Record I’m Alive • Band Cirith Ungol Format 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! 

Tracklist

CD / LP

Track

Date

Venue

Commentary

CD 1 / Side A

27 May 2017 14 Tracks

Live at Up The Hammers Festival - Gagarin 205, Athens, Greece

101 / A01

Intro (War Eternal)

0:55

Intro is from the beginning War Eternal. Incorrect is written Intro (Toccata in Dm).

102 / A02

I'm Alive

5:03

103 / A03

Join the Legion

4:11

104 / A04

Atom Smasher

4:22

105 / A05

Edge of a Knife

4:54

106 / A06

Blood & Iron

4:03

CD 1 / Side B

107 / B01

Black Machine

3:57

108 / B02

Frost and Fire

4:35

109 / B03

Finger of Scorn

8:00

110 / B04

Chaos Descends

4:43

111 / B05

Doomed Planet

3:58

CD 1 / Side C

112 / C01

Chaos Rising

8:03

113 / C02

Fallen Idols

6:10

114 / C03

Paradise Lost

6:30

CD 2 / Side D

27 May 2017 3 Tracks

Live at Up The Hammers Festival - Gagarin 205, Athens, Greece

201 / D01

Master of the Pit

6:58

202 / D02

King of the Dead

6:47

203 / D03

Cirith Ungol

7:22

CD 2 / Side E - Bonus 10″ Purple Marbled Vinyl - Side A

18 Nov 2017 5 Tracks

Bonus Tracks – Live at Hammer of Doom Festival Posthalle, Würzburg, Germany

204 / E01

Intro (War Eternal)

0:51

205 / E02

War Eternal

4:16

206 / E03

Nadsokor

4:38

207 / E04

Fire

2:52

208 / E05

Death of the Sun

5:26

- / Side F - Bonus EP (Live at the Hammer of Doom) 10″ Purple Marbled Vinyl - F01

Etching

blank

DVD 1 (TRT: 03:11:16)

27 May 2017 17 Tracks

Live at Up The Hammers Festival – Full live set

01

Intro (War Eternal)

02

I’m Alive

03

Join the Legion

04

Atom Smasher

05

Edge of a Knife

06

Blood & Iron

07

Black Machine

08

Frost and Fire

09

Finger of Scorn

10

Chaos Descends

11

Doomed Planet

12

Chaos Rising

13

Fallen Idols

14

Paradise Lost

15

Master of the Pit

16

King of the Dead

17

Cirith Ungol

18 Nov 2017 19 Tracks

Live at Hammer of Doom Festival – Full live set

18

I'm Alive

19

Edge of a Knife

20

Frost and Fire

21

Atom Smasher

22

Master of the Pit

23

King of the Dead

24

Finger Scorn

25

Cirith Ungol

26

Intro (War Eternal)

Bonus EP (Live at the Hammer of Doom) Bonus 10″ Purple Marbled Vinyl - Side A

27

War Eternal

Bonus EP (Live at the Hammer of Doom) Bonus 10″ Purple Marbled Vinyl - Side A

28

Blood & Iron

29

Nadsokor

Bonus EP (Live at the Hammer of Doom) Bonus 10″ Purple Marbled Vinyl - Side A

30

Doomed Planet

31

Chaos Descends

32

Fire

Bonus EP (Live at the Hammer of Doom) Bonus 10″ Purple Marbled Vinyl - Side A

33

Chaos Rising

34

Fallen Idols

35

Paradise Lost

36

Death of the Sun

Bonus EP (Live at the Hammer of Doom) Bonus 10″ Purple Marbled Vinyl - Side A

DVD 2 (TRT: 03:14:49)

2:00:00

Documentary approx. (Documentary film:

, 4 Parts, Greece)

01

Documentary – Part 1: Frost and Fire

02

Documentary – Part 2: King of the Dead

03

Documentary – Part 3: One Foot In Hell

04

Documentary – Part 4: Paradise Lost

DVD 2 (TRT: 03:14:49)

19 May 2018 12 Tracks 00:57:34

Live at

, Germany – Full live set

05

Intro (War Eternal)

06

Atom Smasher

07

Join the Legion

08

Blood and Iron

09

I’m Alive

10

Black Machine

11

Frost and Fire

12

Cirith Ungol

13

Chaos Descends

14

Fire

THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN

15

Master of the Pit

16

King of the Dead

17

Interview – Rock Hard Festival: 00:10:48

Live at

, Germany

Bonus DVD

30 Apr 2017 01:19:25 14 Tracks

Live at

- Tauberfrankenhalle, Lauda-Königshofen, Germany

Visions in Fear

01

Intro (War Eternal)

02

I’m Alive

03

Join the Legion

04

Atom Smasher

05

Blood & Iron

06

Finger of Scorn

07

Chaos Descends

08

Doomed Planet

09

Chaos Rising

10

Fallen Idols

11

Paradise Lost

12

Master of the Pit

13

King of the Dead

14

Cirith Ungol

01

Documentary – The Lost Years

Documentary film:

Check it out here:
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

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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

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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)

“I’m Alive” box set is now SOLD OUT on Metal Blade’s store. Preorder from The King’s Road link before they’re gone!Thanks to all our true fans that have ordered it (comment below if that’s you!). Check out what’s inside! Get yours here: https://metalblade.com/cirithungol/…#cirithungol #imalive #boxset #epicmetal #doommetal #heavymetal

Slået op af Cirith Ungol i Lørdag den 19. oktober 2019

Who’s tuning in this Thursday?? Catch the livestream of our entire set at Up the Hammers Fest in Greece and The Lost…

Slået op af Cirith UngolMandag den 5. oktober 2020

The cover

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

The painting was used for the DAW edition of Michael Moorcock‘s book Elric Of Melniboné (Elric of Melnibone saga #1). The book was published in 1976. There are various editions of the book, and not all editions has the same cover. See more here:

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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