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Alestorm
Leviathan
Type: CD
Company: Napalm
Release: 2009
Genre: Power
Reviewer: Raising Iron
Published: 2/9/2009
A hearty good time
After 2008 saw Alestorm's Captain Morgan's Revenge debut to much critical acclaim, the swashbucklers have wasted no time shooting back across 2009's bow with a quick, "tide-over", 4-song EP entitled Leviathan. A new song (Leviathan), a cover (Wolves of the Sea), a German version of Wenches & Mead from their debut, and a re-recording of an early era song (Heavy Metal Pirates) comprise this high seas adventure.

There's not much to say here except that if you liked the full-length, you'll dig this as well. These guys are steadfastly unabashed in their quest to combine traditional English folk melodies with heavy metal, and it sure sounds like they're having a hearty good time while doing so. Therein lies the intrigue, they simply don't take themselves seriously, or rather, they're exceptionally serious about having fun. There are plenty of speedy riffs and leads to keep the interest of the more serious metalhead, yet the melodies are catchy, fun, and convincingly wrought. Tales of sea creatures, wenches, and pirate egos are the order of the day lyrically speaking, and it all culminates in an exciting, albeit short, 17 minute adventure this time out.

Let's face it, us metalheads can take ourselves and our music too seriously at times, so every now and then it's fun to unearth a treasure like this to cut loose to. So, grab the nearest wench, hoist the skull and crossbones, and imbibe exuberantly to Alestorm!
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: ALESTORM
CD
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Black Sails At MidnightAlestorm
2009
Raising Iron6/16/2009
Captain Morgan's RevengeAlestorm
208
Etiam1/6/2011
LeviathanAlestorm
2009
Raising Iron2/9/2009
No Grave But The SeaAlestorm
2017
David Loveless8/15/2017
Sunset On the Golden AgeAlestorm
2014
T. Ray Verteramo9/12/2014


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