Out June 30

(Napalm Records)


Pirate metal? Not really. Folk rock? Nope. A bizarre journey back in time to an era when it didn’t really matter whether a song was any good? Getting warmer.

The overriding feeling as you navigate your way through the frankly bizarre First Night Back In Port  is one of disorientation and disappointment.

Ye Banished Privateers’ Alestorm-lite shanties are meant to ferry the listener back to the ‘cruel world of the 18th century’. Cruel indeed: if this is what passed as melody back then it seems we’re living in a golden age of music.

Consequently, you’re more likely to favour staying put. Far from putting the ‘jolly’ into the Jolly Roger, this lot represent the ‘shiver’ in shiver me timbers. Honest and moving or misplaced and hopeless – there are two ways of looking at this ragtag record and right now it’s got to be the latter.

A Night At The Schwarzer Kater and Eastindiamen are passable drinking anthems but pirate metal feeds of passion and power. Neither are much in evidence on First Night Back In Port with the woefully weak Skippy Aye Yo and Mermaid’s Kiss really scraping the barrel.

Apparently there are 30 members of Ye Banished Privateers but it’s time for the cream to rise to the top. Or for the weak links to walk the plank.