Napalm Records (2011)
Alestorm - never heard of these guys and usually power metal is not on my top ten Christmas list, but I downloaded it because the label said "Scottish Pirate Metal". I thought "get the fuck out of here", but lo and behold that's exactly what it is. The guy sings in Scottish pronouncing the "r" distinctly and exaggeratingly.
The production is actually very good, all the instruments are clear and powerful, guitars are raw like early Anthrax. Every track is pretty much the same with heavy use of harmonica and some other instruments I cannot name. The highlight for me is "Buckfast Powersmash" with a thrash metal riff a'la "Among the Living". Fun to listen to but gets old quick.
Rating: 4 / 6
Composed by Dethster4life