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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