Stand Up and Fight
Label: Century Media
Sailing the seven seas and doing "just as we please," these funny Finns max out on pirate-plunder fanfare on their third album, favoring kitsch brass and arch strings (and accented "aaaargh!"s) over power chords. In terms of guitars, Stand Up and Fight barely sounds metal at all until its martial sixth song, "The Great Escape." From there they head into some almost Survivor/Europe-style stadium-synthed AOR called "Fear the Fear" ("bravery, as we've all seen on TV," ha ha); closer "The Bosphorus Freezes Over" waltzes you off the plank.