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Black Sails at Midnight Limited Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 2, 2009)
  • limited_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Napalm
  • ASIN: B0021UDJMI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,930 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is the production and package that Alestorm was waiting for. Having become something of a cult band, they're now faced with proving whether or not they can make a run of this thing rather than a novelty. And, in my opinion, they've done it; this cd solidifies all things pirate metal. They've ratcheted things up a bit on the metal side of things. "The Quest," "Leviathan," "That Famous Ol' Spiced," "Black Sails at Midnight," and "Chronicles of Vengeance" are all solid metal tunes. There is a much sharper hard rock edge to all of this than on the two previous collections. The songwriting is better, and the band has found newer ways to complement Bowes's keyboard work; in "The Quest," for instance, the song starts with awesome guitar riff work and then the keyboards highlight the scale progression to great effect; and then they switch, with the guitar work returning the keyboard's call. "Keelhauled," "No Quarter," and "Pirate Song" bring back a lot of the theatricality that got them noticed in the first place. But there's no better opening to a song as of this writing than the nostalgic opening of "Keelhauled"; so the theatricality is balanced with both great musicianship and metal elements. And where before you had to buy into the humor of this band to allow yourself to enjoy them, this cd is keeping the fun but adding some seriousness and maturity to the whole show. "To The End of Our Days" is a philosophical song about the pirate life and death. And if there's one guy who's making a name for himself through this whole project, it's Christopher Bowes. His musicianship with a guitar-strapped keyboard is amazing. And the production on this cd is finally excellent. That helps the band quite a bit. I was surprised that the band re-recorded two songs, "Leviathan" and "Wolves of the Sea.Read more ›
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Captain Morgan's Revenge was an amazing album. It was fun, catchy and a refreshing change of pace for a metal fan such as myself. I never imagined any follow up album by Scottish Pirate Metal act Alestorm could touch it. I was so wrong.

Black Sails at Midnight is everything Captain Morgan's Revenge was and more. The song writing, musicianship and lyrics have all matured. Sure, some silliness returns in the form a few cheesy lyrics which are funny in their delivery and context ("The hook of our captain is looking at you. There's no Peter Pan, so what can you do?"), but the stories sung out gruffly in full pirate gusto by front man Christopher Bowes are much more interesting and less generic than the previous album. Take, for example, "Pirate Song" in which an old pirate out of his prime, drunk and surrounded by empty beer glasses, reminisces a life of pillaging, womanizing and killing, and how he wishes he could go back and do it all over again.

And if you can somehow resist singing along to the chorus of 'That Famous Ol' Spiced' ("Oh pour me a slug of it, throw me a mug of it, bring me a jug of that famous ol' spiced") my hat is off to you, because I sure as hell can't for the life of me. The same goes for the chorus of 'Keelhauled': "Keelhaul that filthy landlubber, send him down to the depths below. Make that bastard walk the plank with a bottle of rum and a Yo Ho Ho.". Brilliant fun.

If you thought the melodies and beats of Captain Morgan's Revenge were catchy you haven't heard anything yet. The guitar riffs and drumming are better than ever, and let's not forget the awesome piratey sounding keytar melodies which put those of Captain Morgan's Revenge to utter shame.
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Brand new second album from Scottish folk metal band "Alestorm" , a follow up to their 2008 debut. After a handful of line up changes the band now consists of guitarist Dani Evans, Gareth Murdock on bass, drummer Ian Wilson plus founding member and bandleader Christopher Bowes on Lead vocals and keys.

Although the press labels them as Folk metal this probably comes closer to Pirate-inspired Power Metal as "Black Sails..." is nothing but full of speeding tempo and double bass drums. Still the album overall incorporates a respectable amount of folk elements such as lead violins and trumpets authentically recorded by guest musicians.

All songs are pirate tale centered with Bowes impersonating in a convincing manner the pirate singer-narrator. At the same time his keys undertake the accordion sound for the biggest part of the album delivering all the predictable but unavoidable pirate melodies one expects to hear from this sort of release. Still for a metal release some would demand more individuality on the guitar tracks. The guitars are actually heavy and consistent throughout yet for the biggest part they just accompany the keyboard parts and solos instead of being the primary source of melody for the group (still there are quite a few good if short guitar solos on this).

There are unquestionably heavier straight riff based songs on "Black Sails..." namely the title track yet the overall impression is that this is a relatively easy listener that could be even enjoyed by people outside the Power metal fan base who simply enjoy pirate stories.

On the other hand, power metal fans might find this relatively light for their taste or nowhere near the shredding medium expected from Power metal groups.
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