Alestorm

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Not to be confused with Halestorm.
Alestorm
Alestorm 01.jpeg
L-R Dani Evans, Gareth Murdock, Peter Alcorn, Christopher Bowes
Background information
Origin Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom
Genres Power metal,[1][2] folk metal
Years active 2004–present
Labels Napalm Records
Associated acts Gloryhammer, Waylander
Website www.alestorm.net
Members Christopher Bowes
Dani Evans
Gareth Murdock
Peter Alcorn
Elliot Vernon
Past members Gavin Harper
Doug Swierczek
Robin Hellier
Ian Wilson
Alex Tabisz
Tim Shaw

Alestorm is a heavy metal band from Perth, Scotland.[3] Their music is characterized by a pirate theme, and as a result they have been dubbed a "pirate metal" band[4][5] by many critics and their fanbase. They refer to their genre as "Patagonian Pirate Polka".[6]

The band formed under the name Battleheart in 2004.[7] After releasing two demos, they were signed by Napalm Records in 2007 and renamed themselves Alestorm.[8] Their debut album was released on 25 January 2008.[9] The band's third album, Back Through Time, was released in June 2011, with a follow-up scheduled for 2014.[10]

Biography[edit]

Battleheart[edit]

Originally a two-member band consisting of Gavin Harper and Christopher Bowes, Battleheart recorded an independent demo in early 2006.[7] The band was completed with the addition of bassist Dani Evans and drummer Doug Swierczek.[7] Battleheart played their first live show only five days after the members had met for the first time.

Terror on the High Seas, their second demo, was recorded the same year.[7] Later in the year, the song "Set Sail And Conquer" from the demo was featured on Metal Hammer's "Battle Metal V" CD with other such bands as Týr, Firewind, HammerFall and Blind Guardian.[11]

In late 2006, drummer Doug Swierczek quit from the band and was replaced by Ian Wilson.[7]

Napalm Records and name change[edit]

After being signed by Napalm Records, the band changed their name to Alestorm. The name change was due to the name Battleheart not fitting the band's style accurately. Their debut album, Captain Morgan's Revenge, was released in early 2008.[12] The song "Captain Morgan's Revenge" was also featured on Metal Hammer's "Battle Metal VI."

In April 2008, the single "Heavy Metal Pirates" was released as a digital download.[13] Ian Wilson left Alestorm temporarily in June of that year because he was unable to fully commit to the band. He was temporarily replaced by German Alex Tabisz, before rejoining the band in late August, in time for a show at Ivory Blacks in Glasgow on 29 August.

By September 2008, guitarist Gavin Harper had left the band. Tim Shaw was Harper's replacement, but after a brief period of touring, was fired from the band. To fill the guitarist position, Dani Evans switched instruments from bass to guitar, and Gareth Murdock of Waylander joined as the replacement bassist. In March 2010, Ian Wilson left the band and was replaced with a new drummer named Peter Alcorn. Alestorm's third album, Back Through Time, is Alcorn's first appearance on an Alestorm album. In October 2011, Elliot Vernon of the band Windrider joined the band's live performances as keyboard player.

Musical style[edit]

A clip from Keelhauled illustrates Alestorm's style of play.

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Alestorm play a combination of styles of metal. They are generally classified as power metal and folk metal. The band refer to themselves as "True Scottish Pirate Metal" and are identifiable by the pirate-themed lyrics in their songs. Alestorm's music utilizes the upbeat style of power metal with many orchestrations commonly found in folk metal. Songs adopt a pirate sea-shanty feel, utilizing accordion synths in songs such as Keelhauled, The Sunk'n Norwegian, and I Am a Cider Drinker in order to convey a pirate feel. The band embellishes the fact that imitating pirates can be a jovial matter, using this factor of amusement to their advantage. With songs like Back through Time, in which their pirate group is described as going back in time to pillage Vikings, Alestorm uses factors of absurdity to bring a jocular feel to their music.

Tours[edit]

2009[edit]

In late February 2009, after a second European support tour, the band embarked on the Pagan Knight's tour across North America with Týr and Suidakra.[14]

From April to May 2009, Alestorm, Týr, Heidevolk, and Adorned Brood took part in another European tour, titled Black Sails Over Europe. A tour CD limited to 1,000 copies was released by Napalm Records, which contained three new tracks from Alestorm's second album, Black Sails at Midnight.[15]

Alestorm played two additional tours in 2009: Paganfest in Europe and Heathenfest in the United States.[16]

2010[edit]

In 2010, Alestorm played a few shows as guests on selected dates of the Paganfest tour through Europe. That tour was headlined by Finntroll and Eluveitie.

From 17 to 20 June 2010, Alestorm played various shows around Australia.[17][18]

In late 2010, Alestorm toured Europe along with Sabaton,[19] (they also played together with Sabaton at their hometown festival of Falun named Rockstad: Falun during the 28–29 May) as well as playing at Hard Rock Hell: Road Trip in Ibiza.[20]

On 24 September, Alestorm debuted a new song from their third album called "Rum" live in Karlstad, Sweden in support of Sabaton's World War Tour. On the 17th of October, they played a cover of a Gloryhammer (a side project of keyboardist Christopher Bowes) song called "The Unicorn Invasion of Dundee" in Brighton, England.

2011[edit]

In order to promote their third studio album Back Through Time, Alestorm went on a large world tour, entitled "The Back Through Time World Tour". The first part of the tour was held in Australia and New Zealand from 10 until 15 May.,[21] This was followed by many summer festivals in Europe including Sonisphere Festival in the UK. The band then went on to be main support for Kamelot on their headlining North American tour. This was followed by the Heidenfest European Tour also featuring Finntroll, Turisas and more.

2012, 2013 & 2014[edit]

Alestorm played on the '70000 Tons of Metal' cruise in the Caribbean. Shortly after that, the band toured around the UK and Ireland on the 'Useless Drunken Bastards' tour with Claim The Throne and Darkest Era.

The band played on the Paganfest tour of North America with Turisas and Arkona in April. In October 2012, Alestorm toured North America with Epica, Insomnium, System Divide, and Destiny Potato. Alestorm dressed as characters from Batman in honor of their Halloween performance in Toronto and introduced themselves as Christian Balestorm.[citation needed]

Starting from late September, Alestorm toured as the main support band for DragonForce. They appeared third at all shows after Cavorts and The Defiled.[22]

In January 2013 Alestorm returned to Australia and New Zealand filming their first live DVD.[23][24]"Live at The End of The World" was released worldwide later that year.[25] This DVD release followed their cover of the Village People track "In The Navy"[25]

In July 2013, Alestorm played at Metalcamp and at Wacken Open Air in Germany in August.

The band has confirmed that they are working on their fourth album, entitled "Sunset on the Golden Age"[26]

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • Christopher Bowes – lead vocals, keyboards, keytar(2004–present)
  • Dani Evansguitar, bass guitar (2006–2008), backing vocals (2006–present)
  • Gareth Murdock – bass guitar, backing vocals (2008–present)
  • Elliot Vernon – keyboards, backing vocals (2011–present)
  • Peter Alcorn – drums (2010–present)
Session members
  • Alex Tabisz – drums (2008)
Former members
  • Gavin Harper – guitar, backing vocals (2004–2008)
  • Doug Swierczek – drums (2006–2007)
  • Robin Hellier – lead vocals (2006)
  • Ian Wilson – drums, percussion (2007–2008, 2008–2010)
  • Tim Shaw – guitar, backing vocals (2008)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Alestorm discography
Releases
Studio albums 4
Live albums 1
EPs 4
Music videos 5
Compilation appearances 7

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Details Charts
UK
GER
Heatseekers USA
2008 Captain Morgan's Revenge
  • Release: 25 January 2008
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Formats: CD, Download
- - -
2009 Black Sails at Midnight
  • Release: 27 May 2009
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Formats: CD, Picture Disc, Download
- 60[27] 87[28]
2011 Back Through Time
  • Release: 3 June 2011
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Formats: CD, Mediabook, LP, Download
200[29] 42[30] 24[31]
2014 Sunset on the Golden Age
  • Release: 1 August 2014
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, Download
- - -

EPs[edit]

Year Album Details
2006 Battleheart[7]
  • Release: 2006
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Download
Terror on the High Seas[32]
  • Release: 2006
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Download
2009 Leviathan[33]
  • Release: 27 January 2009
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Formats: CD, Download
2013 In the Navy (The Village People cover)[34]
  • Release: 18 November 2013
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Formats: Download, LP

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Details
2013 Live at the End of the World[35]
  • Release: 18 November 2013
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, Download

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Album Director Type Link
2009 "Nancy the Tavern Wench" Captain Morgan's Revenge Unknown Live performance [1]
"Keelhauled" Black Sails at Midnight Silvan Büge Performance [2]
2011 "Shipwrecked" Back Through Time Unknown [3]
2012 "Death Throes of the Terrorsquid" Narrative [4]
2013 "In the Navy" (The Village People cover) In the Navy EP Tour footage [5]
2014 "Drink" Sunset on the Golden Age Narrative [6]

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • With Us or Against Us (2007) – free album sent with Napalm Records merchandise
  • Battle Metal V (2007), Metal Hammer
  • Battle Metal VI (2008), Metal Hammer
  • With Us or Against Us X (2008) – free album sent with Napalm Records merchandise
  • Battle Metal VIII (2009), Metal Hammer
  • Black Sails Over Europe (2009) – split album with Heidevolk and Týr
  • Austrian Metal Alliance Vol. 1 (2011) – free album sent with Napalm Records merchandise

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/alestorm/captain_morgans_revenge/
  2. ^ http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Alestorm/116989
  3. ^ Interview with Alestorm in Glasgow on 2009 UK tour
  4. ^ "ALESTORM". MusicMight. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Bowar, Chad. "Alestorm – Captain Morgan's Revenge review". About.com. Archived from the original on 26 May 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  6. ^ Official Facebook Page Info Section
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Alestorm Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Alestorm Interview A Conversation With Vocalist/Keyboardist Christopher Bowes". About.com. Retrieved 14 October 2010. 
  9. ^ Roadrunner records. Retrieved 1 February 2008.
  10. ^ http://www.alestorm.net/
  11. ^ Battle Metal V at Amazon.com Retrieved 6 March 2011
  12. ^ Alestorm Biography at Napalm Records Retrieved 6 March 2011
  13. ^ "Heavy Metal Pirates on Amazon MP3". Amazon.com. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Pagan Knights Tour Dates". About.com. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  15. ^ "BLACK SAILS OVER EUR Alestorm Tyr Heidevolk". Napalm Records. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  16. ^ Napalm Records Tour Dates. Retrieved 15 September 2009.
  17. ^ "Alestorm | MySpace". Events.myspace.com. Retrieved 2010-05-25. 
  18. ^ "Alestorm | MySpace". Events.myspace.com. Retrieved 2010-05-25. 
  19. ^ Alestorm and Sabaton set for UK Tour
  20. ^ HRH Announces New Bands
  21. ^ ALESTORM 'BACK THROUGH TIME' Australian/ New Zealand Tour May 2011 Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  22. ^ http://www.dragonforce.com/2012/04/02/dragonforce-announce-uk-ireland-leg-of-mammoth-world-tour/
  23. ^ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alestorm-Australia/451786724875926
  24. ^ https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/394994_10151437820723054_670888214_n.png
  25. ^ a b http://www.alestorm.net/index.php?page=music
  26. ^ http://www.alestorm.net/index.php?page=news
  27. ^ http://www.napalmrecords.com/company/charteinstiege/
  28. ^ http://bravewords.com/news/alestorm-hits-billboard-heatseekers-chart
  29. ^ http://www.zobbel.de/cluk/110618cluk.txt
  30. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/alestorm-s-back-through-time-lands-on-german-chart/
  31. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/alestorm-back-through-time-first-week-sales-revealed/
  32. ^ "Terror on the High Seas - Review". sputnikmusic.com. Grant Hunter. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  33. ^ "Leviathan - EP on iTunes". iTunes. Alestorm. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  34. ^ "In the Navy - Single". iTunes. Alestorm. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  35. ^ "Live At the End of the World". iTunes. Alestorm. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 

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