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Originally known as Battleheart, Alestorm, the purveyors of the relatively unexplored musical territory known as "pirate metal," formed in their original (pre-nautical) phase in 2004. As Battleheart, the group was initially a duo formed by Gavin Harper (guitar) and Christopher Bowes (vocals and keyboards), and recorded its first EP (a self-titled affair) in 2006. Over the course of the next year, feeling the need to bring their sound to the people of Scotland, Battleheart expanded to a four-piece with the addition of bassist Dani Evans and drummer Doug Swierczek. The new crew recorded another EP soon after, entitled Terror on the High Seas, and the buzz helped land a song from the release on Metal Hammer magazine's Battle Metal V compilation. Later that year, in 2007, the bandmembers -- after signing with Napalm Records -- decided to change their name to further the cause of their unique brand of metal, settling on Alestorm. Eventually, the lineup settled a bit more, with Ian Wilson bringing stability to the drummer position, and Alestorm released their debut album, Captain Morgan's Revenge, in early 2008. The band toured the United States later that year with fellow folk-metal giants Týr and Heidevolk before releasing its second full-length, Black Sails at Midnight, in spring 2009. ~ Chris True
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  1.   Song
  2.   Drink
  3.   Captain Morgan's Revenge
  4.   Keelhauled
  5.   Shipwrecked
  6.   The Sunk'n Norwegian
  7.   Hangover
  8.   Nancy the Tavern Wench
  9.   Pirate Song
  10.   Leviathan
  11.   Wenches & Mead
  12.   Over the Seas
  13.   Barrett's Privateers
  14.   Black Sails at Midnight
  15.   Heavy Metal Pirates
  16.   Terror on the High Seas
  17.   Surf Squid Warfare
  18.   1741 (The Battle of Cartagena)
  19.   In the Navy
  20.   Scraping the Barrel
  21.   Chronicles of Vengeance
  22.   The Huntmaster
  23.   Sunset On the Golden Age
  24.   Mead From Hell
  25.   Swashbuckled
  26.   The Quest
  27.   That Famous Ol' Spiced
  28.   Wolves of the Sea
  29.   Of Treasure
  30.   Set Sail and Conquer
  31.   Wooden Leg!
  32.   Quest For Ships
  33.   Magnetic North
  34.   Walk the Plank
  35.   Rum
  36.   No Quarter
  37.   Flower of Scotland
  38.   Death Before the Mast
  39.   Rumpelkombo
  40.   Midget Saw
  41.   Death Throes of the Terrorsquid
  42.   Buckfast Powersmash
  43.   Back Through Time
  44.   Weiber und Wein
  45.   To the End of Our Days
  46.   Questing Upon the Poop Deck
  47.   Intro
  48.   I Am a Cider Drinker
  49.   You Are a Pirate

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