ALESTORM - SUNSET ON THE GOLDEN AGE (Napalm Records)
Around 2000 there was a new wind hitting the modern metal scene. Afterwards it was being called "Folk Metal". Many bands started to mix metal with more traditional folk instruments. The genre became quite popular in mainstream metal and so they gained a huge fan base until today. Bands that come to mind are Korpiklaani, Finntroll, Skyclad, Falkenbach and this output called Alestorm.
Although being a folk metalband they belong in a subcategory called "Pirate Metal". Why ? Because the songs are romanticized pirate stories and the guys even hit the stage dressed like pirates. Personally I think this is a bit childish. It is far from a real metal band and this just isn't my genre. However they do earn my respect for trying out an original approach and having a huge fan base at the same time.
"Sunset on the Golden Age" is their fourth record and sounds the way I expected. Modern sounding songs about walking the plank, drinking, squids, ships, parrots and wooden legs. This was mixed up with a lot of synth sounds which remind you of pirate fairytales. Why fairytales? Because they create a romanticized story of what pirates really were. It's the same with lonely wandering knight stories and so on. The mix and production was done very well, which didn't surprise me, because this band is already a well known name.
Conclusion: this is far from my favorite metal style. Personally I dislike stuff like this. However I can understand that fans from the genre will like the album. This record sounds the same as the previous ones so you can't go wrong with that.
My Points: 75 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish