Live review – Sabaton Open Air 2019: Alestorm


“From the deepest darkest depths of the Caribbean comes ALESTORM, a drunken band of pirates on an epic quest to drink your beer, steal your rum, and be the greatest damn band that ever did sail the seven seas!”

Thats how Alestorm describes themself, and yes. They really do want to party, drink beer and be the greatest damn band.. But are they? Maybe it’s the early hour or maybe its the surprisingly small crowd in front of Heroes Stage, but at least at first they seem a little bit unfocused and jumps around mostly because of it. The real presence is not there.

“Keelhauled”, “Alestorm” and “The Sunk’n Norwegian” just.. passes by. Which is a shame as “The Sunk’n Norwegian” is one of their best songs and to just haste through them like this is really sad.

Even an sing-along track like “Nacy The Tavern Wench” just slows the show down. I dont get it, this is a party band of magnitude?

But then something happens. In “1741 The Battle of Cartagena” both the show, band and audience takes a turn for the better. The party is on! From here on forward its full speed ahead and everyone is on board.

“Hangover”, “Black Sails At Midnight” and “Mexico” delivers an crowdpleasing, beerstinkin’ metal in which Christopher Bowes gets to really stretch his legs as a front man. He plays the audience like his own guitar keyboard, demanding fists and screams which he gets in plentyfull.

The finnishing two songs “Drink” and “Fuck You With An Anchor” obviously gets the greatest response, the loudest sing-along and most fists in the air. And they should, the two songs best represents this crazy bunch of pirate wannabes.

It is the second half of the show that really saves them from being a dissapointment.

And beneath the gigantic rubber duck, it is written in big yellow letters: OH WOW!

Im afraid I never got that feeling. Just an: OK.

Who: Alestorm
Where: Sabaton Open Air
When: 2019-08-16
Rate: 6/10
Stand Out Track:  Black Sails At Midnight