Black Sails at Midnight

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
For some bands especially those in the metal community, The Lord of the Rings and its surrounding mythology served as the perfect platform on which to build a power metal empire, but for Scotland's Alestorm it was Pirates of the Caribbean. Like its brother genre Viking metal, Alestorm's signature brand of Jolly Roger metal fuses traditional melodies in this case, Irish and Scottish folk to the backbone of heavy metal in all of its various incarnations. Released in 2009, Black Sails at Midnight differs little from the previous year's Captain Morgan's Revenge -- an octopus-faced Davey Jones still graces the cover in homage to Iron Maiden's iconic mascot Eddie, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
For some bands especially those in the metal community, The Lord of the Rings and its surrounding mythology served as the perfect platform on which to build a power metal empire, but for Scotland's Alestorm it was Pirates of the Caribbean. Like its brother genre Viking metal, Alestorm's signature brand of Jolly Roger metal fuses traditional melodies in this case, Irish and Scottish folk to the backbone of heavy metal in all of its various incarnations. Released in 2009, Black Sails at Midnight differs little from the previous year's Captain Morgan's Revenge -- an octopus-faced Davey Jones still graces the cover in homage to Iron Maiden's iconic mascot Eddie, the riffs are stormy and fast, and the choruses are made for swaying your bottles of grog in the air before breaking them over the head of your closest neighbor -- but there is a definite air of musical and thematic confidence that was missing from the latter. At its best, Alestorm's tales of bravery and treachery on the high seas are on par with some of folk-metal's best and brightest Turisas, Dragonforce, Korpiklaani, Finntroll, though one wishes that they could find a way to replace the cheesy accordion keyboards with the real thing. That said, it's hard to not become at least a little effusive over a record that comes adorned with a round, white sticker on the front that says "Scottish Pirate Metal!" the exclamation point is key.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/2/2009
  • Label: Napalm
  • UPC: 693723512426
  • Catalog Number: 351242
  • Sales rank: 23,093

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alestorm Primary Artist
Ian Wilson Percussion, Background Vocals, Vibraslap
Dani Evans Guitar, Background Vocals
Mirjam Beyer Violin
Dee Bloodpunch Background Vocals
Brenden Casey Background Vocals
Meinrich Gimpel Bass Trombone
Tobias Hain Trumpet
Lasse Lammert Guitar, Background Vocals
Tina Shaw Background Vocals
Justus Twele Bagpipes
Christopher Bowes Keyboards, Vocals, tin whistle
Technical Credits
James Murphy Mastering
Tim Shaw Composer
Claes Andreasson Composer
Johan Sahlén Composer
Alestorm Composer
Ingo Römling Artwork
Gordon Krei Brass Arrangment
Lasse Lammert Producer, Engineer
Gareth Murdock Contributor
Christopher Bowes Composer
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