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The Middle Kingdom - Cruachan

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Genre: Pop / Artist: Cruachan / Audio CD released 2004-03-08 at Hammerheart

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      14.06.2008 15:41

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      Cruachan's second album (2000).

      Cruachan's second album is the pinnacle of their career, catching them between their more vicious black metal days and their later, more successful releases as a band increasingly focusing on folk. The most impressive and unusual thing about this album is just how diverse it manages to be, a far cry from the repetitive flute melodies of its predecessor. Opener 'A Celtic Mourning' is a sombre bagpipe instrumental, 'Celtica' is something of a folk-thrash piece and 'Unstabled' even features a distinct reggae chorus.

      Karen Gilligan is introduced as the band's secondary vocalist, and her clean singing works excellently against the black metal growls that still remain. This album also has a large instrumental focus, and achieves an excellent balance between the folk and metal elements in songs like 'The Fianna' before branching out to tackle each style in greater detail. The only real disappointment comes in the form of 'Is Fuair An Chroí,' which was almost certainly conceived as a single to appeal to mainstream rock fans, and steals its leading riff from Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' of all places.

      1. A Celtic Mourning
      2. Celtica (Voice of the Morrigan)
      3. The Fianna
      4. A Druids Passing
      5. Is Fuair An Chroí
      6. Cattle Raid of Cooley
      7. The Middle Kingdom
      8. Ó Ró Sé do Bheatha 'Bhaile
      9. Unstabled (Steeds of Macha)
      10. The Butterfly

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Celtica Mourning
    2 Celtica (Voice of the Morrigan)
    3 Fianna
    4 Druios Passing
    5 Is Fuair an Chroi
    6 Cattle Raid of Cooley (Taín Bó Cuailgne)
    7 Middle Kingdom
    8 Óró, Sé Do Bheatha 'Bhaile!
    9 Unstabled (Steeds of Macha)
    10 Butterfly