We are here to drink your beer!” Direct and subtle-as-a-sledgehammer as these bacon-powered pirate core merchants provide yet more folly and jest within the confines of no-nonsense sea shanties! These are no ordinary sea shanties me hearties, these are parrot-pumped treasures you’d find in the base of ye olde treasure chests with sunlight sparkling off the shiny blade of a pirate’s sword! How much adoration of the pirate lifestyle can one rock band have?
Alestorm are under the impression there is plenty of mileage to be had as they unveil studio album number four. Essentially it tackles the same well-trodden path as its predecessors which possibly conjure up the one main negative point to be targeted at the band. On the plus side of things, the album entertains in bucket-loads and offers up some entertaining and rough-around-the-edges anthems to defeat the most sea-sick of listeners.
What might prove alarming is by the time you reach Hangover towards the end of the 10 tracks, you’re singing along without a care in the world. Blushes aside; their version of Hangover; which is originally by singles chart-buster Taio Cruz, works within the confines of a pirate sing-a-long. Other highlights include Drink (the song, not the beverage!), the grandiose 1741 (The Battle of Cartagena) and the rapid swashbuckling Quest for Ships.
If you’re not tiring of their brand of pirate core, then you’ll rejoice over an epic album closer in the shape of the title track or perhaps the rampant Wooden Leg! The title track reaches out across the open seas in just under 11 and a half minutes in length. Not for the faint of heart, it manages to incorporate all of the qualities and sides of a band you’d expect to have run out of pirate tributes by now.
For those who enjoyed not only the first three studio albums but also the live release called Live at the End of the World which was unleashed last year, there’s very little to break the mold or shake the illusions. On the other hand if you’re hoping for anything more daring and courageous, there’s the longest studio recorded track the band have yet undertaken, or their interpretation of a single that in its original format showcases nothing you’d normally associate with a bunch of pirate-loving rocking rascals. Sunset on the Golden Age manages to stretch the Alestorm legacy a little further, but where will their ship take them next?