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Cruachan

Formed: 1992
From: Dublin, Ireland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Cruachan News

Below is our complete Cruachan news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Public Sales Begin For 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2017

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - have now opened up the 2017 installment to public sales. Check out how to plan your metal vacation using the link below.

In addition, the lineup is taking shape as an additional 20 acts were added to the bill, bringing the total announced at 36 of 60 bands, as follows:

Arch Enemy, Demolition Hammer, Devildriver, Draconinan, Dying Fetus, Gojira, Marduk, Moonsorrow, Omnium Gatherum, Orden Ogan, Revocation, Saltatio Mortis, Serenity, Stamina, Stuck Mojo, Testament, Uli Jon Roth, Unleashed, Vreid and Xandria.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 2nd-6th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and for the first time will port in Haiti at Labadee.

The festival will once again be hosted by The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Arch Enemy, Demolition Hammer, Devildriver, Draconinan, Dying Fetus, Gojira, Marduk, Moonsorrow, Omnium Gatherum, Orden Ogan, Revocation, Saltatio Mortis, Serenity, Stamina, Stuck Mojo, Testament, Uli Jon Roth, Unleashed, Vreid and Xandria join the previously named 16 acts, with 24 still to be announced: More...

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UMC Begins Announcement Barrage For 70K 2017

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - have unleashed the first barrage of bands that will appear on the 2017 edition of the annual cruise.

The first 16 of 60 bands announced are: Amaranthe, Amorphis, Annihilator, Anthrax, Cruachan, Death Angel, Equilibrium, Grave Digger, Haggard, Kalmah, Kamelot, Nile, Orphaned Land, Powerglove, Suffocation and Therion.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 2nd-6th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and for the first time will port in Haiti at Labadee.

The festival will once again be hosted by The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com. More...

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Sunday Old School: Cruachan

Those of you who follow international football (or soccer, if you insist,) you will probably know that less than two hours ago, the Republic of Ireland were eliminated in the Euro tournament by the host nation, France. While we won't be seeing any more Irish contributions to the Euros, the nation's reputation when it comes to music is outstanding. Irish folk music, along with that of the Middle East, is possibly the best known in the world and the country has produced a number of top rock and metal bands too, with Thin Lizzy probably the most famous example. With kudos in both of these musical styles, it was only a matter of time before Ireland had a world class folk metal band and they arrived in 1992, under the name of Cruachan.

Cruachan came to be following guitarist Keith Fay's endeavours with the J.R.R. Tolkien inspired black metal band, Minas Tirith. He had formed a new group, taking it's name from the capital of the middle ages Irish kingdom of Connachta, after becoming more interested in folk music and hearing how two of his favourite genres could be blended on the debut Skyclad album, "The Wayward Sons of Mother Earth." It would be two years before the band recorded material, which surfaced in the guise of the "Celtica" demo in 1994, before a full length album, "Tuatha na Gael" followed the next year through Nazgul's Eyrie Productions. More...

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Onslaught Drops Off Eindhoven Bill

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting organization has announced that due to scheduling issues Onslaught has cancelled the band's previously planned performance at the festival.

Recently reunited U.K. thrashers Xentrix will replace Onslaught on Saturday December 13th, 2014.

Xentrix has released four albums through Roadrunner Records: 1989’s "Shattered Existence," 1990’s "For Whose Advantage," 1991’s "Dilute to Taste," and 1992’s "Kin." Heavy Metal Records also released a 1996 LP called "Scourge."

The currently announced lineup for Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2014 is as follows: More...

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Eindhoven Metal Meeting Reveals Full Band Lineup

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is very proud to announce that with the addition of In Solitude, Valkyrja, Thanatos, Skyforger, Dust Bolt, The Committee, and Miasmal, the line-up for this year's edition - set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands - is now complete.

The Dutch all-female death metal band Sisters Of Suffocation will also perform on Friday, December 12th at the official after party at the Dynamo Club together with the cover-bands Mercyfull Fake and Forever Twisted. Entrance is free with an Eindhoven Metal Meeting ticket!

The full festival billing is as follows (in alphabetical order): More...

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Asphyx And Carach Angren To Play Eindhoven

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is very happy to welcome Asphyx, Carach Angren, Cripper, and Funeral Whore to lineup for this year's edition, set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

Aborted
Asphyx
At The Gates
Attic
Blasphemy
Bölzer
Carach Angren
Cripper
Cruachan
Ensiferum
Evil Invaders
Exhumed
Funeral Whore
Holy Moses
Morbid Angel
Morbus Chron
One Tail, One Head
Onslaught
Origin
Primordial
Thyrfing
Triptykon
Unleashed
Urfaust
Saille
Sinister
The Vision Bleak
Woland

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Morbid Angel To Play Eindhoven

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is very happy to welcome U.S. death metal band Morbid Angel again at this year's edition, set to take place December 12th & 13th, 2014 at the reputable Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

The band will play the "Covenant' album in its entirety, followed by a shorter best-of set list. Also exclusively confirmed are Swiss atmospheric black metallers Bolzer! A few more bands will be announced soon. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

Blasphemy
Bölzer
Cruachan
Ensiferum
Evil Invaders
Exhumed
Holy Moses
Morbid Angel
Morbus Chron
One Tail, One Head
Onslaught
Origin
Primordial
Thyrfing
Triptykon
Unleashed
Urfaust
Saille
Sinister
The Vision Bleak
Woland

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Eindhoven Confirms New Bands For 2014 Festival

Unleashed, One Tail One Head, Sinister, The Vision Bleak, Cruachan, Saille, and Evil Invaders are the latest bands to have been confirmed for this year's Eindhoven Metal Meeting festival.

The festival is set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the reputable Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. More bands will be announced soon. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

Aborted
At The Gates
Attic
Blasphemy
Cruachan
Ensiferum
Evil Invaders
Exhumed
Holy Moses
Morbus Chron
One Tail, One Head
Onslaught
Origin
Primordial
Thyrfing
Triptykon
Unleashed
Urfaust
Saille
Sinister
The Vision Bleak
Woland More...

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Former Crucachan Vocalist To Join Band Live

In the latest post on Facebook for the Irish folk metal band Cruachan, the band announced that original vocalist Karen Gilligan will join the band on a one off show in Dublin on April 14, 2012 at the Village Venue in Dublin City, Ireland. Gilligan sang and played percussion on the band's first five LP's having left the band in 2008 prior to the band's latest release "Blood on the Black Robe."

The post reads as follows:

"Some great news!! KAREN GILLIGAN will be our live vocalist at our Dublin show, this is a one off chance to hear the old Cruachan classics with the original vocalist!!! Tell your friends - book your flights - GET OVER HERE!!!!! April 14th! The Village Venue, Dublin City!!!" More...

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Cruachan Completes Recording New Album

Irish folk metal band Cruachan has recently signed to Candlelight Records. The band began recording their latest album, “Blood on the Black Robe,” in November 2010 and are currently mixing the new album. The album will contain about 70 minutes of music.

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Darkspace Headlining Black Lights Festival 2009

Darkspace has been tapped to headline the 2009 Black Lights Festival, which takes place on July 10-11, 2009 in Divišov u Benešova, Czech Republic.

The bands confirmed so far include:

DARKSPACE
CRUACHAN
SILENT STREAM OF GODLESS ELEGY
STINY PLAMENU
SEAR BLISS
BLACK FLAME

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Cruachan Parts Ways with Vocalist Karen Gilligan

Irish metallers, Cruachan, have issued the following update regarding the departure of their female vocalist Karen Gilligan:

"Karen has left Cruachan on good terms for various reasons (message from Karen below). We wish her all the best for the future. She will not be replaced!"

"Over the last few years we have been moving towards a more extreme sound and style, now that Karen has left we are going to continue with this plan and I will take over full time vocal duties while John Ryan and John O Fathaigh will take on backing vocal roles." More...

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Wave-Gotik-Treffen Announce Lineup

This year's leading German gothic culture event Wave-Gotik-Treffen is set to take place May 25-28 in Leipzig. So far, the following bands are confirmed: More...

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Cruachan Post 'The Morrigan's Call' Artwork Online

Irish folk metal band CRUACHAN have posted the cover artwork for their fifth album, "The Morrigan's Call", at this location.

"The Morrigan's Call" is tentatively due later in the year via na as-yet-undetermined label (the band were previously signed to Greece's Black Lotus Records, who recently closed their doors). The follow-up to 2004's "Pagan" was recorded at Sun Studios in Dublin and will be preceded by the release of a single, "The Very Wild Rover". In addition to the title cut, the single will contain the bonus songs "Bloody Sunday Unplugged", "Timmy" and "Brian Boru".

"The Morrigan's Call" track listing:

01. Shelob
02. The Brown Bull of Cooley
03. Coffin Ships
04. The Great Hunger
05. The Old Woman in the Woods
06. Ungoliant
07. The Morrigan's Call
08. Teir abhail Ru
09. Wolfe Tone
10. The Very Wild Rover
11. CuChulainn
12. Diarmuid and Grainne

Click here to listen to a sneak preview MP3 (said to be a "low-quality unmastered sample) of the new album.

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Cruachan Artwork Destroyed

Irish folk metal band CRUACHAN have finished mastering their fifth album, "The Morrigan's Call", tentatively due in June via Greece's Black Lotus Records. The follow-up to 2004's "Pagan" was recorded at Sun Studios in Dublin and will be preceded by the release of a single, "The Very Wild Rover". In addition to the title cut, the single will contain the bonus songs "Bloody Sunday Unplugged", "Timmy" and "Brian Boru".

Commented CRUACHAN's Keith Fay (vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards): "We have had a disaster with the cover of the new album. The cover took my brother John over four months of painstaking work and looked amazing. He had an argument with his girlfriend on Sunday night (26th March) and she unbelievably destroyed all his artwork, including the cover. This might delay the release date although he is planning to take some time off work and complete a brand new cover in under two weeks! Here's hoping he can pull it off and keep it away from his girlfriend!!!"

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Cruachan Sign With Black Lotus Records

Irish folk metal band CRUACHAN have inked a deal with Greece's Black Lotus Records. Founded in 1992 by Keith Fay after the end of MINAS TIRITH which existed since 1989, CRUACHAN mixes Celtic folk music, history and mythology with extreme metal. CRUACHAN's first release in 1995 ("Tuatha na Gael") was influenced heavily by black metal, they have never lost their black metal edge or roots but today they incorporate all types of extreme metal into their sound. Recent work has defined CRUACHAN's unique sound and style, mixing metal, folk and even classical music.

CRUACHAN are currently working on songs for their as-yet-untitled new album, to be recorded in January 2006. Martin Walkyier (ex-SKYCLAD) will also join them as guest vocalist on one song. New songtitles include "Diarmuid and Grainne", "The Well Below the Valley", "Ungoliant" and "Shelob".

CRUACHAN recently parted ways with Karmageddon Media. The group's final release for the label will be a reissue of their 1994 "Celtica" demo, featuring unreleased tracks, including "Timmy", which has been performed live at quite a few CRUACHAN shows. CRUACHAN will embark on the European "Pagan Invasion Tour 2005" beginning in mid-September.

CRUACHAN are continuing to tour in support of their fourth full-length album, "Pagan", which was released through Karmageddon Media. "Pagan" was recorded and mixed at Radio Na Life Studios in Dublin, Ireland with producer Al Cowen and is the follow-up to 2002's "Folk-Lore". The cover artwork for "Pagan" was created by John Howe, the leading JRR Tolkien illustrator and the conceptual artist from the "Lord of the Rings" movies.

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Cruachan Parts Ways With Karmageddon Media

Cruachan has posted the following message on their official website:

As of today [May 26] Cruachan have parted ways with Karmageddon Media. The split was amicable amongst us both and we have left on very good terms. As a parting act of good will we will do one last release with Karmageddon Media, a re-release of our 1994 "Celtica" demo including some un-released tracks including "Timmy" which we have played at quite a few Cruachan shows. We wish Karmageddon Media our best wishes for the future.

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Bloodstock Changes Set Times

Bloodstock has shuffled their set times, so take note if you are planning to attend. This means bands will start earlier in the day on both days. Nearly all stage 2 bands will be playing during changeovers of stage 1 so you should all get to see all the bands on the bill if you want to. The festival takes place 2 weeks from today in The UK.

Here are the new set times: More...

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Cruachan To Play At Bloodstock & Pagan Metal Fest

Cruachan is confirmed to play the prestigious Bloodstock Festival in the UK. Furthermore the band will headline the Pagan Metal Festival in Germany. The festival will take place on the 20th of November at Jokus in Giessen, Germany. For Cruachan this is their first show in Germany ever. For more information on the Pagan Metal Festival check out www.jokus-giessen.de or www.shadowsmile.de.

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Cruachan To Play Release Party, Benelux Tour

Cruachan will be playing in Dublin on the 6th of April at the Voodoo Lounge to celebrate the release of their new album "Pagan". Furthermore the band is planning a headline Benelux mini-tour after the summer months. More details as they solidify.

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