On releases (4 numbers or more)
- Paradise Lost (Fri 23 Aug 1991) Album
- Servants of Chaos (Sat 05 May 2001) Compilation appearances, DVD, and Live
- Better Off Dead! (Fri 13 Mar 2009) Bootleg, CD, and Compilation appearances
- I’m Alive (Mon 25 Nov 2019) Bonus, Box set, CD, DVD, Live, and Vinyl
Gigs/concerts (17 numbers or more)
- The Kings Of The Dead Have Risen @ Frost and Fire Fest II Sat 08 Oct 2016
- First ever European show @ Keep It True XX, Germany 2017 Sat 29 Apr 2017
- Up the Hammers XII Sat 27 May 2017
- Defenders of the Old Festival IV Sat 17 Jun 2017
- Chaos Descends Festival Fri 21 Jul 2017
- Hammer of Doom XII Sat 18 Nov 2017
- Frost and Fire Fest IV Thu 04 Oct 2018
- Legions Of Metal Festival Fri 17 May 2019
- Northwest Terror Fest 2019 Thu 30 May 2019
- Bang Your Head Festival 2019 Thu 11 Jul 2019
- Setembro Negro Festival Sun 08 Sep 2019
- Blow Up @ Finland Thu 10 Oct 2019
- Mass Destruction Metal Fest IV @ 2021 Sun 07 Nov 2021
- Courts Of Chaos Festival 2022 Fri 06 May 2022
- Frost and Fireland Sat 18 Jun 2022
- Wacken Open Air @ Germany 2022 Thu 04 Aug 2022
- Keep It True XXIII Fri 21 Apr 2023
Underneath the new born sun,
Man and beast rejoice as one,
They cast apage their age-old kings,
Smash their chains and spread their wings.
Their seed corrupt, their lies undone.
The final fall – man s will be done.
They torch the sky and rape the land,
And plead for truth with blood-stained hands.
Mark their reign with greed and fear,
As justice calls to deafened ears,
Their twisted dreams bring forth the day.
A world of ash, and slow decay.
Underneath the blackened sun,
The final battle fought and won.
Mankind claims their just reward,
And chaos sounds the final chord.
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The Chaos Trilogy
- Prologue: Paradise Lost… / Chaos Rising / The Grapple For Power.
- The Bright Empire: Fallen Idols.
- Epilogue: These Things Too Shall Come To Pass… Paradise Lost.
Written already in 1987. This was unfortunately the last song on their last studio album in many years. Paradise lost! Music: Cirith Ungol, Lyrics: Tim Baker.
Extracts from some interviews:
Christian Wachter (Blood of the Ancients): Have you been inspired by the book John Milton`s “Paradise Lost” when you wrote the lyrics/music of this album? In which way has it impressed you and your personal thoughts? Is this title also to be seen as a metaphor for all those missed chances in the history of CIRITH UNGOL: I mean, you had the chance to get really big (the music spoke for itself…!), but the media never really cared about you…(a lost paradise = the failed – commercial – success)?
Robert Garven: Tim was the one that wrote the lyrics and conceived the concept of the “Paradise Lost” CD. It has been a long time since I read Milton’s epic, but I think that there is definitely a parallel there. I must tell you though the whole media thing is untrue. We had quite a bit of good press when the albums were released originally. There was a critic for the LA Herald, which really liked the band and gave us great reviews. There was also a critic for the LA Times that did several articles on the band and our local paper here in Ventura did a full-page expose on the group. In Europe the editor for Kerrang like the band and picked several of our LP’s in his top picks for the year. The only negative press I have read about Cirith Ungol was after the band broke up. There is some heavy metal encyclopedia, which says we were the worst heavy metal band of all time and that “Frost & Fire” was the worst heavy metal album of all time. I have also read several Internet reviews, which did not like our music. This does not bother me however as I really think the music speaks for itself.
Eternal Flame: Your last CD was called “Paradise Lost” … Have you read old Milton’s epic? The lyrics of the song are quite negative about the future (and nature) of man: “As justice calls to deafened ears, Their twisted dreams bring forth the day. A world of ash, and slow decay.” Comments?
Robert Garven: Yes, we all read Milton especially Tim, I think the band as a whole had a very negative view of mankind as a whole and the direction we are headed. I feel that we are on the road to self-extinction and it will probably be a good thing for the Earth. I hope this isn’t so but I think it will be the case.
Paradise Lost (Album version)
From release Paradise Lost (1991).
Paradise Lost (from ‘Paradise Lost’ practice tape 1987)
From released Servant of Chaos (2001).
There is one part on this song where we play two bars of some heavy chugging that was cut from the original album as the producer would not let any of the band members be present when the album was being recorded. This stupidity caused the removal of the best 20 seconds on the original song. It is 4 minutes 11 seconds into the song. Here it is, now in its complete and unabridged form!
Robert Garven, liner notes
Paradise Lost (Alt Mix)
From re-released Paradise Lost (2017). Alternate mixes.
Paradise Lost (live)
Live at Up the Hammers Festival, Sat 27 May 2017
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