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Cirith Ungol

Formed: 1976
From: Ventura, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded

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Below is our complete Cirith Ungol news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.


Sunday Old School: Cirith Ungol

The band that I bring you this week is so old school that it formed during the times of older rock acts that influenced the independent metal acts of the eighties. In terms of being unique, Ventura, California metal band Cirith Ungol has no parallel. Having met in 1969 in High School, drummer Robert Garven, bassist Greg Lindstrom and guitarist Jerry Fogle started jamming under the name Titanic. Another school friend, Pat Galligan, joined them until eventually going on to play for the Angry Samoans years down the road.

Robert Garven had liberal minded parents that allowed the band to practice at their house. The year was now 1972 and the band had changed its name to Cirith Ungol, which is a reference to Lord of the Rings. Cirith Ungol means "pass of the spider Shelob" in Elvish as per the trinity, the members of the band being huge fans of Tolkien's novels in English class. Frodo and Samwise fight the spider in Tolkien's "Two Towers." In practice, the band would cover Cream, Mountain, Sam Gopal's Dream, Ursa Major, Freedom and also their renditions of Budgie tunes long before Metallica even existed. More...

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Cirith Ungol's "Servants Of Chaos" Gets Re-Release

Long out of print 2CD compilation "Servants of Chaos" (2001) from the legendary U.S. traditional metal band Cirith Ungol will be re-released by Metal Blade in Europe due to high demand for the rarity. The release includes 31 rare, demo, live and unreleased tracks, recorded between 1978-1990.

The re-release will be in the form of a double-digipak 3 disc edition and a three gatefold vinyl LP on November 18, 2011 in collaboration with drummer Robert Garven. The DVD portion will includes the show from November 1984 Wolf & Rissmiller’s Club in Reseda, California.

The DVD track list (Live at Wolf & Rissmiller's Country Club, November 9, 1984):

1. I'm Alive
2. The Black Machine
3. Master of the Pit
4. King of the Dead
5. Death of the Sun
6. Finger of Scorn
7. Frost & Fire
8. Cirith Ungol

Drummer Robert Garven commented: "This amateur video was supposed to never be published. The audio recording comes from the mixing console. After we were opening one act, we had little to no sound check, place on the stage, and only limited access to light and sound. Nevertheless, this rare and primitive video is one of the few that exist of the band ever!" More...

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Solemnity EP To Feature Two Covers

SOLEMNITY: New EP To Feature MANILLA ROAD, CIRITH UNGOL Covers - Nov. 7, 2005

Germany's SOLEMNITY will be issuing a new EP, "Another Bloody Sabbath", in April 2006. The track listing for the CD is as follows:

01. Hache De Guerre (w/ French lyrics)
02. Mystification (MANILLA ROAD cover)
03. What Does It Take (CIRITH UNGOL cover)
04. Dreamtime (instrumental)
05. Mephisto (live version)

A strictly limited edition vinyl picture dics will also be made available.

SOLEMNITY's cover of CIRITH UNGOL's "What Does It Take" will also be included on the first "official" tribute to CIRITH UNGOL, entitled "One Foot in Fire" (Solemnity Music). The album is tentatively scheduled to be released in January/February2006 on regular CD and a special limited 12-inch picture vinyl edition with inlay. More information is available at this location.

SOLEMNITY's third album, "Shockwave of Steel", was released earlier in the year.

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