Helms Alee is a Seattle-based outfit that owns a heavy stoner rock sound. With sludgy elements of post-hardcore, melodic arrangements and all three members rotating lead vocals, the band dropped its first full-length effort Night Terror, with the independent label HydraHead Records in 2008.
Also known simply as Grand Funk, Grand Funk Railroad is a blues/hard rock project from Flint, MI that rose to fame in the 1970s. Formed in 1969, the band was almost immediately signed to Capitol Records after playing back-to-back performances at Atlanta Pop Festival and released its debut album On Time, later the same year. After ten more albums, including 1974's Shinin' On which featured the number one single "Loco-Motion," Grand Funk Railroad broke up from 1977 to 1980 and again from 1983 to 1986 after two relatively unsuccessful albums. The band's original trio of Mark Farner, Don Brewer and Mel Schacher reunited in the late 2000s to play a series of sold out shows, but the reunion was short lived as old issue resurfaced, causing Farner to leave the band for the last time. Grand Funk Railroad continues to perform its music with a new revamped line up.
Molding itself into a distinctive pirate-themed aesthetic, Alestorm is a speed metal band that formed in Scotland in 2004. With a sound it describes as Patagonian Pirate Polk, or pirate metal, the band couples the slang and swagger of the high-seas with a modern party mentality. Alestorm first captured its rum-soaked anthems on the 2008 album, Captain Morgan's Revenge, earning a quick crossover audience of hard rock fans, heavy metal followers and even the occasional Medieval enthusiast looking for something with a bit more edge.