Show 3: Alestorm, Gloryhammer, and Isenmore in Baltimore, MD
Cue 7-hour road trip from Raleigh including a delightful jaunt through DC in the middle of rush hour, with a brief stop off at Shake Shack for burgeritude!
Oh fuck yes. Now, on to the music!
A local Baltimor folk metal act with an awesome mix of harsh and clean vocals, twin lead violin, and super catchy hooks, these guys felt like they’d been doing this for years up there. Big stage and a big night for them, no doubt, and they super fuckin’ showed up. Technically tight, solid song selection, good audience interaction. They’re worth keeping an eye on!!
Isenmor Set Photos
The real reason I came out to this show, it’s the last night of Gloryhammer’s first US tour! Ludicrous space fantasy lyrics, hilariously over the top costumes and stage show, and of course Alestorm’s Chris Bowes rockin the keyboard as Zargothrax the evil wizard. . . what’s not to love? Didn’t get a shot of the lead singer in his sick-ass shades cuz I was too busy recording video at that point, but man, what a fun, lively, and hilarious set. Main vox were obviously a lil raw after their busy touring schedule, but those dudes 100% left it all out on the stage. Great, great, great show.
Gloryhammer Set Photos
Ah, Alestorm, the most ludicrous of pirate metal. Beer, rum, quests and mead: These are the things that a pirate needs. Their title track sort of says it all, don’t it? I remember when I first heard these guys’ debut all those years ago, laughing my ass off at the ridiculousness of it. Still am to this very day. Though clearly more than a couple of 'em were nursing some pretty serious hangovers, and despite them being totally sold out of merch (except one conspicuous stage prop. . . ), they put on an absolute master class show. . . that I was completely thrashed around in for the majority of the set before finally retreating to the back. Don’t think I’ve got quite as many great photos, but we’ll see what I can dredge up :)
Alestorm Set Photos
edit: Thank you, by the way, @Giles_Habibula. A lot of my quality comes from taking a whole metric shitton of pictures and hand-selecting the ones that come out best, but at the end of the day, I’m only using a cellphone camera on Auto - Sports mode. One of my friends here in Raleigh is a semi-pro metal show photographer whose work is pretty gorgeous. But I do what I can with the tools I’ve got :)
The pictures and video are pretty important for me, too. Totally lacking a visual/auditory imagination, being able to look back on these shows via my camera work helps keep the memories strong :-D