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Back Through Time [LIMITED EDITION] Limited Edition

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The Seven Seas were obviously not expansive enough for Captain Chris Bowes and his crew, as their quest for booty takes them Back Through Time. Catchy melodies and fanfare call out from the ship's stern, along with authentic instruments including violins, accordions and diverse horns. To add rampage to the mix, metal riffs attack on deck to complete this Fiddler's Green of irresistible singalong anthems and party songs. If the old wives tale holds true and the third album decides a band's fate, Alestorm can look forward to glorious, clear sailing ahead. Ltd. Ed. Digibook w/ 2 bonus tracks!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Back Through Time
  2. Shipwrecked
  3. The Sunk'n Norwegian
  4. Midget Saw
  5. Buckfast Powersmash
  6. Scraping the Barrel
  7. Rum
  8. Swashbuckled
  9. Rumpelkombo
  10. Barrett's Privateers
  11. Death Throes of the Terrorsquid
  12. I am a Cider Drinker (Bonus Track - Ltd. Ed. Digibook)
  13. You Are a Pirate (Bonus Track - Ltd. Ed. Digibook)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 14, 2011)
  • Ltd ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • ASIN: B004SFINAW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,740 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is the most musical album that they have made to date. It keeps in the same style as their previous works, with the noticeable difference in the keyboard sounds used. While Christopher Bowes still primarily uses the accordion, fiddle and brass sounds that have all been used on their previous albums, he also makes use of Celtic sounding flutes, marimba like percussion, electric organ, choral and classical orchestral sounds. The song Death Throes of the Terrorsquid is another break from their previous style and is obviously the band experimenting with the black metal genre, because it incorporates blast beats, harsh screams, growled vocals, vocal distortion, and dramatic orchestral/choral passages. From about 4:45 to 6:15 the listener might swear that they're listening to old Dimmu Borgir and not Alestorm.

The lyrics all deal with the same subject matter as their previous albums with the major exception being the title track, Back Through Time. It's out of the ordinary because it had them time travel through a portal to fight Vikings. What was puzzling to me was that they mocked the Germanic Gods and had the Vikings pleading for their lives before being executed by them. I just found this puzzling because Alestorm has risen to fame by playing festivals such as Paganfest and have toured with bands like Týr and Heidevolk who focus all of their songs about Germanic/Nordic mythology and history. To me, it seems as kind of a slap to the face to some of the bands and their fanbase that have helped them.

Overall, it's a very good album. It's worth buying if you enjoyed their previous albums at all. It's good to see a band that is still experimenting with their sound from album to album to improve it.
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This is a really ridiculous band. And I love them. I can't really convey my total musical addiction to these guys. I can't wait until they play anywhere near me. I started listening to them on Prime - Sunset on the Golden Age. At first I thought "OK, amusing." They were good background music. But the more I listened, the more I liked and the addiction came on like a need for rum. So... I bought all of their albums and have been chain-listening to them for a few weeks now. This is a great album - Shipwrecked, The Sunk'n Norwegian, Midget Saw, Rum, Barrett's Privateers - all great songs. I consider any album where half the songs are really good to be a win. That said, the rest of the album is good too (not great, but solidly good).
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I got introduced to Alestorm through Pandora, while listening to The Dread Crew of Oddwood, another pirate band. Alestorm is a good mix of pirate tales, rock and a bit of 8-bit digital tossed in for fun. This particular album got a lot of tracks on Pandora, so it was a clear choice to get on CD.
Back Through Time, The Sunken Norwegian, Scraping The Barrel, Rum and You Are A Pirate are my favorite tracks on this CD, and are actually the reasons for me grabbing this particular disc.
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I love Alestorm, and was really excited for the new album. I bought the other two off of iTunes, but bought this one from Amazon because it had the bonus tracks. I got addicted to the "You are a Pirate" song and was listening to it over and over on YouTube...)

Several of the songs are memorable and typical Alestorm pirate metal awesomeness, but the entirety of the album just doesn't flow like the other two. Depending on how much of a pirate metal/Alestorm fan you are, you might be better off pirating metal.

Three stars because this album rates 3rd of all of Alestorm's albums.
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I just recently discovered Alestorm and can't get enough. I put the first album on my Christmas list and ordered the rest immediately after listening to it for a couple weeks. European metal seems to be more epic and full of stories than American metal and if you're into that stuff then I'd say you will enjoy Alestorm. They also manage to take mostly pure power metal with big reverberating chords and mix in exactly the right use of classical instruments that somehow sound precisely pirate. The vocals were obviously considered when developing the pirate sound are are essential to completing the theme. And it's not just the lead singer but the entire band singing together at certain times that conjure up images of a pirate crew singing songs from the deck of their ship. It's something unique and different and lots of fun.
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Laughs, drinking, complex folky melodies played on a synthesizer. That's what Alestorm's about. They went back to Captain Morgan's for their inspiration. Which is great, because they seemed to lose their way a little on Black sails aiming for a louder sound. Napalm Records, I believe is the label, is better known for viking metal. Making the title track immensely more humorous. I'm not ruining it for you. Just be aware that the two bonus tracks are just godawefulbad. Scottish Pirate Metal Rocks.
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Let me get right to the point—this is Alestorm's best work so far. Back Through Time is ferocious, melodic, and deliciously piratey. If you're a fan of Alestorm's previous work, you'll love this offering, and I can't recommend it enough. But beware! You may suffer from yarrr-heavy language syndrome and grog withdrawal if you stop listening to it for too long.
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