Black Sails at Midnight
Style: Scottish Pirate Metal
Release date: June 1st 2009

A short biography:

ALESTORM consists of 3 Scots and one Irishman and they were formed in 2006. In 2008 they released their debut album ‘Captain Morgan’s Revenge’ which was followed by an EP called ‘Leviathan’ (2009). And now they have just launched their second full-length album entitled ‘Black Sails at Midnight’.


ALESTORM could very well be labelled as a Scottish Pirate Metal band.... just think of a mix between RUNNING WILD, TURISAS, KORPIKLAANI and SKYCLAD and I think you’ve a pretty good idea what to expect. 


The production is done by Lasse Lamert (LSD Studio) and mastered by James Murphy (Death, Obituary) and they have done an excellent job. The sound is crystal clear yet powerful and suits the music fine.

My humble opinion:

ALESTORM have recorded one hell of an album. Every single song is packed with excellent and catchy melodies that grab you right away. Everything fits like a glove here. The guitar riffs are just as good as the catchy choruses that are all over this release. The very first track “The Quest” sets out surprisingly driving and I was soon jumping up and down in pure excitement. But the best is yet to come. Track 2, 3 and 4 are so catchy that I found my self dancing and banging around in my living room. God damn it... 3 awesome drinking songs with splendid melodies and danceable rhythms. I must hunt their 2 first releases down, that’s for sure. Well... there’s not a single weak track here in my humble opinion, so this band really took me by surprise. If you’re a fan of the above mentioned bands or a fan of folk metal then you should definitely buy this album. And order it right away... or you’ll be keelhauled.

01. The Quest
02. Leviathan
03. That Famous Ol' Spiced
04. Keelhauled
05. To The End of Our Days
06. Black Sails at Midnight
07. No Quarter
08. Pirate Song
09. Chronicles of Vengeance
10. Wolves of the Sea
Label: Napalm Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 79/100
Reviewed by: Peter Laursen
Date: June 9th 2008