A demo entitled Celtica was delivered in 1994. The band had interest from Century Media in 1997 but declined to sign with the label claiming the label insisted on retaining control on the band's music. As a result the band broke up. The band reformed in 1999 and signed to Hammerheart. Here is a speed metal band from Ireland. They have folk parts. They also have Celtic interludes.
The band left Karmageddon Media in early 2005 and signed to Black Lotus that summer. Both labels were no more within a year’s time. The Morrigan’s Call emerged in 2006 on AFM. The group had a truncated tour of Russia in late 2006 which was accompanied by several cancellations. Drummer Joe Farrell left in January, 2007 due to “personal reasons.” He was replaced by Colin Purcell. Female singer Karen Gilligan left in late 2008. Proud Irish band Cruachan’s singer Keith Fay was beaten up and stabbed in downtown Dublin in spring of 2011 upon leaving a nightclub. He reported that a gang of approximately 20 men was taunting the singer’s sister following which they attacked the singer and his entourage when confronted.
Cruachan was the capital of an old Irish kingdom called Connacht.
CRUACHAN - THE MORRIGAN’S CALL - CANDLELIGHT USA
If you are an employee of either AFM Records in Germany or Candlelight Records in the USA it might be prudent to begin your new job search.
Cruachan, from Ireland, takes great pride in its affinity with Celtic culture and Irish nationalism, except that on disc the music sounds positively ridiculous and, for metal fans, even mildly insulting. Dividing its musical output stylistically between a heavy approach with vocalising from Keith Fay and a Celtic folk style with vocals by female singer Karen Gilligan the dichotomy in and of itself would normally be dismissed as abysmal and soon forgotten. Yet, the music and the singing are so utterly bad that one very well might do a double-take before ejecting the CD to make sure this is not an incorrect disc. At times, The Morrigan’s Call sounds like a sped-up Disney recording of a middle-ages medley or a victim of a pitch shifter gone awry. Could anyone - the group, record company or fans - be serious in the scheme? This is proof that a Gaelic language mafia does not operate anywhere on the planet. If they did Cruachan’s members would seriously have to look over their shoulders for the injury they have inflicted to this culture’s name. Compositional skills are not exactly rated here.
Nationalism, folk music and traditional soft spots are anathema to heavy metal. The music that was meant to bind and unite was not designed to be subverted like this. Deference to the old ways, love for traditional customs and hubris for one’s own race or language go against the metal grain of freedom, new order and rebellion. Cruachan just does not get this to the extent that its songs contain any metal music.
Fans apparently do understand this instinctively however. Hammerheart Records, its successor Karmageddom Media and the band’s subsequent record label, Black Lotus Records, are no longer in business. This album is on AFM Records in Europe and Candlelight in America. - Ali “The Metallian”