Title: “Lost Tales”
Label: Napalm Records
Release Date: 8/15/2006
Genre: Atmospheric Folk Metal
Depending on how much you appreciate the Middle Earth motif that is the core of a band like Summoning’s material will be the gauge of how much you actually enjoy the two unreleased tunes that make up the EP “Lost Tales”. I will admit that the band eluded me until their 2006 release “Oath Bound” which I found rather interesting given its being entirely sung in Orc-speak. That alone made looking back on the EP that preceded it something that I was curious about. Before the new listeners approaches this album they should be aware that the material found on the CD was half written for Summoning releases and half written for Silenus’ side project Mirkwood. Despite this being the case the two songs seem to work together well in this context. An important thing to know is that there does not seem to be any guitar or real singing across the span of these two lengthy tracks which add up to about seventeen minutes (the typical length of a Dream Theater song) so if you are expecting blazing or inspiring guitar you should keep on moving. There are words to the tunes but these seem to be various strategically placed sound bytes from the “Lord Of The Rings” films and are very repetitive if you needed to analyze that. There are drums but it’s not so much an exposition of playing technique as it is more of a galloping pace forward into whatever lands lie ahead.
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Title: “Oath Bound”
Label: Napalm Records
Release Date: 4/25/2006
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal
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”.
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