Record Servants of Chaos • Band Cirith UngolReleased 2001 • Format compilation, DVD, live
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Editions

2CD: 2001 (Metal Blade; 3984-14383-2) - (N/A)

3LP: (Archaic Temple Prod.) - (N/A)

planned, not released


3LP: (Archaic Temple Prod.)

2CD+DVD: 2012 (Metal Blade; ?) - (N/A)

Press info

Slået op af Metal Blade Records EuropeOnsdag den 5. oktober 2011


2CD+DVD: 2012 (Metal Blade; ?)

3LP: 2011 (Metal Blade Records; 3984-15064-1) [black] - Fri 18 Nov 2011

3LP: 2011 (Metal Blade Records; 3984-15064-1) [aflame] - Fri 18 Nov 2011

3LP: 2011 (Metal Blade Records; 3984-15064-1) [golden brown vinyl] - Fri 18 Nov 2011

As you now join the swelling ranks of the Legion of Chaos,
together we will drive before us the cringing herd of False Metal,
crush their spineless lackeys,
and purge the world of their mutant plague…

This is an compilation album of 31 unreleased and rare tracks recorded between 1978 and 1990. It was only released in Europe, not in America. Artwork and layout was done by Michael Ewerhard who also has done some covers for Steel Prophet, among others. It is a great addition if you already have their four ordinary studioalbums, even though the soundquality is not always top-notch. It is my no means a complete compilation of their unreleased stuff, but a good introduction to it. Hopefully there will be a follow-up or a box set of more unreleased songs some day. The booklet is nice with pictures and linernotes by Rob and Greg.

The original is long out of print, but was re-released in 2011, ten years after the original edition. It was re-released on both CD and 3LP gatefold vinyl. The CD was a digipak featuring a bonus DVD containing live footage from Wolf & Rissmiller’s Country Club, 09 Nov 1984. On vinyl, it came in three different colours and with a A2 poster. It also has a slightly different cover – the title is written at the bottom of the cover.

In the band’s own words

Fans had been asking for years about unreleased live and studio songs, so a few years ago Rob and I got to talking about the stacks of unreleased songs we had laying around, and we decided that at least some of it was good enough to be released. Overall, I’m very satisfied with the finished product. The sound quality isn’t always the greatest, but Brad Vance at DNA did a great job of saving and cleaning up our old tapes, some of which were 25 years old. The fan reaction has been great, and everyone seems to have a different favorite song. We keep getting asked when Volume 2 will come out, and there is still some more material we haven’t unearthed yet.

Greg Lindstrom, BallBuster interview

Rob came up with the idea and Metal Blade Europe was very receptive, so we both spent weeks going through our respective stacks of tapes. What ended up on the CD is a small fraction of what we have on tape.

Greg Lindstrom, Tombstone interview 9/2001

There had been a lot of requests from our fans for some new CU material, so Rob and I spent a couple of months going through our old demo and practice tapes. Rob pitched the idea to Metal Blade, and the European side was very interested. Unfortunately, MB in the US did not release it, so the CD is rather hard to find over here in our own backyard! We would like to get a US label to release “Servants” over here.

If “Servants” generates enough interest, you could hear from us again. We still have at least 20 songs that have never been released, like “Brutish Manchild” and “Route 666”. I would like to resurrect some more old tapes that have Jerry’s guitar magic.

Greg Lindstrom, True Metal magazine 07/02 interview

Greg and I were actually the two original members so it was only natural that I turn to him to help work on the project. The other remaining members either did not want to participate or were totally against the project thinking that the music was inferior to our studio work. I was just interested in getting the music released before it was destroyed by time as so much of the other material was. Since our other albums had been released I thought that this was the best possible time and I knew that our good fans would enjoy hearing some of the early and live versions of some of the songs.

Robert Garven, True Metal magazine 07/02 interview

 

The only money we got to release Servants of Chaos went to the mastering lab, the few hundred dollars we had left over Greg and I agreed to send to Michael Whelan. In fact Greg and I spent some of our own money to get the project out and as soon as we signed the contract with Metal Blade it had a hidden clause in it that combined all the other re-release royalties guaranteeing that we would never make a cent on the deal. On a lighter note royalties that were made on Servants of Chaos were supposed to be deducted from the monies owed on the re-releases but never were. I contacted Metal Blade and Brian said he would look into it. I never heard back from them. People asked me if I was upset that bootleg albums existed of some of our material. My reply has been that since we have never made any money from our legitimate record companies why should we be upset at someone who would promote our music by releasing a bootleg?

Robert Garven, Diabolical Conquest interview 

Metal Blade in Germany however, is run by a very cool guy, Michel Trengert. He has been a good friend to the band. We have never made much money from either group, but he was the guy that suggested that we put out our “Servants of Chaos” CD, which contained all our old and unreleased material, without him it never would have happened. Brian our old friend did not release it in America for whatever reason.

He [Trengert] suggested the idea to me and Greg and I got all the material together that we could find in hopes of releasing allot of stuff that no one had heard before. There are some real gems in there, including some great instrumental work by Greg, and a version of “Fallen Idols” that showed what the album “Paradise Lost” would have sounded like if we would not have had a producer destroy the musical compositions and arrangements.  All in all, I was very happy with it, even though Metal Blade saw fit not to release it in the US. Tim was opposed to it, as he thought there was going to be some questionable material on there, but since the tapes were deteriorating, it was then or never. I decided that since the tapes were legally either Greg’s or mine that I was going to go for it for our fans. Unfortunately, it seemed to have cost our friendship.

Robert Garven, Sleazegrinder interview 

 

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