Wednesday, 10 September 2014


Alestorm is a Scottish power folk metal band formed in 2004 under the name of Battleheart, changing the name after signing with Napalm Records in 2007 releasing four albums, the last one Sunset on the golden age, was out last 1st of August 2014.

In this full length Alestorm develops their usual drink and pirate adventures themes with an epic folk power metal structure, well called pirate metal, following the steps of the masters of the genre Running Wild.

Walk the plank opens the act introducing orchestrated backgrounds in a mid tempo pulse of pure heavy metal, a good point of entry that unveils the quality of the rest of the album, aggressive and rebel attitude with a very powerful chorus, linked with one of the most catchy tracks of the band, Drink, electrifying and headbanging pirate metal to enjoy with a beer in your hand, a drinking song that even Tankard wouldn't have done better, really effective chorus to sing along at every gig.

Magnetic north heralds a mid tempo pirate ballad taking you to another far-away frozen seas adventure, amazingly intense and headbanging at some parts at the same time, linking to 1741 The Battle of Cartagena with an original 8 bit intro that explodes in a truly epic Scottish pirate metal anthem, the chorus is catchy as always and powerful, the composition is the best of the album, taking you into the battle in a first person real time story; outstanding the representation with the cannons and the crowd.

Mead from Hell and Surf Squid Warfare develops the classic pirate metal structure combining thrash-power folk metal and accordion synths in a mid fast tempo tracks, riveting from start to finish encapsulating the true Scottish pirate metal in its essence; style also performed in Quest for ships, this time with a much better performed chorus but in the line of the previews tracks, and being connected with Wooden leg! Is when we realise how fun they can be, this song contains essentially a thrash metal structure and the most simple chorus of the band, repeated again and again in the most headbanging part of the album, all this explosion of moshpiting metal is in contrast with the pop cover Hangover, taken to metal territory and performed on the only way you can enjoy it by Alestorm, a drink song to have fun, and giving it a chance is always enjoyable!

The last in line is the tittle track, Sunset on the golden age, as a long In crescendo act including orchestrated parts creating an intense atmosphere, excellent composition to finish.

Alestorm forged an outstanding album full of adventures of pirates and alcohol, just as it should be for a true pirate metal band, the highlight tracks that encapsulate this at perfection are the battle of Cartagena, drink and quest for ships, but in general all the album tracks are high quality, catchy and headbanging.

Sunset on the golden age is clearly one of the best creations of the band ever,and the production, the composition and inspiration of this record is awesome!

8,5 / 10





With support from Brainstorm, Crimson Shadows & Troldhaugen

12.9 - Nuremberg, DE - Rockfabrik
13.9 - Bochum, DE - Matrix
14.9 - Ludwigsburg, DE - Rockfabrik
15.9 - Pratteln, CH - Z7
16.9 - Monthey, CH - Pont Rouge
17.9 - Lyon, FR - CCO
18.9 - Paris, FR - Divan Du Monde
19.9 - Trier, DE - Exhaus
20.9 - Vosselaar, BE - Biebob
21.9 - Nijmegen, NL - Doornroosje
22.9 - Hamburg, DE - Markthalle
23.9 - Wroclaw, PL - Alibi
24.9 - Warsaw, PL - Proxima
25.9 - Krakow, PL - Fabryka
26.9 - Zlin, CZ - Masters of Rock Cafe
27.9 - Budapest, HU - Barba Negra
28.9 - Graz, AT - Explosiv
29.9 - Vienna, AT - Szene
30.9 - Zagreb, HR - Vintage Industrial
1.10 - Ljubljana, SI - Gala Hala
2.10 - Brescia, IT - Circolo Colony
3.10 - Munich, DE - Backstage
4.10 - Darmstadt, DE - Steinbruch
5.10 - Eindhoven, NL - Dynamo

With support from Lagerstein, Red Rum & Rainbowdragoneyes

8.10 - Norwich, UK - Waterfront
9.10 - Birmingham, UK - Academy 2
10.10 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation
11.10 - Southampton, UK - 1865
12.10 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
13.10 - Plymouth, UK - The Hub
14.10 - Liverpool, UK - Academy

15.10 - Dublin, IE - Voodoo Lounge
16.10 - Cork, IE - Cyprus Avenue
17.10 - Belfast, NI - Mandela Hall
18.10 - Aberdeen, SC - Garage
19.10 - Glasgow, SC - Arches
20.10 - Bristol, UK - Bierkeller
21.10 - Manchester, UK - Academy 2
22.10 - Exeter, UK - Lemon Grove
23.10 - Reading, UK - Sub 89
24.10 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
25.10 - Leeds, UK - University
26.10 - Cardiff, UK - Globe

With support from Moonsorrow

26.11 - Osaka, JP - Nanba Rockets
27.11 - Tokyo, JP - Club Duo Exchange


Post by Daniel Ortiz from Metalheads Union and Metalheads Union FB

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