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{{Infobox album
{{Infobox album
| name = King of the Dead
| name = King of the Dead
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| genre = {{hlist|[[Power metal]]|[[doom metal]]}}
| genre = {{hlist|[[Power metal]]|[[doom metal]]}}
| length = 50:17
| length = 50:17
| label = [[Enigma Records|Enigma]] (US)<br/>[[Roadrunner Records|Roadrunner]] (Europe)
| label = [[Enigma Records|Enigma]] (US)<br />[[Roadrunner Records|Roadrunner]] (Europe)
| producer = [[Cirith Ungol (band)|Cirith Ungol]]
| producer = Cirith Ungol
| prev_title = [[Frost and Fire (album)|Frost and Fire]]
| prev_title = [[Frost and Fire (album)|Frost and Fire]]
| prev_year = 1981
| prev_year = 1981
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{{Album ratings
{{Album ratings
| rev1 = [[About.com]]
| rev1 = [[About.com]]
| rev1Score = favorable<ref>{{cite web | url = http://heavymetal.about.com/od/cdreviews/fr/Cirith-Ungol-King-Of-The-Dead-Review.htm | title = Cirith Ungol – King Of The Dead Review | access-date = 2013-09-27 | last = Marsicano | first = Dan| website= [[About.com]] |archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20130924150047/http://heavymetal.about.com/od/cdreviews/fr/Cirith-Ungol-King-Of-The-Dead-Review.htm| archive-date=September 24, 2013}}</ref>
| rev1Score = favorable<ref>{{cite web | url = http://heavymetal.about.com/od/cdreviews/fr/Cirith-Ungol-King-Of-The-Dead-Review.htm | title = Cirith Ungol – King Of The Dead Review | access-date = September 27, 2013 | last = Marsicano | first = Dan| website= [[About.com]] |archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20130924150047/http://heavymetal.about.com/od/cdreviews/fr/Cirith-Ungol-King-Of-The-Dead-Review.htm| archive-date=September 24, 2013}}</ref>
| rev2 = [[AllMusic]]
| rev2 = [[AllMusic]]
| rev2Score = {{Rating|2|5}}<ref>{{cite web | url = https://www.allmusic.com/album/king-of-the-dead-mw0000669602 | title = Cirith Ungol King of the Dead review | access-date = 2012-05-22 | last = Huey | first = Steve | website= [[AllMusic]]}}</ref>
| rev2Score = {{Rating|2|5}}<ref>{{cite web | url = https://www.allmusic.com/album/king-of-the-dead-mw0000669602 | title = Cirith Ungol King of the Dead review | access-date = May 22, 2012 | last = Huey | first = Steve | website= [[AllMusic]]}}</ref>
| rev3 =”[[Martin Popoff|Collector’s Guide to Heavy Metal]]”
| rev3 =”[[Martin Popoff|Collector’s Guide to Heavy Metal]]”
| rev3Score = 8/10<ref name=”martin” >{{cite book | last1 = Popoff | first1 = Martin | author-link1 = Martin Popoff | title = The Collector’s Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties | publisher = [[Collector’s Guide Publishing]] | date = 1 November 2005 | location = [[Burlington, Ontario]], [[Canada]] | isbn = 978-1-894959-31-5| page=73}}</ref>
| rev3Score = 8/10<ref name=”martin”>{{cite book | last1 = Popoff | first1 = Martin | author-link1 = Martin Popoff | title = The Collector’s Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties | publisher = [[Collector’s Guide Publishing]] | date = November 1, 2005| isbn = 978-1-894959-31-5| page=73}}</ref>
| rev4 = ”[[Decibel (magazine)|Decibel]]”
| rev4 = ”[[Decibel (magazine)|Decibel]]”
| rev4Score = favorable<ref>{{cite magazine | url = http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/the-lazarus-pit-cirith-ungols-king-of-the-dead/ | title = The Lazarus Pit: Cirith Ungol’s King of the Dead | access-date = 2013-09-27 | last = Treppel | first = Jeff | magazine= [[Decibel (magazine)|Decibel]] | publisher = Red Flag Media| date= January 21, 2011 |archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20110901081852/http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/the-lazarus-pit-cirith-ungols-king-of-the-dead/| archive-date=September 1, 2011}}</ref>
| rev4Score = favorable<ref>{{cite magazine | url = http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/the-lazarus-pit-cirith-ungols-king-of-the-dead/ | title = The Lazarus Pit: Cirith Ungol’s King of the Dead | access-date = September 27, 2013 | last = Treppel | first = Jeff | magazine= [[Decibel (magazine)|Decibel]] | publisher = Red Flag Media| date= January 21, 2011 |archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20110901081852/http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/the-lazarus-pit-cirith-ungols-king-of-the-dead/| archive-date=September 1, 2011}}</ref>
| rev5 = Metal Crypt
| rev5 = Metal Crypt
| rev5Score = 4/5<ref>{{cite web | url = http://www.metalcrypt.com/pages/review.php?revid=4232 | title = Classic Review: Cirith Ungol – King Of The Dead | access-date = 2013-09-27 | last = Griffin | first = Larry | website= Metal Crypt | publisher = Michel Renaud/The Metal Crypt}}</ref>
| rev5Score = 4/5<ref>{{cite web | url = http://www.metalcrypt.com/pages/review.php?revid=4232 | title = Classic Review: Cirith Ungol – King Of The Dead | access-date = September 27, 2013 | last = Griffin | first = Larry | website= Metal Crypt | publisher = Michel Renaud/The Metal Crypt}}</ref>
|rev6 = ”[[Rock Hard (magazine)|Rock Hard]]”
|rev6 = ”[[Rock Hard (magazine)|Rock Hard]]”
|rev6score = 7.5/10<ref name=”rockhard”>{{cite magazine|last=Kühnemund|first=Götz|title=Reviews : Cirith Ungol King of the Dead|url=https://www.rockhard.de/reviews/cirith-ungol-king-of-the-dead_206073.html|issue=7|year = 1984| magazine = [[Rock Hard (magazine)|Rock Hard]] |access-date=July 11, 2021 | language=German}}</ref>
|rev6score = 7.5/10<ref name=”rockhard”>{{cite magazine|last=Kühnemund|first=Götz|title=Reviews : Cirith Ungol King of the Dead|url=https://www.rockhard.de/reviews/cirith-ungol-king-of-the-dead_206073.html|issue=7|year = 1984| magazine = [[Rock Hard (magazine)|Rock Hard]] |access-date=July 11, 2021 | language=German}}</ref>
| noprose = yes
| noprose = yes
}}
}}
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Guitarist Greg Lindstrom, who left the band in 1982, two years before the release of this album, said:
Guitarist Greg Lindstrom, who left the band in 1982, two years before the release of this album, said:
<blockquote>”‘Atom Smasher,’ ‘Cirith Ungol’ and ‘Death of the Sun’ were all songs we had written together in the mid 70’s, and ‘Finger of Scorn’ was one of my songs that the band used with my blessing.”<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.ballbustermusic.com/2006/08/26/cirith-ungol/ |title=Hard Talk: Cirith Ungol |last=Harris |first=Jym |publisher=Ball-Buster Music.com |date=August 26, 2006 |accessdate=2021-07-11 }}</ref></blockquote>
<blockquote>{{“‘}}Atom Smasher,’ ‘Cirith Ungol’ and ‘Death of the Sun’ were all songs we had written together in the mid 70’s, and ‘Finger of Scorn’ was one of my songs that the band used with my blessing.”<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.ballbustermusic.com/2006/08/26/cirith-ungol/ |title=Hard Talk: Cirith Ungol |last=Harris |first=Jym |publisher=Ball-Buster Music.com |date=August 26, 2006 |accessdate=2021-07-11 }}</ref></blockquote>
The cover of [[Michael Moorcock]]’s novel “Bane of the Black Sword” acts as the album’s cover: it is titled “King of the Dead” and was painted by [[Michael Whelan]].
The cover of [[Michael Moorcock]]’s novel “Bane of the Black Sword” acts as the album’s cover: it is titled “King of the Dead” and was painted by [[Michael Whelan]].
In 2019, ”[[Metal Hammer]]” ranked it as the 14th best power metal album of all time.<ref name=”MH25bestpm”>{{cite web |last1=Chantler |first1=Chris |title=The 25 greatest power metal albums |url=https://www.loudersound.com/features/the-25-greatest-power-metal-albums |website=[[Metal Hammer]] |publisher=[[Future plc]] |access-date=2 March 2021 |date=14 November 2019}}</ref>
In 2019, ”[[Metal Hammer]]” ranked it as the 14thbest power metal album of all time.<ref name=”MH25bestpm”>{{cite web |last1=Chantler |first1=Chris |title=The 25 greatest power metal albums |url=https://www.loudersound.com/features/the-25-greatest-power-metal-albums |website=[[Metal Hammer]] |publisher=[[Future plc]] |access-date=March 2, 2021 |date=November 14, 2019}}</ref>
==Track listing==
== Track listing ==
All songs written by [[Cirith Ungol (band)|Cirith Ungol]], except where noted.
All songs written by Cirith Ungol, except where noted.
;Side one
;Side one
#”Atom Smasher” <small>(Cirith Ungol, Greg Lindstrom)</small> – 4:12
#”Atom Smasher” <small>(Cirith Ungol, Greg Lindstrom)</small> – 4:12
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#”Last Laugh” (live) – 4:22
#”Last Laugh” (live) – 4:22
==Personnel==
== Personnel ==
;Cirith Ungol
;Cirith Ungol
*Tim Baker – vocals
*Tim Baker – vocals
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*Chris Bellman – mastering at Allen Zentz Mastering, San Clemente, California
*Chris Bellman – mastering at Allen Zentz Mastering, San Clemente, California
==References==
== References ==
{{Reflist}}
{{Reflist}}
{{Cirith Ungol}}
{{Authority control}}
{{Authority control}}
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