Vera : Sometimes it is really a delight to escape from reality. Since the nineties, Summoning takes us on a musical journey to Tolkien’s Middle Earth, where shadowy creatures of Lord of the Rings reign, surrounded by enchanting landscapes. The Austrian duo, made up of Protector and Silenius, manages to do this in mostly slow, epic songs of considerable length, averse to any trends. Time after time they succeed in leading you to another world with a wide range of atmospheric sounds, drums like splattering water and pompous melodies. Sometimes any momentous German choirs are added in this case and narrative parts will not leave you unmoved.
However, the music remains rooted into black metal, mainly due to the relaxed storytelling yet bone-crushing vocals of both protagonists. Almost five years have gone by since predecessor ‘Old Mornings Dawn’ came out. Yet the sound of this mysterious duo hasn’t changed at all. And that’s a pro! When you listen to Summoning, it seems as if time stands still, but the music really takes you on an amazing journey through another world. The majestic feeling is top notch class! This is escapism at its best and it really gets a grip on you. A highlight of epic satisfaction and atmospheric beauty. On top of that, it is a relief to listen to in this hectic world, because it has a kind of respectful dignity!