Friday, February 22, 2013

SKULL BRANDED PIRATES: "An Oath Sworn On Broken Bones"

Rating: RRR
Label: TwoSideMoon 2013
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Ahoy matey! Skull Branded Pirates from UK, Leeds? Sure, why not? It's really no biggie considering they gave us suicide bombers, 'Mad Dog' David Batty, as well as The Bailey Bros. in the past. We are no longer surprised by the midlands constant need to instigate rebellion or in this particular case, attempted mutiny. Pegged leg and a parrot? Raise the standard as the call of encouragement is heard across the seven seas - let's enroll more followers into piracy. Fair enough. I'll try and steer away from the most obvious jokes from now on.

"An Oath Sworn On Broken Bones" - the highly anticipated follow up to their 2009 debut, the touch of sea breeze, dodgy outfits, cannon fire and smoke. If you're prepeard to look past the image, you'll find their hard hitting music to rock harder and better than expected. Running Wild? Definitely, but, you will also find quite a lot of Skyclad amongst the merry crew.

Not to mention that vocalist - Captain One Ayed Wilson - works the rope like a Fish in the water. No seriously, if the former Marillion vocalist (Fish) ever decided to do pirate metal. Have a listen to the extremely moody title track if you don't believe your captain. Hardly everything that glitter is pirate gold, but you can't go wrong here, if you enjoy the above mentioned acts. What do you give pirates? 3 R's of course.... RRR!!!

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