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

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