Record I’m Alive • Band Cirith UngolFormat bonus, box, CD, DVD, live, vinyl • Published Mon 25 Nov 2019

Credits

Tim Baker – Vocal
Greg Lindstrom – Guitar
Jim Barraza – Guitar
Jarvis Leatherby – Bass
Robert Garven – Drums

Cover Art: Michael Whelan
Cover Layout: Brian Crabaugh
Inner Layout and Back Cover: Brian Ames
A&R/Product Manager: Armin Steiner
Executive Producer: Jarvis Leatherby
Photography: Cliff Montgomery, Erika Wallberg, Hille, Jowita Kaminska, Leon Pfaff @Eljotpe, Luca Bernasconi, Michael Paranoid, Peter Beste, Sebastian Wilke

Recorded Live At Up The Hammers – Athens, Greece On May 27, 2017
All Songs Mixed By Armand John Anthony At The Captain’s Quarters, Ventura California
All Songs Mastered By Patrick Engel For Temple Of Disharmony

Personal Management: Jarvis Leatherby For Iron Grip Management
Booking Agent: Husky Continental Concert

Oliver “Klosterbomber” Barth – “I Filmed and edited #keepittrue & #hammerofdoom along with my faithful crew, and edited #upthehammers and made the whole Authoring”

Complete live shows from UP THE HAMMERS 2017 + 5 bonus tracks on 2 CD’s + 2 DVD’S with 3 full live shows and a 2hr. documentary! 

Complete tracklists

CD / LP DateVenueCommentary
CD 1 / Side A27 May 2017
14 Tracks
Live at Up The Hammers Festival - Gagarin 205, Athens, Greece
101 / A01Intro (War Eternal)0:55
Intro is from the beginning War Eternal.
Incorrect is written Intro (Toccata in Dm).
102 / A02I'm Alive 5:03
103 / A03Join the Legion 4:11
104 / A04Atom Smasher4:22
105 / A05Edge of a Knife4:54
106 / A06Blood & Iron4:03
CD 1 / Side B
107 / B01Black Machine3:57
108 / B02Frost and Fire4:35
109 / B03Finger of Scorn8:00
110 / B04Chaos Descends4:43
111 / B05Doomed Planet3:58
CD 1 / Side C
112 / C01Chaos Rising8:03
113 / C02Fallen Idols6:10
114 / C03Paradise Lost6:30
CD 2 / Side D27 May 2017
3 Tracks
Live at Up The Hammers Festival - Gagarin 205, Athens, Greece
201 / D01Master of the Pit6:58
202 / D02King of the Dead6:47
203 / D03Cirith Ungol7:22
CD 2 / Side E - Bonus 10″ Purple Marbled Vinyl - Side A18 Nov 2017
5 Tracks
Bonus Tracks – Live at Hammer of Doom Festival Posthalle, Würzburg, Germany
204 / E01Intro (War Eternal)
0:51
205 / E02War Eternal4:16
206 / E03Nadsokor4:38
207 / E04Fire2:52
208 / E05Death of the Sun5:26
- / Side F - Bonus EP (Live at the Hammer of Doom) 10″ Purple Marbled Vinyl - F01Etchingblank
DVD 1 (TRT: 03:11:16)27 May 2017
17 Tracks
Live at Up The Hammers Festival – Full live set
01Intro (War Eternal)
02I’m Alive
03Join the Legion
04Atom Smasher
05Edge of a Knife
06Blood & Iron
07Black Machine
08Frost and Fire
09Finger of Scorn
10Chaos Descends
11Doomed Planet
12Chaos Rising
13Fallen Idols
14Paradise Lost
15Master of the Pit
16King of the Dead
17Cirith Ungol
18 Nov 2017
19 Tracks
Live at Hammer of Doom Festival – Full live set
Visions in Fear
18I'm Alive
19Edge of a Knife
20Frost and Fire
21Atom Smasher
22Master of the Pit
23King of the Dead
24Finger Scorn
25Cirith Ungol
26Intro (War Eternal)
Bonus EP (Live at the Hammer of Doom) Bonus 10″ Purple Marbled Vinyl - Side A
27War Eternal
Bonus EP (Live at the Hammer of Doom) Bonus 10″ Purple Marbled Vinyl - Side A
28Blood & Iron
29NadsokorBonus EP (Live at the Hammer of Doom) Bonus 10″ Purple Marbled Vinyl - Side A
30Doomed Planet
31Chaos Descends
32FireBonus EP (Live at the Hammer of Doom) Bonus 10″ Purple Marbled Vinyl - Side A
33Chaos Rising
34Fallen Idols
35Paradise Lost
36Death of the SunBonus EP (Live at the Hammer of Doom) Bonus 10″ Purple Marbled Vinyl - Side A
DVD 2 (TRT: 03:14:49)2:00:00Documentary approx. (Documentary film: Rockway.gr, 4 Parts, Greece)
01Documentary – Part 1: Frost and Fire
02Documentary – Part 2: King of the Dead
03Documentary – Part 3: One Foot In Hell
04Documentary – Part 4: Paradise Lost
DVD 2 (TRT: 03:14:49)19 May 2018
12 Tracks
00:57:34
Live at Rock Hard Festival, Germany – Full live set
05Intro (War Eternal)
06Atom Smasher
07Join the Legion
08Blood and Iron
09I’m Alive
10Black Machine
11Frost and Fire
12Cirith Ungol
13Chaos Descends
14Fire
THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN
15Master of the Pit
16King of the Dead
17Interview – Rock Hard Festival: 00:10:48
Live at Rock Hard Festival, Germany
Bonus DVD30 Apr 2017
01:19:25
14 Tracks
Live at Keep It True Festival - Tauberfrankenhalle, Lauda-Königshofen, GermanyVisions in Fear
01Intro (War Eternal)
02I’m Alive
03Join the Legion
04Atom Smasher
05Blood & Iron
06Finger of Scorn
07Chaos Descends
08Doomed Planet
09Chaos Rising
10Fallen Idols
11Paradise Lost
12Master of the Pit
13King of the Dead
14Cirith Ungol
01Documentary – The Lost Years
Documentary film: Rockway.gr
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Editions

Fri 25 Oct 2019 Metal Blade Records

ID: 21281
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/2cd-digipak-mbr-3984-15672-2/
title: 2CD Digipak (MBR 3984-15672-2)

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: 3984-15672-2
Release date: Fri 25 Oct 2019

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Fri 25 Oct 2019 Metal Blade Records, Limited 300 copies

ID: 25059
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/ice-blue-marbled-vinyl/
title: Ice Blue Marbled Vinyl

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: 3984-15672-1
Release date: Fri 25 Oct 2019
Limited: 300

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Mon 25 Nov 2019 Hellion Records, Brazil

ID: 21415
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/2cd-digipak-hellion-1353abcd/
title: 2CD Digipak (Hellion 1353ABCD)

Release label: Hellion Records
Release number: HEL 1353ABCD
Release date: Mon 25 Nov 2019
Country: Brazil

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Mon 25 Nov 2019 Metal Blade Records, Limited 1,000 copies

ID: 21416
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/deluxe-box-set-im-alive/
title: Deluxe Box Set

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: 3984-15672-0
Release date: Mon 25 Nov 2019
Limited: 1,000

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Mon 25 Nov 2019 Metal Blade Records, USA, Limited 250 copies

ID: 21423
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/white-marbled-vinyl-im-alive/
title: LP (White Marbled Vinyl)

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: 3984-15672-1
Release date: Mon 25 Nov 2019
Country: USA
Limited: 250

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Mon 25 Nov 2019 Metal Blade Records, EU

ID: 21417
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/180g-black-vinyl-im-alive/
title: LP EU: (180g Black Vinyl)

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: 3984-15672-1
Release date: Mon 25 Nov 2019
Country: EU

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Mon 25 Nov 2019 Metal Blade Records, EU, Limited 100 copies

ID: 21421
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/pink-w-purple-splatter-vinyl-im-alive/
title: LP EU: (Pink w/Purple Splatter Vinyl)

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: 3984-15672-1
Release date: Mon 25 Nov 2019
Country: EU
Limited: 100

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Mon 25 Nov 2019 Metal Blade Records, EU, Limited 300 copies

ID: 21419
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/red-rust-marbled-vinyl-im-alive/
title: LP EU: (Red Rust Marbled Vinyl)

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: 3984-15672-1
Release date: Mon 25 Nov 2019
Country: EU
Limited: 300

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Mon 25 Nov 2019 Metal Blade Records, EU, Limited 500 copies

ID: 21418
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/ultraviolet-marbled-vinyl-im-alive/
title: LP EU: (Ultraviolet Marbled Vinyl)

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: 3984-15672-1
Release date: Mon 25 Nov 2019
Country: EU
Limited: 500

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Mon 25 Nov 2019 Metal Blade Records, USA, Limited 300 copies

ID: 21422
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/plum-marbled-vinyl-im-alive/
title: LP US: (Plum Marbled Vinyl)

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: 3984-15672-1
Release date: Mon 25 Nov 2019
Country: USA
Limited: 300
Format: Live and Vinyl

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Mon 25 Nov 2019 Metal Blade Records, EU, Limited 200 copies

ID: 21420
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/emerald-green-marbled-vinyl-im-alive/
title: LP: EU (Emerald Green Marbled Vinyl)

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: 3984-15672-1
Release date: Mon 25 Nov 2019
Country: EU
Limited: 200

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Fri 04 Mar 2022

ID: 25838
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/hammer-of-doom-test-pressing-vinyl/
title: Hammer of Doom Test Pressing Vinyl

Release date: Fri 04 Mar 2022
Format: 12", Live, Promo, and Vinyl

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Fri 04 Mar 2022

ID: 25830
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/im-alive-test-pressing-vinyl/
title: I’m Alive Test Pressing Vinyl

Release date: Fri 04 Mar 2022
Format: Live, Promo, and Vinyl

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Few bands in the history of the heavy metal underground have a story as remarkable, improbable, or uplifting as that of Cirith Ungol. It is a tale of pioneering innovation, crushing disappointment, self-imposed exile, populist fervor, and, ultimately, global redemption. Formed in Ventura, California, in the early 1970s, Cirith Ungol created a sound the world had never experienced before. Rather than passively channeling their influences, the band was driven to forge an altogether heavier, darker, more apocalyptic sound. It was obscure and arcane, mysterious and eccentric, epic and expansive, but most of all unfailingly, bone-crushingly heavy, dark and doom-filled.

After a 24 year absence from music, against all odds, the slumbering giant awakened. After a full year of rehearsals, 2016 saw the kings of the dead rise from the grave to deliver a legendary performance at the aptly named Frost and Fire Festival in their very own hometown. In the ensuing years, Cirith Ungol have held fast to their objective to bring their music to as many metalheads around the world as possible appearing on several notable festivals spanning the globe.

The time has finally come for the kings of the dead to unveil their triumphant return to the masses! An expansive double-live album and multi-DVD package entitled I’m Alive, will be released worldwide on October 25, 2019 via Metal Blade Records.

Capturing Cirith Ungol at the peak of their darkened, mystical powers before a rapturous crowd at the Up the Hammers festival in Athens, Greece, this recording showcases the magic and might of Cirith Ungol onstage.

Its accompanied by additional full-length performances recorded at the Hammer of Doom (2017) in Germany:

and Rock Hard Festivals (2018) in Germany:

Bonus DVD – First ever European show @ Keep It True XX (2017) in Germany:

For this monumental release, a special in-depth documentary spanning 2 hours in length was recorded. The documentary features exclusive interviews about the history and legacy of the band, as told by the current and original members.

I’m Alive documents an unforgettable night in the history of a truly legendary band, and will allow fans worldwide to share in the glory of this cult quintet rocking harder than ever, more than four decades after their inception. Long may they reign!

On October 25th, Cirith Ungol will release their new live album/DVD, I’m Alive, via Metal Blade Records. Capturing Cirith Ungol at the peak of their darkened, mystical powers before a rapturous crowd at the Up the Hammers festival in Athens, Greece, this recording showcases the magic and might of the band onstage. It’s accompanied by additional performances recorded at the Hammer of Doom (2017) and Rock Hard Festivals (2018) in Germany. For this monumental release, a special in-depth documentary spanning 2 hours in length was recorded, which includes exclusive interviews about the history and legacy of the band, as told by the current and original members.

Once again, acclaimed fantasy artist Michael Whelan (whose images adorn each cover of Cirith Ungol’s four studio albums) has created the perfect visual accompaniment for the musical content. It’s only fitting as Whelan’s breathtaking artwork is inextricably intertwined with the music and mythology of Cirith Ungol in the hearts and imaginations of metalheads worldwide.

For a preview of I’m Alive, a video for the title track (live at Up The Hammers Fest) can be viewed at: metalblade.com/cirithungol – where the album/DVD can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:

  • Digipak 2CD/2DVD
  • Deluxe box set
    • Digipak 2CD/2DVD
    • Bonus DVD
    • Purple marbled vinyl
    • Bonus 10″ Purple Marbled Vinyl (Etched Side B)
    • Drum Stick
    • Mini Microphone (Made in China)
    • Guitar Picks (3)
    • Backpatch
    • Metal Keychain
    • Laminate w/ Lanyard
    • Autographed Photocard
    • Concert Setlist w/ Graphics (Hand Drawn by Rob)
    • A1 Concert Poster
    • Limited Edition (1000 Copies)
  • 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
  • Ultraviolet marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
  • Red rust marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
  • Emerald green marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
  • Pink w/ purple splatter vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
  • Plum marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 250 copies) – Correct is 300 copies
  • White marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
  • Purple marbled vinyl (Deluxe box set – limited to 1000 copies)
  • Digital options are also available!

After years of waiting, fans will finally receive an extensive release from Cirith Ungol this fall with I’m Alive. Truly an unforgettable night in the history of this legendary band, this cult quintet rocks harder than ever, more than four decades after their inception. Long may they reign!

 

 

Cirith Ungol are pleased to unveil their first official live recording! This legendary release comes as an expansive double-live album and multi-DVD package entitled, “I’m Alive”. Live audio (contained on the CD and Vinyl Variants) recorded amidst a rapturous crowd at the Up the Hammers festival in Athens, Greece showcases the magic and might of Cirith Ungol onstage. Additional full-length epic performances recorded at the Hammer of Doom (2017) and Rock Hard Festivals (2018) in Germany are included on the Double DVD set. For this monumental release, a special in-depth documentary spanning 2 hours in length is also included. The documentary features exclusive interviews about the history and legacy of the band, as told by the current and original members.

“I’m Alive” brilliantly captures the “kings of the dead” at the peak of their darkened, mystical powers that will allow fans worldwide to share in the glory of this cult quintet rocking harder than ever, more than four decades after their inception. Long may they reign!

Metal Blade Records Item #156720
Code: CirithUngol-Alive-2019

  • Source: Metal Blade Records and Cirith Ungol (modified)

The cover

The cover was painted by Michael Whelan in 1976 and is entitled “Elric Of Melniboné”.

Michael Whelan

Michael Moorcock – Elric 1. Elric of Melniboné

 

This covered was similar in 2009, Return of the Dead Kings (bootleg, CD-R).

Return of the Dead Kings

 

I personally wish that I had, not specific purple marbled on vinyl, but any vinyl on the Deluxe box set.

See more: https://www.cirithungol.org/artist/michael-moorcock-elric-1-elric-of-melnibone/

This has updated since 10 Sep 2019. Before in the past:

Unfortunately no official CU live album has been released. But…

    • A bunch of live recordings do exists, waiting to be released!
    • A semi official Live 7″ EP was released by King Fowley in 1996.
    • There were two live songs released as bonus tracks for the 1999 remasters of the first two Cirith Ungol albums, Frost and Fire and King of the Dead.
    • Even more live recordings were released on the Servants of Chaos compilation album
    • A bunch of live videos has been published to Youtube by two former members, Jimmy Barraza and Vern Green.
    • Some bootleg live album exists.
    • Update: Metal Blade are coming soon, maybe 2019.

 

Our next one will probably be a double live album. Shit, we might as well do one! I’m sure it will be piledrivin’!!!

Well, it’s just that we’re a lot more radical live than on record, man. ‘Cause like Jerry goes totally wild! He goes nuts live. He plays shit like where my jaw drops on the floor!

Tim Baker, Suck City interview 1986/7

 

In the future, we may have a custom cover done by Michael Whelan for a “live” album like Demonslayer.

Robert Garven, Heavy Metal Times 1983

The Elric picture to the right is “Demonslayer” (incorrectly is Dragonslayer).

 

 

Stories from their live shows

Aside from Tim rising up out of a coffin at the beginning of the show and battling a giant spider during “Shelob’s Lair”, it was pretty straightforward: Tim shrieking like a banshee, Jerry pulling incredible solos out of his flying V, Rob trying to reduce his drum kit to rubble, and Flint holding the chaos at bay with a wall of thunder.

Greg, Blood of the Ancients Magazine 11/2002

 

Well we also used to do a song at the end of our set where everyone had a chance to do their big solos.  In one part Greg would do the most unbelievable guitar solo, then Jerry would follow with an even more spectacular one, then they would appear together a play a double lead solo that would have literally raised the dead! Usually I would play along with the bass solo then I would play until my hands would bleed sometimes spraying the crowd with my precious bodily fluids, then we would end with this pounding ending that built up into a crescendo snapping at the end like a crack of a whip! Boy, I loved that part!!!!

Rob, Blood of the Ancients Magazine 11/2002

 

I personally am a fan of official DVD releases, especially when they’re about full concerts. I’ve got a plethora of those by various bands. When watching, it feels like I’m part of the experience (again), as well as it feels like a visual relic for the generations to come. Have you ever considered of recording your reunited-era shows? I believe the intensity and passion by both you and the fans should be captured this way.

We are currently working on a live album based on material from some of our shows in Europe in 2017! It should be released on Metal Blade Records soon. I don’t want to give too much away about it, but it has pretty awesome cover, which should be familiar in style to the hoards of Chaos!

Robert Garven, 22 Feb 2018

Source: Interview with Cirith Ungol.

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