Rating:
6.8
Alestorm - Captain Morgan's Revenge
25 January 2008


01. Over The Seas
02. Captain Morgan's Revenge
03. The Huntmaster
04. Nancy The Tavern Wench
05. Death Before The Mast
06. Terror On The High Seas
07. Set Sail And Conquer
08. Of Treasure
09. Wenches & Mead
10. Flower Of Scotland [The Corries cover]


Alright! Finally a concept band that steps away from the cliché Viking metal theme. A theme that has scarcely been shown since Running Wild, but unfortunately, Alestorm is no Running Wild.

The album opens up with no warning, trumpets and chugging guitars right from the start. Sounds like some epic fun right? Well, yes, if you are six years old. This album is about as predictable and unbearably cheesy as one band can be. First of all, the keyboards do create the sound the band was probably trying to achieve but it just becomes patronizing. We understand, you are pirates, now lay off the overused hooks with accordion synthesizers. As far as the guitars go, there is very little to say, 90% of the time they are so deeply buried by overproduced trumpet or accordion synthesizers they seem to be there just to make the sound a little beefier, or so the album doesn't get mistaken for the "Muppet Treasure Island" soundtrack. The overall song structure is the predictable part, I don't think there is a single riff on this album I haven't heard somewhere else. Lastly lets take a look at these lyrics; icing on the cheesecake. For the most part, these lyrics are (like a lot of other aspects of the album) completely predictable, most songs being dominated by stupidly facile rhymes like these: "There lived one man who was true/ Guardian of secrets that only he knew/Condemned for a crime that he did not commit/ Sentenced to die in the depths of the pit".

The album is not entirely bad though. There are two songs on the album that I actually enjoyed, mostly because they weren't entirely smothered in synthesizers. The first of these two songs being 'Death before the Mast' - which has a very nice build-up starting with just bass & drums, then guitars and vocals coming in in a solid pumping rhythm, a good sound that is carried out throughout the song while actually being balanced out with the synthesizers. The second decent song is 'Terror On The High Seas' - this song has a neat little drum intro before a decent chugging intro riff with a cool solo layered over top comes in, once again balancing the synthesizers out nicely through the entire song. That sums up the good part of the album.

This album partially bothers me because all the musicians seem to have great skill but unfortunately being a novelty band is a dead-end road, I can't imagine them successfully repeating this for three or four albums, or offer much change without dropping the gimmick.
I highly recommend against this album unless you can stomach heavy synthesizers, boring guitars and childish lyrics.

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 6
Originality: 7
Production: 8


Band profile: Alestorm
Album: Captain Morgan's Revenge


 


written by Doc Godin | 20.04.2008


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Lord_Regnier - 12.09.2009 at 03:06  
Written by Talvi on 24.11.2008 at 09:51

This album is nothing but crap.


Agreed. And I totally agree with the review about boring guitars, childish lyrics and unbearable cheesiness.
MegaTheJester - 27.01.2010 at 05:14  
But if you don't like cheese, you'll never know how great a ham sandwich can be.
Don't be so hasty to dismiss this kind of thing. It's a lovely piece of fictional indulgence.
Powerslavex - 06.07.2011 at 12:32  
Written by Lord_Regnier on 12.09.2009 at 03:06

Written by Talvi on 24.11.2008 at 09:51

This album is nothing but crap.


Agreed. And I totally agree with the review about boring guitars, childish lyrics and unbearable cheesiness.

it is worse than crap i hate the vocals one of the worst i've ever heard
Slayer666 - 04.09.2011 at 11:48  
Yeeeah.... no.
A band that relies solely on a (very cheesy) gimmick to propel their music forward will never click with me.
Moosh666 - 05.09.2011 at 16:48  
I'm an Alestorm fan (prepares for shitstorm of abuse), but I have to partially agree here, this is mediocre compared to their later releases, but if it weren't for this captain feathersword release I probably wouldn't have found them in the first place. Not a bad album at all, but not a good one either. Rather like GWAR's existence...
Future Warrior - 13.09.2011 at 03:10  
I don't know, I liked it...
Milena - 15.09.2011 at 18:58  
Written by MegaTheJester on 27.01.2010 at 05:14

But if you don't like cheese, you'll never know how great a ham sandwich can be.
Don't be so hasty to dismiss this kind of thing. It's a lovely piece of fictional indulgence.

Agreed. I'm a fan of this band.

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