Posts tagged ‘summoning’

August 8, 2013

Album 0318: Summoning – Oath Bound

Summoning-OathBound

Release Date: 2006
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Bauglir (02:59)
2. Across The Streaming Tide (10:20)
3. Mirdautas Vras (08:14)
4. Might And Glory (08:26)
5. Beleriand (09:28)
6. Northward (08:40)
7. Menegroth (08:12)
8. Land Of The Dead (12:50)

Total Length: 01:09:08

Bauglir is mostly a pretty cool intro, but I can’t really dig the sample/spoken word part. It’s related to Lord of the Rings which is cool but it just kind of stops the track suddenly for me. Across The Streaming Tide is pretty fantastic. On some listens I may think it’s a bit long but that’s generally not the case. This isn’t music that is supposed to make its statement and then leave, it sticks around for a while so that you can fully get into it.

Mirdautas Vras has the distinction of being the only song in existence with lyrics fully in the Black Speech of Mordor. The song works well enough and is pretty enjoyable. Might And Glory is pretty great as well, especially when the choral vocals come in and it elevates the song to another level. Beleriand has some insanely cool melodies. I just love getting lost in the track.

Northward has a bunch of cool stuff going on but the full song never really gripped me. Menegroth is good as well. It brings back the narration type deal from the first track in it, and again I’m not too thrilled by it. Land Of The Dead is by far the standout track for me, the centerpiece of the album. This is one of the greatest tracks the band has ever written. The piano and woodwinds are great, and when the choral vocals come in it’s pure magic. This track alone brings the album up a couple notches.

Final Rating: 8/10

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August 13, 2012

Album 0089: Summoning – Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame

Release Date: 2001
Genre: Black Metal

Tracklisting:

1. A New Power Is Rising (04:08)
2. South Away (06:05)
3. In Hollow Halls Beneath The Fells (08:57)
4. Our Foes Shall Fall (07:02)
5. The Mountain King’s Return (08:53)
6. Runes Of Power (05:52)
7. Ashen Cold (06:16)
8. Farewell (09:19)

Total Length: 56:32

A New Power Is Rising is a very good intro track. Unlike most bands though, this intro track really is their sound, unlike other bands who have symphonic intros and then very little trace of those symphonic elements in the rest of the album. South Away is a really cool song, and the guitar presence really solidifies just how cool the band’s sound is. I also really enjoy their vocals, surprisingly. They are somewhat melodic and fit perfectly.

In Hollow Halls Beneath The Fells is very good but not one of my favorites. The keyboards and such are cool, and even the sample works well. Our Foes Shall Fall has some great keys as well, but again the main chunk of the song just doesn’t do much for me. The Mountain King’s Return is much the same. Pleasant but not great.

Runes Of Power is fairly neat, but again for some reason I can’t get into this song a whole lot. I don’t know what it is about this album, but I don’t get lost or entranced in the songs like I have in other Summoning albums. Ashen Cold however sort of remedies this by being a great track. Farewell is also fantastic, being the first use of clean choir vocals and just neat lyrics as well. In the end I really do like this album but it just doesn’t click for me and invite me back like some other albums.

Final Rating: 8/10

June 3, 2012

Album 0045: Summoning – Nightshade Forests

Release Date: 1997
Genre: Black Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Mirkwood (09:45)
2. Kortirion Among The Trees (08:51)
3. Flesh And Blood (07:55)
4. Habbanan Beneath The Stars (07:14)

Total Length: 33:45

This EP is a collection of songs that were left off of the band’s album Dol Guldur because it was too long to fit on a single CD. Mirkwood starts off with a great melody, and builds up. The thing I love most about Summoning’s music is that it creates soundscapes while not just being new age-y. There are still structures and these are still identifiable songs, but the atmosphere they create is something pretty amazing.

Kortirion Among The Trees has a really neat main melody, and while the piano is cheesy it works well. I just love getting lost and entranced in this band’s music. Flesh And Blood is fairly cool, but it doesn’t have any parts that are as catchy as the first two tracks. Habbanan Beneath The Stars is pretty neat, I enjoy the synths used. This EP is pretty cool, I’m sure these songs would have been better used when integrated into a full album, but they are good here on their own as well.

Final Rating: 8/10