CD review CIRITH UNGOL ‘I’m Alive’

(10/10) Cirith Ungol, that’s real veterans when it comes to Epic Metal. The band was founded in 1972 and released in total four full-length records, all genre defining longplayers with ‘Paradise Lost’ being the latest one to date.

Cirith Ungol was and is a band that never made it to the top although being legends in Metal. After having released ‘Paradise Lost’ the band members even parted ways and Cirith Ungol went into a 25 years lasting hiatus.

It was in 2016 when the quintet announced a return with a line-up that features with Lindstrom, Baker and Graven three members from the very early days and since 2016 it’s no less than Night Demon frontman Jarvis Leatherby providing a rock solid bassline. The quintet played since then a bigger number of live shows. One of them took place in Athens, Greece in 2017 when the Epic Metal pioneers performed a seventeen songs comprising set at Up The Hammers Festival. This concert is the base for the ‘I’m Alive’ release.

Fans of Epic Metal will have some tears of joy in their eyes when having a look on the setlist. Songs of the ‘King of the Dead’ album are present the most, but in general it’s a very well spread mix of songs, covering all four albums. It doesn’t make any sense to mention some of the tracks in specific since they are all great milestones in Epic Metal and inspiration for many bands these days.

‘I’m Alive’ comes in different formats and the base for this review is the CD. Next to the entire show at Up Your Hammers Festival the live album also includes some songs recorded at Hammer Of Doom Festival in Germany. The DVD though features both shows in their entirety, plus the complete concert at Rock Hard Festival 2018, plus a 2h documentation, plus a ten minutes interview, also from Rock Hard Festival 2018. There can’t be more Cirith Ungol than this.

You can’t ask for a much better compilation of Cirith Ungol. Each of the epic tunes on the album is a wow-moment in itself and if you missed the band so far, now is the moment to catch up.

Tracklist:

01. Intro (Live at Up the Hammers Festival)
02. I’m Alive (Live at Up the Hammers Festival)
03. Join the Legion (Live at Up the Hammers Festival)
04. Atom Smasher (Live at Up the Hammers Festival)
05. Edge of a Knife (Live at Up the Hammers Festival)
06. Blood & Iron (Live at Up the Hammers Festival)
07. Black Machine (Live at Up the Hammers Festival)
08. Frost and Fire (Live at Up the Hammers Festival)
09. Finger of Scorn (Live at Up the Hammers Festival)
10. Chaos Descends (Live at Up the Hammers Festival)
11. Doomed Planet (Live at Up the Hammers Festival)
12. Chaos Rising (Live at Up the Hammers Festival)
13. Fallen Idols (Live at Up the Hammers Festival)
14. Paradise Lost (Live at Up the Hammers Festival)
15. Master of the Pit (Live at Up the Hammers Festival)
16. King of the Dead (Live at Up the Hammers Festival)
17. Cirith Ungol (Live at Up the Hammers Festival)

Label: Metal Blade Records

Genre: Epic Metal

Release Date EU: October 25th, 2019

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