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Alestorm are a Scottish Pirate Metal Band and that
should tell you all you need to know what your are in for. With songs like "Set
sail and Conquer" and "Keelhauled" they pull no punches and inspire audiences
all over the world to raise up their Cutlasses and cry out "Yo hoho and a
bottle of rum"
starting out as a two-member band consisting of Gavin Harper and Christopher
Bowes, Battleheart recorded an independent EP in early 2006. The band was
completed with the addition of bassist Dani Evans and drummer Doug Swierczek.
Battleheart played their first live show only five days after the members had
met for the first time.
In early 2007 after being signed by Napalm
Records, the band changed their name to Alestorm. Their debut album, Captain
Morgan's Revenge, was released in early 2008. The song "Captain Morgan's
Revenge" was also featured on Metal Hammer's "Battle Metal VI."
2008, the single "Heavy Metal Pirates" was released. In September 2008, Bowes
announced on Bloodstock's official forums that guitarist Gavin Harper had left
the band. Tim Shaw was announced as Harper's replacement but, after a brief
period of touring, left the band. Dani Evans switched instruments from bass to
guitar, and Gareth Murdock joined as bassist.
In late February 2009,
after a second European support tour, the band embarked on the Pagan Knight's
tour across North America. From April to May 2009, Alestorm, Týr,
Heidevolk, and Adorned Brood took part in another European tour, titled "Black
Sails over Europe". A tour CD was released by Napalm Records, which contained
new tracks from Alestorm's new album. Only 1,000 of these CDs were produced.
Alestorm played two additional tours in 2009: Paganfest in Europe and
Heathenfest in the United States. In 2010, Alestorm returned with a Paganfest
tour through Europe.
They are one of today's hardest working bands and
will be playing as far afield as Australia and the USA as well as a full
European tour taking in the UK.
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