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Back Through Time [885470002392]

  • 1. Back Through Time
    2. Shipwrecked
    3. Sunk'n Norwegian, The
    4. Midget Saw
    5. Buckfast Powersmash
    6. Scraping the Barrel
    7. Rum
    8. Swashbuckled
    9. Rumpelkombo
    10. Barrett's Privateers
    11. Death Throes of the Terrorsquid
    12. I Am a Cider Drinker
    13. You are a Pirate
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 372

  • Credits
    ProducerLasse Lammert
    EngineerLasse Lammert

    Personnel: Christopher Bowes (vocals, keyboards); Daniel Evans (guitar, background vocals); Maria Odvody (violin); Hans-Jorgen Martinus Hansen (whistle); Tobias Hain, Florian Frambach (trumpet); Derek Fobaire (trombone); Gareth Murdock (bass guitar, background vocals); Peter Alcorn (drums, percussion); Gordon Krei (programming); Brenden Casey (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Lasse Lammert.
    Recording information: LSD Studios, Germany (01/2011-02/2011).
    Photographer: Audrey Dujardin.
    Arrangers: Ben Turk; Paul Templing.
    Back Through Time is the third studio effort from self-styled "pirate metal" outfit Alestorm. The Scottish four-piece specialize in mixing traditional power metal with traditional folk instruments, sea shanty-style melodies, and buccaneering imagery, and Back Through Time continues on where the 2009 breakthrough album Black Sails at Midnight left off. As befits a group who dress in full pirate regalia and sing about imagined adventures on the high seas, they're not lacking in humor or self-awareness. The title track kicks the album off with frenetic DragonForce-style riffing and a yarn about a pirate ship sent back to a time when Vikings ruled the seas: "You put your faith in Odin and Thor/We put ours in cannons and whores/Your Viking gods won't save you now/When pirates strike from the starboard bow." "Scraping the Barrell" cleverly mixes pirate imagery with sardonic meta-analysis, keenly aware that their style of music isn't seen to have much of a shelf life: "There are no more tales to be told/No more stories of battles of old/Now it seems our journey has come to an end/We are scraping the barrel, my friend." The catchiest track on the record, "The Sunk'n Norwegian," is a straight-up drinking song built on a whistle and accordion melody, while the deluxe edition of the album features a cover of "You Are a Pirate" from the children's TV show Lazy Town. Back Through Time offers little stylistic variation on its predecessors -- and in that sense the band could be seen as "scraping the barrel" -- however, the energy and vitality that the group bring to their unique corner of the metal world, along with a handful of contagious melodies, ensure that Back Through Time registers as the Perth act's strongest and most consistent record to date. ~ Dave Donnelly

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