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Alestorm, Sunset on the Golden Age (Napalm Records)
CD Reviews: January 29, 2015

01/29/15



Alestorm, Sunset on the Golden Age (Napalm Records)

Not really sure how these brutish Scottish boneheads didn’t end up on my radar, but I suppose later’s better than never. Great shtick here, pirate-brained singalongs about guzzling grog, bashing things and getting shipwrecked. No, I’m not kidding, this has been going on for several years now, and it could only come from the Napalm imprint, which brought you things like Finland’s folk-metal kings Korpiklaani, who have to be in awe of this band’s level of balderdash. “We came here to drink your beer / and drink your rum at the point of a gun,” singer Christopher Bowes bellows in his best Joey Ramone voice, whilst Flying-V guitars flip out and dingbat-death-metal riffage goes off in 21-gun salutes. That’s obviously awesome, yes, but they do a great Cannibal Corpse imitation when they put their minds to it (“The Battle of Cartagena”), and there’s a lot of keyboard cheese, delightful keyboard cheese, so orange and nutritionally worthless it makes “Mr. Roboto” look like Beethoven. It’s awesome. A Eric W. Saeger
 





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