Power of Metal.dk Review

Back through Time
Style: Power Folk Metal
Release date: 3 June, 2011
Playing time: 43:05

Pirates Alestorm released an album to get in a jolly good mood of. Back through Time is composed of a bunch of songs the one happier and heavier than the previous one.

This is not the average folk nor power metal, but it contains characteristics of both genres. The orchestration mixes pompous elements with horn like chords as to gather a crew, harsh and greasy riffs, profusing choir parts, all wrapped in a heaviness that is more proper to power metal. The record is very varied, with both easy to get on the brain songs, while others focus on more technical melodies and downtuned spirit.

Hail, this is party and festival music of great originality, I'm glad I finally got introduced to Back through Time. Alestorm, your appeal will be answered as soon as possible and I don't expect Back through Time to be forgotten any soon. This is the stormy record I needed, which, given my musical preferences, is not trivial.

The band has already been touring for a while, has just played the Graspop Metal Fest and is now getting ready for the following festivals this summer: Rockmaraton (Hungary), Zwarte Cross (The Netherlands), Devil Side Fest (Oberhausen, Germany), Wolfzeit Festival (Germany too).

This fall they are also to tour extensively in the UK, Ireland, and the USA.

01. Back through Time
02. Shipwrecked
03. The Sunk'n Norwegian
04. Midget Saw
05. Buckfat 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)
Reviewed by: LyM
Date: 6 July, 2012
Website: www.alestorm.net