Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, Rock, Metal
The last album released by the SoCal metal band Cirith Ungol (who named themselves after the tower guarding Shelob's lair in 'Lord of the Rings'), 1991's 'Paradise Lost', met the usual end-of-contract fate of record label ... more »
The last album released by the SoCal metal band Cirith Ungol (who named themselves after the tower guarding Shelob's lair in 'Lord of the Rings'), 1991's 'Paradise Lost', met the usual end-of-contract fate of record label indifference and incompetence, but it remains a band and fan favorite, much-requested over the years and finally reissued here in a way-cool digipak!
This is the Straw that Broke the Camels Back and was truly "
Robert W. Garven Jr. | Ventura, CA | 03/13/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I was one the founding members and drummer of Cirith Ungol. This was our last album. We were treated so poorly by the record company that it broke the band up after 22 years. We had little or no artistic control over the production of this album, and even though we paid a big time lawyer $$$ to review the contract, we unknowingly sold the rights to album forever. When all our other CDs were re-released by Metal Blade of Germany, Restless the company that owned the rights to Paradise Lost, refused to let this cd be re-released. We were not even contacted by the current company releasing it, and will not receive any royalties from its sale. I even tried to contact them and received no reply.
To add insult to injury our singer Tim Baker went to a local store and had to buy a copy of the CD. I urge you not to buy this CD and instead look for our other remastered CD's "Frost & FIre" & "King of the Dead" & "Servants of Chaos" these are still in print in Europe (only!) and they were the only projects that we had artistic control over.
I was so upset by this project and its production and aftermath I swore "That I would never touch another drumstick or play drums, if it meant being in the same business as these people". Even though we have been offered many reunion tours and dates I have kept my oath, and expect that I will keep it until death...
Playing drums and Cirith Ungol was my life and passion and it is sad that such a great band with such untapped talent and potential had such little support while other bands with so little talent became huge commercial successes.
Not Many people Know this Band ROCKS or used to ROCK!
Graham | Smithville, Texas USA | 07/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I absolutely LOVE this cd. It's hard to find. At first I didn't like it. Over the years I have grown fond of it. Cirith Ungol is extremely UNIQUE. And I think a review says they are a rip off of Judas Priest. Not even close. The singer is raspy in a cool way. He does nothing remotely Judas Priest or a typical 80's Scream. In fact I'm rather shocked on how clear and clean some of the guitar chords are. This cd sounds modern to me, but old. Does that make sense? This cd will put you in a environment that is like a fantasy world of Movies like Lord of the Rings.
Much of their music is based off of Lord of the Rings. IF they were still around, I'm sure they would have been Extremely popular when the movies came out.
Cirith Ungol had a weird name. Their managers didn't do crap to promote them. They failed to launch Cirith Ungol on important tours and to help market cirith ungol. They did almost nothing for the band. The band struggled and had to find money to produce cd's out of their own pockets. This was their last cd. Sadly they are no longer a band.
I love the Song "Chaos Rising" This is an epic/dramatical song that is slow and speeds up to some really amazing guitar work.
There is no other Band who will ever sound like these guys again. I prefer these guys over most of this new crap coming out."
Oddly enough, they left a track off the CD...
Uriah Rose II | Kentucky, USA | 01/12/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you have the tape, it has an extra track on it, that's DEATH METAL. Yes, for one tune, Cirith Ungol went death. Can't figure out why it's not on the CD.
This CD is cool (Tim Baker still sings, 'nuff said) but not really in league with the 3 earlier discs. Tim has a love him or hate him vocal style, but he sounds like noone else. On earth. Period.
Michael Whelan still does the cool artwork. Part of the problem was on Paradise lost, only Tim Baker (singer) and Robert Garven (drums) were left from the origional band. The bass playing of Michael Flint was gone, as well as the guitars of Jerry Fogle and Greg Lindstrom. It's hard for a band to lose 3/5s of the origional members and be the same. After all, these guys ain't Skynyrd. They're a really good metal band from California whom borrowed their name from J.R.R. Tolkien.
Overall it's a very good album, just not excellent by Cirith Ungol standards. Maybe it'll get re-released with ALL the tracks one day."