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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.   Hangover
  4.   Captain Morgan's Revenge
  5.   Keelhauled
  6.   The Sunk'n Norwegian
  7.   Wenches & Mead
  8.   Nancy the Tavern Wench
  9.   Pirate Song
  10.   The Quest
  11.   1741 (The Battle of Cartagena)
  12.   Wolves of the Sea
  13.   Walk the Plank
  14.   The Huntmaster
  15.   Surf Squid Warfare
  16.   Magnetic North
  17.   In the Navy
  18.   Midget Saw
  19.   Barrett's Privateers
  20.   Chronicles of Vengeance
  21.   Over the Seas
  22.   Mead From Hell
  23.   Shipwrecked
  24.   Rumpelkombo
  25.   Back Through Time
  26.   Leviathan
  27.   Of Treasure
  28.   Heavy Metal Pirates
  29.   Sunset On the Golden Age
  30.   Wooden Leg!
  31.   Swashbuckled
  32.   Scraping the Barrel
  33.   Rum
  34.   That Famous Ol' Spiced
  35.   Death Before the Mast
  36.   No Quarter
  37.   Terror on the High Seas
  38.   Set Sail and Conquer
  39.   Quest For Ships
  40.   Death Throes of the Terrorsquid
  41.   Weiber und Wein
  42.   Flower of Scotland
  43.   To the End of Our Days
  44.   Black Sails at Midnight
  45.   Buckfast Powersmash
  46.   Questing Upon the Poop Deck
  47.   Intro
  48.   I Am a Cider Drinker
  49.   You Are a Pirate

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