06:38 - deadone In other news turns out instant coffee, bananas and mandarines don't really compliment each other too well. Tis what happens when one goes for a healthy lunch consisting of fruit as opposed to 2-3 toasted ham and cheese sandwiches
Disc I 01. Walk The Plank 02. Drink 03. Magnetic North 04. 1741 (The Battle Of Cartagena) 05. Mead From Hell 06. Surf Squid Warfare 07. Quest For Ships 08. Wooden Leg! 09. Hangover [Taio Cruz cover] 10. Sunset On The Golden Age
Disc II[Rummplugged][mediabook bonus] 01. Over The Seas [acoustic version] 02. Nancy The Tavern Wench [acoustic version] 03. Keelhauled [acoustic version] 04. The Sunk'n Norwegian [acoustic version] 05. Shipwrecked [acoustic version] 06. Questing Upon The Poop Deck [bonus]
As the metal world's premiere posse of scurvy Scottish scoundrels, Alestorm's job is to showcase their pirate shtick without completely overshadowing the music. While Back Through Time hosted a couple of new classics and even brought some new tricks to the table, "Scraping The Barrel" rang a little too true for most of the album. I feared that Alestorm had lost their touch, but Sunset On The Golden Age has revealed that to be merely the calm before the storm.
This album is a grower. It's a really fun power metal album but imo slightly less inspired than Back Through Time was. After a few spins i'd go as far as saying 3 or 4 of the songs are some of the best stuff they've ever written, most notably 'Quest For Ships' and the title track. Not a 10 for me because of the song Drink, which is the album's weak track. They more than make up for it in the overall album direction though and the mixture of styles... musically this is more varied from the majority of their discography.
Some of the songs here are great, like "Walk the Plank" and "Mead from Hell", but I think the band suffer slightly when they attempt to take their sound into ambitious/serious territory, like in "1741" and the title track. That said, I had a "barrel" of fun listening to this.