On April 24th, Cirith Ungol will release their new album, ”Forever Black” – their first collection of all-new material in 29 years!
A lyric video for the first song, “Legions Arise”, can be viewed at: metalblade.com/cirithungol – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:
– digipak-CD (EU exclusive)
– deluxe box set (slip-lid box, 2CD, 2LP mud-green vinyl, flag, slipmat, pin, patch – limited to 1000 copies)
– ice blue / black marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 400 copies)
– purple / black marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– light blue / red marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 700 copies)
– light olive green vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– white / black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– clear / black dust vinyl (EU webshop exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
– pewter gray/black marbled vinyl – Artist Exclusive (Cirith Ungol Kings Road webshop – limited to 500 copies)
* exclusive bundles with shirts and merch items, plus digital options are also available!
Cirith Ungol was formed in Ventura, California in the early 1970s, first appearing on the scene with their self-financed debut album, ”Frost and Fire”, via their own Liquid Flame Records imprint in April 1981. It was obscure and arcane, mysterious and eccentric, epic and expansive, but most of all unfailingly, bone-crushingly heavy, dark and doom-filled.
Cirith Ungol went on to release two additional studio albums – ”King of the Dead” and ”One Foot in Hell” – now regarded as stone-cold classics. However, by the early 1990s, the musical climate was shifting away from traditional metal. The band was plagued with lineup instability and then came an unsatisfying studio experience during the recording of the 4th full-length album, ”Paradise Lost”, that left them profoundly disappointed. Finally, after years of frustration took their toll, Cirith Ungol was laid to rest in May 1992.
As the years passed, the fervent clamor for Cirith Ungol‘s return would not be silenced. Then, in late 2015, the sleeping giant awakened. The quartet of drummer Robert Garven, vocalist Tim Baker, and guitarists Greg Lindstrom and Jim Barraza began to knock the rust off and rediscover the magic. With Michael “Flint” Vujea unavailable to rejoin them on bass, Cirith Ungol recruited Night Demon bassist Jarvis Leatherby to fill that slot. As a seasoned musician, lifelong fan, and one of the driving forces to reanimate Cirith Ungol, Leatherby was the logical choice.
On October 8th 2016, Cirith Ungol officially returned to the stage by headlining the Frost and Fire II festival at the Majestic Ventura Theater, playing to a packed house of metal fans and friends who had converged in the band’s hometown of Ventura, California to witness the Kings of the Dead rise from the grave. In the ensuing years, Cirith Ungol have held fast to their objective to bring their music to as many fans around the world as possible, performing select high-profile festival gigs spanning North America, Europe and South America.
Now, as their resurrection enters its fifth year, the band proudly presents ”Forever Black”: a classic Cirith Ungol album in every sense of the word. The trademark dark and foreboding riffs, pounding rhythms, and soul-searing vocal attack are instantly recognizable as the Kings of the Dead. Simply put, ”Forever Black” is a testament to Cirith Ungol‘s continuing vitality and enduring primacy in the classic metal pantheon, more than four decades after the band’s inception.
1. The Call
2. Legions Arise
3. The Frost Monstreme
4. The Fire Divine
6. Fractus Promissum
8. Before Tomorrow
9. Forever Black
June 6 – Leon, Mexico – Candelabrum Metal Fest (headliner)
June 20 – Baltimore, MD – Maryland Doom Fest (headliner)
June 26 – Madrid, Spain – Rock the Night Festival
Check out the song “Before Tomorrow”, here: