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Summoning is an Austrian epic/atmospheric black metal band. Their style has been described as Tolkien metal - not withoutreason, for the lyrics on most of the albums they have published yet deals with the mythological world of J. R. R. Tolkien. Thenotable exception being Stronghold, which takes its lyrical content from many of Tolkien's poems rather than directly from hisnovels.

Summoning was formed somewhere in 1993 by Silenius (Michael Gregor), Protector (Richard Lederer (Protector)) and Trifixion(Alexander Trondl) who met in the sort of pub, where they used to drink. Before h ...read more

Summoning is an Austrian epic/atmospheric black metal band. Their style has been described as Tolkien metal - not withoutreason, for the lyrics on most of the albums they have published yet deals with the mythological world of J. R. R. Tolkien. Thenotable exception being Stronghold, which takes its lyrical content from many of Tolkien's poems rather than directly from hisnovels.

Summoning was formed somewhere in 1993 by Silenius (Michael Gregor), Protector (Richard Lederer (Protector)) and Trifixion(Alexander Trondl) who met in the sort of pub, where they used to drink. Before his activities in Summoning, Protector wasplaying drums in a kind of "old fashioned" thrash/death metal band Marlignom, that nearly got a record deal at PeacevilleRecords, but in that time the band broke up. His very first musical experience was a rock band (he was 15 years old then )and a four year study of drums in the music school. The musical experience of Silenius was a doom metal band Shadow vale(at 16 years old) and few years in music school studying piano. Before Summoning, Silenius was making music, together withPazuzu (Ray Wells) in a band Cromm (They made some demos that sounded like Abruptum, but never released anything else).Trifixion played in Pervertum.

Summoning made 2 demos (Upon the Viking's stallion and Anno Mortiri Domini), promo tape for Minas Morgul and one or twotape samplers with Pazuzu and Cromm. Nearly all songs from demos were never released after or took place on CDs in a verydifferent version.

The demos sold quite well in a record shop in Vienna, called "Why not". Some times later Silenius got in contact with T.T.(Thomas Tannenberger), who made an interview with Summoning for the local fanzine TAUB (which was the first Summoninginterview). They talked a lot and T.T. told that he wanted to form a band of his own, and gave Silenius a tape with someriffs. That was the birth of Abigor. They kept the contact and later Silenius replaced Rune (now singer of Amestigon) and didall vocals for all Abigor releases (except the demos) as a permanent Abigor member. As they recorded the first Abigor album("Verw√Ěstung") for the young Napalm Records label, Silenius got in contact with Max from Napalm. They handled a deal withSummoning and soon Summoning's debut Lugburz was released on Napalm. That time Summoning crew was: Silenius - vocals,keyboards, bass; Protector - keyboards, guitar; Trifixion - drums; Pazuzu made some additional vocals and wrote some lyrics(he also was singing in DM way on demos). 1995 was a very creative year for Silenius and Protector, and gave lots ofpractising experience for them. They were involved in the following bands and projects, and made these releases: SummoningLugburz, Minas Morgul; Pazuzu And all was silent; Grabesmond - demo (There was also P.K. in it); Die Verbannten Kinder EvasDie Verbannten Kinder Evas ; Abigor Nachthymnen; Ice Ages "Strike the Ground"; Weltenbrand Das Nachtvolk; Sanguis etCinis Schicksal.

After a long silence, Summoning exploded with new album Stronghold in May 1999, forcing everybody to open their eyes andclean their ears. Album was recorded in Nachtschatten studio which is the home-studio of Protector, and was engineered andmixed by members of band themselves. Stronghold surely showed some new ways in Summoning musical experience. On thenew album, guest-singer Tania, who has also replaced Julia in Die Verbannten Kinder Evas, appeared in a song Where hopeand daylight dies, which was surely a new step for Summoning.Silenius left Abigor (Vocalist from Heidenreich replaced him)due to the lack of interest and style change, and started to work on the new industrial project Kreuzweg Ost (which is nearto be released on Napalm) together with Martin Schrienk from Pungent Stench. Protector left Whispers in the Shadows, aftera new album November, and recorded a new album In Darkness let me dwell with Die Verbannten Kinder Eva (it was releasedat 22 of November).

In the year 2001 the follow up Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame was released. This release was a kind of combinationbetween the old and new style of Summoning. That means that the keyboard lines had been more epic and polyphonic againwhile the more complex and melodic guitar-style was more close to Stronghold. This time the band used more spoken-wordsamples to bring a more dramaturgic style to the songs and for the first time the band works with clear vocal choires on thefinishing song of the album called Farwell. The lyrical concept again was totally based on Tolkiens middle earth concept, butfor the first time it was combined with some lyrics from another great fantasy author namely Michael Moorcock. « hide

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LPs
Old Mornings Dawn
06/07/2013

3.9
148 Votes
Oath Bound
2006

4.1
274 Votes
Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame
2001

4
154 Votes
Stronghold
1999

4.2
221 Votes
Dol Guldur
1997

4.1
150 Votes
Minas Morgul
1995

4.1
181 Votes
Lugburz
1995

3.4
87 Votes
EPs
Lost Tales
2003

3.6
30 Votes
Nightshade Forests
1997

3.9
53 Votes
Upon The Viking Stallion
1993

3.3
9 Votes

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