Alestorm – No Grave But The Sea (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Alestorm - No Grave But The Sea - Album Cover“Rum, beer, quests and mead. These are the things that a pirate needs!” By Davy Jones’ beard, only one band throws a chorus line like that at the audience. And only one can be reviewed whilst under the influence without a ticket from grammar police. These are the alcohol guzzling sea dogs of Alestorm. Let’s face it: When Christopher Bowes and his gang of merry pirates have another go at a record, fun and cheap booze are on the menu. And their 5th full length album No Grave But The Sea is absolutely no different. So, uncap your bottle, pour and unleash the metal waves rolling in from pirate country.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Gloryhammer – Tales from the Kingdom of Fife (2013) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - Tales of the Kingdom of Fife - Album CoverHow to best describe this? Ah, yeah. The band calls it Heroic Fantasy Power Metal, no less. But it indeed feels like the beginning of the Kingdom of Cheese. This is what happens, when a Scottish pirate and a Swiss cheese artist come together to form a band. The début of the mighty Gloryhammer called Tales from the Kingdom of Fife happens. That’s what! 

Reminiscent of Hammerfall in many cases, the album for sure does not break any new ground. But whatever ground they break presents itself with an absolutely stellar enthusiasm and a technical prowess that puts other debuting bands to shame. Remember, these are the same guys, who just kicked it up a few notches in 2015 with Space 1992: The Rise of the Chaos Wizards.Got hooked? Raid this some more...