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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).

Discography[edit | edit source]

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:

Members[edit | edit source]

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

Former Members[edit | edit source]

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

Musical Characteristics[edit | edit source]

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
  • Programmed and heavily reverberated drums giving a very cavernous feel to the rhythm
  • Multi-layered synthesizer and keyboard melodies mimicking orchestral instruments which often dominates the rest of the mix.
  • Vocals performed in a traditional black metal fashion, however they are often heavily reverberated, giving a very epic and roomy sound to the songs.
  • The band often makes use of audio samples, particularly from the The Lord of the Rings radio play.

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