|Origin||Ventura, California, United States|
|Years active||1972 - 1992|
|Label(s)||Liquid Flame Records|
Metal Blade Records
Neal Beattie (aka Ptery Dactyl)
Michael "Flint" Vujea
Cirith Ungol was a Californian heavy metal band, who formed in 1972 and split up in May of 1992. California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Power metal is a style of Heavy metal music combining characteristics of traditional metal with Thrash metal or Speed metal, often within Power metal is a style of Heavy metal music combining characteristics of traditional metal with Thrash metal or Speed metal, often within Progressive rock (often shortened to " progressive " " prog " or " prog rock " is a form of Rock music that evolved Doom metal is a form of Heavy metal music that typically employs very slow Tempos low-tuned guitars and a much 'thicker' or 'heavier' sound than other metal In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music Artists Current artists 3 The Absence Aeon A Love Ends Suicide(Now Let's Fighting California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean. They drew influences from other metal groups such as Black Sabbath and Thin Lizzy, as well as Iggy and the Stooges. Black Sabbath are an Thin Lizzy are an Irish Hard rock band who formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1969 The Stooges are an American rock band that was active from 1967 to 1974 then reformed in 2003 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 and onwards they played a progressive rock influenced brand of doom metal with songs primarily written by vocalist Tim Baker. Frost and Fire is also the title of the 1965 debut album by The Watersons. King of the Dead is the second Cirith Ungol LP It was produced by Cirith Ungol and released July 1984 on Enigma Records.
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. Angry Samoans are an early Los Angeles punk rock band formed by rock critics "Metal" Mike Saunders and Gregg Turner along with guitarist 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. Frost and Fire is also the title of the 1965 debut album by The Watersons. After their fourth album Paradise Lost, they split up due to frustration caused by problems with their new record company. Paradise Lost is the final Cirith Ungol LP It was released in 1991 on Restless Records and re-released as a bootleg several times 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.
They took their name from the place Cirith Ungol in J. R. R. Tolkien's epic fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings. Cirith Ungol (ˈkiriθ ˈuŋgɔl is a location in J R R Tolkien 's fictional universe of Middle-earth in his fantasy work The Lord of the Rings. The Lord of the Rings is an epic The name Cirith Ungol is Elvish and means "Pass of the Spider". While the place in Tolkien's book is pronounced "kirith ungol", the band pronounced it "sirith ungol". The band said in a later interview they had some problems with the name
Everyone in the band was a big "Sword and Sorcery" literature fan, especially Greg [Lindstrom, guitars] and I. He would always turn us on to the great writers who gave us inspiration for our music. We read all the books. . . Conan, Bran Mak Morn, etcetera, but the books that stood out in my mind are Michael Moorcock's masterpieces: Elric, Hawkmoon, Corum among others. Greg Lindstrom and I met at an English Literature class where the teacher was reading Lord of the Rings. . . and Greg and I read it and it had an influence on our music and feelings. In retrospect I wish we had picked something easier to remember because a lot of our trouble has been over our name. People couldn't pronounce it or remember it, but we figured once they did they wouldn't forget it! We've humorously been called "Sarah's Uncle" and "Serious Uncool," for example! I know other bands are using the Tolkien angle. Led Zeppelin even made references to it in their earlier songs. I think he was an influence both then and now on many people. ~Robert Garven
I remember some other possible band names we were considering: Minas Tirith, Khazad Dum, and Uruk Hai, all names from "The Lord Of The Rings". Rob and I both liked J. R. R. Tolkien and Enzo Ferrari, so we knew our songs would cover both those subjects! ~Greg Lindstrom