own unique recipes for there songs and sounds it also sounds like they were influenced by other acts in recent years. ‘Drink’ kind of reminds me of ‘Vodka’ by Korpiklaani and ‘1741’ kind of reminds me of sabaton in many weird ways. I actually don’t drink alcohol believe it or not but I really like happy drinking songs if there done in the right way like ‘We Want Fun’ by Andrew WK, ‘Drink Beer Destroy’ by Trucker Diablo, ‘Vodka’ by Korpiklaani, now I can add ‘Drink’ to that list. Speaking of ‘1741’ I really enjoyed the retro video game synth introduction. Providing you don’t take it seriously ‘Wooden Leg’ is a really funny song “YA SPANISH BASTARD” and “YA JAPANESE BASTARD” down right hysterical.
The things I didn’t about the album was mainly the songs ‘1741’ and ‘Sunset On The Golden Age’ they were really good songs but they went on for a bit too long when they didn’t need to. The second third of the album lost a bit of the impact that the first and third part had and as much I enjoyed ‘Wooden Leg’ I wasn’t overly keen of the gravity blast beats.
But other than that it is a pretty solid album and it well deserves to be up there with captain Morgan’s revenge, it’s been a real privilege to catch up again. For one of the most unique Celtic metal bands out there today I strongly recommend picking this album up when it docks on your harbor’s and you never know you might listen to it over and over again just like I did when the captain had his revenge har-har.
For a more…humorous take on the album..click HERE!