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5.0 out of 5 stars Summoning's crowning achievement, 27 Jan 2005
This review is from: Dol Guldur (Audio CD)
Without doubt, this is one of the most important metal albums ever recorded. While their previous releases had a slight aura of cheesiness about them (they rule, don't get me wrong), as well as a lack of coherence in places, their songwriting talent really comes together here. Not one foot is put wrong, not once do you think "hmm, that could have been better", it is absolutely immersive from start to finish, and reaches a height of totality/wholeness that very few can achieve. This is the triumphant ride home on horseback, having vanquished a deadly foe.
Majestic melodies are slowly developed through repetition into epic, grandiose climaxes, accompanied by the most powerful drumwork on any metal album ever composed, militaristically throbbing thunderously, albeit slow and fairly simple, as well as being a drum machine. Sadness is poignant in places, though there's no immature sentimentality here, simply a great sense of respect and reflection upon those who gave their lives to the cause. Just listen to Khazad Dum - listen to the way the original motif is built on layer-upon-layer, taking the imagination into a bombastic, beautiful journey of emotion and spiritual refreshment. In fact, just listen to any song, they're all sensational (Nightshade Forests and Elfstone are my personal favourites).
If that wasn't enough, this is one of the greatest-produced albums ever as well. Every single instrument appears to be dominating at the same time, yet they aren't fighting with one another, they're working together in harmony. From the booming echoey drums, to the rich, warm guitars. The strong, throaty, proud vocals. The various brilliant uses of keyboards, from the hefty brass sound, shining the sun's warmth down upon the men on horseback, to the sweet woodwind; a flock of birds flying over a healthily flowing stream.
Many of the best metal artists have at least partially had inspiration from those classic books by a certain Mr. Tolkien, which you may or may not know about. Few bands are quite as heavily motivated by those epics as Summoning. Indeed, virtually their entire discography focuses upon nothing but the quests and events of Middle Earth, and the resulting music is no surprise considering the scope and depth that those books covered, and the values held within them.
I'm sure I don't have to tell you again that this album is a masterpiece, but I'm going to anyway. THIS IS MAGNIFICENT. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR YOU NOT TO OWN THIS. BUY IT NOW.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Genius of Richard Lederer, 21 Feb 2009
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L. Jones (manchester, uk) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dol Guldur (Audio CD)
Can't recommend this album highly enough. If you are new to Summoning then either get this one or Stronghold to start with, you'll want all the albums in the end. Once you are hooked (and you will be) then check out the other projects of Richard Lederer : Die Verbannten Kinder Evas, and Ice Ages. Still hungry for more? Then find Grabesmond and Pazuzu.

The word genius is overused but it truly applies to Richard Lederer, he has created a cannon of work of outstanding depth and beauty, there is always something new to hear in his music.

Richard if you happen to be reading this, thank you!
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4.0 out of 5 stars LET YOUR MIND WANDER....IN THE DARK LAND OF MORDOR..., 13 Jun 2008
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Adam Jackson "Symphonic Metal Fan" (Stoke On Trent , England) - See all my reviews
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I can agree with the other reviewer here - A GREAT album from 1996 (what a year for this kind of music with classics from Therion & Emperor!)
It's atmospheric, moody, dark and haunting - more than just Black Metal!
Keyboards dominate over guitar, the vocals bleed with feeling while still sounding harsh and those drums! Programmed drums are perfect for this - they wouldn't work for Dimmu Borgir or for that matter, on Metallica's S&M BUT because this music is reasonably slow paced and VERY march like, they work perfectly (If you've seen the Drummer Trolls in the LOTR movies, you'll know exactly what I mean!)
This stuff will put you in a trance at times! The Tolkien themes & lyrics are perfect for this music and as long as you're broadminded it could appeal to fans of Epica/Nightwish just as much as Burzum/Satyricon. Just remember, harsh vocals from BOTH members, programmed 'martial/battle' style drums and LOTS of symphonic keyboards, lower mixed guitars and a very dark feel - a million miles from NEW Nightwish or Within Temptation though!
The production is decent - It's not their best album, thats a tie for me between Oath Bound (2006) and Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame (2001), but it is their best selling.
A scan of my recent reviews/purchases will reveal just how much this band (made up of only 2 members) has impressed me! They aren't very well known which is a damned shame. And I will do my best to champion them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of black metal, 27 Jun 2014
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This album sounds like it could be a great soundtrack to a fantasy RPG. The tracks have great distortion, great vocals, and great riffs. The production is raw, but not like standing under a waterfall. It's highly popular with lovers of black metal, and for good reason. You won't regret picking it up. Every song is amazing.
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