Ventura, CA’s CIRITH UNGOL, one of the most underrated bands from the early ’80s metal scene, released four albums between 1980 and 1991. The group is known for lyrics based on fantasy (particularly sword and sorcery) and is considered one of the earlier epic doom and power metal bands.
Their first album, Frost and Fire, was closer to a hybrid between 1970s hard rock and metal with songs written by then bassist and guitarist Greg Lindstrom, but from King of the Dead and onwards they played a progressive rock influenced kind of doom metal with song lyrics primarily written by vocalist Tim Baker and drummer , however the compositions were usually composed with the inclusion of all the members.
The name CIRITH UNGOL is pronounced “kirith ungol” and is an Elvish phrase meaning “pass of the spider”, which is something that Lord of the Rings fans will surely recognize. The name is, of course, indicative of the band’s fantasy-oriented lyrics, themes and beautiful album artwork.
The doom-laden upcoming animated classic, The Planet of Doom, has spawned it’s first-ever guitar pedal: a distortion and fuzz combo built to blow ’em away with its sonic mayhem and precision controls.
Celebrating the unholy matrimony of art and metal, the limited-edition It’s Electric! pedal is a must-have for all lovers of unique, high-end collectible gear. The first demo is available now exclusively at http://www.theplanetofdoom.com/
“The sound of The Pedal of Doom is ultra-heavy music, the revving of motorcycles and your sword slashing through flesh,” says It’s Electric!. “We boxed these up and made this insane pedal so anyone can wield its power.”
The pedal is a ripping fuzz at heart, with a unique control labeled Parasite that lets you change the character of your tone all the way to a raw, high-voltage distortion. The versatility of the settings (including outrageous controls Overkill, Attack, and Decapitate) let you tweak your tone up to a sputtery, glitchy tone, “like an orc choking on its own blood,” adds It’s Electric!.
Custom-built by an award-winning boutique pedal crew, It’s Electric, who previously built pedals for Motley Crue, Misfits, and Gary Holt of Slayer, each pedal of the limited edition is made in the EU. Rest assured that this is studio-grade gear that will cast fear in the hearts of your enemies for many years to come. The eye-popping art on the pedal was created by Pedal of Doom‘s psychedelic art freak, Skinner.
The stoner animation, The Planet of Doom, has tapped some of today’s heaviest bands and the trippiest artists to create their respective chapters, with new crushing fantasies of motorcycles, drugs, and sorcery.
The proceeds from the sale of the limited-edition pedal will contribute to the making of this future animated classic.
OVERKILL sets the volume of your output. The maximum setting is insanely loud. Seriously. We’re not liable for any structural damage to your house.
DOOM controls the amount of gain and saturation. It is placed before gain stages so higher settings provide more sustain, more saturation and a doomier tone.
DECAPITATE is a low-pass filter that cuts your highs. This control helps you optimize the output for different amps and achieve a fully balanced wall-of-doom sound.
ATTACK is a high pass filter, placed before the gain stages. It is designed and tuned to control the tightness of your bass response. A lower settings with less bass results in a faster attack and a higher tone definition. A higher settings pushes the lower frequencies and results in a liquid tone with a fuzzy low-end and a longer sustain.
PARASITE is your secret weapon, your tooth-edge sword that changes the character of the pedal by controlling its voltage. A lower setting provides a gated, velcro-like fuzzy tone. Higher settings bring you closer to distortion kingdom with a thick, dirty, raw tone. Parasite affects your Doom settings (and vice-versa). An extreme Parasite settings gives you a uniquely sputtery, gated, glitchy tone – like an orc choking on its own blood.
Engage The Planet of Doom pedal the same way you treat an orc skulls: stomp on it! Once the LEDs eyes are illuminated, brace yourself: this beast is louder than a chopper ripping through an army of pure terror. Adjust your pedal volume to match your amp, your desired boost level, or the amount of blood you want gushing from the ears of your enemies. Be warned: this pedal takes no prisoners!
The bypass mode is True Bypass.
Swing thy heavy blade through the skulls of your enemies in one of our new badass PLANET OF DOOM logo tees!
Featuring a chilling DEATH – VENGEANCE – DEATH back print, these David Paul Seymour designs will surely bring you great fortune and infamy! Choose from an assortment of ink colors, and grab one in purple or crimson for those night raids when you want your victims to see you coming.
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In the spirit of R-rated animated films like Heavy Metal and the works of Ralph Bakshi, Riff Lodge Animation (the studio behind the mind-blowing music video for Conan’s “Throne of Fire”) are creating an EPIC feature-length fantasy/science-fiction film titled “The Planet of Doom”, created entirely by both artists and bands within the doom/stoner/psych/metal genres. Set for release in 2020 and subtitled as “An Animated Tale of Metal and Art”, “The Planet of Doom” features a worldwide assembly of 17 respected artists and animators and 18 revered bands and promises to present a colossal compendium of underground culture and this generation’s ode to counterculture. On June 22, Ripple Music will release First Contact: Music From The Original Soundtrack ‘The Planet of Doom’, a teaser EP including four of the film’s featured groups: Mos Generator (USA), Messa (Italy), Vokonis (Sweden) and Slomatics (Ireland).
Written by art director/producer David Paul Seymour and adapted into a screenplay by animator/director Tim Granda, “The Planet of Doom” is one continuous tale broken up into 15 chapters, each interpreted by a different artist and band team-up. The film contains no spoken dialogue, opting instead to tell the tale via the lyrics of the soundtrack’s original music. In the film, the titular hero, Halvar The Brave, seeks vengeance aboard a witch-born chopper, journeying across a psychedelic landscape on a quest to defeat the deadly beast Mördvél for the slaying of his beloved bride.
““The Planet of Doom” is a tribute to heavy music and the art that accompanies that type of music.” says Seymour. “With this film, we’re seeking to encapsulate the music and art community that Tim and I are a proud part of with one epic body of work. We are also naturally bringing in all sorts of fringe countercultures who’ve attached to this same community: bikers, skateboarders, comic book, and sci-fi fantasy fans. It’s a really vibrant and diversified community, and we’ve certainly brought in the right ambassadors to represent it properly.”
“One of the things we loved about Heavy Metal was the format. We really dug how the style of art changed from one sequence to the next, as if you were reading an issue of their magazine,” adds Granda. “But rather than use a plot device like the “Loc-Nar” to tie a series of unrelated segments together, we wanted to stick to one story that’s split up into a series of chapters, with each being told by a different band and artist.”
The complete list of artists and bands contributing to “The Planet of Doom” reads like a who’s who of the modern day underground scene. Contributing artists include David Paul Seymour, Skinner, Pascal Blanche, Ian Bederman, Maarten Donders, Adam Burke, Alexis Ziritt, Dave Olteanu, Burney, Justin Mohlman, Mikey McKennedy, Matt Stikker, Jason Cruz, Simon Berndt, Gorgeous George, Brian Profilio, Tim Granda, and Forrest Cavacco.
Bands and musicians that will appear on the film’s soundtrack include Cirith Ungol, Wo Fat, Ufomammut, Mos Generator, Slomatics, Elephant Tree, Vokonis, Phillip Cope (Kylesa), Slow Season, Messa, Summoner, Space Witch, Destroyer of Light, Mother Crone, and Tim Granda.
First Contact: Music From The Original Soundtrack ‘The Planet of Doom’ track listing:
1.) Mos Generator “Sword of the Sea’
2.) Messa “Serpent Libido”
3.) Vokonis “Runa”
4.) Slomatics “Jagaer”
Pre-order First Contact: Music From The Original Soundtrack ‘The Planet of Doom’ at this location.
David Paul Seymour and Tim Granda are available to speak with interested media. To chat with the artists and/or request a review copy of First Contact: Music From The Original Soundtrack ‘The Planet of Doom’, simply contact Carl Schultz at ACTION! PR.
“The Planet of Doom” channels spirit of “Heavy Metal” movie.” – Heavy Metal Magazine
“Now THIS is an animated movie I’ll take my kids to! Fuck Frozen, it’s all about “The Planet of Doom”!” – Cvltnation
“I could gush and go on and on about the admirable undertaking that is bringing so many artists and bands together…It’s a massive, comprehensive project.” – The Obelisk
“The Planet of Doom”…looks so damn epic and manly that it just shot right to the top of the list of my most hotly anticipated animated films.” – Dread Central
We’re stoked to announce that the band Ufomammut has joined us on our trip to The Planet of Doom! They’ll be teamed up with artist Ian Bederman on a journey that’s soaked in blood!
Ufomammut is a power trio formed in Italy in 1999 by Poia, Urlo and Vita, a lineup that has remained stable since. The trio have developed a sound characterized by lengthy songs centered on repeated heavy riffs coupled with droning vocals and the use of sound effects and synths.
Their status as one of the most potent, powerful and artistic contemporary doom artists in existence continues to captivate the masses, and the band’s worldwide grasp grows wider with each release. Their live show is supported by the internationally acclaimed video and graphic art of Malleus, a rock artists’ collective of which Poia and Urlo form a part, who conjure the entirety of Ufomammut’s visual impact.
We’re stoked to announce that artist Pascal Blanché has joined us on our trip to The Planet of Doom!
By day, Pascal Blanché is a senior art director at Ubisoft Montreal, a massive game studio where blockbusters like Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs are made. But by night, he’s an artist dreaming up captivating sci-fi worlds that harken back to greats like Chris Foss and Ralph McQuarrie.
Blanche’s work also graced the cover of Heavy Metal Magazine 270.
Check out what’s been goin’ on behind the scenes over at the mighty The Obelisk!
Behold the full opening credits sequence from Riff Lodge Animation‘s THE PLANET OF DOOM! It features art, music, and animation by the film’s director, Tim Granda. This is an early cut so expect tweaks and updates in the completed film.
Though some of what you’ll see here will tie into events later in the film, this sequence was designed to be spoiler free. For that reason we don’t expect to be previewing anything of this length again, though we will share some clips from time to time.
Also, prior to the start of these credits, we’ll be featuring all the logos from those who sponsored the film. Since we’re still waiting on a few of those, that section will be animated at a later date.
That’s it for now. Hope ya dig it!
MESSA is in the studio NOW recording “Eira, The Merciful Witch” for The Planet of DOOM! Hail!!!!
Elephant Tree producer Riley listening back to some of their ideas for The Planet of DOOM! Word is, they’re experimenting with one of those creepy harmoniums. We can’t wait to hear what they come up!