“Oath Bound” by Summoning

Artist: Summoning
Title: “Oath Bound”
Label: Napalm Records
Release Date: 4/25/2006
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal
Rating: 4/5

Summoning are a very interesting Experimental/Atmospheric Black Metal band led by Protector (Richard Lederer) and Silenius (Michael Gregor). They form the nucleus of the group that plays mainly songs about the mythical worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth. The pair is so adept at crafting music about this realm that they even are able to deliver a number that has been written in the native Black Speech of Mordor. Simply looking at the cover, which takes you off to places far away, you tend to wonder what the adventures inside would be like. This is sweeping and epic music and despite its genre classification it really takes a number of other styles into consideration. The use of the term “Metal” in stuff like this is somewhat deceiving, for while it is heavy at times, this is not Metal in the conventional sense at all. You don’t have ripping guitar riffs and double bass drumming, but instead you do have the similar Black growls that are associated with bands like Dimmu Borgir and Immortal. The symphonic stuff is showing to be very Progressive and Melodic deep inside and with the track “Land Of The Dead” (which is the bands longest number to date) you see these elements very much. “Mirdautas Vras” (the song in Orc) is pretty wild and it made me wish that I had a lyric sheet to know more about the song. Further research into it had me finding it referencing battles and victory for “as the Nazgul fly, it is a good day to kill”.

It’s great stuff for this kind of music but it requires that you leave certain musical expectations behind to allow yourself to best understand and enjoy this one. I recommend this for any of the Metal heads who enjoy the Tolkien works for it uses his influences and creations very creatively. Fans of the group would be interested in Richard Lederers other project Die Verbannten Kinder Evas (translated to “The Exiled Children Of Eve”) which is a Darkwave group.

Track Listing:
1. Bauglir
2. Across The Streaming Tide
3. Mirdautas Vras
4. Might And Glory
5. Beleriand
6. Northward
7. Menegroth
8. Land Of The Dead

Official Website: http://www.summoning.info

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