CIRITH UNGOL - FROST & FIRE

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Frost and Fire is the debut album by the heavy metal band Cirith Ungol. Its music is generally faster and more simplistic than on King of the Dead, which saw the band adopt a doom metal style influenced heavily by progressive rock. The album was produced by Cirith Ungol. Originally released by Cirith Ungol on Liquid Flames Records in 1980. It was re-released in 1981 by Enigma Records, re-released with King of the Dead on one CD by One Way Records in 1995 and re-released again in September 1999 on Metal Blade Records. There also exist bootleg picture disc version of this LP, limited to 500 hand numbered copies.(I want one)

Robert Garven in an interview:

We wanted to make it big, but all of our music was so heavy and dark, we thought we would use our most commercial material on Frost and Fire, so that we would get air time and stuff. Although all the lyrics and some of the music on Frost and Fire were written by Greg, almost all of our songs over the years were a collaborative effort, some times "I" would even hum out parts until we got it right. Everything had to be perfect, sometimes leading to fist fights over riffs. Anyway, it just turned out Greg's songs had the more commercial sound. After Frost and Fire came out it was only played a couple of times on the LA radio station KLOS because everyone said it was way too heavy..... So we figured FUCK IT!!! If they think that is heavy why are we holding back? Let's show them something really heavy!!! We wrote about thiry songs with Greg that have never been released, some not even on tape. It was only understandable that we put some on King of the Dead. Greg did not leave until after Frost and Fire, so we were writing songs up to the day he left.

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