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Cruachan

Ireland's Cruachan isn't the world's first, nor the world's only "folk metal" band (other well known acts being Finland's Amorphis and England's Skyclad, to name but two), but they have arguably gone to the greatest lengths of anyone in their attempts to expand this still largely unexplored subgenre. Forming in 1992 from the ashes of an earlier band called Minas Tirith, Cruachan (which means "the big stack" and doubles as the war cry, or slogan, of the Argyll region's Clan Campbell) featured Keith Fay (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Jay Brennan (guitar), John O'Fathaigh (flute), John Clohessy (bass), and Jay O'Niell (drums), whose prime sonic objective was meshing Irish heritage, Celtic history, and Tolkien mythology with death and black metal savagery. Also known to use traditional instrumentation, on occasion, to carry out this mission, the band released their first effort, Tuatha Na Gael, independently in 1995, but broke up a couple of years later after lengthy negotiations failed to yield a deal with Century Media Records. But Cruachan eventually decided to re-form and, after retooling their lineup with new arrivals Joe Farrell (drums) and, lending greater flexibility to their sound, vocalist/percussionist Karen Gilligan, they signed a new deal with Hammerheart Records. Now enjoying some stability, Cruachan proceeded to churn out 2000's The Middle Kingdom LP, 2001's Ride On EP, and 2002's Folk-Lore LP. Keyboardist Ed Gilbert joined the crew in 2003 and performed on their next album, 2004's Pagan. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia, Rovi
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Maeve's March
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This band is amazing.
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@liquidskill s , I agree.
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Pandora you're missing Blood on the Black Robe, another of Cruachan's albums. :(
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The most rock & metal stations on Pandora Radio!
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tm.estrada
this band friggin rocks grab a beer and listen to some awesome folk metal... cheers ;)
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a beutiful mix of old Irish sounds and new rock.
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oath_of_the_ d r u i d s
Lol they are wrong, they forgot Eluveitie, Primordial, Mael Mordha .
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kdmetalmayor
who ever wrote the bio hasen't heard of korpiklaani.
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Amorphis is not Folk Metal.
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I just realized there's Breasts on the Album art, that's great! Breast are very good just like this band.
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This reminds me of Iggy Pop if he added Irish to his music
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pandora should be genre friendly




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Bands like this make me proud to be Irish.

\m/ Hail Satan \m/
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I think people just need to face the fact that Pandora is not genre-friend l y . . . nor should it be. Folk-rock and folk-metal are similar in as many ways as folk-metal and non-folk-met a l . Genres break down pretty easily on the attribute system. That's what the "thumbs down" thing is for.
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@aphexpat: I actually think Folke-Lore is their weakest album. Tuatha Na Gael is their best album with Morrigan's Call in a close second and Pagan in third.
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"Some say the devil is dead, the devil is dead, more say he rose again!!"

Awesome spins on folk metal. Love it!
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Amazing stuff! Pandora should get Folke-Lore on here, it's pretty good.
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Young dubliners = Folk + Celtic Rock

Cruachan = Folk + Metal

Hmmm, I see something in common.
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Navnlos, I know exactly how you feel.....the young dubliners... . n o t metal
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WHY THE F**K DONT THEY HAVE FOLK LORE UP?!?!?!?!? Its hands down their best album!
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The similar artists thing is all wrong. Pandora still doesn't get folk metal or it being its own subgenre. Pandora doesn't seem to relate any of the folk metal bands with each other. Which makes it hard as hell to make a folk metal station, which is what I'm working on.
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You should. Folk metal is the best.
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GREAT STUFF!! I'M EXCITED (AS A MUSICIAN) TO LEARN ALL I CAN ABOUT THIS BAND AND THIS TYPE OF MUSIC.

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