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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Review: Alestorm – Live in Tilburg

Label: Napalm Records

Release date: May 28th, 2021

Pirate metal drinking crew Alestorm with their new release decided to remind us what a concert was – an activity that is completely forgotten due to a Covid. “Live in Tilburg” is a concert recorded in 2019 in front of 3000 fiery fans. It was posted on the YouTube channel of Napalm Records in 2020. What is the reason for releasing this on CD / DVD in 2021 – of course money.

With bands like Alestorm, the situation is pretty clear: you either love them or you hate them. I belong to this second camp. I have never loved this band, nor will I ever love them. I consider anyone who is over 16 and listens to this band an immature person. Humor, image, attitude … all this seems extremely frivolous to me. And who knows, maybe I’ve become old and grumpy too.

For just over 90 minutes, fans can enjoy sailing through the band’s discography with plenty of cheerful melodies. Of course, consuming alcohol while listening to this release is “a must”. Songs from all 5 albums are equally represented (the concert was recorded before the release of the sixth album “Curse of the Crystal Coconut”). Despite my aversion to this band, I can’t refute a few facts. It is a very well-rehearsed band, everything is perfectly played and recorded. It’s obvious that the guys enjoy what they’re doing and have a lot of fun on stage. And perhaps most importantly, they allowed 3000 people to experience one wonderful evening. I am convinced that Alestorm fans who purchase “Live in Tilburg” will also enjoy this release.

Here the situation is pretty clear: hardcore Alestorm fans will buy this release regardless of anyone writes about it. Those who are not fans of this band will not become so even after this release. Eventually, this release can serve someone who has never heard of the band to get acquainted with their work. As for me, in addition to the fact that I don’t like the band, I am additionally annoyed by the fact that the album, which has been available on the Internet for a year, is now packed on CD/DVD and ready for sale. Money Milking at its best.