Germany’s SUIDAKRA are set to release their ninth studio album, Crógacht, an epic combination of melodic death metal and folk music, on March 9th. The album was recorded at Gernart Studios with producer Martin Muchwalter and features artwork from Belgian graphic artist, Kris Verwimp, who also happened to write lyrics for the concept album.
Crógacht means bravery, and is based on one of the most dramatic tales in Irish mythology. It tells the story of the hero Cuchulainn’s epic journey to the Isle of Skye, where he seeks to learn the arts of war from the Scythian warrior woman Scathach. The decisions he then has to make set the events in motion that will lead up to his son Conlaoch’s tragic fate.
Check out a video for the track, “Swords,” taken from the new album:
SUIDAKRA will be hitting North America, alongside TYR and ALESTORM, as a part of the Pagan Knights Tour. Here are the tour dates:
02/28/2009 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA 03/01/2009 The Backbooth - Orlando, FL 03/02/2009 The Engine Room - Tallahassee, FL 03/04/2009 Walter’s - Houston, TX 03/05/2009 Red 7 - Austin, TX 03/06/2009 Ridglea Theater - Dallas, TX 03/07/2009 The Marquee - Tusla, OK 03/09/2009 The Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM 03/10/2009 The Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ 03/11/2009 Jumping Turtle - San Marcos, CA 03/12/2009 Knitting Factory - Hollywood, CA 03/13/2009 Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA 03/14/2009 Satyricon - Portland, OR 03/15/2009 Studio Seven - Seattle, WA 03/16/2009 Club Vegas - Salt Lake City, UT 03/17/2009 Cervantes Ballroom - Denver, CO 03/18/2009 Riot Room - Kansas City, MO 03/19/2009 Station 4 - St. Paul, MN 03/20/2009 Pearl Room - Mokena, IL 03/21/2009 Peabody’s - Cleveland, OH 03/22/2009 Blondie’s - Detroit, MI 03/23/2009 The Opera House - Toronto 03/24/2009 Club Soda - Montreal 03/25/2009 Penny Arcade - Rochester, NY 03/26/2009 31st St. Pub - Pittsburgh, PA 03/27/2009 Sonar - Baltimore, MD 03/28/2009 Sterling Hotel - Allentown, PA 03/29/2009 Highline Ballroom - New York, NY 03/30/2009 Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC