It's always pretty cool seeing Nintendo games being referenced in your favourite films or music, so take a look at Curse of the Crystal Coconut, the new album from Scottish metal band, Alestorm.
You can probably think of one reference immediately - yes, the Crystal Coconut is an item found in Donkey Kong 64, used to fuel each Kong's Barrel ability. It actually first appeared in a Donkey Kong Country animated series before its N64 debut, which is more than enough reason for us to present this full episode (you'll be glad you watched it for the theme song if nothing else):
In a Facebook post announcing the start of the album's recording, Alestorm noted that they "may or may not have stolen that title from Donkey Kong". The album's final artwork also includes numerous nods to the franchise, including banana peels, what is believed to be a Donkey Kong skeleton, multiple Kremlings, a TNT barrel, and possibly even a DK Coin floating in the background (thanks GoNintendo).
In the lead up to the album's release, there was even a chance to win an Alestorm-branded N64 with a copy of the game:
If you're reading this and wondering what on Earth pirate metal is, you're absolutely missing out. Give this a listen, and then go and replay Donkey Kong 64 or something, we guess?
TORTUGA! *duh, duhduh...*
I dont care what people say, DK 64 is a great game.
I saw these guys a few years at a festival, they were fantastic live!
I don’t care, Pirate Metal is the greatest export my proud country has to offer, alongside Tunnocks Tea Cakes 😂😂
K (r) ool story bro.
@jump same here. Fun show and this just makes me smile!
I use to rent that show way too many times as a kid
@nessisonett I dare you to say that to a countryman holding a niblick.
@JimmySpades And anyone watching TV, taking penicillin, riding a bike, using a steam engine or going on their phone 😂😂😂
Oh wow. That show was from 96? No wonder it looks like it does. Always thought it was a cheap effort, but now i'm actually a little impressed.
Also, possibly a pirate themed follow up to tropical freeze?
Well I certainly wasn’t expecting an Alestorm topic ever on Nintendolife lol. Well done chaps.
Saw that skull graphic and thought Switch was getting Deadstorm Pirates.
It's in my head b/c I've been waiting for a PSVR port from PS3 for years.
Better skull graphic.
@nessisonett I prefer their caramel logs myself😀 This band is awesome. They don't take themselves seriously and the world could do with more of that this year.
Love this band. Now they need to cover Gangplank Galleon!
Since I've not played it never got the references but now it's brought up here I can see it. Fab album as well, Alestorm never disappoint.
@nessisonett Irn-Bru? Gods nectar.
Doesn’t sound like heavy metal
@BeautyandtheBeer Pretty sure my intestines are dyed bright orange. Worth it though.
Alestorm is a great band
@rjejr A PSVR port would be amazing, but I'd settle for a Switch port too. I play the arcade version a lot and I'd love a home version that doesn't require a console I don't own.
That is a beautiful N64.
prefer gloryhammer in all honesty
If anyone has any interest the artist is a guy called Dan Goldsworthy and you can find his work here
This band is great, was just enjoying one of their tunes earlier today.
@technotreegrass It just seems odd to me that all of these FPS arcade games and PS Move games from the PS3 never made it over to PSVR. I mean yeah, that Move game Shoot! looked kinda awful, but where's the VR version?
I'm half-way thru building my Labo VR Blaster - Labo kits take forever - but the VR headset itself worked much better than I expected it to. Sure, it's not PSVR, but it's not a Google Cardboard phone holder either. It's PSVR 1 if PSVR was PSVR 2.0. And it was $40, PSVR cost me $200. PS4 and Switch I'll call a wash.
Not a place I expect to see something about Alestorm. Great band, I've gotten a few people into them. The 64 looks so cool!
@mesome713 don't write them off from just this song if you like metal. I haven't heard all of the new album but the old stuff doesn't sound much like this. "Drink" is my favorite.
I'm so on board for this self aware heavy metal movement. Nekrogoblikon with their goblin gimmick, Okilly Dokilly with their Ned Flanders gimmick... It's funny because I can't even stand the genre when they're taking themselves seriously, but somehow when it becomes light hearted and meme-y/gimmicky, I'm all in. The John Goblikon podcast on the Nekrogoblikon youtube channel is BRILLIANT. Highly recommend the Bobby Lee episode to start, just to get a feel.
@commentlife You should check out Wind Rose if you haven't already. They're pretty good, too. Their gimmick makes me think of World of Warcraft lol
You forgot to mention that they actually cover a song from the Donkey Kong cartoon on this exact album.
That probably explains the Donkey Kong references?
I loved it, I never understood the hate either.
“I can't stand Hip Hop/Rap if I was being totally honest, call me old but it's just a racket that subjects both eardrums to the worst audio torture imaginable.”
Fixed that for you. 😉
I will say I have outgrown a lot of the cringey Metal. I still have a soft spot for it, but I need to be in the mood. Oh, and a lot of today’s so called metal with the guttural/death vocals, yeah, not a fan. I still need melody and good singing in my metal, as I’m more of an old school metal head.
I’m going to be 39 in September, and I agree, they certainly do. I’ve mostly grown tired of all the swords and sorcery type stuff in my music, it’s passé and overused. Huge fan of Dio, but he was big on it.
A lot of the bands I listen to now have far more meaningful lyrics. I get it’s not easy to write lyrics to music, I’ve tried, and it’s super easy to fall back on the metal tropes.
Ok, that was pretty cool.
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