|Edition||Limited Edition, Re-Release|
The album "One foot in Hell" from 1986 by Cirith Ungol is now re-released on black vinyl. It is limited to 500 pieces.
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Tracklist - One foot in hell
- 1.Blood & Iron
- 2.Chaos Descends
- 3.The Fire
- 5.100 mph
- 6.War Eternal
- 7.Doomed Planet
- 8.One Foot In Hell
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Cirith Ungol's third album features less emphasis on lengthy, epic, prog-tinged material and more on the simplistic, more straightforward side of songwriting. That said, whilst many would fear the worst (the idea that the band would opt for a more half-hearted, chart-bothering affair must have seemed inevitable at the time of the album's release), the band's instrumental performance is still top notch and certainly consistent as always. Opener “Blood & Iron” is furious, the slow-burning heaviness of “Chaos descends" proves worthwhile and the closing title track features arguably one of the best Cirith Ungol riffs ever. The production also sounds cleaner and more polished than on the band's two previous albums, but instrumentation is still a key ingredient. The guitar work is solid enough to keep devoted “true” metal fans interested, and the constantly impressive solos add an electrifying energy throughout.
Time for a little sneak peak into the various songs on One Foot In Hell. Blood & Iron starts it all off with classic galloping riff work and is somewhat catchy. This is probably one of the fastest songs here, and definitely a good way to kick off this incredible slab of heavy metal. The slower, more doom-y Chaos Descends embraces your tympanums with an apocalyptic sound and great melodies. Barker really gets time to shine here, and mixes up various vocal styles on the mighty chorus. Some great lead-work by Fogle on an almost Maiden-esque outburst towards the end, perfects this one. The first of many highlights, and my personal favorite. After the more straight-forward rocker The Fire, Cirith Ungol shows off some slight progressive rock-ish influences on the mightyNadsokor, operatic backing vocals travels trough time to Seventh son-era Maiden, and I almost sense some black metal lurking in the gloomy, atmospheric parts. 100mph gains speed, and cracks out an early heavy metal anthem at full power, before War Eternal and the slow Doomed Planet slows things down prior to the mighty title-track. Packed with top notch performance from every single band member, it closes a worthy successor of the mighty King Of The Dead.
One foot in Hell isn't quite as good as its predecessor, but still surely deserves a place in any metal fan's album collection. What we have here is simply another collection of more or less classic, consistent, straight edge heavy metal tunes from a band who were at this point in their prime, and once again you can see just why Cirith Ungol are hailed worldwide as a direct influence on some of the top doom/heavy metal bands today.
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