— "Heavy Metal Pirates", first song written by Alestorm
Alestorm is a power/folk metal band from Scotland and their main gimmick is the pirate theme of their music. Arr!Formed in 2004 under the name Battleheart, they released a bunch of EPs (The first of which, Battleheart, gave rise to the term 'True Scottish Pirate Metal, parodying the term 'True Norwegian Black Metal') before signing themselves to Napalm Records and rechristening themselves Alestorm.From there their popularity increased a fair amount and they're already doing world tours.Current members:
Christopher Bowes - Vocals, Keyboards (2004-present)
Brave Scot: Christopher Bowes' heavy Scottish accent does give this feeling to most songs.
Call Back: "Huntmaster" is about a famous man on a quest to "bring back beer to the lands of the free". In "That Famous Ol' Spiced", the titular drink is touted as "a beverage to rival the Huntmaster's draft".
The entire second verse of "Drink" references several songs from previous albums.
Cool Versus Awesome: No one is safe from pirates, including vikings, ninjas, alien squids and sea monsters.
Cover Version: Many. "P is for Pirate" is one with slightly modified lyrics (it is now pirate-themed instead of cookie-themed). "You Are a Pirate," "Barrett's Privateers," and "Wolves of the Sea" are the most famous of their covers. They also did a version of "In the Navy." Suffice to say, if there's a nautical-themed song, a nautical-themed children's song, or a children's song that can be piratified, Alestorm stands a good chance of covering it, often hilariously. There is also their version of "I Am A Cider Drinker", originally by the Wurzels (which was itself a parody of George Baker's "Paloma Blanca").
Sunset on the Golden Age features a cover of Taio Cruz's "Hangover".
Curse: "'Captain Morgan's Revenge", Captain Morgan, forced to walk the plank, curses his mutinous crew to "death or worse".
The curse on the treasure in..."'Of Treasure"...as well. We're not told explicitly what it is, but apprently it's quite terrible.
Curb-Stomp Battle: The pirates of "Back Through Time" are gleefully aware of the overkill involved in using 17th century firepower against 10th century Vikings.
Darker and Edgier: Their second album is noticeably heavier and more aggresive than their first, and the third follows suit.
Deconstruction: While they do sing about the joys and adventures of piracy, Pirate's Song is a rather brutal deconstruction of the whole romantic pirate, showing the singing protagonist as a ruthless monster who lost all his glory in his old age.
Determinator: Some characters in songs, like the Huntmaster and the narrator in Chronicles of Vengeance.
Disproportionate Retribution: "Midget Saw"', wherein a pirate gets his legs sawed off for the crime of killing a monkey. It must have been one awesome little primate.
Downer Ending: A sizeable number of their songs talk about people who go on quests but end up dying brutally along the way. Such as: Death Before the Mast, Magnetic North, To The End Of Our Days, Leviathan and so forth.
End of an Age: The song Sunset On The Golden Age which is about facing the end of a golden age. It's a tad vague what age they're refering to, but it can be interpreted as the end of the Golden Age of Piracy. The lyrics do leave the implication that another golden age may come in the future.
Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The song "Pirate Song" gleefully celebrates being a pirate. Also, Of Treasure concerns itself largely with treasure and no points for guessing the subject of the chronicles detailed in Chronicles of Vengeance.
At sunrise we will dance the hempen jig / So raise up your pint of rum and take another swig! / The curse of Captain Morgan has led us to this fate / So have no fear and don't look back, the afterlife awaits!
Hook Hand: The main zombie pirate on the cover of "Black Sails At Midnight" has a trident replacing one hand, He also has a sword but you can't see if he's holding it or if it's a Blade Below the Shoulder.
Wolves of the Sea contains the lyrics "The hook of our Captain is looking at you"
Insane Admiral: Or Captain, but with the same purpose. In 1741 (The Battle of Cartagenea), the Captain sails against the Spanish despite overwhelming evidence that he's going to lose, and so he dooms himself and his crew to a Last Stand.
Mood Whiplash: Present in Black Sails At Midnight, where from the blood-pumping and bombastic Keelhauled we go to the somber and depressive To The End Of Our Days. Also in Sunset On The Golden Age, after the silly and ridiculous cover of Hangover the album goes to the title track, which is eleven minutes long and one of the few grim and serious Alestorm songs.
The Mutiny: Kicks off "Captain Morgan's Revenge." When the pirates make the captain walk the plank, he pronounces a dying curse upon them all.
Sequel Song: "Death Throes The Terror Squid" is a sequel to "Leviathan", as both songs feature a beast called "Leviathan" and follow some sort of chronology. "Leviathan" has the pirate crew hunt down an ancient beast of yore to battle it, but lose the battle and the beast escapes after slaughtering most of the crew. "Death Throes The Terror Squid" concerns the Crew's Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the beast, and the second round of the battle.
"Surf Squid Warfare" is a sequel to "Back Through Time", where the pirates travel into the future to fight undead squids from space.
Swashbuckled is a playful repartee at Alestorm's friends, fellow pirate band Swashbuckle, in response to the latter's We Are The Storm.
Scraping the Barrel, off of Back Through Time, is a response to some of the band's criticism as being a "gimmicky band" that will eventually become dry. Their response? "If you don't like it, go start your own band."
Took a Level in Badass: "Leviathan" and "Death Throes The Terror Squid" concern the same crew. In the first the monster slaughters them with impunity, in the second. The chorus makes it clear: The chorus in the first song is about the beast's fearsome slaughter, the chorus in the second is the crew's Badass Boast.
Unreliable Narrator: Interestingly enough, we're never told exactly why the perpetrator is being keelhauled in Keelhauled. We pretty much just have the narrator's word for it that he did something bad.
Villain Protagonist: The songs are aware they are talking about a bunch of selfish, petty and murderous thieves. The clearest example is "Pirate's Song", which describes a Retired Monster of a pirate elaborating on his numerous crimes and how he doesn't feel an inch of remorse.
Walk the Plank: In Captain Morgan's Revenge and Keelhauled, in the latter case as a pretext to something far worse. In Sunset On The Golden Age they now have a track namedWalk the Plank.
Would Hurt a Child: One of the verses of Pirate's Song is "I've killed and I've shot, and reddened the cold tears of children with blood!", driving home just how much of a Retired Monster our protagonist is.
Wretched Hive: A lot of these tend to show up in the songs, such as the cafe in Nancy the Tavern Wench and the inn where That Famous Ol' Spiced is apparently served, not to mention the titular tavern known as The Sunken Norwegian.