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

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