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UK edition of the folk metal act's fourth album features 13 tracks including 1 bonus track, 'The Fall Of Gondolin'. Karmageddon. 2004.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 24, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Karmageddon Media
  • Run Time: 53 minutes
  • ASIN: B0001VQVLA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By sliphsc on November 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
If you are thinking about picking up a copy of Pagan, it is best to assume that you are at least somewhat familiar with Cruachan's sound. Having said that, Cruachan still continues to amaze with their fourth full-length release. They manage to make a return to their metal roots, but still keep the folk sound that defines them so well. As a result, Pagan is very similar to Tuatha Na Gael in a few ways. First and most importantly, there is more of a metal sound to this album (as compared to The Middle Kingdom and Folk-Lore), very similar to the sound of Tuatha Na Gael. However, there is still plenty of folk sound to it. That is probably what makes this release the most versatile: it can please the most diehard metal fans, but also those fans who have grown to love the folk aspect of Cruachan. Second, there are a lot of covers of songs from Tuatha Na Gael (Viking Slayer, which borrows a lot from Return, Erinsong, and The Fall of Gondolin). I am by no means saying that this is a bad thing. All three of these songs are very well done, and probably my three favorites on the CD. Last and somewhat unfortunately, the recording quality is also similar to that of Tuatha Na Gael. Of course, it does add a nice feel to the CD since Cruachan's only other nearly straight metal release sounds similar in this regard. The only thing that bothered me was that there is far less flute music in the songs on Pagan as compared to their other albums. This is due to the fact that the flutist was on-and-off with the group during recording, so they can hardly be blamed, but it still detracts somewhat. I would recommend this release to anybody who is a fan of either end of Cruachan's spectrum. Both the metal side and the folk side are represented significantly and represented well.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dante on October 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It's the fourth Cruachan's album and I think it would be helpfull if I compare it with their albums came before.
The first Cruachan album, Tuatha na Gael, is a extreme Metal masterpeace. It's perfect and beautiful as Cruachan will never make better.
When Karen Gilligan came with her pretty female vocals, Cruachan made two albums with low Metalness, The Middle Kingdom and Folk-Lore.
Pagan isn't so good as Tuatha na Gael, but it has a higher Metalness than the second and third album. Karen's vocals became better and more interesting, and the presence of Keith Fay O'Fathaigh harsh vocals are stronger than before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly L. Stewart on January 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Well, I love folk and I love metal. When I heard of a Celtic folk-metal band (a friend had already turned me onto excellent Nordic bands like Finntroll and Asmegin), I had to check them out. I don't find the blend as "perfect" as Finntroll (where the polka/humpa and stomping metal compliment each other to a sublime extent) or the Flogging Molly/Pogues Irish folk-rock sound (again, where the Celtic pub song/punk thing seems to compliment nicely). So, I can't give it 5 stars, but I do like it and it grows on me with each listen. Karen Gilligan's vocals are very reminiscent of that early 80's new wave chick rock vocal style, which I don't really think blends well with the Celtic or metal styles and gives the overall album more of a rock than (modern-) metal feel, although there are some black-metal moments in this (including some stuff redone from their original Tuatha Na Gael album, which is very much in a black folk-metal vein). The folk instruments and elements (they do a version of Some Say the Devil is Dead, which one might find on a more straight-ahead Irish folk album) are great.
So, if you're looking for Celtic music fused with black metal, you'd do better with their first album (Tuatha Na Gael) or the band Eluveitie, and if you're looking for more of a fantasy feel, try just about any European power metal band (e.g. Rhapsody or Elvenking) but if you are willing to accept them for what they are, this is good music with Celtic and metal elements.
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By Fred Rayworth on January 9, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I picked this up because I loved the Pagan cover. The music was another surprise as I was not sure what to expect. I'd never heard of these people until I saw several of their CD's in the closing of Tower Records.

The music is very Irish and folky, yet still full of metal. I have several of the melodies dancing around in my head right now as I write this. I love their use of traditional instruments, particularly, the Shawm (I think it's called that). Overall, the album has a great feel to it.

My only criticism is the harsh vocals. The male voice is good in most places but when he is singing harsh, it just sounds too grating and is too much of a contrast to the rest of the music.

These guys and girl remind me of Goat Of Mendes, and that is not a bad thing. I like their twist on metal and strongly recommend it. Dance an Irish jig!
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By king arthur on November 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I finally found this cd after looking for countless weeks in countless cd shops (i found it in Borders), and let me tell you, it was worth the look! i first heard of this band when i was on the goat of mendes website (which is an excellent band as well) when i typed these guys in on amazon, i found numerous celtic-metal bands, and ever since ive fallen in love with the genre. Some great songs on this cd are- viking slayer, some say the devil is dead, lament for the wild geese, the others are very good as well. if you like good rock (with occasional black metal vocals), and a touck of celtic folk, you'll love this cd!
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