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A list of records that thanks / hails / greets / namedropps Cirith Ungol in the cover.

Band Records
Battle Ram
The Budos Band
  • Shattered Winds

Has Cirith Ungol t-shirt, left on saxophone

  • Forest of Equilibrium (1991)
Celtic Frost
  • Morbid Tales (1984)
  • To Mega Therion (1985)

It is often said that the legendary swiss black/thrash/experimental metal band Celtic Frost took their name from this album. They took the “Frost” from “Frost and Fire” and changed “Cirith” to “Celtic”.

Of course we know about it. We even were supposed to play support for Celtic Frost shows in L.A., but their management didn’t want us! Sad, because you must know that we were always better live than on LP, we have over 1000 gigs behind us!

Robert Garven, Iron Pages interview 1994 (approx. translation from german)

Celtic Frost are also being thanked in the booklet for One Foot In Hell.

However, in an interview with Tom G. Warrior (Celtic Frost) a.k.a. Thomas Thomas Gabriel Fischer, talking about the bandname, there is no mention of Cirith Ungol.

I’ve always wondered where exactly the name Celtic Frost came from? I’ve read a few ideas on it but what is it’s real meaning?

It’s very typical Martin and me. We just couldn’t do it like any other band, we had to be different. We didn’t want to have a metal cliché name. we wanted to have a synonym for the apocalypse. So we chose “Celtic” as representative of human civilizations and we used “Frost” as a sign of decay, of death, of standstill, when everything freezes and dies. We took the name “Frost” especially because after the winter, after the frost, there is always a new spring and life blossoms again and to us it reflected very much the coming and going of the different civilizations on this planet.

One thing I’ve wondered…I’ve heard the band name pronounced “Keltic Frost” I guess like from Ireland derivative of the Celts? And I’ve also heard people pronounce it like “Seltic Frost.” Maybe you can set the record straight and tell us how it is supposed to be pronounced.

The official way, the correct way, is “Keltic.” That’s how the band was formed too. However, you guys in North America, 90% of you guys call it “Seltic.” Since Reed was in the band and Martin is a double citizen (he’s American too), this “Seltic” thing crept into the band and half the time we ourselves said “Seltic” and half the time we said “Keltic.” We caught ourselves, we tried to say “Keltic” but it’s so hard when you have your main market in America, it just slips in.

Here is an extract from an interview in Slayer #15, Fall 2000.

Metalion (Slayer Mag): How about CIRITH UNGOL?

Tom G. Warrior (Celtic Frost): It’s because of CIRITH UNGOL that we decided on a two-part name for CELTIC FROST. We were die-hard fans.

Cirith Ungol and the CU crew are also mentioned in the thanks-list for their Morbid Tales album: THANK YOU VERY MUCH & “HELLO” TO: CIRITH UNGOL & CREW

And here:

Crystal Viper & Elixir
  • F.O.A.D. (2007)

Fenriz: Most beautiful… never gave that much thought, I think the album front cover of the first Cirith Ungol and also the second is very beautiful.

Dawn of Winter
Hyborian Steel
  • Unis Dans La Glorie (2015)
The Lamp Of Thoth
Nadsokor They cover the band name.
October 31
Raging Storm
Reverend Bizarre
  • In the Rectory of the Bizarre Reverend

This album has actually nothing directly to do with Cirith Ungol. Track 6, “Cirith Ungol” is not a cover of the band’s song. But it’s a homage to the band. An extraction from an interview with Reverend Bizarre:

Reverend Bizarre was a doom metal band from Finland. They played slow and heavy traditional doom with dramatic vocals, following in the footsteps of bands such as Saint Vitus, Pentagram and Black Sabbath. The band was one of the biggest names in the fourth wave of traditional doom metal.

According to Albert Witchfinder, the band had planned three more full-length albums, after their second album – titled Songs from the Funereal World, Heavier Than Life and How It Was Meant to Be – but this plan was later scrapped and the band made only one more LP, disbanding Reverend Bizarre “before it started to suck.” The album, III So Long Suckers, was recorded in the first half of 2007, and released in August of that year. The band’s last concerts were played during the autumn and winter of 2006 culminating in a final performance in Turku. (Text from Wikipedia)

The final track on their 2002 debut album In the Rectory of the Bizarre Reverend is named “Cirith Ungol”. It is not a cover, but it is a homage to Cirith Ungol. An extraction from an interview with Reverend Bizarre:

There’s also a text named ‘Cirith Ungol’ dealing with the saga of the `Lord Of The Rings`: Is this one of your favourite books? In the end of this year there’ll be this movie in cinema: Will you watch it? I personally don’t know actually `cause I really adore the book of Tolkien and I for sure will  be disappointed because a film can never come near to the feelings connected with the written saga!

We do like the works of J.R.R.Tolkien, although we are no fanatics in this matter. As a personal note, I conpager the fantasy worlds of Stephen R. Donaldson – especially the saga of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever – much more interesting and rewarding than Tolkien’s b/w creations. So, since Tolkien’s writings are no holy texts to us, we are not really afraid of the outcome of the forthcoming movie adaptation, either. Still, even though Peter Jackson is a great director, it is true that the story in question can never be captured on film in its entirety. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Besides, do you like CIRITH UNGOL, the band?

Yes we truly do! Voted the worst metal band ever, they must be the most underrated band in the entire metal history. It is true that Tim Baker’s rather chaotic expression demands a bit from the listener, but hell, the same goes with Scott Reagers of Saint Vitus as well! As a matter of fact, our “Cirith Ungol” started out as a homage to the band, and the Tolkien theme came actually later, through the title. This unbearably slow and colossal 23-minute funeral hymn that serves to end our debut album does not sound at all like the band Cirith Ungol, though!

Rosae Crucis
  • Dream Quest Ends (2020)
Ventura the Band
The Velveteen Band
  • What’s on the Other Side? (2017)



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