Summoning
Nightshade Forests


4.0
excellent

Review

by Fxxkit13 USER (17 Reviews)
July 18th, 2009 | 20 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


Little known Austrian Black Metal band Summoning give the term Tolkien Metal a new meaning. Since their formation in 1993 the band has gone from release to release preaching the world of Middle-Earth, and telling tales of Orcs, Elves and everything in between. 1997's release Nightshade Forests are songs leftover, from the previous album Dol Guldur. These mere "leftovers" show that the band maybe even at their" worst", that they have more talent then many other bands on the scene.

The album starts off with the song Mirkwood a piece detailing the mythical forest that exists in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series. It starts out with epic and atmospheric keyboards and tribal-like drum beat. The guitar is buried in the background and is of typical black metal fare, being tremolo picked. An interesting note is that the drums on this album rarely take a conventional beat, and more often then not, take a tribal quality. This really adds to the epic atmosphere and even sounds like something you would hear if you did in fact travel to places such as Middle-Earth. Also atypical of most Black Metal is the use of the keyboards. On the song Kortirion Among The Trees (and most others to be completely accurate[/i] the keyboards take a totally dominate role in the music. Unlike most other Symphonic Black Metal bands, the synths are the main attraction and the guitar is rarely heard. The only song where the guitar takes the main role is Flesh and Blood where the the mid-paced guitar still even takes more of background, atmospheric role, rather then a lead instrument. Habbanan Beneath The Stars the final song makes great use of the flute and a horn section something also unheard of in Black Metal.

Overall, while the general structure of the album is identical song to song, the synth work keeps everything fresh and interesting. While the synth-work for Kortirion Among The Trees is amazingly up-lifting and carries no depressive mood whatsoever, the song Mirkwood although also uplifting in ways, carries a much more melancholic mood with it. They even seem to gain influence from different cultures like the Scottish and some Norwegian style folk. The drums also help keep it innovative. The beat is never the same within any and are always much different from something you would expect within Black Metal. The only song with double bass pedal and slght ( i say slight because they are a lot slower then usual} blastbeats is opener Mirkwood. Its very refreshing, for the variety different patterns and always keeps you guessing what they play next. On the other hand the guitar work is completely song thing you expect of the genre. In every song, the guitar is tremolo picked and simple powerchords. There's not much variation, but Summoning were never known for their guitar work anyway. The vocal work is amazingly well done, Protector voice has all harsh quality of Black Metal, but enough originality to distinguish himself from others. His greatest vocal performance is without a doubt [i]Flesh And Blood[/b] where he uses many different vocal effects as well as switching from more black metal to death metal type vocals.

Even though it's slightly monotonous at times, Nightshade Forests is a great addition to any Black Metallers catalog. They are unabashedly symphonic, yet still have that raw and heaviness that everyone can enjoy. Sure, they sing about a fantastical world or dungeons and dragons, wizards and witches, but the emotions that the music brings out are nothing less then real.



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Fxxkit13
July 18th 2009


1559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A very hard review to write. I didn't want to do tbt so i tried to make it a more general summary. Tell me what you all think.

Hawks
July 18th 2009


35838 Comments


Pretty good review man. Album is decent, but nothing great at all. Summoning has always kind of bored me.

Fxxkit13
July 18th 2009


1559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I just like the atmosphere they create...but i can definitely see how someone could see them as boring because they do get a little samey

Hawks
July 18th 2009


35838 Comments


Yeah I haven't really heard that much from this band though. Just a few albums. Minas Morgul is the only one that I would consider great out of what I've heard.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 18th 2009


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Summoning is a strange band to me. I own five of their albums, the first one I bought was "Oath Bound" and I absolutely hated it. However, I have "Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame", "Minas Morgul", "Dol Guldur" and "Stronghold" and I really enjoy all of them. I guess I just like older Summoning better. I'll check this out.

Fxxkit13
July 18th 2009


1559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stronghold is awesome, its my favorite release from them

Zip
July 19th 2009


5312 Comments


What's with all the Lotr references in black metal?

Fxxkit13
July 19th 2009


1559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm not sure... maybe because a lot of black metal is based on a certain cultures folklore and LOTR is kind of like the ultimate folklore in a sense. Maybe because they are both epic? Lol i'm not sure, but its a good question

fireaboveicebelow
July 19th 2009


6837 Comments


What's with all the Lotr references in Led Zeppelin?
I know right?...

Zip
July 19th 2009


5312 Comments


lol wut?

Fxxkit13
July 19th 2009


1559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah i dont get it either

Fxxkit13
September 20th 2009


1559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this band

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2010


19043 Comments


I absolutely love this album to death. It has an atmosphere that is really quite unique, especially when comparing it to stuff like Minas Morgul. Kortirion Among the Trees has to be one of my all time favorite tracks.

Digging: Objekt - Objekt #2

rasputin
January 2nd 2010


14555 Comments


I started to read before I had to stop. I lasted halfway into the first line:

Little known Austrian Black Metal band Summoning


um wut

HalfManHalfAmazing
December 7th 2010


769 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I absolutely love the film excerpts at the end of Flesh and Blood. Great EP

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
November 16th 2011


19043 Comments


skyrim time

gonna jam this so hard

seedofnothing
November 16th 2011


3425 Comments


thats the call bra

Keyblade
February 27th 2013


15371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

omg this band

Digging: Fen - Carrion Skies

Keyblade
April 25th 2013


15371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

tempted to bump

Keyblade
December 13th 2013


15371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just saw the Hobbit and it ruled, time to go on a Summoning binge. This is so underrated fuck



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