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

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