Summoning
Minas Morgul


4.5
superb

Review

by A.K. USER (66 Reviews)
July 23rd, 2006 | 195 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist


(I have to finish reviewing all the Summoning cds ;))

Summoning are:
Protector (Richard Lederer) - Drum Sounds, Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals
Silenius (Michael Gregor) - Bass, Keyboards, Vocals

Those of you not familiar with Summoning, this is considered to be their break through album in terms of this being the album that unleashed their original style. The album is bombastic, medieval, and epic as hell! One would be amazed at the progress they made since Lugburz the debut cd which was released in the same year! This is the album where synths come to the fore front, the drums are programmed and completely bombastically huge in the production. Trifixion, the arse who was their drummer on the first cd has been kicked out due to being an arse. (Or Tri***ion as Silenius refers to him nowadays). Anyway first some interesting info:

The new song writing process: On this album the songs were written in a new manner like this:
-Silenius composes a whole song as one keyboards melodies/riffs all the way through.
-Protector gets this melody onto his PC as MIDI.
-He then adds more key melodies and backing strings to Silenius' melodies to give it Polyphony.
-Then the drum patterns are created with Protectors synth, after which guitars are recorded.
-After all this is done vocals are recorded.

This album is so amazing because really, before this not many medieval/epic/black metal bands where around. Really, this cd is an inspiration for many acts like Enid, Avathar etc. It is so unique because the synths replicate medieval instruments throughout the cd and give an amazing result when fused with the guitars. The precision with which the melodies interact is amazing, there are at least 3 or 4 parts and counterparts in The Passing of the Grey Company, almost like in a Fugue. The production is airy giving the album a huge feeling of endless soundscapes that will stimulate your imagination for days upon end. There are also two cool instrumentals, Soul Wandering and Orthanc, both which are short songs with no guitar and cool synth melodies.

The guitars are rather basic and completely distorted and distant, like on the new releases (whereas the first cd had a more Burzumish sound guitar-wise). The vocals are still a little bit rough and coarse and not yet as controlled and smoothly harsh as on the new cds but they are still excellent. If you're wondering who is who singing, Protector has the more airy rhythmic growl wheras Silenius has the typical harsh black metal scream.

Really, the cd should be picked up by any fan of folk/medieval/epic/black metal. A excellent place to get started, it has earned classic status as this bands true beginning in innovating their style. Not to be missed out on.

Pros
-The medieval feelings
-The polyphony
-The original drums
-Cool instrumentals

Cons
-Somewhat badly produced vocals (But not a issue)



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skeggjadr
July 23rd 2006


11 Comments


I'm gonna have to check this out. I usually stay away from BM with lots of keyboards, but I think I might like this. Good review. Short, but very well written and told me everything I need to know

I like the cover artwork too...

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2006


16089 Comments


lawl, I heart lotr references.
I\'ll probably pick this up, sounds like a good deal.This Message Edited On 07.23.06

kno_kontrol
July 26th 2006


448 Comments


god, and I thought my underoath review had lots of extraneous information.

summonerofmetal
February 10th 2007


27 Comments


You failed to mention pazuzu didnt he write alot of the lyrics for this album im not sure just woundering but it wouldnt hurt to mention him like you did trifixion any way short review but pretty accurate.

Silenius
June 19th 2007


305 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Pazuzu did some lyrics for Lugburz, I don't think he did any for this one.

kalkal50
June 19th 2007


2386 Comments


i love summoning but ive only ever listened to oathbound which was classic, this one was harder to fall in love with at first sight

Cravinov13
June 19th 2007


3854 Comments


LMHSYF is probably their best effort to date IMO

LifeInABox
August 11th 2007


3709 Comments


This album is so frigging incredible.

Hawks
April 3rd 2008


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is by far the best album by Summoning. Most of their albums get boring, except this one. Every track is great on here.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
June 29th 2008


16453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album is indescribably good. A hell of a lot better than Oath Bound (which I think sucks, gave it a 2) and a new shred of hope for me liking this band. This will be my next review, and I'm in the process of buying more Summoning stuff.

Digging: Swallowed - Lunarterial

Pebster49
July 29th 2008


2993 Comments


lol, seriously the vocals are hella funny, the music is awesome though

rasputin
July 29th 2008


14550 Comments


Yeah this is a cool album. I definitely like it more than Oath Bound.

Hawks
July 29th 2008


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is the only album that I enjoy listening to from Summoning. I havent heard all of them, but I doubt I'll be checking the others out.

Angmar
July 29th 2008


2689 Comments


Only enjoying this album from Summoning is one of the many ways of admitting homosexuality.

This isn't even close to being their best.

Hawks
July 29th 2008


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Like I said, I havent heard all of their albums. I said that out of the ones I have, this is the only one thats really good.

Angmar
July 29th 2008


2689 Comments


Well if you don't like their later sound (crazy) then listen to Dol Guldur and Stronghold, they're similar to the sound on this album but less amateur.

Hawks
July 29th 2008


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah the only other one that I was thinking of checking out was Dol Guldur. I think I might.

SorrowLyric
July 29th 2008


119 Comments


Mortal Heroes is probably my favorite.

Angmar
July 29th 2008


2689 Comments


Yeah that's easily their best.

Lunarfall
July 29th 2008


3179 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Still think Oath Bound is their best. The only ones I haven't listened to though are Stronghold and Lugburz.



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