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Cirith Ungol was a Californian band who formed in 1972 and split up in May 1992. They drew influences from other metal groups such as Black Sabbath and Thin Lizzy, as well as Iggy And The Stooges. Their first album, “Frost and Fire”, was closer to a hybrid between 1970s hard rock and metal with songs written by then bassist/guitarist Greg Lindstrom and drummer Robert Garven, but from “King of the Dead” (1984) and onwards they played a progressive rock influenced brand of with songs primarily written by vocalist Tim Baker.

The band began with Greg Lindstrom, Robert Garven, Jerry Fogle and Pat Galligan (who would later go on to play guitar for Angry Samoans}, were playing in their first band “Titanic” in high school. With a desire to play heavier music, the rest of the band dumped Pat and reformed in 1972 as Cirith Ungol with Neal Beattie on vocals. It wasn’t until 1980 that they were signed by Enigma and released their first record “Frost and Fire” with Tim Baker on vocals. After their fourth album “Paradise Lost” (1991), they split up due to frustration caused by problems with their new record company. 2001 saw the light of a new Cirith Ungol album which contained old and unreleased demos and songs, but no new material. The album was supported by both Greg and Rob, but not by Tim.

Lindstrom now plays with his new band Falcon, who play some old Cirith Ungol songs.


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  • Necrophant

    wat? they have doom riffs all over the place. or you could say doom bands have 70s riffs all over the place, but still the similarities should be quite obvious.

    16 May 12:38pm Reply
  • Vipey

    Heavy metal with prog influences done right. King of the Dead is a classic! I don't really hear any kind of 'doom' sound here at all.

    14 Apr 6:43pm Reply
  • MyWhey0810

    Amazed at what the singer can do. totally original and badass band

    22 Feb 2:50pm Reply
  • Siffie91

    Check out this group for exploring and sharing superb Old School Metal!

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • metalkillthekin

    Atom Smasher!!!!

    14 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Chromaticity1

    Whoever compared Tim Baker to Phil Anselmo & Janis Joplin needs to have their goddamned ears checked. Also, King of The Dead is one of the greatest albums ever. Perfect atmosphere.

    26 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Covenantt

    One of the better trad metal bands, nothing doom about them, though. Just heavy metal with tons of 70s vibes.

    25 Aug 2014 Reply
  • lovePopolFricke

    Chaos Rising

    30 Jun 2014 Reply
  • dcascato

    I think their songs with Fogle are better.

    1 Jun 2014 Reply
  • ASMODEUS6666

    Alrhai, you`re not alone.

    31 May 2014 Reply
  • Alrhai

    Their's best song is Chaos Rising, ama so sad, that nobody here didn't think same as me...

    2 May 2014 Reply
  • doomerik

    Anyone not having King of the Dead as their favourite Ungol album must be out of their minds...

    8 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Pukeman1

    a reaaaly good bassist

    23 Mar 2014 Reply
  • ricz_dm

    Truly underrated band

    17 Mar 2014 Reply
  • twigg23fkd

    His voice remember me Phil Anselmo haha

    11 Mar 2014 Reply
  • JohnnyMath

    His voice remember me Janis joplin haha

    2 Mar 2014 Reply
  • haadeus

    And about anti-serfdom mentioned by dcascato: I agree, and I would add that doom metal lyrics in general are more thought-provoking and "socio-political," in a broader sense of the term, than your average punk band. Lyrical debauchery å la Witchfinder General is a rare occasion in this scene.

    5 Feb 2014 Reply
  • haadeus

    Mentioning the Stooges in the bio is spot-on. I'd imagine if Iggy and lads would've been east-European krautrock-freaks with an obsession on p&p rpg's, the result would've been CU.

    5 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Thradar

    Those Elric book covers....sweet.

    29 Jan 2014 Reply
  • steelironmaiden

    classic heavy metal band

    7 Jan 2014 Reply
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