Review: Alestorm – Back Through Time



The title track of the third full-length album by Scotland’s kings of swashbuckling folk metal poses the ridiculous premise that pirates trump Vikings (any metalhead knows otherwise). The rest of Back Through Time isn’t much less absurd. An entertaining, if repetitive, collection of power-shanties, it’s ready to please anyone with brine on the brain. The band continues to take the piss on the uproarious “Midget Saw” and “Scraping the Barrel,” a song about running out of pirate-themed material. Alestorm won’t be welcome in every headbanger’s port, but, refreshingly tongue-in-cheek, Back Through Time is a must-plunder for scurvy dogs all across the seven seas. CHRIS KROVATIN

Check out “Shipwrecked” off Back Through Time below:

  • Justin_syn

    I love Alestorm. But…. This album, compared to the first two, is a major let-down. The style has moved to a more straight metal style and although it has the sea shanty sound, it seriously lacks the thought and true pirate nature of the first two albums. I would give Captain Morgan’s Revenge a 8/10, Black Sails at Midnight a 9/10, and Back Through Time a 5/10. The guitar solos in the new songs are severely lacking in thought and care and the songs are crowded with group shouting. The only thing consistent about this album compared to the last is the awesome drumming (ironically enough, they just got a new drummer). This is a very unpolished album from a band that has so much potential. Seriously though, there is a 7 second song on this album. I feel as though they just cranked out this album as a joke to see how many naive pirate fanboys would purchase it.

  • MetalGOD123

    Stop talking shit and stop critisizing albums FFS its a piece of art if u dont like it dont listen to it or start ur own band and try and do better. 5/5 for me. U try write song of piratey songs its genius.