Summoning - Stronghold

8.9 | 607 votes |
Release date: 11 May 1999
Style: Atmospheric black metal


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01. Rhûn
02. Long Lost To Where No Pathway Goes
03. The Glory Disappears
04. Like Some Snow-White Marble Eyes
05. Where Hope And Daylight Die
06. The Rotting Horse On The Deadly Ground
07. The Shadow Lies Frozen On The Hills
08. The Loud Music Of The Sky
09. A Distant Flame Before The Sun

Top 20 albums of 1999: 4
Top 200 albums of all time: 43

Richard "Protector" Lederer - vocals, guitars, keyboards
Michael "Silenius" Gregor - vocals, keyboards

Session musicians
Tania Borsky - vocals

Additional info
Produced and mixed by Protector and Silenius at Rachtschatten Studio.
Released by Napalm Records.

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Bloody-Red sunset ...

Stronghold, with its bloody cover taken from an ancient painting - its epic and warm weather does not look like the previous Summoning's cool and atmospheric work, with massive spaces and assemblies just like the start of the album. You feel like an eagle rider, flying over the mountains and plains in the reach of Rohan and the Pelennor Fields, flying alongside the armies of elves and dwarves on the march, or taking up an ancient force like the rising of the sun against your eyes. The books that form the foundation of Summoning are very powerful in the space of the minimal, quiet album, revealing new and greater effects of the deep, epic music on us. Combined with very skillful craftsmanship, a kind of specialist black metal, the music has high production values for black metal, and because of this I would call it "black metallic music," to distinguish from the habitually low-quality productions of most black metal.

published 03.09.2017 | Comments (18)

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31.10.2018 - 20:18
Rating: 7
Somewhere between decent and only-sort-of-good for me, this album. An influential album to be sure and the atmosphere is kind of nice, but the songwriting just hasn't impressed me yet and I've given this album at least 10 listens over the years. How this is rated higher in the black metal albums list than anything by Emperor or Immortal is honestly kind of baffling. Not that there's anything wrong with loving it, of course. I just don't get it.
I am not nor have I ever been a musician or a member of a one-man band, especially a band that has a name that starts with "D".
29.11.2020 - 00:10
Rating: 9

Written by Metren on 31.10.2018 at 20:18

How this is rated higher in the black metal albums list than anything by Emperor or Immortal is honestly kind of baffling.

Today this ablum has about the same rating as At the Heart of WInter and Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk,
Anyhow I think it is hard to compare these albums at all. Summoning Black Metal is just totally different from the rest.
Btw, excellent album. Is it their best? I used to think so. But today I slightly prefer Let Mortal Heroes.
Highlights: Snow-white marble eyes and A Distant flame.

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