They’re bringing scurvy back! Other motherfuckers don’t know how to act! And that’s just the way that SWASHBUCKLE like it, or at least that’s how it would seem on their sophomore release “Back To The Noose”. The band is back in the saddle (or deck I suppose) on the release and those who aren’t ready for it are going to greet Davey Jones before they know it.
For those of you who were unfamiliar with their 2007 debut, “Crewed By The Damned”, SWASHBUCKLE are combining two of the worlds greatest ideologies together: Thrash Metal and Pirates. If you couldn’t tell by their album art, band name, or song titles these guys are Pirate themed down to the overturned boots. Granted, other bands using the same idea might be slightly more user friends than SWASHBUCKLE’s sound is, but their unrelenting combination of high speed Thrash assaults and folky pirate interludes is bound to win some of you over.
The band has two distinctive types of tracks on their albums. The first one you will hear is the folk pirate themed interludes. These are interspersed throughout the album (more than likely between the actual songs themselves) and they show a softer and more diverse side of the band with acoustic instruments and some odd wind instruments. These allow the listener a slight break from the overall intensity of the actually songs and give the album a much needed break from speed and ferocity. Which leads me to the actual songs themselves, which as I’m sure you could guess, are all about the intense bursts of chaos and speed of being Thrash Metal. These guys can really shred though and they do with every song. Whether it’s the catchier songs like “Cruise Ship Terror” or the more intense bursts of headbanging goodness like “Attack!!!” (lasting a whopping 43 seconds) these guys take speed as badge of honor and attack their instruments with technical speed and intensity that many modern Thrash groups could only dream of playing. It’s a pretty solid combination that works on the album.
Again, as with their debut, I would like to see the band try to incorporate the two styles of tracks together into a more cohesive whole instead of two very separate styles, but honestly it works quite well and if its not broke than don’t fix it. More or less, the band has just tightened their approach to album and song writing up from their debut and I cannot complain. “Back To The Noose” is one of the best Thrash releases this year and SWASHBUCKLE once again prove that they still reign on the seven seas.
Songs to check out: “Cruise Ship Terror”, “Back To The Noose”, “Peg-Leg Stomp”.
(Online November 5, 2009)