It’s time to put on your pirate hat and inflate your rubber ducks, because the world-famous Pirate Metal Drinking Crew, Alestorm, have just set sail on a new voyage with their seventh studio album, ‘Seventh Rum of a Seventh Rum’, set for release on June 24, 2022 via Napalm Records. Pre-orders start …Continue reading →
A journey through 8 different countries in our top 10. Scotland, Australia, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Finland, Hungary and Norway, great to see so many different countries in this race. Remarkable this year: the five voting members all nominated a different album as the best. But we have a clear winner and this is Empyrium.
1. Empyrium – ‘Über den Sternen’ Maybe not the best album according to our votin members, but chosen second best by no less the three of them. ‘Über den Sternen’ reached a total of 34 points. Great efford of these Germans. It was Juergen again who wrote the following about this album: “The complexity of their compositions simply do not allow to put them in any genre. Empyrium is unique and all attempts to classify their music will fail. As a small remark to add is that the label of Empyrium Prophecy Productions and its foundation is going back to the debut of the band “A Wintersunset…” and is celebrating in 2021 their 25th anniversary. With this new release Prophecy has a further reason to celebrate. Happy Anniversary! For me there is no other choice to honour “Über den Sternen” with the full score and to thank Empyrium for their great efforts in creating such a masterpiece.” Congratulations Empyrium with this great album!
Rating: 9/10 Release: 28 May 2021 Label: Napalm Records After their somewhat tepid Curse of the Crystal Coconut, some slightly out-of-place singles, and some band members’ admission that they’re running out of ideas, some of the more conservative Alestorm fans might have been wondering how Alestorm will redeem themselves, and …Continue reading →
Rating: 8.2/10 Release: 26 January 2018 Label: Napalm Records Many readers will no doubt recognize the name Alestorm, one of the most unique metal bands to gain prominence in the last few years. To those unfamiliar with the band, it is almost singlehandedly responsible for establishing the genre of Pirate …Continue reading →
Rating: 8.5/10 Release: 16 May 2017 Label: Napalm Records If you’ve been listening to folk metal anytime in the last twelve years, you’ve probably run across the most prolific pirate metallers around. Alestorm is easily one the biggest acts in the genre and have been pushing landlubbers of planks since …Continue reading →
Alestorm is hot. And although this band is one of the main examples of ‘you love it or hate it’, it seems this band is here to stay. With their 4th album released almost two months ago, Alestorm was ready to plunder Europe. A tour with Troldhaugen (finally!), Crimson Shadows …Continue reading →
Rating: 8/10 Release: 1 August 2014 Label: Napalm Records Whoever thinks about pirate metal will undoubtedly think of Alestorm. These guys who made their debut in 2008 with ‘Captain Morgan’s Revenge’, with their catchy songs about pirates, plunder and mutiny, really promoted the genre of pirate metal. And although there …Continue reading →
Paganfest 2013 – Essen By: Gur The past years Paganfest was settling in Oberhausen, so I was surprised I had to go to Essen this time. These towns aren’t far apart, so it’s no problem. The Weststadthalle was the stage where it all was happening. A much smaller venue and …Continue reading →
Paganfest 2013 – Effenaar Eindhoven. Photo’s: Awesome-pix.de (Saarbrücken) Paganfest doesn’t need an introduction anymore. For the 5th year in a row, a few pagan/folk/related bands are invited for an European tour and to provide the needs for an epic party. While this year the bands were more unknown than previous …Continue reading →
Some people don’t know ‘Zwarte Cross’ . Don’t aspect it to be a standard musicfestival. The Zwarte Cross is a (motor)cross spectacle which started many years ago with an illegal (Zwart-Black) motorcross. To spice it up a little there was also a band present. Nowadays this event has grown out …Continue reading →