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Background Information
OriginVienna, Austria
GenreBlack metal, Tolkien metal
Years active1993-present
LabelNapalm Records
Current membersProtector
Former membersTrifixion

Summoning is an Austrian epic/atmospheric black metal band, formed in 1993. Their style has been described as "Tolkien metal", because the lyrics of most of their songs deal with Middle-earth. Their first three albums are named after strongholds of evil: "Lugburz" (1995), "Minas Morgul" (1996) and "Dol Guldur" (1996).


Date of Release Title Label
1995 Lugburz Napalm Records
1995 Minas Morgul Napalm Records
1996 Dol Guldur Napalm Records
1999 Stronghold Napalm Records
2001 Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame Napalm Records
2006 Oath Bound Napalm Records
2013 Old Mornings Dawn Napalm Records
2018 With Doom We Come Napalm Records

The band has also released the following demos/EPs:


  • Protector (Richard Lederer)- Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Drum programming
  • Silenius (Michael Gregor)- Vocals, Keyboards, Bass

Former Members[edit]

  • Trifixion (Alexander Trondl)-Drums
  • Pazuzu (Raymond Wells)-Vocals

Musical Characteristics[edit]

Summoning is known for their epic-style, Tolkien-related atmospheric black metal style, with emphasis on keyboards. Their trademark sound is characterized by:

  • very minimalistic guitars often low in the mix
  • heavily programmed and reverberated drums giving a very cavernous feel to the rhythm
  • strong, multi-layered synthesizer and keyboard melodies mimicking a full orchestra which often dominates the rest of the mix
  • Vocals are still sung in the traditional black metal fashion, however they are often heavily reverberated as well, again giving a very epic and roomy sound to the songs.

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