Alestorm – No Grave but the Sea (2017)


Everybody’s favorite pirates are finally back with yet another release filled with tales of their wanderings at sea. With “No Grave but the Sea” the band’s party atmosphere is untouched and they continue exactly where they left off. With over 45 minutes of music, the band showcases their maturity with tracks that go directly to the point while keeping intact all the elements that make people love them.

Opening with the album title track, Christopher Bowes signature pirate singing leads the way into this very cheerful song. Filled with funky keyboards and a lively pace, this track is the perfect onboarding piece for this Alestorm journey. The album’s first single comes under the name of “Mexico”, a track detailing the band’s debaucherous efforts in this country. As you can expect this track features soaring vocal arrangements and a killer chorus section that will be stuck in your head for days.

The band continues their epic portrayal of their antics with the powerful “To the End of the World” and its killer keyboards, the folky “Alestorm”, and the totally insane “Bar und Imbiss”, a song that reminds us of Korpiklaani’s habitual drinking songs. For those looking for something less eloquent and more ‘pure unadulterated Alestorm’, “Fucked with an Anchor” is probably the track you want. The band’s ability to switch from purely funny and amusing tracks into brilliant Folkish anthems it is perfectly demonstrated as they switch gears with the killer “Pegleg Potion”.

The album never really winds down as the band continues to crank out epics like “Man the Pumps”, “Rage of the Pentahook”, and the brilliant Power Metal-esque closer “Treasure Island”. With such an epic release as “No Grave but the Sea”, the listeners will be instantly tempted to leave their jobs and attempt to live their life the Alestorm way, filled with wenches and crazy adventures. Alestorm manages to continue bringing to the crowds their magical atmosphere filled with goofy lyrics and killer music.

Band: Alestorm Album: No Grave but the Sea

Label: Napalm Records

Release: May 26th, 2017

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Genre: Pirate Metal / Folk/Power Metal

Country: UK

Rating: 91/100

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