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Pagan - Cruachan

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Genre: Pop / Artist: Cruachan / Audio CD released 2004-04-12 at Hammerheart

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      14.06.2008 17:39
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      Cruachan's fourth album (2004).

      Cruachan's fourth album continues to adapt to their idea of mainstream folk metal, however bizarre the concept may be, and disappointingly compromises its integrity as a result. The folk and metal elements are still balanced effectively, though it tends towards the former, and even the metal itself is noticeably less extreme and more radio-friendly in its forced attempts at catchiness that often only serve to irritate.

      The album is still an odd mix of styles, some of which are incredibly effective and others not so much. 'Pagan' itself is a great composition, beginning with an echo of the band's black metal roots before moving gracefully into a folk second half, and the brief interlude tracks are competent, if uninspired. Less successful are the attempts to bring in a faster, near-power metal style with 'Viking Slayer' that lacks any energy due to the domineering keyboard work, and the frankly bizarre fusion of Southern United States stoner riffs and Celtic folk instruments in the opener 'Michael Collins.'

      1. Michael Collins
      2. Pagan
      3. The Gael
      4. Ard Rí na hEireann
      5. March to Cluain Tairbh
      6. Viking Slayer
      7. 1014 AD
      8. Some Say the Devil Is Dead
      9. 1000 Years
      10. Lament for the Wild Geese
      11. Erinsong
      12. Summoning of the Sidhe

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Michael Collins
    2 Pagan
    3 Gael
    4 Ard Ri Na Heireann
    5 March To Cluain Tairbh
    6 Viking Slayer
    7 1014 AD
    8 Some Say The Devil Is Dead
    9 1000 Years
    10 Lament For The Wild Geese
    11 Erinsong
    12 Summoning Of The Sidhe
    13 Fall Of Gondolin