It’s a funny thing but Alestorm manage to do something many themed bands don’t come close to. They play music that actually makes them sound like they really are a pirate metal band. Forget the lyrics which are the icing on a very ship shaped cake. These guys deserve a medal and a bottle of rum for their writing skills alone. Latest outing No Grave But The Sea doesn’t pretend to be anything more than the next chapter in a story of ale drinking and plank walking. There’s no need to describe the music, you already know what to expect. Without a political statement or any pretence of high brow complexity in sight this is all about good fun music played loud and preferably when drunk. The only real surprise is a sea shanty ominously titled ‘Fucked With An Anchor’ which turns out to be a bar room ditty reminiscent of the infamous Macc Ladds. Whether you have a fetish for peg legs and parrots or not No Grave But The Sea should bring a smile to most faces.