Alestorm's Mate Bodor reveals what life is really like for a pirate metal band on the touring high seas

The Scottish pirate metal band Alestorm performs a live concert during the Danish heavy metal festival Copenhell 2018 in Copenhagen. Here guitarist Mate Bodor is seen live on stage.
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BACK TO LIVE: Listen to an Alestorm song – really, just pick one at random – and you’d likely come away with an obvious conclusion: these guys drink. (Sample lyric: “We are here to drink your beer and steal your rum at the point of a gun.” There’s not a ton of room for interpretation.)

What else would you expect from the world’s leading pirate-themed metal band? To go to an Alestorm concert is to be regaled with tales of… well, gales on the high seas, but also swilling alcohol at an alarming rate.

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Adam Kovac

Adam is a freelance writer whose work has appeared, aside from Guitar World, in Rolling Stone, Playboy, Esquire and VICE. He spent many years in bands you've never heard of before deciding to leave behind the financial uncertainty of rock'n roll for the lucrative life of journalism. He still finds time to recreate his dreams of stardom in his pop-punk tribute band, Finding Emo.