Record I’m Alive • Band Cirith UngolReleased 2019 • Format bonus, box, CD, DVD, live, vinyl
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Digipak - Wed 13 Nov 2019


Digipak

Deluxe Box Set - Wed 13 Nov 2019

  • Deluxe box set
    • Digipak 2CD/2DVD
    • Bonus DVD
    • Purple marbled vinyl
    • Bonus 10″ Purple Marbled Vinyl (Etched Side B)
    • Drum Stick
    • Mini Microphone
    • Guitar Picks (3)
    • Backpatch
    • Metal Keychain
    • Laminate w/ Lanyard
    • Autographed Photocard
    • Concert Setlist w/ Graphics (Hand Drawn by Rob)
    • A1 Concert Poster
    • Limited Edition (1000 Copies)

Deluxe Box Set

LP (180g Black Vinyl) - Wed 13 Nov 2019

180g Black Vinyl (EU exclusive)


LP (180g Black Vinyl)

LP (Ultraviolet Marbled Vinyl) - Wed 13 Nov 2019

Ultraviolet marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)


LP (Ultraviolet Marbled Vinyl)

LP (Red Rust Marbled Vinyl) - Wed 13 Nov 2019

Red rust marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)


LP (Red Rust Marbled Vinyl)

LP (Pink w/Purple Splatter Vinyl) - Wed 13 Nov 2019

Pink w/ purple splatter vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 100 copies)


LP (Pink w/Purple Splatter Vinyl)

LP (Plum Marbled Vinyl) - Wed 13 Nov 2019

Plum marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 250 copies)


LP (Plum Marbled Vinyl)

LP (White Marbled Vinyl) - Wed 13 Nov 2019

White marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 250 copies)


LP (White Marbled Vinyl)

LP (Emerald Green Marbled Vinyl) - Wed 13 Nov 2019

Emerald green marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)


LP (Emerald Green Marbled Vinyl)

Tim Baker – Vocal
Greg Lindstrom – Guitar
Jim Barraza – Guitar
Jarvis Leatherby – Bass
Robert Garven – Drums

Cover Art: Michael Whelan
Cover Layout: Brian Crabaugh
Inner Layout and Back Cover: Brian Ames
A&R/Product Manager: Armin Steiner
Executive Producer: Jarvis Leatherby
Photography: Cliff Montgomery, Erika Wallberg, Hille, Jowita Kaminska, Leon Pfaff @Eljotpe, Luca Bernasconi, Michael Paranoid, Peter Beste, Sebastian Wilke

Recorded Live At Up The Hammers – Athens, Greece On May 27, 2017
All Songs Mixed By Armand John Anthony At The Captain’s Quarters, Ventura California
All Songs Mastered By Patrick Engel For Temple Of Disharmony

Personal Management: Jarvis Leatherby For Iron Grip Management
Booking Agent: Husky Continental Concert

Oliver “Klosterbomber” Barth – “I Filmed and edited #keepittrue & #hammerofdoom along with my faithful crew, and edited #upthehammers and made the whole Authoring”

Complete live shows from UP THE HAMMERS 2017 + 5 bonus tracks on 2 CD’s + 2 DVD’S with 3 full live shows and a 2hr. documentary! 

 

Few bands in the history of the heavy metal underground have a story as remarkable, improbable, or uplifting as that of Cirith Ungol. It is a tale of pioneering innovation, crushing disappointment, self-imposed exile, populist fervor, and, ultimately, global redemption. Formed in Ventura, California, in the early 1970s, Cirith Ungol created a sound the world had never experienced before. Rather than passively channeling their influences, the band was driven to forge an altogether heavier, darker, more apocalyptic sound. It was obscure and arcane, mysterious and eccentric, epic and expansive, but most of all unfailingly, bone-crushingly heavy, dark and doom-filled.

After a 24 year absence from music, against all odds, the slumbering giant awakened. After a full year of rehearsals, 2016 saw the kings of the dead rise from the grave to deliver a legendary performance at the aptly named Frost and Fire Festival in their very own hometown. In the ensuing years, Cirith Ungol have held fast to their objective to bring their music to as many metalheads around the world as possible appearing on several notable festivals spanning the globe.

The time has finally come for the kings of the dead to unveil their triumphant return to the masses! An expansive double-live album and multi-DVD package entitled I’m Alive, will be released worldwide on October 25, 2019 via Metal Blade Records. Capturing Cirith Ungol at the peak of their darkened, mystical powers before a rapturous crowd at the Up the Hammers festival in Athens, Greece, this recording showcases the magic and might of Cirith Ungol onstage. Its accompanied by additional full-length performances recorded at the Hammer of Doom (2017) and Rock Hard Festivals (2018) in Germany. For this monumental release, a special in-depth documentary spanning 2 hours in length was recorded. The documentary features exclusive interviews about the history and legacy of the band, as told by the current and original members.

I’m Alive documents an unforgettable night in the history of a truly legendary band, and will allow fans worldwide to share in the glory of this cult quintet rocking harder than ever, more than four decades after their inception. Long may they reign!

On October 25th, Cirith Ungol will release their new live album/DVD, I’m Alive, via Metal Blade Records. Capturing Cirith Ungol at the peak of their darkened, mystical powers before a rapturous crowd at the Up the Hammers festival in Athens, Greece, this recording showcases the magic and might of the band onstage. It’s accompanied by additional performances recorded at the Hammer of Doom (2017) and Rock Hard Festivals (2018) in Germany. For this monumental release, a special in-depth documentary spanning 2 hours in length was recorded, which includes exclusive interviews about the history and legacy of the band, as told by the current and original members.

Once again, acclaimed fantasy artist Michael Whelan (whose images adorn each cover of Cirith Ungol’s four studio albums) has created the perfect visual accompaniment for the musical content. It’s only fitting as Whelan’s breathtaking artwork is inextricably intertwined with the music and mythology of Cirith Ungol in the hearts and imaginations of metalheads worldwide.

For a preview of I’m Alive, a video for the title track (live at Up The Hammers Fest) can be viewed at: metalblade.com/cirithungol – where the album/DVD can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:

  • Digipak 2CD/2DVD
  • Deluxe box set
    • Digipak 2CD/2DVD
    • Bonus DVD
    • Purple marbled vinyl
    • Bonus 10″ Purple Marbled Vinyl (Etched Side B)
    • Drum Stick
    • Mini Microphone
    • Guitar Picks (3)
    • Backpatch
    • Metal Keychain
    • Laminate w/ Lanyard
    • Autographed Photocard
    • Concert Setlist w/ Graphics (Hand Drawn by Rob)
    • A1 Concert Poster
    • Limited Edition (1000 Copies)
  • 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
  • Ultraviolet marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
  • Red rust marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
  • Emerald green marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
  • Pink w/ purple splatter vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
  • Plum marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
  • White marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
  • Purple marbled vinyl (Deluxe box set – limited to 1000 copies)
  • Digital options are also available!

Track-listing 2CD/2DVD/Bonus

CD 1:

  • Live at Up The Hammers Festival – 27 May 2017, Gagarin 205, Athens, Greece (14 Tracks)

    CD 2:

    • Live at Up the Hammers Festival – 2017 (3 Tracks)
    • Bonus Tracks – Live at Hammer of Doom Festival – 18 Nov 2017, Posthalle, Würzburg, Germany (5 Tracks)

        DVD 1 (TRT: 03:11:16):

        • Live at Up The Hammers Festival – 27 May 2017 (Full live set – 17 Tracks)
          1. Intro (War Eternal)
          2. I’m Alive
          3. Join the Legion
          4. Atom Smasher
          5. Edge of a Knife
          6. Blood & Iron
          7. Black Machine
          8. Frost and Fire
          9. Finger of Scorn
          10. Chaos Descends
          11. Doomed Planet
          12. Chaos Rising
          13. Fallen Idols
          14. Paradise Lost
          15. Master of the Pit
          16. King of the Dead
          17. Cirith Ungol
        • Live at Hammer of Doom Festival – 18 Nov 2017 (Visions in Fear, Full live set – 19 Tracks)
          1. I’m Alive
          2. Edge of a Knife
          3. Frost and Fire
          4. Atom Smasher
          5. Master of the Pit
          6. King of the Dead
          7. Finger Of Scorn
          8. Cirith Ungol
          9. Intro (War Eternal) (Bonus Tracks on LP)
          10. War Eternal (Bonus Tracks on LP)
          11. Blood and Iron
          12. Nadsokor (Bonus Tracks on LP)
          13. Doomed Planet
          14. Chaos Descends
          15. Fire (THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN) (Bonus Tracks on LP)
          16. Chaos Rising
          17. Fallen Idols
          18. Paradise Lost
          19. Death of the Sun (Bonus Tracks on LP)

        DVD 2 (TRT: 03:14:49):

        • Documentary approx. (Documentary film: Rockway.gr, 4 Parts) 2:00:00
          • Documentary – Part 1: Frost and Fire
          • Documentary – Part 2: King of the Dead
          • Documentary – Part 3: One Foot In Hell
          • Documentary – Part 4: Paradise Lost
        • Live at Rock Hard Festival19 May 2018 (Full live set – 12 Tracks): 00:57:34
          1. Intro (War Eternal)
          2. Atom Smasher
          3. Join the Legion
          4. Blood and Iron
          5. I’m Alive
          6. Black Machine
          7. Frost and Fire
          8. Cirith Ungol
          9. Chaos Descends
          10. Fire (THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN)
          11. Master of the Pit
          12. King of the Dead
        • Interview – Rock Hard Festival: 00:10:48

        BONUS DVD (TRT: 02:04:53)

        • Live at Keep It True Festival – 30 Apr 2017 Tauberfrankenhalle, Lauda-Königshofen, Germany (Visions in Fear, 01:19:25 – 14 Tracks)
          1. Intro (War Eternal)
          2. I’m Alive
          3. Join the Legion
          4. Atom Smasher
          5. Blood & Iron
          6. Finger of Scorn
          7. Chaos Descends
          8. Doomed Planet
          9. Chaos Rising
          10. Fallen Idols
          11. Paradise Lost
          12. Master of the Pit
          13. King of the Dead
          14. Cirith Ungol
          • Documentary – The Lost Years (Documentary film: Rockway.gr)

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          VINYL – Live at Up The Hammers Festival – 2017 (14 Tracks)

          SIDE A

            1. Intro (War Eternal)
            2. I’m Alive
            3. Join the Legion
            4. Atom Smasher
            5. Edge of a Knife
            6. Blood & Iron

            SIDE B

            1. Black Machine
            2. Frost and Fire
            3. Finger of Scorn
            4. Chaos Descends
            5. Doomed Planet

            SIDE C

            1. Chaos Rising
            2. Fallen Idols
            3. Paradise Lost

            SIDE D

            1. Master of the Pit
            2. King of the Dead
            3. Cirith Ungol

            —————————-

            BONUS EP – Live at Hammer of Doom – 2018 (5 Bonus Tracks on CD/DVD)

            SIDE A

            1. Intro (War Eternal)
            2. War Eternal
            3. Nadsokor
            4. Fire
            5. Death of the Sun

            SIDE B

            1. Etching

            After years of waiting, fans will finally receive an extensive release from Cirith Ungol this fall with I’m Alive. Truly an unforgettable night in the history of this legendary band, this cult quintet rocks harder than ever, more than four decades after their inception. Long may they reign!

             

             

            Cirith Ungol are pleased to unveil their first official live recording! This legendary release comes as an expansive double-live album and multi-DVD package entitled, “I’m Alive”. Live audio (contained on the CD and Vinyl Variants) recorded amidst a rapturous crowd at the Up the Hammers festival in Athens, Greece showcases the magic and might of Cirith Ungol onstage. Additional full-length epic performances recorded at the Hammer of Doom (2017) and Rock Hard Festivals (2018) in Germany are included on the Double DVD set. For this monumental release, a special in-depth documentary spanning 2 hours in length is also included. The documentary features exclusive interviews about the history and legacy of the band, as told by the current and original members.

            “I’m Alive” brilliantly captures the “kings of the dead” at the peak of their darkened, mystical powers that will allow fans worldwide to share in the glory of this cult quintet rocking harder than ever, more than four decades after their inception. Long may they reign!

            Metal Blade Records Item #156720
            Code: CirithUngol-Alive-2019

            • Source: Metal Blade Records and Cirith Ungol (modified)

            “I’m Alive” box set is now SOLD OUT on Metal Blade’s store. Preorder from The King’s Road link before they’re gone!Thanks to all our true fans that have ordered it (comment below if that’s you!). Check out what’s inside! Get yours here: https://metalblade.com/cirithungol/…#cirithungol #imalive #boxset #epicmetal #doommetal #heavymetal

            Slået op af Cirith Ungol i Lørdag den 19. oktober 2019

            This covered was similar in 2009, Return of the Dead Kings (bootleg, CD-R).

            I personally wish that I had, not specific purple marbled on vinyl, but any vinyl on the Deluxe box set.

            This has updated since 10 Sep 2019. Before in the past:

            Unfortunately no official CU live album has been released. But…

              • A bunch of live recordings do exists, waiting to be released!
              • A semi official Live 7″ EP was released by King Fowley in 1996.
              • There were two live songs released as bonus tracks for the 1999 remasters of the first two Cirith Ungol albums, Frost and Fire and King of the Dead.
              • Even more live recordings were released on the Servants of Chaos compilation album
              • A bunch of live videos has been published to Youtube by two former members, Jimmy Barraza and Vern Green.
              • Some bootleg live album exists.
              • Update: Metal Blade are coming soon, maybe 2019.

            Our next one will probably be a double live album. Shit, we might as well do one! I’m sure it will be piledrivin’!!!

            Well, it’s just that we’re a lot more radical live than on record, man. ‘Cause like Jerry goes totally wild! He goes nuts live. He plays shit like where my jaw drops on the floor!

            Tim Baker, Suck City interview 1986/7

             

            In the future, we may have a custom cover done by Michael Whelan for a “live” album like Dragonslayer.

            Robert Garven, Heavy Metal Times 1983

            The Elric-picture to the right is “Dragonslayer”.

             

             

            Stories from their live shows

            Aside from Tim rising up out of a coffin at the beginning of the show and battling a giant spider during “Shelob’s Lair”, it was pretty straightforward: Tim shrieking like a banshee, Jerry pulling incredible solos out of his flying V, Rob trying to reduce his drum kit to rubble, and Flint holding the chaos at bay with a wall of thunder.

            Greg, Blood of the Ancients Magazine 11/2002

             

            Well we also used to do a song at the end of our set where everyone had a chance to do their big solos.  In one part Greg would do the most unbelievable guitar solo, then Jerry would follow with an even more spectacular one, then they would appear together a play a double lead solo that would have literally raised the dead! Usually I would play along with the bass solo then I would play until my hands would bleed sometimes spraying the crowd with my precious bodily fluids, then we would end with this pounding ending that built up into a crescendo snapping at the end like a crack of a whip! Boy, I loved that part!!!!

            Rob, Blood of the Ancients Magazine 11/2002

             

            I personally am a fan of official DVD releases, especially when they’re about full concerts. I’ve got a plethora of those by various bands. When watching, it feels like I’m part of the experience (again), as well as it feels like a visual relic for the generations to come. Have you ever considered of recording your reunited-era shows? I believe the intensity and passion by both you and the fans should be captured this way.

            We are currently working on a live album based on material from some of our shows in Europe in 2017! It should be released on Metal Blade Records soon. I don’t want to give too much away about it, but it has pretty awesome cover, which should be familiar in style to the hoards of Chaos!

            Robert Garven, 22 Feb 2018

            Source: Interview with Cirith Ungol.

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