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

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