Summoning
Lugburz


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sir Grigor Domashevich USER (16 Reviews)
September 11th, 2008 | 56 replies | 9,038 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Well-executed black metal. While not essential by any means, Lugburz is definitely a highly underrated album in the black metal world.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

If you’ve heard Summoning before, you know what to expect: extremely well-composed songs with several layers, catchy keyboard lines, and excellent screaming by the 2 band members, Protector and Silenius. However, Summoning’s first album release, Lugburz, is by no means your typical Summoning release. Actually, it’s more like your typical black metal release. To be honest, this will already turn a lot of people off to this album, but it still sounds like Summoning: the well-composed songs and catchy riffs are still here, along with various keyboard breaks throughout the songs (they are not a huge part of the music here though, more on that later).

Unlike Summoning later 5 albums, this is the only one that could be considered “true” black metal. Frantic guitar riffs and drumming, inaudible bass (most of the time), and intense screams litter the album throughout, leaving little room for air. However, this is still Summoning. The guitars are very melodic unlike other black metal guitar riffs, giving the album a freer sounds overall, and allows the creation of nice catchy riffs. The love for Tolkien usually displayed by Summoning later on is clearly present, as noted by the song titles and lyrics. However, this album is also different from other Summoning albums due to Protector and Silenius sharing vocal duties throughout each song: Silenius is the one with the typical black metal shriek, similar to Varg, while Protector has a powerful scream that is probably considered one of the best among black metal vocalists technically. Finally, this is Summoning’s only album with an actual drummer, done by Trifixion, instead of a drum machine. He is your standard black metal drummer, so don’t expect anything too fancy in the drum department.

Lugburz presents black metal in a much more melodic form, making the album far more listenable than other similar black metal albums. On top of that, the production level, especially for the year, is surprisingly well done for a black metal album. The instruments all come in loud and clear, and are easy to hear what’s going on in the mix. The traditional opening keyboard track that graces every Summoning album is here. There is no attempt to make it sound raw or anything like that; the keyboards are nice and soothing to listen to. The intro leads into the best track on the album, Beyond Bloodred Horizons. Catchy, intense guitar riffing opens up the song, along with frantic blast beats by Trifixion. Protector is the first one to sing, while Silenius steps in shortly after. This song contains no keyboards, though they are present on other songs here. The next song, Flight of the Nazgul, introduces a piano break in the center of the song, once again giving it a very melodic feel. Some of the songs actually feature the synth-y keyboard throughout the song, such as Dragons of Time, but is not present in most other parts of the album. Finally, the guitars retain the extremely distorted tone throughout the entire album besides the break in the outro song Moondance, which leaves very little room for catching your breath from the heavy guitars.

The only problem with this album I have is the slightly same-y feel throughout the album. The heaviness lets up, but not enough to keep a listener interested, and may tire the listener if he’s not used to the sound. This album has 11 tracks, which is much more than a typical Summoning album, but given, the tracks here are much shorter, averaging about 5 minutes apiece, which is actually still quite long. Regardless, black metal fans should definitely check out this album. Despite the slightly cheesy lyrics (which you can’t understand anyway, so big deal), and the kinda typical black metal sound, you will definitely like this. If you’re new to Summoning this would be the wrong place to start, try out Minas Morgul, Dol Guldur, or Oath Bound instead, as those albums easily show off Summoning’s signature sound. While this is an excellent black metal album, in the end, it’s not really essential black metal. This should be the last album of Summoning you should get. However, you will not be disappointed.

Recommended Tracks: Beyond Bloodred Horizons, Flight of the Nazgul, Through the Vally of the Frozen Kingdom, Dragons of Time

4/5



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Lunarfall
September 11th 2008



3179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I could've sworn this had a review before. Whatever, now it has one.

rasputin
September 11th 2008



14540 Comments


Haven't heard this before, probs won't check it out though. I have Minas Morgul and Oath bound, that's probably more than enough Summoning for me.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2008



17204 Comments


I love the song Lugburz on Minas Morgul....yeah.... I got nothing.

rasputin
September 11th 2008



14540 Comments


yeah, that track is great.

McP3000
September 11th 2008



3941 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i love summoning, and i heard this was their most black-metallic or whatever release they had. Im for lack of a better word, interested in it.

liked the review, and it was informative. However the second half seemed a little rushed, and even a bit too informal.

PushTheTempo
September 11th 2008



37 Comments


However, you will not be disappointed.

Yes you will, tbqh this band blows... real bad. neg review is rly needed


botb
September 11th 2008



9655 Comments


i love this album so much. and i'm not a huge BM fan, but these guys and WITTR are sooo good.

Lunarfall
September 11th 2008



3179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yes you will, tbqh this band blows... real bad. neg review is rly needed
lol

Hawks
September 11th 2008



35647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Havent heard this one. Probably won't check it out though. Summoning is one of the few black metal bands that get on my nerves a little bit. Minas Morgul is great, but the others I've heard were just ok. I still kind of want to hear Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame though.This Message Edited On 09.11.08

Digging: Engraved - Before The Tales

Lunarfall
September 11th 2008



3179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Summoning is definitely not for everyone, that's for sure. This is moreso typical black metal, maybe check out a song or 2 from this.

TBH, I didn't like Minas Morgul as much as their other stuff, not counting this album and the demos, EPs.This Message Edited On 09.11.08

Silenius
September 12th 2008



302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is probably the most generic Summoning album, but hey Burzum worship in the early 90s is pretty acceptable haha!

Hawks
September 12th 2008



35647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Which one would you guys say is their best?

Lunarfall
September 12th 2008



3179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oath Bound for sure, closely followed by LMHSYF and Dol Gulgur.This Message Edited On 09.12.08

Hawks
September 12th 2008



35647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I thought Oath Bound was decent. Nothing great at all though.

McP3000
November 30th 2008



3941 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this album was good, but insanely generic and didnt leave much to think about. But it was still enjoyable.

Oath Bound is much much better, why the hate?

Dryden
June 17th 2010



12928 Comments


never was into this band

TheSpirit
June 17th 2010



17741 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is probably their worst album. Minas Morgul rules though

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FR33L0RD
October 21st 2011



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The vocals annoyed me but,
some good guitar riff & atmosphere at times.

Hawks
April 3rd 2013



35647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Definitely their "worst" album, but it's still pretty damn good.

mindleviticus
April 3rd 2013



8220 Comments


didn't like this, but the opener is fucking amazing



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