The third album of cranky gods CIRITH UNGOL is a milestone of Epic Metal, as everything that the guys have ever recorded! And if I say "epic", then I am not talking about these shitty RHAPSODY clones, which often are attributed with this. It is a feeling of size, width and adventure that here is conveyed in a gripping way. Many also talk about the darkest album of the Americans, what I can only confirm. The songs sound more evil than ever and are rather artefacts than songs.
You could die for the eerie atmosphere of chief troll Bake letting his rusty vocal chords swing. That the name CIRITH UNGOL comes from Tolkien's epos "Lord Of The Rings" should be pretty known by now. Remember "The Return Of The King". Musically we again get doomy, wilful obscure masterpieces. The feeling is indescribable, when songs such as "Chaos Descends" or "Nadsokor" (covered by DOOMSWORD) start to sound.
Striking is that all songs are between 3, 4 and 5 minutes without losing their power! With "100 Mph" we even get the first Speed song of the band history. Ok, compared to today's Speed it is lame… The heart piece of the album, though is the mighty title track, could hardly be more cult - vocals cannot sound more intimidating!!!! Essential! (Online February 2, 2004)