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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.

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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Cruachan Announce Album-Launch Celebration

Irish folk metal band CRUACHAN will be celebrating the launch of their fourth full-length album, "Pagan", with a one-off live date in Dublin on April 6 at The Voodoo Lounge. Support at the show will come from Celtic Legacy.

"Pagan" is scheduled for release on April 5 through Karmageddon Media. As previously reported, the album was recorded and mixed at Radio Na Life Studios in Dublin, Ireland with producer Al Cowen and is the follow-up to last year's "Folk-Lore". Cover artwork for the new album was created by John Howe, the leading JRR Tolkien illustrator and the conceptual artist from "The Lord of the Rings" movies. The band recorded a total of 15 songs, of which 13 will end up on the final album and the remaining songs will be used as bonus-material. Among the tracks set to appear on the CD are Michael Collins", "The Gael", "The March to Cluain Tairbh", "Viking Slayer" and "1014 A.D."

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Cruachan Finish Fourth Album

Irish folk metal band Cruachan have completed work on their fourth full-length album, entitled "Pagan".

"Pagan" was recorded and mixed at Radio Na Life Studios in Dublin, Ireland with producer Al Cowen and is the follow-up to last year's "Folk-Lore".

The band recorded a total of 15 songs, of which 13 will end up on the final album and the remaining songs will be used as bonus-material. More...

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Five More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock 2004

Here are the first 5 confirmed acts from the UK and Ireland, joining Edenbridge, who will be taking the BLOODSTOCK stage in 2004 (September 3rd and 4th). Some new faces, some old faces but definitely a powerful set of bands to prove that the scene over here is as varied and melodic as you are likely to get: More...

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