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So, I won't lie to you guys. I had not heard of this band and had certainly never heard of this record before I glanced over another record in the Doom 101 thread and upon looking up the band I stumbled upon this gem. From the opening track (atom smasher) to the title track (king of the dead) the heaviness of this record is made apparent almost immediately. However what really stood out to me, even more so than the vocals (which were really unique I might add) was the bass playing. As a big fantasy nerd I definitely got a kick out of this record lyrically speaking. Overall while I would definitely categorize the band as closer to classic heavy metal than doom. Definitely would recommend and will be looking into further. 

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wow -  Cirith Ungol...brings back sooo many memories of looking at their album covers and geeking out on the fantasy vibe. Old school D&D nerd here as well.!! I remember buying Grim Reapers See You In Hell and CU's King Of The Dead on the same day.

They were pretty bad though. We always joked around about how "unpolished" they were. I could only listen to one or two songs and then had to go to something else for a while. 

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4 hours ago, xUpTheIronsx said:

wow -  Cirith Ungol...brings back sooo many memories of looking at their album covers and geeking out on the fantasy vibe. Old school D&D nerd here as well.!! I remember buying Grim Reapers See You In Hell and CU's King Of The Dead on the same day.

They were pretty bad though. We always joked around about how "unpolished" they were. I could only listen to one or two songs and then had to go to something else for a while. 

See I find that endearing as someone who found value in the vocals of one Darby Crash (retrospectively of course, he died over a decade before my birth). Musically speaking I'm definitely more moved by the energy of a record than it's technical prowess. But I can definitely understand your point, especially regarding the vocals which are definitely the weakest point. 

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I’ve been listening to this album repeatedly in the company truck, having recently downloaded it on the Spotify. I really love, and fully agree with what someone was saying about the bass. I remember the vocals from back in the day, having hear it in the school parking lot or some such I guess. They are weird and not actually ideal, but not ultimately  an obstacle to my enjoyment of the band. I also remember the album cover being used on an issue of Dragon magazine or perhaps a D&D module I saw in game stores in the 80’s.  Who ever made the paintings got double use from them from Cirith Ungol and TSR.

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