Classic Old School Metal (with a twist),
This review is from: One Foot in Hell (Audio CD)
Cirith Ungol had a long history, yet despite many people citing them as influential, they, themselves, never got the recognition they deserved and folded in the early 90s.
They are a band who have their own special something - indefinable, yet significant. Like, Celtic Frost perhaps, a band you either "get" or don't.
This is their third album, and it hones Cirith Ungol's unique style of bass-in-your-face (Flint) counterpointing some hugely varied and impressive guitar work (Fogle), underpinned by fantastic drumming (Garvin), and overlayed with vocals (Baker) of such intensity it makes your skin crawl.
High-points? Personally, while nearly every track is special, two stand out - Chaos Descends and Nadsokor. Nadsokor, especially, has an intensity about it which nearly 25yrs on still grabs me and won't let go.
So why only 4 stars? Well, I wanted to give it 4.5, but couldn't. It has one duff track - 100mph - which just doesn't really work, mainly due to the really lame lyrics.
Yes, if you like left-field 80s metal, this is perfect!