Artist Michael Moorcock • Date of birth 18-Dec-1939

Michael Moorcock is the writer of the Elric of Melniboné sagas, which influenced both Cirith Ungol’s lyrics and cover art. In additions to his writings, Moorcock is also doing music, and he has collaborated with Hawkwind, Blue Öyster Cult and Spirits Burning.

Moorcock also has his own music project, which records under the name Michael Moorcock & The Deep Fix. The first album New Worlds Fair was released in 1975. The album included a number of Hawkwind regulars in the credits. A second version of the album Roller Coaster Holiday was issued in 2004. In 2008, The Entropy Tango & Gloriana Demo Sessions was released. These were sessions for planned albums based on two of his novels: Glorianna and The Entropy Tango. The albums were never completed. (The Deep Fix was the title story of an obscure collection of short stories by James Colvin published in the 1960s. The Deep Fix was also the fictional band fronted by Moorcock’s character Jerry Cornelius.) (Text taken from Wikipedia)

Here is an overview of which Moorcock book cover is used for which Ungol album cover:

  • Elric of Melniboné, #2: The Sailor on the Seas of Fate – Paradise Lost


  • Elric of Melniboné, #4: The Vanishing Tower – One Foot In Hell


  • Elric of Melniboné, #5 The Bane of the Black Sword – King of the Dead


  • Elric of Melniboné, #6 Stormbringer – Frost and Fire