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Pirate metal!

One of those genres alongside chunky grind, hyper fast sludge and thrash pop that only makes sense in the context of whichever band is hiding under its banner. I once played a gig at some festival that had a pirate themed metal band playing. The vocalist’s mic stand had a ships wheel fastened to it and he had glued a plastic parrot on his shoulder. It amused me for all of 2 minutes until I had exhausted my supply of “pirate’s-of-men’s-pants” and “seaman stains” jokes/banter.

Swashbuckle mix metal/hardcore/thrash/punk or “crossover” as it’s known by some people these days with these jaunty little (in their words) Caribbean/tropical parts that litter the track listing, which is pretty nice change from the one dimensional thrashing assault but becomes a bit boring and blatantly to obvious after a couple of them. That is the main problem with this record. It could easily be a decent metal/hardcore record without the pirate gimmick. I can imagine this is fun to witness live with the costumes and such but on record it becomes an uphill struggle after a few tracks and mostly a vertical crawl when you near the end. Monotony set in before the halfway point and I was skipping tracks pretty regularly. Shiver me timbers, roger the cabin boy etc. etc.

Listen: www.myspace.com/swashbuckler