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Dickie Peterson R.I.P.

I sent an email around to my music pals this morning, and will blog more later: Dickie Peterson, pioneering loud bassist and gravel-throated singer of beloved heavy rawkers Blue Cheer passed away in Germany. I suggest we all set aside a few cacophonous moments cranking VINCEBUS ERUPTUM in Dickie's honor. I think he'd appreciate that a lot more than silence.Me and Dickie Peterson backstage at the Key Club, Hollyweird, CA, 2006. post-fot...

Jammin’ in Oz

Stoked to be jammin' again with some talented fellow rawkers in Oz. More details to come. Stay tuned! post-fot...

Broke And Hungry

Cirith Ungol – Chaos Descends & I’m Alive – LIVE!!!

Cirith Ungol live at the Ventura Theater in 1991

Cirith Ungol – Blood and Iron Live

Cirith Ungol live at the Ventura Theater playing Blood and Iron.

Lake Piru Tubing

Lake Piru

Robert W. Garven Jr. gave 4 stars to: Dust

Robert W. Garven Jr. reviewed:Dust ~ Dust
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Band, March 29, 2008
This review is from: Dust (Audio CD)
These guys were a great band, not sure what happened to Marc Bell's drumming in the Ramone's, but here it is great. I also like their second album better but make no mistake these guys rocked. The band I was in was inspired by Frank Frazetta's paintings on Hard Attack and wanted one on our first album, however a country rock band got the one we wanted entitled "Berserker" and we got "Stormbringer", which has humbled me to this day.

Robert W. Garven Jr. gave 5 stars to: Frost & Fire

Robert W. Garven Jr. reviewed:Frost & Fire ~ Cirith Ungol
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
The Tales that Speak of "Frost & Fire", March 12, 2008
This review is from: Frost & Fire (Audio CD)
As co-founder and drummer of Cirith Ungol for 22 years I feel I need to respond to some of the reviews here. A previous reviewer mentioned that "Frost & Fire" sounded thrown together. The real truth is that we had been in the band for 9 years already and "Frost & Fire" was our attempt to get "commercial" airplay and find success with what we considered some of our more accessable music and yes radio friendly music! When the local LA station KLOS played it once and considered it too heavy, we decided to go for broke with our second album and pulled out all the stops. I disagree with some of the reviewers and think Tim's singing is not only excellent here and that "Frost & Fire" has some of his best vocals. This album features his highest pitched and clearest singing. Anyone who does not call it sining has to compare it with some of todays death metal. "'Im Alive" was one of our all time best songs, which we started almost every set with. The LA Times said that Pearl Jams "Alive" was a blatant rip off of our song, which is debatable.I also think the title track "Frost & Fire" is excellent with a great middle break and solo and that "Better off Dead" has a great bass line and some of Tim's greatest singing range. This is all said looking back with a historical view that only I of all the reviewers can comment on being there the whole time. Jerry's solos are amazing and his passing was very tragic and sad.This album has to be listened to many times to appreciate the lyrics, songwriting and performance as a whole not separate parts and to understand as opposed to it being thrown together is was a calculated attempt to obtain a major label contract during a time that only bands with catchy songs that would get any radio airplay were signed. Although i think "King of the Dead" was more representative of the band I am most proud of this album because not only was it our first but it was graced by the unbelievable cover illustration of Michael Whelan's epic portrait of Elric of Melnibone holding Stormbringer high above his head. This was a dream of ours and after so many years of struggle it was our reality.Considering we produced, self recorded and paid for the entire project and that we were one of if not the first independent band to put out their own album before the wave of indie productions during that time, I think "Frost & Fire" "King of the Dead" & "Servants of Chaos" are a mandatory listen.That said "King of the Dead" is my favorite and the last album which we had total control over. I am proud that we are mentioned in the same breath as bands that were epic and hope you all appreciate what we were trying to acomplish at a time when only big label bands had any chance of distribution or airplay.Unfortunately for you the listener you never got to hear the other 20 or so odd songs that never made it to print such as: "Half Past Human - A Quarter to Ape" & "Brutish Manchild" but then that is another story for another day............Robert GarvenVentura, CAMarch 2008
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Robert W. Garven Jr. gave 4 stars to: Paradise Lost

Robert W. Garven Jr. reviewed:Paradise Lost ~ Cirith Ungol
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
This is the Straw that Broke the Camels Back and was truly "Paradise Lost", March 12, 2008
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Paradise Lost (Audio CD)
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 replyTo 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.Sincerely,Robert GarvenVentura, CAWell never say never, a few people which I love convinced me to play again!!! The band is back together and playing at some of the most exclusive festivals in the world. Come and see us play, you will not be disappointed!!!!!
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Robert W. Garven Jr. gave 1 star to: Paradise Lost

Robert W. Garven Jr. reviewed:Paradise Lost ~ Cirith Ungol
30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
This is the Straw that Broke the Camels Back and was truly "Paradise Lost", March 12, 2008
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Paradise Lost (Audio CD)
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.Sincerely,Robert GarvenVentura, CA
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