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Swashbuckle – Back To The Noose

August 29, 2009

Swashbuckle – Back To The Noose

24th July 2009

Nuclear Blast


They are from New Jersey. They are a trio (well, a quartet if you count parrot “Shithead“). They were one of the lucky winners of 2008 issue of the international Nuclear Blast MySpace Contest and they will teach you how to thrash the right way! ARRRRRR!

We pirates three be proud and honoured to announce that SWASHBUCKLE has inked an accord with Nuclear Blast Records! They have heeded the call of piracy and have prepared for conquests of pillage, plunder, and piratical metal along side our malicious high-seas hi-jinks. Here us now, world! The pirates three sail under the Nuclear Blast flag! Grab yar swords, tighten yar peglegs, ‘n hide yar booty… WE BE COMIN’ FOR YE!!! YARRRRRRRR!!!!!!!“

SWASHBUCKLE are not the average pirate metal band as one might think when it comes to this term. SWASHBUCKLE are just much more than that as they do have really strong feeling for what fits into the right place. Mixing punk influenced thrash with a hardcore edge and Carribean / piratical themes makes SWASHBUCKLE so special, so extraordinary – so in yar face!

With a stunning production from GUNS N’ ROSES’ very own Ron “Bumblefoot“ Thal (who also played on “Back To The Noose“), that keeps up the dirty spirit of a plundering horde of rum drinking and cheering pirates, “Back To The Noose“ marks a highlight for this summer! All those sing-alongs, tropical/carribean parts and interludes as well as the brutal thrashing (think of S.O.D, ANTHRAX, EXODUS and SLAYER) will definitely rock every barbecue in 2009 and beyond!

“A few years ago I was at a bar and came across this band of over-the-top dudes dressed as pirates that just tore my face off – they immediately became one of my favorite metal bands. Since then we’ve done shows together, I played on their album, had them on my album and as my live band. These guys are local heroes, it’s great to see them getting out there. They’ve earned it and deserve the best.”

Xander says…

The entrance track to Back To The Noose instantly gives you the feeling of an adventure you’re about to endure with the band. A definite highlight of this album is the instrumental acoustic shanty interludes. These interludes start softly, as if you’ve woken on the deck after a nights heavy drinking, just what you need to get you up, or they can act as little breathers in between attacks, only to then be slapped in the face instantly with a whack of brutal thrash metal. This fast paced metal is not for the faint hearted and you better be prepared to chant along with these tales from the sea. Swashbuckle are the band to have a little jig with ye hearties and raise your ale with a ‘yo ho ho’ either out in the clubs or at home on the deck.

With an album of 21 songs and shanties, mostly ranging 1-3 minutes, for me it is taking a while for tracks to separate, but after the first few listens, We Sunk Our Battleship, Rounds Of Rum and Cruise Ship Terror (along with the video which can be found on here) beam out. The album demonstrates classic thrash riffing to thunderous blast beats, fused with a tone of urgency and an attitude of brutal melodies. Hoist the Jolly Roger, for true Pirate Metal is here!

★★★★✩ Album of the Week 23/02/10


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