Back Through Time
Style: Pirate Themed Viking/Folk
Release date: 3 June 2011
Playing time: 43:06

For those unfamiliar with Alestorm, you can really easily sum them up as pirate metal (Viking/folk with pirate motifs and lyrical content). Of course they'd probably object to the Viking metal labeling, particularly as track 1 ("Back Through Time") is about going back in time and kicking Viking ass. There's also a steady dose of accordion and keys through out, which drive the melody for the most part, with more amelodic guitars adding a general heaviness.

They've got their niche in terms of sound, which will instantly pull you in, but it can quickly get stale on repeated listens. They're kind of a one-trick pony. You're getting a ton of pirate drinking songs. Some are fast, some are slow. That's pretty much the extent of the variation.

Back Through Time does hold up marginally better than the past two Alestorm full lengths. Scraping the Barrel stands out for me, with it's slower pacing and drunkenly staggered pacing. Shipwrecked is also memorable for it's accordion parts (which are generally the predominant strength of the band).

In the end though, if you're familiar with Alestorm, you know exactly what you're getting here. No surprises. This album is probably the best of their three (by a slim margin over Captain Morgan's Revenge), but it's still gimmicky, and it's going to be best appreciated if you spin it once every so often.


01. Back Through Time
02. Shipwrecked
03. The Sunk'n Norwegian
04. Midget Saw
05. Buckfast Powersmash
06. Scraping the Barrel
07. Rum
08. Swashbuckled
09. Rumpelkombo
10. Barrett's Privateers
11. Death Throes of the Terrorsquid

Label: Napalm Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 83/100
Reviewed by: The Rev
Date: 20 May 2011