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Review: Swashbuckle - Crewed by the Damned
Crewed by the Damned

Label: Bald Freak Music
Year released: 2006
Duration: 42:31
Tracks: 18
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: October 24, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Crewed by the Damned

Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (6 Votes)

It had to happen. With the long-lasting success of Running Wild with their pirate themes, I am surprised more bands have not taken that up. But with the huge media presence of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies the dam had to break. Swashbuckle are a US band who embark on a journey through the uncharted waters of Pirate Thrash for their first full-length album Crewed By The Damned, and it's pretty cool.

Swashbuckle mix a lot of acoustic and atmospheric interludes in with some aggressive, go-for-the-throat Thrash. The acoustic bits are actually well-done, and they evoke the sounds of pirate themes and ballads well, but there are too many of them, and they needlessly clutter up the album. The real meat are the 8 or so real thrash-fests on here, including rippers like "Walk The Plank", "Dead Men Tell No Lies", "Jolly Roger", and "X Marks The Spot". These tunes are all face-shredding thrash attacks with volleying riffs, impressive drumming, and very harsh, almost Death-style vocals. The songs all feature good riffs and heavy-assed chugging to get your head flailing. I like that Swashbuckle are much more old-style than 'modern' Thrash purveyors, and they remain dedicated to riffs and letting the guitars do the work rather than making the drums keep the intensity up. All the instrumentation on this album is really solid, with some deeply impressive drumwork and a level of tightness to the arrangements you don't often see in young bands. Overall Crewed By The Damned is a solidly entertaining thrash album. It spends too much time on bullshit interludes and acoustic bits, but when it gets down to business it thrashes the shit out of you. A band to watch.

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