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

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