Back to the Noose

  • AllMusic Rating
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

AllMusic Review by Phil Freeman

There are a ton of metal bands doing the whole Viking thing, whether they play melodic death metal and just write lyrics about long ships and Asgard, or actually play Scandinavian-folk-derived music too. But pirate metal is a relatively new subgenre, and thus far it's got two primary exponents: Scotland's Alestorm, and Swashbuckle from… New Jersey. Alestorm's music is more nautical in feel, with keyboards and melodies based on sea shanties. Swashbuckle are basically a thrash band who sing about being pirates. There are a few acoustic interludes on this short, but still padded, disc ("La Leyenda," "Cloudy with a Chance of Piracy") and a couple of skits during which the vocalist talks in pirate voice ("Rime of the Haggard Mariner," "All Seemed Fine Until…"), and the vocalist's delivery of the lyrics is fairly piratical -- though admittedly he frequently sounds like the guy who sings the theme song to Spongebob Squarepants. For the most part, this is straight-up thrash with a lot of hardcore punk to it -- several songs come in under a minute. Those whose appetite for high-speed, staccato riffing, blastbeats, and growling is nearly insatiable will enjoy this, and there are a few nice guitar solos scattered here and there, but it's not a must-hear by any stretch of the imagination.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Swashbuckle 01:06 SpotifyAmazon
2 Swashbuckle 03:19 SpotifyAmazon
3 Swashbuckle 02:32 SpotifyAmazon
4 Swashbuckle 01:19 SpotifyAmazon
5 Swashbuckle 00:53 SpotifyAmazon
6 Swashbuckle 02:34 SpotifyAmazon
7 Swashbuckle 01:56 SpotifyAmazon
8 Swashbuckle 01:59 SpotifyAmazon
9 Swashbuckle 02:47 SpotifyAmazon
10 Swashbuckle 02:24 SpotifyAmazon
11 Swashbuckle 02:05 SpotifyAmazon
12 Swashbuckle 02:27 SpotifyAmazon
13 Swashbuckle 01:29 SpotifyAmazon
14 Swashbuckle 02:00 SpotifyAmazon
15 Swashbuckle 00:43 SpotifyAmazon
16 Swashbuckle 02:36 SpotifyAmazon
17 Swashbuckle 00:42 SpotifyAmazon
18 Swashbuckle 00:54 SpotifyAmazon
19 Swashbuckle 04:38 SpotifyAmazon
20 Swashbuckle 02:18 SpotifyAmazon
21 Swashbuckle 01:02
blue highlight denotes track pick