The single "Ride On" is one of CRUACHAN’s less famous releases. It contains only four songs but those songs are among the band’s best. This single has a very high overall quality, only matched by "The Morrigan’s Call" and maybe "The Middle Kingdom". CRUACHAN are a great Folk Metal band that mixes the traditional Metal instruments with many Celtic folk instruments in an extraordinary way.
The guitar riffs are taken from the school of Heavy/Traditional Metal, and that is combined with typical Irish folk instruments. The flutes are especially important on this release. On “Maeves’ March 2001” and “To Hell Or To Connaught” flutes are the leading instruments. The songs include both male and female vocals. Keith Fay sings quite a lot on here, but his vocals have really improved since this release; his clean vocals are not good here. On the track “Ride On”, the famous singer Shane MacGowan makes a guest appearance, and his voice really fits the folky title track.
“Ride On” is the main offer on this release, but none of the other songs are fillers. “Sauron” is a very good song and I have always wondered why CRUACHAN have never included it on a full-length album. “Maeves’ March 2001” is a remake of an old song, but it has improved a lot here and sounds much more professional and the difference in production is also noticeable. All in all, this is a typical CRUACHAN release with a very high overall quality.
(Online August 29, 2007)