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16th February 2018


True Scottish Pirate Metallers, Alestorm, are celebrating a very special anniversary and Piratefest rolls into London this coming week and that, and the unchangeable fact that Alestorm are the very first band ever to be the subject of a live review here on MetalTalk (21st February 2009), made them the standout choice for Gig Of The Week.

"Many have told us that we can't go on!
That one day we'll run out of lyrics for songs!
But when the time comes to write album four
We'll scrape at the barrel once more!"
'Scraping The Barrel', from 'Sunset On The Golden Age' 2014

Last year's 'No Grave But The Sea' album was Alestorm's fifth and Piratefest, with support from Rumahoy and The Dread Crew Of Oddwood, dropped anchor in Blighty a week ago. The shows at Belfast and Glasgow were completely sold out and there are only 58 tickets left for Manchester and 150 for London at the time of writing so get yours fast right here.

The remaining tour dates are:

16th February: Dublin / Tivoli
17th February: Birmingham / HRH Metal
18th February: Manchester / O2 Ritz
20th February: Leeds / Stylus
21st February: Norwich / Waterfront
22nd February: London / O2 Forum
23rd February: Brighton / Concorde 2
24th February: Bristol / Motion
25th February: Southampton / Engine Rooms

Tickets are available right here.

Captain Christopher Bowes was special guest on Steve Göldby Talks Metal back in May when 'No Grave But The Sea' was released and you can have a listen to what he had to say right here:

We mentioned a special anniversary earlier and we'll be drinking plenty of rum and mead at The Forum on Thursday night because the tenth anniversary of the release of Alestorm's debut album, 'Captain Morgan's Revenge', also coincides nicely with MetalTalk's tenth anniversary and the Forum gig falls on the exact date of Deputy Editor Liz Medhurst's birthday, and it's a very significant birthday too.

'Captain Morgan's Revenge', released in Janury 2008, was a ground breaking album because it started a whole new genre - Pirate Metal.


Running Wild are often credited with starting the genre with the release of their third album, 'Under Jolly Roger', in 1987 and Zed Yago formed in 1985, taking their name from the fictitious daughter of The Flying Dutchman, the legendary ghost ship that can never make port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever. The captain of The Flying Dutchman was none other than Davey Jones.

Johnny Kidd And The Pirates, who scored numerous hit songs from the late 1950s to the early 1960s, may also have something to say about the origins of Pirate Metal but the three other contenders are somewhat isolated within the genre and only Alestorm spawned a whole generation of imitators and a glut of copycat releases.

So Alestorm started Pirate Metal and if you don't believe us, come to one of the remaining dates and have the experience of a lifetime because an Alestorm concert is absolutely something else and probably the most fun you can have without taking your clothes off.


Alestorm's boozy debut got its well-deserved anniversary treatment and was re-released on January 26th via Napalm Records. Captain Bowes told us this about the release:

"Oh wow! Can't believe it's been ten years already since we made this record. We were all terrible musicians back then, and it was only thanks to the immense skill of our producer Lasse Lammert that we managed to salvage a passable bunch of songs.

"But anyway, it seems a bunch of you people seemed to like this album, so we decided to give it a bit of spit and polish for the tenth anniversary.

"NO, this is not one of those shitty 'brickwall' remasters that some bands do, and NO, this is not a re-recording by a bunch of disinterested and jaded old musicians. We've taken the original multitrack source material from ten years ago (bad playing, cheap keyboards, awful vocals and everything), and just re-mixed the whole album to be punchier, tighter, more dynamic, and more sonically delightful than before.

"You probably won't even notice the difference! But it's there. And it'll sound awesome on vinyl, for the first time ever!"

You can obtain your copy of 'Captain Morgan's Revenge - 10th Anniversary Edition' right here.

And finally, should you happen to see this vehicle driving around the highways of our sceptred isle over the next few days, be careful you don't get hit by a flying empty bottle of mead or stampeded by wenches fleeing for their lives.


Here's a small selection of some of our favourite Alestorm tracks:


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