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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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Cruachan To Release New Album In March

Ireland’s Cruachan have enjoyed a storied career since they took those tentative first steps back in 1992. As frontman and sole original member Keith Fay elaborates; "When I started writing music as a 13-year-old, I had no idea that I was laying the foundations for what would become a brand-new genre, Folk Metal, or that I was planting the seeds of what would be one of the longest running Irish metal bands in history. There have been many ups and downs over the last thirty years, band members have come and gone, record deals have come and gone. We've played some of the biggest metal festivals on the planet, travelled to more countries than most Irish bands would ever dream possible. And it has all led to this - our ninth album, 'The Living and the Dead.'"

The band celebrated their 30th anniversary last year with an invitation to submit a song to be considered for Ireland’s 2023 Eurovision song contest entry. Whilst the band weren’t ultimately successful, it did help remind people that Cruachan were very much back!

A man whose vision and passion for his band has never wavered in the ensuing three decades, Cruachan’s place in, not only in metal history, but that of Ireland’s musical landscape, has been hard earned and hard fought. But Fay was always confident that he and the band would always deliver. "This album had to be good. No, it had to be better than good. This had to be the best Cruachan album ever made. I faced a decision in 2020, in the middle of the pandemic, when three band members left the band. ‘Do I call it a day? or do I press on with the mammoth task of replacing everyone’. There was no real decision to be made, I worked way too hard over the years to allow Cruachan to fizzle out. I have been writing some of the best music of my career in recent years. I secured a record deal with a label (Sweden’s Despotz Records) that understood exactly what Cruachan and my vision is." More...

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Cruachan Changes New Album Title

Irish folk metal pioneers Cruachan has announced that they have decided to change the name of their upcoming album from "Forest Songs" to "The Living And The Dead." A message from frontman Keith Fay reads as follows:

"The new Cruachan album will be called 'The Living and the Dead.'

"We got the title wrong with 'Forest Songs' and decided to change it. The more we worked with the songs the more we realised the title didn't fit. We were putting down some vocals last night, the theme of the song, like all the songs on the album, involves death in some way and Mick, our producer turns to us and asks 'why is this called forest songs?' That was the last straw haha. We had a few titles we were thinking of and 'The Living and the Dead' was a close second, now we know it is the best title. Without realising it, we have made another concept album, and the theme is death .... death and rebirth. No release date yet, still in production."

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Cruachan Shares More Infomation On New Album

Irish folk metal legends Cruachan has revealed more information about their forthcoming new album, "Forest Songs," which will be released later this year through Despotz Records. A statement from frontman Keith Fay reads as follows:

"As we finished with the trilogy of Blood, and the last album 'Nine Years of Blood' which is a concept album, it was great to get back to having the freedom to write about anything I wanted. A concept album is brilliant to write for, it's like writing a story or a history book but also very limiting as you have to stay on topic. With the new album, I was free to write about anything I want once again.
My original idea was to again write a lot about recent Irish history, the first song I wrote 'The Queen' is exactly that. It tells the story of Grace O'Malley travelling to London to meet Queen Elizabeth.
'Ma’am I write to you under duress, Two women of power are we, Our conflict of nations I wish to address, And my countries right to be'

"I then wrote a very personal song about my father called 'The Reaper,' my dad had health issues but, in my mind, he wasn't taking care of himself properly. I can't go into any more detail than that as it's all very personal. I wrote this song out of frustration. Since I wrote the song he passed away on May 5th 2020. I had not read the lyrics since he died. We started rehearsing this recently I had the lyrics in front of me. It was very tough to read these now that he's actually not here. Rest in peace dad, I love you always.

"On bended knee he weeps with arms raised high, An angel in turmoil, The promise of eternity" More...

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Cruachan Reveals New Album Title

Irish folk metal pioneers Cruachan has announced that the name of their upcoming ninth studio album will be "Forest Songs." The band has also confirmed that the record will contain the previously released single, "The Hawthorn." This will be Cruachan's first album since 2018's, "Nine Years Of Blood" and will be their first to be released through Despotz Records.

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The Catch Debuts First Music Video

Self-described "heritage fishing metal" band The Catch has posted their first music video online for the song "Sex Shark." A message from frontman Captain French reads as follows:

"Ahoy, Captain French here. So, you want to hear about my band 'The Catch'? Well, we are the first band of Heritage Fishing Metal to release our debut single called 'Sex Shark'. This will be a long journey on the dark sea together with my eminent pirates on board, on our massive ship!

"The Catch play the greatest form of Folk Metal ever created – Heritage Fishing Metal. To show the world how superior this genre is, over all other genres, we decided we would record a single of the first song we ever wrote – ‘Sex Shark’.
Special guests on ‘Sex Shark’ include Gareth from Alestorm, Sami from Korpiklaani, Petri from Ensiferum, Keith from Cruachan, Baldur from Skalmold, Emilio from Skiltron, John Ryan Ex-Cruachan and others.

"The second track of the 'Sex Shark' single features a very special guest appearance by Kim Dylla, formerly known as Vulvatron - vocalist for GWAR, and stage clothes maker to the metal starts via her Kylla Custom Rockwear label. Kim takes on the role of a phone sex operator for her very unique vocal delivery on this. Not for kids, ha-ha. The video for Sex Shark is also a unique experience, created by Andon Hristov, the video shows a Burtonesque vision of sex shark hell. The music video will be released together with the single, May 14th." More...

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Diamond Oz: The Best Of 2020

Right off the bat, I know some of you are laughing at the idea that 2020 could offer a best of anything. It's been a year to forget for most of us, thanks largely to the COVID-19 virus, which has had a devastating effect across the globe. Metal is no exception to the impact of the corona virus, and subsequently, we've not been able to attend many shows this year, with tours being cancelled left and right and it being unknown when they'll return. We've also sadly lost some true icons this year, including Eddie Van Halen, Pete Way and Leslie West, as well as the tragic death of Power Trip frontman Riley Gale.

Nevertheless, every situation has a positive and when it comes to the music itself, metal does what it does best and fights against the negative with some stellar new albums, as well as some incredible new bands emerging and the reformation of such bands as Vektor, Genghis Tron and Trail Of Tears. In this article, we'll be recognising some of the year's best releases, best live bands (from the short time we were able to actually see live music) and the best newcomers. Starting with...


Best Live Band

As I may have mentioned once or twice already, live shows were a rarity this year and so much of the bands I saw came from my time on board 70000 Tons Of Metal, where there were some very strong contenders for best live performance. While Toxik, At The Gates, Possessed and The Agonist all put on blistering shows, delighting all who were lucky enough to attend, the two bands who really stood out this time were Mexican deathgrinders Brujeria and Irish folk metal pioneers Cruachan. Brujeria are always a treat live, never failing to combine extreme metal with humour and a decent slice of politics, plus there's nothing quite like boarding a boat to Florida from Mexico, with a crowd singing "La Migra" at the top of their lungs! Cruachan meanwhile fought through some technical difficulties and a very late time slot to thrill those who stayed up to see them, before packing out the bar on the third night for their version of an Irish pub sing along, leading hundreds of metal fans in stirring renditions of such staples as "Seven Drunken Nights", "Come Out Ye Black And Tans" and of course, "Ride On." However my pick for best live band goes to a quartet who are about to unleash their first album in seven years and who weren't on board 70000 Tons this year.

Eyehategod

In what had to be the best package tour to actually happen this year, Napalm Death collected a motley crew of some of metal's best to wreck the ears of European headbangers, storming across Europe with Eyehategod, Misery Index, Rotten Sound and Bat. Each one of these bands were absolutely fantastic and it's always hard to top Napalm Death live, as it is Rotten Sound, but somehow Eyehategod did it. With fearsome energy, Mike IX's "fuck you" attitude and Jimmy Bower's exemplary riffs, the four piece absolutely tore Leeds apart on a cold February night. There were some in the crowd who weren't familiar with the New Orleans icons, but by the end of their set, they were cheered as heroes by all in attendence. One young lady I spoke to before their set that didn't know them was nearly in tears after by how overwhelmed she was by their performance. That new album can't come soon enough. More...

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Cruachan Releases "The Hawthorn" Music Video

Irish folk metal pioneers Cruachan has released a new music video for the single, "The Hawthorn." You can check it out below.

A track steeped in Irish folklore, "The Hawthorn" is set in Ireland during the 1700's when the population were heavily under the influence of the Catholic church while still holding onto old Pagan beliefs. It balances the band’s love of Irish traditional folk music with uncompromising metal, a style of music the band helped develop back in the early 1990’s.

Frontman Keith Fay comments, "The Hawthorn tree is a fairy tree, you will see them all over Ireland growing in strange unlikely places where other trees would have been cut down. It is extremely unlucky to cut down a hawthorn tree else you anger the Faerie folk. In the song, the woman is taking her dead baby to bury under the tree, to give her baby to the faeries. We don't know how the baby died or what has led to this decision but she is set in her ways and the baby will not have a Christian burial." More...

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Cruachan Recruits Celtachor Guitarist

Irish folk metal legends Cruachan has announced that they have recruited guitarist Dave Quinn, of blackened folk metal outfit Celtachor, to their ranks. A message from Cruachan reads as follows:

"Please welcome our new guitarist, Dave Quinn, to Cruachan! Dave has been on the Folk Metal scene for many years in his band Celtachor. He's a total pro on the axe and we look forward to some crazy adventures together.

"(And Celtachor fans, don't worry, Dave assures me they're not going anywhere)"

Quinn becomes the third musician to join Cruachan this year, following former drummer Joe Farrell's return to the band as bassist and new violinist Audrey Trainor being added to the ranks last week. More...

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Cruachan Reveals New Violinist

Following the recent news that Irish folk metal legends Cruachan have parted company with multi instrumentalist John Ryan and guitarist Kieran Ball, the band has begun the rebuilding process by announcing the recruitment of violinist Audrey Trainor. A statement posted on the band's official Facebook reads as follows:

"Please welcome Audrey Trainor to Cruachan!

"Audrey is a classically trained violin player who also plays a lot of folk and traditional music. She's also been teaching violin for a long time. We're delighted to welcome a musician of this calibre into Cruachan and can't wait to see what beautiful music we will make together.

"Stay tuned for more new member updates in the coming days and weeks. This is a really exciting time for Cruachan."

Cruachan's latest album, "Nine Years Of Blood," was released in 2018 through Trollzorn Records. In January of this, frontman Keith Fay spoke with Metal Underground on board the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, which you can see below. More...

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Cruachan Splits With Two Members

Irish folk metal pioneers Cruachan has announced that they have parted company with multi instrumentalist John Ryan and guitarist Kieran Ball, who have been with the band since 2004 and 2012 respectively. A message from frontman Keith Fay reads as follows:

"Keith here, it's a sad day in the Cruachan camp. Both John and Kieran have decided to call it a day with Cruachan. There are numerous reasons they’ve made this choice and I completely respect them all, they are still good friends and I owe them so much for all their time in Cruachan.

"Kieran came on-board when we first made the decision to switch to two guitars and his contributions, since joining, have changed the band in a huge positive way and helped fashion us into a more professional unit than we had ever been before. John has been my right hand man for nearly 17 years, I find it hard to imagine the band without him. Over time he went from a nervous lad on a fiddle to a fully-fledged pro-musician with a powerful presence and style, the depth he brought to Cruachan recordings is hard to describe and will be equally hard to replace.

"Having said that, the show must go on. We will be recruiting new members immediately but our first priority will be finding a new folk music instrumentalist. If you play violin, whistle, bag-pipes etc and would like to join one of the pioneers of the folk metal genre, touring the world, and playing festivals like Hellfest, Brutal Assault, 70000 Tons of Metal and so much more then send a mail to keith@cruachanireland.com, we’re waiting to hear from you.

"John and Kieran, I wish you nothing but the best in whatever you do in the future, be it together or independently, I hope your show also goes on."

Metal Underground spoke with Keith Fay at this year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. You can watch the interview below. More...

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Cruachan To Host Virtual Pub

Irish folk metal pioneers Cruachan has announced that following their recent live stream, they will once again be hosting a "virtual pub" stream, which features a number of high profile guests. Joining the band at 6pm Irish time (1pm EST) will be Venom members La Rage and Dante, Dimmu Borgir keyboardist Geir "Gerlioz" Bratland, Gareth Murdock of Alestorm/ex Waylander, professional wrestler Joseph Ruud (better known as Erick Rowan,) Månegarm drummer Jakob Hallegren and Kim Dylla, formerly of Gwar and now owner of Kylla Custom Rockwear. The event will take place on the band's Facebook page on Saturday June 6th.

At this year's 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, Metal Underground spoke with Cruachan frontman Keith Fay, as well as Venom, including La Rage and Dante. You can watch both interviews below. More...

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Cruachan Posts New Album Update

Irish folk metal pioneers Cruachan has posted an update regarding the writing of new material for their next album. A short message from the band reads as follows:

"The writing of the new album is going superbly! We are drawing influence from folk music all over the world. You will hear famous old folk melodies from Italy, Greece, England and of course Ireland. Can’t wait to get this recorded and into the world. Folk Metal needs a kick and we’re putting our boots on."

In addition to this, the band has also uploaded a half an hour vlog chronicling their time on board this year's 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, which can be seen below, along with an interview Metal Underground conducted with frontman Keith Fay on board. More...

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Cruachan Reveals New Bassist

Irish folk metal legends Cruachan has announced that they have recruited former drummer Joe Farrell back into the band as their new bassist. A message from the band's Facebook page reads as follows:

"Guess who's back!!! We are beyond delighted to announce that former Cruachan drummer, the legend that is ... JOE FARRELL, is back in Cruachan on BASS!!! Please join us in welcoming Joe back into the band. We are so excited about this line up! Tell Joe how much you love his beard in the comments."

Metal Underground recently spoke with Cruachan frontman Keith Fay on board 70000 Tons Of Metal, which you can check out below. More...

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Seven More Names Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

The organisers of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise has announced a further seven names for the event, which will be setting sail in less than a week. Joining the already impressive roster are death metal pioneers Possessed, along with traditional metal outfit Striker, groove metal outfit Once Human featuring former Machine Head and Soulfly guitarist Logan Mader, jazz fusion metal combo Without Waves, Boston power metal ensemble FirstBourne, Colombian death metal group No Raza and Belgian thrash/metalcore band Spoil Engine. This brings the number of bands up to fifty seven, with sixty in total to perform. The ship will set sail to Cozumel, Mexico on January 7th and return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 11th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Aether Realm
Archon Angel
At The Gates
Atheist
Axxis
Bloodbound
Brujeria
Candlemass
Carach Angren
Cattle Decapitation
Cruachan
Devin Townsend
Edenbridge
Einherjer
Emperor
Epica
Exodus
Finntroll
FirstBourne
Flotsam And Jetsam
Ghost Ship Octavius
Grave Digger
Haggard
Havok
Ihsahn
Incantation
Kampfar
Kissin' Dynamite
Leaves Eyes
Michael Schenker Fest
Moonsorrow
No Raza
November's Doom
Omnium Gatherum
Once Human
Origin
Orphaned Land
Possessed
Ross The Boss
Seven Witches
Soen
Sortilège
Spoil Engine
Stam1na
Striker
Suffocation
The Agonist
The Faceless
Toxik
Trollfest
Venom
Vio-Lence
Whiplash
Without Waves
Wintersun

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Five More Bands Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

The lineup for next year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise draws ever closer to completion with the announcement of four more acts for the floating festival. Joining the already stacked lineup are two American thrash metal veterans, Toxik and the recently reunited Vio-Lence, the Mexican cartel of deathgrind Brujeria will also be dealing some brutality, while former Manowar guitarist Ross The Boss will also be on board, along with Canadian metal outfit, Aeternam. This brings the number of bands up to fifty, with sixty in total to perform. The ship will set sail to Cozumel, Mexico on January 7th and return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 11th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Aether Realm
Archon Angel
At The Gates
Atheist
Axxis
Bloodbound
Brujeria
Candlemass
Carach Angren
Cattle Decapitation
Cruachan
Devin Townsend
Edenbridge
Einherjer
Emperor
Epica
Exodus
Finntroll
Flotsam And Jetsam
Ghost Ship Octavius
Grave Digger
Haggard
Havok
Ihsahn
Incantation
Kampfar
Kissin' Dynamite
Leaves Eyes
Michael Schenker Fest
Moonsorrow
November's Doom
Omnium Gatherum
Origin
Orphaned Land
Ross The Boss
Seven Witches
Soen
Sortilège
Stam1na
Suffocation
The Agonist
The Faceless
Toxik
Trollfest
Venom
Vio-Lence
Whiplash
Wintersun

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Exodus And Seven Witches Confirmed For 70000 Tons

The organisers of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise have announced the addition of thrash metal legends Exodus and power metal veterans Seven Witches. This brings the number of bands up to forty five, with sixty in total to perform. The ship will set sail to Cozumel, Mexico on January 7th and return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 11th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Aborted
Aether Realm
Archon Angel
At The Gates
Atheist
Axxis
Bloodbound
Candlemass
Carach Angren
Cattle Decapitation
Cruachan
Devin Townsend
Edenbridge
Einherjer
Emperor
Epica
Exodus
Finntroll
Flotsam And Jetsam
Ghost Ship Octavius
Grave Digger
Haggard
Havok
Ihsahn
Incantation
Kampfar
Kissin' Dynamite
Leaves Eyes
Michael Schenker Fest
Moonsorrow
November's Doom
Omnium Gatherum
Origin
Orphaned Land
Seven Witches
Soen
Sortilège
Stam1na
Suffocation
The Agonist
The Faceless
Trollfest
Venom
Whiplash
Wintersun

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Seven More Bands Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

The organisers of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise have confirmed a further seven bands for next year's edition of the event. Joining the already impressive lineup are The Faceless, Whiplash, Incantation, Havok, Edenbridge, November's Doom and Ghost Ship Octavius. This brings the number of bands up to forty three, with sixty in total to perform. The ship will set sail to Cozumel, Mexico on January 7th and return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 11th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Aborted
Aether Realm
Archon Angel
At The Gates
Atheist
Axxis
Bloodbound
Candlemass
Carach Angren
Cattle Decapitation
Cruachan
Devin Townsend
Edenbridge
Einherjer
Emperor
Epica
Finntroll
Flotsam And Jetsam
Ghost Ship Octavius
Grave Digger
Haggard
Havok
Ihsahn
Incantation
Kampfar
Kissin' Dynamite
Leaves Eyes
Michael Schenker Fest
Moonsorrow
November's Doom
Omnium Gatherum
Origin
Orphaned Land
Soen
Sortilège
Stam1na
Suffocation
The Agonist
The Faceless
Trollfest
Venom
Whiplash
Wintersun

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Atheist Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

American progressive metal veterans Atheist are the latest band to be confirmed for the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise next year. This brings the number of bands up to thirty six, with sixty in total to perform. The ship will set sail to Cozumel, Mexico on January 7th and return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 11th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Aborted
Aether Realm
Archon Angel
At The Gates
Atheist
Axxis
Bloodbound
Candlemass
Carach Angren
Cattle Decapitation
Cruachan
Devin Townsend
Einherjer
Emperor
Epica
Finntroll
Flotsam And Jetsam
Grave Digger
Haggard
Ihsahn
Kampfar
Kissin' Dynamite
Leaves Eyes
Michael Schenker Fest
Moonsorrow
Omnium Gatherum
Origin
Orphaned Land
Soen
Sortilège
Stam1na
Suffocation
The Agonist
Trollfest
Venom
Wintersun

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Three More Acts Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

The organisers of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise has announced a further three bands for next year's edition of the event. Joining the ranks will be Israeli veterans Orphaned Land, Dutch symphonic black metal outfit Carach Angren and deathgrind favourites Cattle Decapitation. This brings the number of bands up to thirty five, with sixty in total to perform. The ship will set sail to Cozumel, Mexico on January 7th and return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 11th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Aborted
Aether Realm
Archon Angel
At The Gates
Axxis
Bloodbound
Candlemass
Carach Angren
Cattle Decapitation
Cruachan
Devin Townsend
Einherjer
Emperor
Epica
Finntroll
Flotsam And Jetsam
Grave Digger
Haggard
Ihsahn
Kampfar
Kissin' Dynamite
Leaves Eyes
Michael Schenker Fest
Moonsorrow
Omnium Gatherum
Origin
Orphaned Land
Soen
Sortilège
Stam1na
Suffocation
The Agonist
Trollfest
Venom
Wintersun

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Suffocation Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

New York death metal titans Suffocation are the latest band to be confirmed for next year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise in January. This brings the number of bands up to thirty one, with sixty in total to perform. The ship will set sail to Cozumel, Mexico on January 7th and return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 11th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Aborted
Aether Realm
Archon Angel
At The Gates
Axxis
Bloodbound
Candlemass
Cruachan
Devin Townsend
Einherjer
Emperor
Epica
Finntroll
Flotsam And Jetsam
Grave Digger
Haggard
Ihsahn
Kampfar
Kissin' Dynamite
Leaves Eyes
Michael Schenker Fest
Moonsorrow
Omnium Gatherum
Origin
Soen
Sortilège
Stam1na
Suffocation
The Agonist
Trollfest
Venom
Wintersun

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