CIRITH UNGOL (1972–92). Tim Baker (vocals), Greg Lindstrom (guitar, replaced by Jerry Fogle, replaced by Jim Baraza), Michael Flint (bass, replaced by Vernon Green), Robert Garvin (drums).
Cirith Ungol are an American band from Los Angeles who played a type of hard rock mixed with metal originally, but eventually evolved into a dark progressive band. Their name came from a tower under the dominion of Sauron in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. The band played a metal style similar to the New Wave of British metal early on, although the original band predated that scene by almost a decade. Because of their name, they flirted with some sword andsorcery themed songs, and to further make sure that they never reached the charts, Cirith Ungol developed progressive leanings thrown in for good measure towards the end of their career. Despite the ardent desire of many fans, the band has not indicated any plans to reunite to tour or record. While unknown to many modern metal fans their work is worth finding, especially the first two records.
Discography: Frost & Fire (One Way, 1981); King of the Dead (Enigma, 1984); One Foto in Hell (Metal Blade, 1986); Paradise Lost (Restless, 1991).