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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 coalesced 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. The band further cemented their reputation for pirate-themed metal over the next five years by releasing two albums, 2011's Back Through Time and 2014's Sunset on the Golden Age. A year later, their fourth album guitarist, Dani Evans, left the group; he was eventually replaced by Máté Bodor (Wisdom), who made his first recorded appearance on their fifth studio album, 2017's No Grave But the Sea. ~ Chris True
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  1.   Song
  2.   Alestorm
  3.   Drink
  4.   Fucked With an Anchor
  5.   Mexico
  6.   Keelhauled
  7.   The Huntmaster
  8.   Heavy Metal Pirates
  9.   Captain Morgan's Revenge
  10.   Treasure Island
  11.   No Grave But the Sea
  12.   Hangover
  13.   Rage of the Pentahook
  14.   Questing Upon the Poop Deck
  15.   Over the Seas
  16.   Fucked With an Anchor for Dogs
  17.   Alestorm for Dogs
  18.   To the End of the World for Dogs
  19.   Man the Pumps
  20.   To the End of the World
  21.   Quest for Ships
  22.   Magnetic North
  23.   Walk the Plank
  24.   In the Navy
  25.   Shipwrecked
  26.   Scraping the Barrel
  27.   The Quest
  28.   Pirate Song
  29.   Wolves of the Sea
  30.   Leviathan
  31.   Flower of Scotland
  32.   Nancy the Tavern Wench
  33.   Treasure Island for Dogs
  34.   Pegleg Potion for Dogs
  35.   No Grave But the Sea for Dogs
  36.   Pegleg Potion
  37.   The Sunk'n Norwegian
  38.   Swashbuckled
  39.   Rumpelkombo
  40.   Rum
  41.   Barrett's Privateers
  42.   Back Through Time
  43.   Black Sails at Midnight
  44.   Of Treasure
  45.   Set Sail and Conquer
  46.   Surf Squid Warfare
  47.   Death Throes of the Terrorsquid
  48.   Wenches & Mead
  49.   Mexico for Dogs
  50.   Sunset on the Golden Age
  51.   Midget Saw
  52.   Buckfast Powersmash
  53.   That Famous Ol' Spiced
  54.   To the End of Our Days
  55.   Mead From Hell
  56.   Death Before the Mast
  57.   Rage of the Pentahook for Dogs
  58.   Man the Pumps for Dogs
  59.   Bar ünd Imbiss für Hunde
  60.   Wooden Leg
  61.   1741 (The Battle of Cartagena)
  62.   No Quarter
  63.   Chronicles of Vengeance
  64.   Terror on the High Seas
  65.   Weiber Und Wein
  66.   Bar ünd Imbiss

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