Record King of the Dead • Band Cirith Ungol Format album • Published Mon 02 Jul 1984

Credits

Credits
  • Tim Baker – Vocals
  • Jerry Fogle – Guitars
  • Robert Garven – Drums
  • Flint – Bass Guitars
  • All songs published 1984 by
  • Amgine Music/Molten Metal Music/Bug Music. BMI.
  • Administered by Bug Music.
  • Recorded by Goldmine Studios, Ventura,
  • Engineered by Adm. Tim Nelson
  • All songs arranged by Cirith Ungol
  • except “Finger of Scorn” written by Greg Lindstrom
  • “Atom Smasher” & “Cirith Ungol” written by Cirith Ungol & Greg Lindstrom
  • “Toccata in Dm” written by J.S. Bach
  • Cirith Ungol is a registered trademark of Tolkien Enterprises and is used here with permission
  • Cover Masterpiece @ 1977 by Michael Whelan
  • Photography by Greg Hazard
  • Layout by Karl-Heinz Schuster
  • Personal Manager (2017): Jarvis Leatherby for Iron Grip
  • Art direction by Robert W. Garven Jr.
  • Made to be played at Maximum Volume!
  • All songs remastered by Patrick W. Engel at Temple of Disharmony in January 2017.
  • This version reflects the original sound of the 1st vinyl pressing, released on Enigma in 1984.
  • Special thanks to Marcus Mossmann at Phonographic Artifacts.
  • Contact: Cirith Ungol (805) 643-6003
  • 1999 bonus track is live at The Country Club on November 9, 1984.

Tracklist

CD / LP

title

vote

version

time

recorded / venue

written / music by

year

original band

original year, release

earliest live

earliest cover

earliest various

event/record/etc.

01 / A01

 

04:08

Lindstrom

1983 or earlier

Cirith Ungol

Jul/Aug 1978, "The Orange Tape"

Live 1983 

1991, Mausoleum (unreleased)
  
2003, Faustcoven

02 / A02

 

04:13

Goldmine Studios

Garven

19 Jan 1983 or earlier

Cirith Ungol

Live 19 Jan 1983

03 / A03

 

07:07

Goldmine Studios

Garven

1983 or earlier

Cirith Ungol

Live 1983

04 / A04

 

06:47

Goldmine Studios

Garven

1983 or earlier

Cirith Ungol

Live 1983

2009, HC Minds (unreleased)

05 / B01

 

03:52

Goldmine Studios

Lindstrom / Garven

19 Jan 1983 or earlier

Cirith Ungol

1977/78

Live 19 Jan 1983

06 / B02

 

08:30

Goldmine Studios

Lindstrom

19 Jan 1983 or earlier

Cirith Ungol

1979?

Live 19 Jan 1983

Finger of Scorn (tribute band)
 
Finger of Scorn - Fan Portal (website)

07 / B03

 

04:34

Goldmine Studios

Bach

1983 or earlier

Bach

Ca. 1700-1750

 

08 / B04

 

06:18

Goldmine Studios

Lindstrom / Garven (?)

1983?

Cirith Ungol

1977

Live 1983

Cirith Ungol Music Studio (same as CU?) 

Total

Additional tracks

09 (re-release 1999)

 

Live

09 Nov 1984

09 (re-release 2017)

1982 version

Goldmine Studios

10

Live

8 Oct 2016

11

Live

12

Live

DVD

Live

19 Jan 1983

01

02

 

Live

03

Live

04

Live

05

Live

06

Live

07

Live

08

Live

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Editions

(self-packaging)

ID: 29919
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/making-cover-kotd/
title: making cover KotD

Release label: (self-packaging)
Format: Unreleased

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(master test)

ID: 25549
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/master-test-disc/
title: Master Test Disc

Release label: (master test)
Format: Unreleased

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Rainbo Records

ID: 25548
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/test-pressing/
title: Test Pressing

Release label: Rainbo Records
Release number: E1081

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Mon 02 Jul 1984 Roadrunner Records, EU

ID: 17094
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/lp-eu-roadrunner-records-rr-9832/
title: LP: EU (Roadrunner Records – RR 9832)

Release label: Roadrunner Records
Release number: RR 9832
Release date: Mon 02 Jul 1984
Country: EU

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Mon 02 Jul 1984 Roadrunner Records, Netherlands

ID: 17101
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/lp-nl-roadrunner-records-rr-9832/
title: LP: NL (Roadrunner Records – RR 9832)

Release label: Roadrunner Records
Release number: RR 9832
Release date: Mon 02 Jul 1984
Country: Netherlands

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Mon 02 Jul 1984 Enigma Records, USA

ID: 146
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/lp-1984-us-enigma-records-e-1089/
title: LP: US (Enigma Records; E 1089)

Release label: Enigma Records
Release number: E 1089
Release date: Mon 02 Jul 1984
Country: USA

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Mon 02 Jul 1984 Enigma Records

ID: 17069
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/mc-enigma-records-ec-1089-transparent/
title: MC: Enigma Records – EC-1089 (transparent)

Release label: Enigma Records
Release number: EC-1089
Release date: Mon 02 Jul 1984

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Mon 02 Jul 1984 Enigma Records

ID: 148
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/mc-enigma-records-ec-1089-white/
title: MC: Enigma Records – EC-1089 (white)

Release label: Enigma Records
Release number: EC-1089
Release date: Mon 02 Jul 1984

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1985 Young RGE Records, Brazil

ID: 149
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/lp-1985-br-young-rge-records-308-7093/
title: LP: BR (Young RGE Records; 308.7093)

Release label: Young RGE Records
Release number: 308.7093
Release date: 1985
Country: Brazil

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Tue 05 Oct 1999 Metal Blade Records, EU

ID: 150
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/cd-eu-mbr-3984-14253-2/
title: CD: EU (MBR 3984-14253-2)

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: 3984-14253-2
Release date: Tue 05 Oct 1999
Country: EU

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Tue 05 Oct 1999 Metal Blade Records, USA

ID: 17074
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/cd-us-metal-blade-records-3984-14253-2/
title: CD: US Metal Blade Records – 3984-14253-2

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: 3984-14253-2
Release date: Tue 05 Oct 1999
Country: USA

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2005 Metal Blade Records, EU, Limited 500 copies

ID: 151
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/lp-eu-mbr-3984-14253-1pd/
title: LP: EU (MBR; 3984-14253-1PD)

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: 3984-14253-1PD
Release date: 2005
Country: EU
Limited: 500

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Fri 12 Jun 2015 Metal Blade Records/High Roller Records, Germany, Limited 200 copies

ID: 316
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/lp-de-mbr-clear-blue-splattered-vinyl/
title: LP: DE (MBR Clear/Blue Splattered Vinyl)

Release label: Metal Blade Records/High Roller Records
Release number: 3984-25020-1
Release date: Fri 12 Jun 2015
Country: Germany
Limited: 200

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Fri 12 Jun 2015 Metal Blade Records, Limited 500 copies

ID: 314
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/lp-eu-mbr-180-gram-black-vinyl/
title: LP: EU (MBR 180 Gram Black Vinyl)

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: 3984-25020-1
Release date: Fri 12 Jun 2015
Limited: 500

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Fri 12 Jun 2015 Metal Blade Records, EU, Limited 300 copies

ID: 315
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/lp-eu-mbr-violet-marbled-vinyl/
title: LP: EU (MBR Violet Marbled Vinyl)

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: 3984-25020-1
Release date: Fri 12 Jun 2015
Country: EU
Limited: 300

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2016 Hellion Records / Nomade Records, Brazil

ID: 17090
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/cd-hellion-nomade-nrcd002/
title: CD: Hellion Records / Nomade Records – NRCD002

Release label: Hellion Records / Nomade Records
Release number: HEL 1369 / NRCD002
Release date: 2016
Country: Brazil

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Thu 23 Mar 2017 Metal Blade Records

ID: 5379
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/cd-dvd-de-mbr-ultimate-edition/
title: CD/DVD: DE (MBR Ultimate Edition!)

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: 3984-15513-0
Release date: Thu 23 Mar 2017

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Fri 28 Apr 2017 Metal Blade Records, EU, Limited 300 copies

ID: 5381
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/lp-eu-mbr-clear-ice-blue-vinyl/
title: LP: EU (MBR Clear Ice Blue Vinyl)

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: 3984-15513-1
Release date: Fri 28 Apr 2017
Country: EU
Limited: 300

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Fri 28 Apr 2017 Metal Blade Records, EU, Limited 200 copies

ID: 5386
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/lp-eu-turquoise-green-black-marbled-vinyl/
title: LP: EU (Turquoise Green/Black Marbled Vinyl)

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: 3984-15513-1
Release date: Fri 28 Apr 2017
Country: EU
Limited: 200

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Fri 28 Apr 2017 Metal Blade Records

ID: 5367
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/lp-mbr-180-gram-black-vinyl/
title: LP: MBR (180 Gram Black Vinyl)

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: 3984-15513-1
Release date: Fri 28 Apr 2017

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Fri 28 Apr 2017 Metal Blade Records, USA

ID: 5373
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/lp-us-mbr-blood-red-vinyl/
title: LP: US (MBR Blood Red Vinyl)

Release label: Metal Blade Records
Release number: 3984-15513-1
Release date: Fri 28 Apr 2017
Country: USA

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2020 Hellion Record, Brazil

ID: 25099
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/cd-hellion-records-nomade-records-hel-1370/
title: CD: Hellion Records / Nomade Records – HEL 1370

Release label: Hellion Record
Release number: HEL 1370
Release date: 2020
Country: Brazil

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Wed 19 Jan 2022 DIW on METAL, Japan

ID: 25933
permalink: https://cirithungol.org/edition/kotd-diw-on-metal-japan/
title: KotD DIW on METAL Japan

Release label: DIW on METAL
Release number: DYMC-6063
Release date: Wed 19 Jan 2022
Country: Japan

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HERALDING IN A NEW
AGE OF TRUE METAL,
THEIR CRUSHING SECOND
LP HAS BEEN UNLEASHED.
A CHURNING MAELSTROM
OF CHAOS DESCENDING!

 

King of the Dead is the second Cirith Ungol LP. It was produced by Cirith Ungol and released July 1984 on Enigma Records. It was re-released September 1999 on Metal Blade Records. It is the only album without any “Fire”-song. The other three albums have Frost and Fire, A Little Fire, The Fire and Fire. The cover was painted by Michael Whelan and is like the album, entitled “King of the Dead”. The sound is a dozen of pounds heavier than the debut album. It is also their most epic, progressive and conceptual album. The DVD is Live at The Roxy, West Hollywood, CA on January 19th, 1983.

 

I find more darkness and ´dread´ in a Cirith Ungol LP like KING OF THE DEAD than any Obituary or Cannibal Corpse record ever offered me.

King Fowley, Apr 2004

 

The cover

The cover was painted by Michael Whelan in 1977 and is entitled King of the Dead.

It was used for the DAW edition of Michael Moorcock‘s book The Bane of the Black Sword (The Elric Saga #5). The book was published in October 1977. There are various editions of the book, and not all editions has the same cover.

See more here:

Michael Whelan

Michael Moorcock – Elric 5. The Bane of the Black Sword

In the band’s own words

It’s going to be a million times more radical. People aren’t going to know it’s the same band. The lyrics are much more intense and the music is heavy.

Tim Baker, Heavy Metal Times 1983 (the year before release)

 

Frost And Fire and King Of The Dead are my favorites. KOTD is CU’s classic. The production is 100% heavier than on Frost And Fire.

Greg Lindstrom

 

King of the Dead was our best album, the reason was that we had total control over it. Every album could have been this good if we could have exercised complete control over its production and other things. This is the album which I feel is our best effort. The reason the long wait between albums is because when you are financing them yourselves, you have to come up with the money to pay for things like studio time. Plus being on all these independent labels their time tables are slower. I also did all the layout and design of the first three covers, all this while we were all working full time trying to sponsor the dream.

Robert Garven

 

Cirith Ungols Best Album

As co-founder and drummer of Cirith Ungol for 22 years I feel I can say without a doubt that this was our best effort. A previous reviewer mentioned that “Frost & Fire” sounded thrown together. The real truth is that we had been in the band for 9 years already and “Frost & Fire” was our attempt to get airplay and find success with what we conpagered some of our more accessable music. When the local LA station KLOS played it once and conpagered it too heavy, we decided to go for broke with our second album. I disagree and think Tim singing is not only excellent and that “Frost & Fire” has some of his best vocals. “‘Im Alive” was one of our all time best songs, which we started almost every set with. The LA Times said that Pearl Jams “Alive” was a blatant rip off of our song, which is debatable. Conpagering we produced, self recorded and paid for the entire project and that we were one of if not the first independent band to put out their own album during the wave of indie productions during that time, I think F&F and KOTD is a mandatory listen.

That said “King of the Dead” is my favorite and the last album which we had total control over. I am proud that we are mentioned in the same breath as bands that were epic and hope you all appreciate what we were trying to acomplish at a time when only big label bands had any chance of distribution or airplay.

Rob Garven
May 2007

(Rating: 5 out of 5 stars)

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