Monday, 12 January 2015

Summoning - Megapost


Review by Elek Malcolm-Madill

Genre/s: Atmospheric Black Metal, Ambient Black Metal, Speed Metal
For Fans Of: Paysage d'Hiver, Taake, Carpathian Forest, Abigor, Ragnarok, Falkenbach
Favourite Albums: Lugburz, Oath Bound

Easily one of, if not my own personal favourite in atmospheric black metal, Summoning are a classic Austrian band with lyrics and themes rotating around the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. This is usually a theme so done to hell that I'm usually pretty put off by it, sure I love the odd band that gives a nod to the Lord of the Rings, but some bands just take it to a level so ridiculous that it's impossible to take them seriously: exhibit a. Summoning, however, approach the material pretty tastefully- not just outright exploiting the fact that you could teach a class on the history of Middle Earth, and just using it as a poor stand-in for lack of creativity on their own part. You won't find too much of this at all with Summoning, while their first album "Lugburz" is arguably the odd one out in the bunch, as its much more influenced by traditionally fast and gritty black metal in the style of Taake, the others can be somewhat peaceful and relaxing- albeit haunting. Don't worry though, you won't be bored to tears by Summoning often, while there are tracks that take a looooooong time to build up like "Land of the Dead" on Oath Bound, the result is truly epic, as redundant as that word seems to have become in the realm of metal. I really couldn't choose which album I wanted to post by Summoning originally and decided to opt for a megapost, so I hope you enjoy it!

Post Includes:

- Lugburz (1995) 

- Minas Morgul (1995)

- Dol Goldur (1996)

- Stronghold (1999)

- Lost Tales (2003)

- Oath Bound (2006)

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