|Edition||Limited Edition, Re-Release|
The re-release of Cirith Ungol’s "King of the Dead” from 1984 is published on black vinyl (Limited to 500 copies).
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Cirith Ungol returned to the Metal realm in 1984 with their second offering, "King Of The Dead". The Californian quartet took awhile to produce this album. The delay was attributed to the fact that Cirith Ungol had to finance their music with their very own hard-earned money. They were also on an independent record label that did not offer much support. "King Of The Dead" is heavier, darker, and slower than "Frost And Fire" (1980/1). On this album Cirith Ungol forges their eccentric identity with an amalgamate of Heavy Metal, Doom Metal, and Neo-Classical Metal along with some Progressive elements. In other words, Cirith Ungol gathers the doom and darkness from Black Sabbath and the energetic spirit from Rush and then merges it with the attitude of Judas Priest and the melody of Iron Maiden to establish their unique sound. Cirith Ungol's inspiration also comes from their passion of fantasy and science fiction literature such as J.R.R Tolkien's "The Lord Of The Rings" and the "Elric" novels of Michael Moorcock. Cirith Ungol are primarily Heavy Metal but they also had their hand and sword in the development of Power Metal, along with other notable artists such as Manowar, Dio, Savatage, Warlord, Manilla Road, Nightmare, Omen, Armored Saint, and Jag Panzer. Only the loyal fanatics of Cirith Ungol will appreciate this music as this is a group unlike most. Many will also not like the voice of Tim Baker (which sounds like a strange mixture of Judas Priest's Rob Halford and AC/DC's Brian Johnson). This is one album you need to have in your collection.
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