Suidakra to release new album, announce North American tour

With the rise in popularity in the Pagan/Celtic Metal Scene, one of the true pioneers of the Genre is ready to take the United States scene by storm. Over their fourteen year history, SuidAkrA have stayed true to their roots and the sound that they have become known for. The German Celtic metallers are returning full steam with their ninth studio album; Crógacht . Combining fast melodic death metal, Irish folk music, and a torrent of harmonies, SuidAkrA proves yet again that they possess the ability to blend several different influences into their unique sound. To put a spin on things, new elements have been introduced, like traditional instruments (bagpipes, banjo, tin whistles), a sixteen member choir and epic orchestral arrangements.

Recorded at Gernart Studios with producer Martin Muchwalter, Crógacht delivers an aural assault. In addition to that, the eyes and mind of the listener will also be pleased, as famous Belgian graphic artists Kris Verwimp is responsible not only for the magnificent artwork in the digipack and 16-page booklet, but also for the lyrics of this fascinating concept album. Crógacht, meaning bravery, 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…

With overwhelming reactions to their 2006 release, Caledonia, and their November 2008 DVD/Best of CD, 13 Years of Celtic Wartunes, SuidAkrA have performed at over 200 live shows (including the Wacken Open Air Festival five times), and successfully completed several tours in Europe, Russia, and a first-ever American tour. SuidAkrA will take part in the four week Pagan Knights North American tour starting in February 2009 before rocking stages all over Europe and beyond.

Crógacht will be released on March 3rd, 2009. Press copies are available now; interviews available on the tour and otherwise.

Pagan Knights Tour 2009 – SuidAkrA w/TYR, Alestorm:
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