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No Grave But The Sea
September 2017
Released: 2017, Napalm
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

If it is not broken, don’t fix it. The Metal pirates in Alestorm have taken that saying to heart with the creation of studio album number five, NO GRAVE BUT THE SEA. The band is still on Napalm, they have their mascot back on the cover and they still churn out catchy-as-hell drinking songs.

I guess there are a few little changes, a new guitarist in the form of Mate Bodor and for the first time the band has not included a cover tune on the album, but overall, the goodship Alestorm is still sailing on course.

I feel the band had some decent shore leave since the last record three years ago. The songwriting seems a bit catchier, the lyrics are a bit more fun, I mean the band has always been fun but I feel the humour is getting a bit more of the spotlight. Tracks like lead off single ‘Mexico’, ‘Man The Pumps’ and the soon-to-be classic, sing-along shanty, ‘Fucked By An Anchor’ all bring the comedy element way up. Sonically, the band is still loud, proud, bouncy and fun with the usual accoutrement of tin whistles, acoustic sounds, accordions and other piratey-type instruments.

This is a bit of a shorter review, as I’ve already written a couple of lengthy reviews of Alestorm albums for this site. I like NO GRAVE BUT THE SEA better than the last album. This is one of my fun, feel good albums of the summer. Bottoms up!
Track Listing

1. No Grave But the Sea
2. Mexico
3. To the End of the World
4. Alestorm
5. Bar ünd Imbiss
6. Fucked with an Anchor
7. Pegleg Potion
8. Man the Pumps
9. Rage of the Pentahook
10. Treasure Island


Christopher Bowes Vocals, keyboards
Gareth Murdock Bass,
Peter Alcorn Drums
Elliot Vernon Keyboards,
Máté Bodor Guitars



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