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5.0 out of 5 stars Summoning - Oath Bound, 14 Mar 2006
This review is from: Oath Bound (Audio CD)
Very good, and the atmosphere created by it is excellent. the first track, Bauglir, especially sets you up for what is to come and it's main tune sticks in your head for ages after listening.
My favourite track on the album is probably Land of the Dead, an epic track coming in at over 12 minutes long, this song has the perfect atmosphere - Summoning have once again captured Middle-Earth completely here. A superb track, and an even better album: BUY IT!
Overall Best tracks: Across the Streaming Tide; Might and Glory; Northward; Land of the Dead.
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4.0 out of 5 stars UTTERLY BONKERS... AND YET BRILLIANT!!!, 28 May 2008
Adam Jackson "Symphonic Metal Fan" (Stoke On Trent , England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Oath Bound (Audio CD)
Almost don't know where to start with this 2006 album!
It's absoluteley insane in parts - and yet it works!
The production could be better (especially the guitars, which are sometimes low in the mix) but it's certainly no worse than much of Burzum or Bathory. I think it's that I have to turn the volume up higher (and my hi-fi's respectable). Maybe it's the mastering more than production?? It is the ONLY reason, I have not given this 5 Stars! This 2 piece, Austrian band are not signed to a more major label ala Nuclear Blast so cut 'em some slack because this is genius given the resources!
The album attempts a big, Epic feel - and it's a superb effort.
There is a Burzum feel but this is far more anthemic with perhaps a nod to Therion.
Drums are all sampled and are slow, repetitive & martial in tone - befitting the 'Battle/Black Metal' style music.
Lyrics/imagery are themed around The Lord Of The Rings/Silmarillion, with split vocals from Silenius & Protector that remind a bit of Varg Vikernes on Burzum's Filosofem, and Shagrath from Dimmu Borgir.
What you have is a LOT of keyboards/synths to provide a symphonic feel - now they don't always sound like the real orchestra they seek to replicate (Epica's Divine Conspiracy is one of the best examples for authenticity in terms of synthesised symphonics) but they are well arranged and played and mostly succeed. I mean it's SO over the top at times that you can't help smiling at it which is kind of ironic given the genre.
Guitar is basically rhythm only, and there's little bass here.
Basically the mix is 40% synths, 25% drums, 20% vocals & 15% guitars.
Maybe, no sane orchestra would ever work with these guys - a shame because it could be interesting!! The potential is definiteley there.
Nuclear Blast - Please sign this band up & splash the cash!
Mirdautas Vras is the standout track - this is unreal! You've got an 8 minute plus track with lyrics (get this) written in The Black Speech Of Mordor! It's intended to be Sauron narrating, with Silenius doing the inhuman singing, with thundering, war march drums, samples of Trolls, Orcs & Mordor's War Machines & Beasts - roars & screams, and this is the best - a sample of 1000's of Orc feet marching to battle, that drives this epic track along! All the samples have been taken from Peter Jackson's The Lord Of The Rings movies! Added to this mayhem, there are layers and layers of massive keyboards & superb tempo changes that make this a Classic. Please stay out of the kitchen with this on - I swear you might arm yourself & prepare for battle! There's a Mirdautas Vras/Lord Of The Rings Movie fan video on YouTube that is absoluteley amazing - Mordor's signature song..
Basically, the whole album is based around this style, though some tracks are occasionally a little less 'Evil' in tone. Constantly striving for that Epic atmosphere.
The final track, Land Of The Dead at 10 minutes long is stunning! Some of the most evil sounding, yet melancholic vocals ever! The simple, rhythm guitar has an amazing, haunting tone and the keyboards are HUGE! The sampled drums sound really BIG too. Atmospheric & majestic closer to an album that just get's better & better! There are some really impressive (given the budget) choirs that point towards Therion - but this is much darker. You can FEEL the light going out in the World....
Also love the opening track, Bauglir with it's foreboding spoken word piece & more great Orc samples!
For fans of Satyricon, Burzum, Bathory (Viking Metal Era), Emperor etc.
And, of course, for anyone that loves Middle Earth!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Would be almost perfect with bettter synths, 17 May 2007
David W. J. Homley (England) - See all my reviews
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The music on this album is brilliant but is let down slightly by poor synths, which reduce the impact that the songs have.

Best tracks: Might and Glory and Land of the Dead
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