Cnoc An Tursa are a Scottish Metal Band forged in Falkirk 2006 by Alan Buchan and Reni McDonald Hill, and ancient Borough whose Motto is: “Better Meddle wi’ the De’il than the Bairns O’ Falkirk”.
Cnoc An Tursa create intense, epic ballads combined with the tales of a much neglected art form; old Scottish poetry. Their sound represents a totally unrivaled form of heavy Scottish metal with ravenous melodic undertones and ancient rhythmical lyrics, capturing a sound deeply rooted in ancient heritage; giving a fresh perspective on what Scottish metal has to offer.
Having played with the likes of Taake and Wodensthrone as well as a full UK tour Winterfylleth in the winter of 2010 the band gathered a large following and label interest, the band was picked up by Chris Naughton at Lone Vigil Recordings who introduced the band to Candlelight records for the 2013 debut release ‘The Giants of Auld’
The album was recorded at Foel Studios in Wales by acclaimed producer Chris Fielding (Winterfylleth, Napalm Death, Primordial, Electric Wizard) in 2011 then mixed and mastered By Ivan at Anthropocide studios.
Guitarist and Vocalist Alan Buchan had this to say upon signing to Candlelight: “It’s an absolute honour for Cnoc An Tursa to be signing to Candlelight records and be part of such a celebrated roster of incredible bands, past and present. We are also proud to be given the chance to move forward with a label dedicated to bringing out the best music in the extreme metal scene”.
In 2014 David Anderson left the band and was replaced on bass guitar by former Falloch Front man Tony Dunn. Cnoc An Tursa started working on new material for the follow up to there debut album and recording started in the summer of 2015 at Lubeck studio in Germany with producer Lasse Lammert and completed the recording back home in Scotland in late 2015 the Album titled The Forty Five was mixed By Scott Mclean and stem mastered by Scott Atkins at Grindstone Studios.
In the spring of 2016 Cnoc An Tursa played there first show overseas at The Darktroll Festival in Germnay and later in the year signed a record deal with Apocalyptic Witchcraft for the release of the much anticipated album ‘ The Forty Five ‘ was released in febuary 2017