Irish folk metal band CRUACHAN entered Sun Studios in Dublin on January 17 to begin recording their fifth album, tentatively due later in the year via Greece's Black Lotus Records. Vocalist Keith Fay has issued the following update on the recording sessions:
"Yes, we have finished the new album. Jesus Christ, the production on 'Pagan' was shite, wasn't it? Glad to say that this is the best production I have ever been involved with, the sound is top top quality! Many thanks to Gail Liebling [producer] for his endurance. The release date has not been sorted, neither has the title but we will work on this [as soon as possible]. Martin Walkyier [ex-SKYCLAD] was meant to sing on it but had to pull out at the last minute due to personal things at home, I had a chat with him, he feels really bad about it but to be honest he has much more important things to worry about right now. The song he was meant to do is called 'Diarmuid and Grainne'. When I hear it now, I actually think I'm glad he couldn't make it, you'll see why. Maybe we will do something in the future. Next project is the CRUACHAN Scat porn DVD."
Click here to listen to a sneak preview MP3 (said to be a "low-quality unmastered sample) of the new album.
CRUACHAN's upcoming album will be their first CD for Black Lotus, with whom they inked a deal in June 2005. The band's final release for their previous label, Karmageddon Media, was scheduled to 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's fourth full-length album, "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.