Summoning – Oath Bound (2006) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Summoning - Oath Bound - Album CoverSome voices out there declare that only new – as in brand new – records can get a review. To go back and contemplate good ‘ol tunes from the past is forbidden devilry. To be squished quickly, blown to smithereens with this mighty Thor’s hammer surely in their possession.

And you know what? From a click rate or sharing standpoint, this is absolutely correct. But RockmusicRaider likes to do things a bit differently sometimes and break stuff, if need be.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Summoning – With Doom We Come (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Summoning - With Doom We Come - Album CoverIt is interesting how fantasy novels draw Black Metal acts to them. Yet in truth, the tune they play is no ‘proper’ Black Metal anymore, if there ever was such a thing. Their theme morphed into some type of a sub-genre already some time ago. It remains blackened in a way, but definitely boasts that standalone, plasticky sound that fans will appreciate. A fantasy-laden musical landscape that these backyard studio metal bands exploit. And produce some sort of an over-exaggerated synthesizer-driven and almost artificial sound, decorated in dry, heaving rasps that became their trademark over the years.

Yet for some reason this formula really sticks. It portrays imaginary worlds of cold magic, wonder and epic battles that seem best expressed in lo-fi sounds that emerge straight from the misty lands they depict. And by preference with the heavy-duty drum machine on full display. In a cathedral, atmospheric setting with mighty pre-programmed riffs endlessly spooling off into the misty yonder. And you never know what lurks behind that hazy curtain that they paint so aptly.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Summoning – Old Mornings Dawn (2013) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Summoning - Old Mornings Dawn - Album CoverOkay, I am hooked. The Austrian synthie pop Black Metal universe gets me feeling all funny inside. Especially if this talks to my benevolent Depeche Mode nerve that was long thought dead, but now tries to resurrect itself. Seriously! Summoning with their 2013 Old Mornings Dawn are marching down their straight Roman road to Middle Earth still after all these years. To be more precise, it is 7 long years of waiting – incidentally the critical period in any kind of relationship. 

And the question here will mainly be: Who delivers the better Atmospheric Black Metal? Caladan Brood – the new flavor on the market (well, not quite that new anymore) – or Summoning with their last record? Well, interestingly, whilst the latter have certainly invented this genre to a very large extent, the former really delivered from their perch in Utah. Sorry guys, ’tis just the way it is.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!