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Alestorm's 2nd album "Black Sails at Midnight" is an album that I actually thought I'd already reviewed. Having reviewed the band's debut "Captain Morgan's Revenge" and the more recent 3rd album "Back Through Time", I thought I might as well complete the set!
The band's 2nd album is the weakest out of that trio I would say but it's not a bad album. At the time of writing, the album typically consists of 10 songs, later extended versions might add additional tracks. I can imagine that it will end up including all the tracks from the Leviathan EP at some point, the album already includes two - Leviathan and Wolves of the Sea.
The notable difference between the first and second album is that "Captain Morgan's Revenge" is predominantly heavy metal whilst "Black Sails at Midnight" goes for more of a folk metal sound, slightly too symphonic for pirates perhaps. Another weakness of this album is that it lacks the characters and typical locations haunted by sea-faring thieves, there's no "Nancy the Tavern Whench" like in the 1st or "The Sunken Norwegian" as in the 3rd.
I like the song "No Quarter" which is more reminiscent of the first album, bamboozling drumming, a blast of guitar and strong keyboard playing, towards the end of the track it transforms into a string heavy affair which is as good as any pirate song I've heard.
The album is still good, the strange choice of covering Latvia's Eurovision song-contest entry "Wolves of the Sea" seems to pay-off as the band do a good job of transforming it into a decent metal track, albeit a slightly cheesy one.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
3 That Famous Ol' Spiced
5 To the End of Our Days
6 Black Sails At Midnight
7 No Quarter
8 Pirate Song
9 Chronicles of Vengeance
10 Wolves of the Sea