Record King of the Dead • Band Cirith UngolReleased 1984 • Format album
Tracks
Atom Smasher
Black Machine
Master of the Pit
King of the Dead
Death of the Sun
Finger of the Scorn
Toccata in Dm
Cirith Ungol

Last Laugh (Live)
Death of the Sun (Metal Massacre)
Master of the Pit (Live)
King of the Dead (Live)
Cirith Ungol (Live)

Live at The Roxy, West Hollywod, CA, January 19, 1983
Atom Smasher
I'm Alive
Black Machine
Master of the Pit
King of the Dead
Death of the Sun
Finger of the Scorn
Cirith Ungol
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Editions

CD: US Metal Blade Records – 3984-14253-2 - (N/A)

MC: Enigma Records – EC-1089 (white) - Sun 01 Jan 1984

MC: Enigma Records – EC-1089 (transparent) - Sun 01 Jan 1984

CD: Roadrunner Records – RR 9832 EU - Sun 01 Jan 1984

CD: Roadrunner Records – RR 9832 NL - Sun 01 Jan 1984

LP: US (Enigma Records; E 1089) - Mon 02 Jul 1984

LP: BR (Young RGE Records; 308.7093) - Tue 01 Jan 1985

Brazilian mispress. Has Frost and Fire-sleeve.


LP: BR (Young RGE Records; 308.7093)

CD: EU (Metal Blade Records; 3984-14253-2) - Tue 05 Oct 1999

This is the first CD release of King of the Dead where the album got it own release. Previous CD editions were split CDs together with Frost and Fire. This edition has Last Laugh (live) as bonustrack.


CD: EU (Metal Blade Records; 3984-14253-2)

LP: (Metal Blade; 3984-14253-1PD) - Sat 01 Jan 2005

picturedisc, ltd x500


LP: (Metal Blade; 3984-14253-1PD)

LP: Metal Blade Records – 3984-25020-1 (180 Gram Black Vinyl) - Fri 12 Jun 2015

LP: Metal Blade Records – 3984-25020-1 (Violet Marbled Vinyl) - Fri 12 Jun 2015

LP: (Metal Blade Records; 3984-25020-1) [Clear/Blue Splattered Vinyl] - Fri 12 Jun 2015

CD: Hellion / Nomade – NRCD002 - Fri 01 Jan 2016

CD/DVD: Metal Blade Records – 3984-15513 (Ultimate Edition!) - Thu 23 Mar 2017

Metal Blade to release CIRITH UNGOL classic ‘King of the Dead’ as Ultimate Edition with bonus tracks and bonus-DVD on CD and vinyl!

In conjunction with CIRITH UNGOL‘s first ever live show on European soil at Keep It True festival in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany, Metal Blade will release the Ultimate edition of UNGOL‘s ‘King Of The Dead‘ album on the weekend of the fest on April, 28th!

 

Surf over to metalblade.com/cirithungol where you can listen to the classic track ‘Atom Smasher’ and pre-order the album in several configurations. There’s also an exclusive T-Shirt available!

 

The ‘King Of The Dead – Ultimate Edition‘ Digibook-CD features a full remastering by Patrick W. Engel, five bonus tracks, expanded packaging and a bonus-DVD!

 

The ‘King Of The Dead – Ultimate Edition‘ LP will be released as part of the MB Originals series and has been mastered and fully restored by Patrick W. Engel at Temple Of Disharmony in January 2017. This version reflects the original sound of the 1st vinyl pressing, released on Enigma in 1984! The vinyls feature 400 g spine sleeves, a 12-page booklet and an A1 sized poster.

 

King Of The Dead – Ultimate Edition‘ configurations:
–CD/DVD Digipak
–180g black vinyl
–clear ice blue vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–turquois green/black-marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–blood-red vinyl (limited to 200 copies – USA exclusive)

 

King Of The Dead – Ultimate Edition‘ track listing:
1. Atom Smasher
2. Black Machine
3. Master of the Pit
4. King of the Dead
5. Death of the Sun
6. Finger of Scorn
7. Toccata in D minor
8. Cirith Ungol
9. Last Laugh (Live)*
10. Death of the Sun (alt mix)**
11. Master of the Pit (Live)***
12. King of the Dead (Live)***
13. Cirith Ungol (Live)***
* Live 1984 (bonus Track on original CD)
** alternative version (taken from Metal Massacre I)
*** Live at Frost & Fire Fest II at the Majestic Ventura Theater in Ventura on October 8th, 2016

 

bonus-DVD tracklist:

1. Atom Smasher
2. I’m Alive
3. Black Machine
4. Master of the Pit
5. King of the Dead
6. Death of the Sun
7. Finger of Scorn
8. Cirith Ungol

Live at The Roxy, West Hollywood, CA on January 19th, 1983


CD/DVD: Metal Blade Records – 3984-15513 (Ultimate Edition!)

LP: Metal Blade Records – 3984-15513-1 (180 Gram Black Vinyl) - Fri 28 Apr 2017

Release Date: April 28, 2017

SIDE A
01. Atom Smasher
02. Black Machine
03. Master of the Pit
04. King of the Dead

SIDE B
05. Death of the Sun
06. Finger of Scorn
07. Toccata in Dm
08. Cirith Ungol

Vinyl Features:
+ 180g Black Vinyl
+ Single Jacket
+ 12-Page Booklet
+ A1 Size Poster (23″ x 33″)
+ Limited Edition European Import
+ Remastered by Patrick W. Engel for Temple of Disharmony in Feb 2017

Metal Blade Records Item #155131

Code: CU-KOTD-2017


LP: Metal Blade Records – 3984-15513-1 (180 Gram Black Vinyl)

LP: Metal Blade Records – 3984-15513-1 (Blood Red Vinyl) - Fri 28 Apr 2017

Release Date: April 28, 2017

SIDE A
01. Atom Smasher
02. Black Machine
03. Master of the Pit
04. King of the Dead

SIDE B
05. Death of the Sun
06. Finger of Scorn
07. Toccata in Dm
08. Cirith Ungol

Vinyl Features:
+ Blood Red Vinyl
+ Single Jacket
+ 12-Page Booklet
+ A1 Size Poster (23″ x 33″)
+ Limited Edition European Import
+ Remastered by Patrick W. Engel for Temple of Disharmony in Feb 2017

Metal Blade Records Item #155135

Code: CU-KOTD-2017


LP: Metal Blade Records – 3984-15513-1 (Blood Red Vinyl)

LP: Metal Blade Records – 3984-15513-1 (Clear Ice Blue Vinyl) - Fri 28 Apr 2017

clear ice blue vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)

Limited to 300 pieces!

Re – Release of the classic originally in 1984 released album.

Remastered by Patrick W. Engel.

Including Poster and 12-page LP booklet!


LP: Metal Blade Records – 3984-15513-1 (Clear Ice Blue Vinyl)

LP: Metal Blade Records – 3984-15513-1 (Turquoise Green/Black Marbled Vinyl) - Fri 28 Apr 2017

Rereleased on coloured vinyl (turquoise green / black marbled). Limited to 200 copies.

Cirith Ungol present the classic ‘King Of The Dead’ as a rerelease on coloured vinyl (turquoise green / black marbled). The legendary second production from the American heavy metal institution was originally released in 1984 and remastered in 2017 by Patrick W. Engel (Temple Of Disharmony) and is sure to thrill fans of Manilla Road, Pagan Altar, Omen and Cloven Hoof.


LP: Metal Blade Records – 3984-15513-1 (Turquoise Green/Black Marbled Vinyl)

HERALDING IN A NEW
AGE OF TRUE METAL,
THEIR CRUSHING SECOND
LP HAS BEEN UNLEASHED.
A CHURNING MAELSTROM
OF CHAOS DESCENDING!

 

 

title/credittimewritten / music byyear
Total
Side One:
Atom Smasher04:08Lindstrom1978 Jul/Aug
Black Machine04:13Garven1983?
Master Of The Pit07:07Garven1983?
King Of The Dead06:47Garven1983?
Side Two:
Death of the Sun03:52Lindstrom / Garven1977/78
Finger of Scorn08:30Lindstrom1979?
Toccata in Dm04:34BachCa. 1700-1750
Cirith Ungol06:18Lindstrom / Garven (?)1977

King of the Dead is the second Cirith Ungol LP. It was produced by Cirith Ungol and released July 1984 on Enigma Records. It was re-released September 1999 on Metal Blade Records. It is the only album without any “Fire”-song. The other three albums have Frost and Fire, A Little Fire, The Fire and Fire. The cover was painted by Michael Whelan and is like the album, entitled “King of the Dead”. The sound is a dozen of pounds heavier than the debut album. It is also their most epic, progressive and conceptual album. The DVD is Live at The Roxy, West Hollywood, CA on January 19th, 1983.

 

I find more darkness and ´dread´ in a Cirith Ungol LP like KING OF THE DEAD than any Obituary or Cannibal Corpse record ever offered me.

King Fowley, Apr 2004

 

The cover

The cover was painted by Michael Whelan in 1977 and is entitled “King of the Dead”. The full painting can be seen at the official Michael Whelan website and here.

moorcock-baneoftheblacksword

It was used for the DAW edition of Michael Moorcock’s book The Bane of the Black Sword (Elric of Melnibone saga #5). The book was published in 1977 and is available at Amazon.com and eBay.com. There are various editions of the book, and not all editions has the same cover.

 

 

In the band’s own words

It’s going to be a million times more radical. People aren’t going to know it’s the same band. The lyrics are much more intense and the music is heavy.

Tim Baker, Heavy Metal Times 1983 (the year before release)

 

Frost And Fire and King Of The Dead are my favorites. KOTD is CU’s classic. The production is 100% heavier than on Frost And Fire.

Greg Lindstrom

 

King of the Dead was our best album, the reason was that we had total control over it. Every album could have been this good if we could have exercised complete control over its production and other things. This is the album which I feel is our best effort. The reason the long wait between albums is because when you are financing them yourselves, you have to come up with the money to pay for things like studio time. Plus being on all these independent labels their time tables are slower. I also did all the layout and design of the first three covers, all this while we were all working full time trying to sponsor the dream.

Robert Garven

 

Cirith Ungols Best Album

As co-founder and drummer of Cirith Ungol for 22 years I feel I can say without a doubt that this was our best effort. 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 airplay and find success with what we conpagered some of our more accessable music. When the local LA station KLOS played it once and conpagered it too heavy, we decided to go for broke with our second album. I disagree and think Tim singing is not only excellent and that “Frost & Fire” has some of his best vocals. “‘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. Conpagering 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 during the wave of indie productions during that time, I think F&F and KOTD is 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.

Rob Garven
May 2007

(Rating: 5 out of 5 stars)

Review at Amazon

 

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