Cool band. I got into them in July 84, when the second LP came out, I also picked up the second pressing cassette of "Frost and Fire". It was in stock, so I snagged it.
I was getting heavier into Power and (and what would become called thrash metal) in October 1982. So my head space was Metallica, Anthrax, Exciter, Raven, Slayer, Satan, Exodus, Overkill. and the faster bands from the NWOBHM, and well as the band being championed over at Maximum Rock n Roll, a punk rock hardcore thrash publication.
I am glad I became a fan of this band, because as my favorite artist all "sold out", via the slow down syndrome, one after another, this band had a pretty stellar career, with no disappointing albums at least to me.
All the heavy metal fans at my high school thought I would hate this band and there classic album, becasue I was a hardcore thrasher, but as a metal fan, all I really ever cared about is if a band is heavy.
This band is heavy. The heavier the better and this band is the one of the best of the best.
Cirith Ungol went perfectly between Metallica's "Ride the Lightning" and Celtic Frost's "Morbid Tales" during that era.
There is some dumb*ass kid always running a webzine or a blog, who will say something strang and bizarre like " I would not go into a burning house to go get a Cirith Ungol album", in a record reviews.
I have a top 200 or so records, that I horde and have multiple copies and every world wide pressing of. Stuff I try to replace every year or so. And the first 2 Cirith Ungol's for sure are on that list, and pretty much actually inspired me to think about creating that list.
I have a footlocker of that stuff in a storage unit, as a 3rd back-up, and I have a military footlocker of that stuff at home in the event, of a act of god, or a housefire. I can grab, my "classics and cult favorites" the 2nd back-up box ,and run out the door, and let the other 40 CD racks burn, since I only rate those bands 8 out of 10. Instead of the 10 out of 10. Perfect score this band is. Just Perfect Metal.
I tried a 4th back up system of transfer everything to CD-R, but those suck beyond all belief, and I went back to buying 2 copies of everything, I know will be in my CD player, for a long period of time, a real classic.
I am against IPOD's...because I do not believe they will survive the test of time, as much as I hate cassette's. I would rather buy a cassette and a tape deck over a IPOD.