Rumahoy – The Triumph Of Piracy

Hello me mateys! Gather around and grab an ale, for today we parley about the new swashbucklers walking the plank, Rumahoy!

Rumahoy, (“hell yeah, we found alcohol guys!”, for those of you who don’t speak the pirate tongue), is one of the debut bands coming into existence right at the fresh beginning of 2018, and it’s not a direction, I assume everybody was aware of.

 

The band is a 4 piece, pirate themed fusion between power and thrash metal, who take upon the high seas and sing their tales loud enough to reach the furthest of lands. The line up consists of a very solid crew going by the names of Captain Yarrface as frontman, Bootsman Walktheplank riffing the guitars, Cabin Boy Treasurequest on bass and Swashbuckling Pete on the drum kit.

 

As for the treasure they bring forward, their debut album is promptly titled ‘The Triumph of Piracy’, is a perfectly organized nine track record packed with riffing, folk instrumentation and melodic choruses much along the lines of KorpiklaaniEquilibriumFintroll, and fellow sealubbers Alestorm, whom they tour with this year.

The album starts off with the opening “AHOY!”, a fairly jivey introduction of the crew on deck by the Captain himself. “Quest for Heritage” has guitars on the spotlight being the most melodic track in the record, and tracks like “Forest Party” and “Huffman the Pirate King” have sea shanty- styled choruses, which have fun easy hooks, perfect for sing alongs like ones in the pirate’s fantasies of being shipwrecked on an island of mermaids.

While the songs are lively and upbeat, I feel the lyrics could do a lot more better, especially much better than the repetitive use of the word ‘Yarr’, to an extent where a few usages make no sense, and the repeated mentions of finishing the rum across every song. (Or is this all a part of the Pirate avatar?)

“Netflix and Yarr” (again, Yarr usage as mentioned) takes all the cake for being the most random, yet catchiest song the album has to offer, with no correlation to the rest of the pirate tales involved. The album bids farewell with the title track which after 5 minutes, fades back into a headbanging rhythm while the Bootsman shreds over the guitar only to be kicked back into the chorus, “War in the sea, War in the sand, this is the triumph of piracy!”

 

Overall, Rumahoy has dropped a fairly fine anchor for its debut record, with lots of space to improve as more tales of the sea come along. The choruses surely will keep the party grooving, and will serve as the perfect comrade in making every road trip sound a little extra adventurous.

‘The Triumph of Piracy’ is a headbanging record flowing with treasure, battles at sea, and lots of rum! Apart from it being a metal album, it’ll surely be appreciated by people in pirate-based fandoms. Works best alongside a huge group of drunk people

Poor Man’s Wiskey – Juniper Mountain

A concept album about a psychological journey that unfolds as the album develops, it is filled with pain and regret but also a universal story of great hope and love that can carry us through difficult times.

Album Notes
The concept of Juniper Mountain began in the year 2001 with two instrumentals (“Red Haired Boy” and “The Ballad of Seamus O’Mally”) and the idea of creating a concept album about these two separated lovers and the plight of the protagonist. The story centers around his journey from Ireland to America to earn money to marry, but he is immediately drafted off the boat into the Civil War. From there he battles with psychological impacts from the war as he works his way ultimately to San Francisco. It is a story filled with pain and regret..but also a universal story of a great hope and love that can carry us through difficult times. This is a journey that unfolds as the album develops. It is a throwback to yesteryear when albums were listened to in their entirety and that get better the more it is dug into.

Baxter Stone – Slowburning

Baxter’s music is a journey that visits blues, bluegrass, alt-country and rock and has been known to write a pop song with a mean left hook.

Baxter Stone is an Australian musician who has played in bands from Adelaide to London. Adelaide Bands Primitive Painters, Puppethead and Melbourne Bands Lipstick Jack, Two Dollar Moon being the most notable with forged a duelling guitar with singer songwriter Jim Gamack.

Slowburning is the result of a collaboration with Baxter Stone and Alun Lane. While Baxter was living in London.

The two musicians met at an open mic jam night in London that Baxter was hosting and built the album from single solo performances recorded by Baxter originally as demos and instrumentation was added by Alun Lane.

Alun Lane is a London born and bred musician a session guitarist and multi instrumentalist who contributed drums, bass, guitar, keyboards and various instruments to the compositions.

Baxter also plays some additional bass, guitar and keyboards.
David Williams plays bass on some tracks