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Alestorm - Captain Morgan's Revenge Review

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Artist: Alestorm

Album: Captain Morgan's Revenge

Released: 2008

A mixture of styles and genres: Folk Power Metal


Have you ever watched a pirate movie? "Captain Morgan's Revenge", debut album of the Scottish band Alestorm sounds like a perfect illustration to any of them. The band plays the so-called pirate Metal with elements of Folk, the effect of which is achieved due to the use of the Jew's harp and tambourine, which, together with the "drunken choir", help to create a special atmosphere of the setting, which the song is about, for instance, an inn where pirates enjoy drinking (the song "Nancy the Tavern Wench"), or tragic recollections about lost battles ("The Flower of Scotland"), while tracks like "Terror on the High Seas", "Set Sails and Conquer" or "Huntmaster" make scenes from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" or "The Island of Throatcutters" movies appear before your eyes. The pirate mutinous spirit pervades the album.
As to the genre in general, it is aggressive Power Metal with specific harsh low-pitch voice of Christopher Bowes, the band's leader and main song writer. His manner of singing is so unlike the rest that you won't be able to mix him up with anyone else - the voice along with the folk/pirate motives makes the music unconventional. The songs are mainly fast, but there are also some mid-tempo tracks. There are hard riffs and fast solos, while the harp adds to the certain melodiousness. There is not a single repetitive song on the album, each song is like an independent little story, which can be memorized from the very first hearing. What else can I say? I am impressed.

Vocals:9.00 of 10
Instruments:10.00 of 10
Skill:10.00 of 10
Originality:9.00 of 10
TOTAL:9.5 of 10

Reviewed by: Juliette /18.05.2008/

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