King of the Dead included in “Top 20 L.A. Metal Albums: The Complete List”.
Cirith Ungol had been kicking around since 1972, but it wasn’t until the early 1980s that they hit their stride. The group took the swords-and-sorcery themes ’70s prog rock was known for and brought them into a wickedly ambitious metal framework. King of the Dead is the best showcase for the band’s Black Sabbath-meets-Rush brew, with songs like “Atom Smasher” and “Finger of Scorn” telling tales of both ancient and post-apocalyptic destruction.
Thanks to Jason Roche for this.