Summoning - Stronghold


9 | 465 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: 3
Top 200 albums of all time: 32

Line-up
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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14.07.2010 - 18:51
Oerath Windsoul
It would be nice to see a review of this album.
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12.11.2010 - 09:04
Rating: 9
Paradox0
Unasuming Madnes
Just listened to this album and DAMN am I blown away. Each song evokes a presence of long-lost grandiour, like standing in the middle of the Roman Colosseum or standing before an ancient impregnable fortress, the album just booms with this power. Not to mention the sheer emotions evoke by this album. I was left very impressed.
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04.02.2011 - 21:30
Rating: 10
Luneth
Excellent album but...it's too repetitive...in a forgetful way...I honestly wouldn't be able to pick out a track I liked more than the other .
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Evil? I am not Malevolent, I simply am!
Apocalypse, X-Men
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05.03.2011 - 08:38
Rating: 10
SODOM666
I love this kind of album! It's the album that seems boring at first but after many listens you realize it is perfect.
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Wendy's frostys are "black metal."
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05.03.2011 - 16:38
RavenKing
Very good album.
Like every other Summoning album, it takes some time to get into but the atmosphere is wonderful.
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They shake your hand and they smile and they buy you a drink
They say we'll be your friends we'll stick with you till the end
But everybody's only looking out for themselves
And you say who can you trust I'll tell you nobody
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27.07.2011 - 03:02
Dark Cornatus
Powerslave
There are standout tracks for me. Tracks 2, 5 and 8. Track 2 is probably my favourite Summoning song.
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11.08.2011 - 17:23
Fredd
Account deleted
The rotting horse on the deadly ground is the strongest track here imo
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03.11.2011 - 10:22
Rating: 9
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
This is the first 10 I've given to an album with predominatly harsh vocals. (I'd have given 10s to Acrane Rain Fell and Requiem:Fortissimo if they had more clean lead vocals.)
Black metal at it's finest.
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Mum - 21/10/1955 - 19/6/2015. R.I.P.

"I'll fight you on one condition. That you lower your nipples."
"Thinking quickly, Dave constructs a homemade megaphone using only some string, a squirrel and a megaphone."
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03.11.2011 - 21:02
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by M C Vice on 03.11.2011 at 10:22
Black metal at it's finest.


That is just odd, considering how this band doesn't really play Black Metal that I would recommend to anyone who wants to hear what Black Metal sounds like. Don't get me wrong, I really like this band but their black elements aren't nearly enough to give a representation of what the genre is about.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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03.11.2011 - 22:59
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Mr. Doctor on 03.11.2011 at 21:02
...their black elements aren't nearly enough to give a representation of what the genre is about.

Pretty good symphonic atmo-black, but I agree if I'm recommending someone black metal, as in just pure straightforward black metal, bands like Summoning aren't at the top of the list. Maybe Lugburz.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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03.11.2011 - 23:02
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Troy Killjoy on 03.11.2011 at 22:59

Pretty good symphonic atmo-black.


Yeah, if he said symphonic/atmospheric black Metal I would have agreed.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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04.11.2011 - 10:48
Rating: 9
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
Written by Mr. Doctor on 03.11.2011 at 21:02

Written by M C Vice on 03.11.2011 at 10:22
Black metal at it's finest.


That is just odd, considering how this band doesn't really play Black Metal that I would recommend to anyone who wants to hear what Black Metal sounds like. Don't get me wrong, I really like this band but their black elements aren't nearly enough to give a representation of what the genre is about.

Ok, I mean "fancy" black metal, the stuff that uses keys/synths/orchestras/additional singers, etc. The stuff that oozes atmosphere and shows that black metal isn't just about speed and aggression.
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Mum - 21/10/1955 - 19/6/2015. R.I.P.

"I'll fight you on one condition. That you lower your nipples."
"Thinking quickly, Dave constructs a homemade megaphone using only some string, a squirrel and a megaphone."
Sharks 2016 Premier
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30.11.2011 - 13:02
Rating: 10
Randal
randaldepth@hotmail.com
Pure Masterpiece
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18.06.2012 - 09:32
Rating: 10
Kuroboshi
Easily easily easily Summoning's best album. A pure classic.
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18.06.2012 - 19:53
Rating: 7
Necrox
Overrated but good. Tracks 2 and 4 are the best.
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01.07.2012 - 20:11
Rating: 10
Cronomaster
Written by SODOM666 on 05.03.2011 at 08:38

It's the album that seems boring at first but after many listens you realize it is perfect.

What ? I'm just listening it for the first time, and I already love it !
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02.07.2012 - 09:08
Rating: 10
SODOM666
Written by Cronomaster on 01.07.2012 at 20:11

Written by SODOM666 on 05.03.2011 at 08:38

It's the album that seems boring at first but after many listens you realize it is perfect.

What ? I'm just listening it for the first time, and I already love it !

Maybe that was a bit harsh, what I meant was it grows on you. Plus I was listening to a lot of thrash at the time so the slower style probably threw me off
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Wendy's frostys are "black metal."
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27.11.2012 - 23:29
Rating: 10
Erik M.
Written by SODOM666 on 05.03.2011 at 08:38

I love this kind of album! It's the album that seems boring at first but after many listens you realize it is perfect.


I somewhat agree with you. I wouldn't say I thought it was boring, but I thought "this is it?" after the first listen, being a little underwhelmed. But as I learned with Minas Morgul and Dol Guldur, Summoning's albums need to be listened to multiple times before you can judge them correctly. After each listen, I began to like this album more and more, and now (after at least 10 times listening to it) it's my favourite of this band.

Edit: Old Mornings Dawn has succeeded in being the band's best work for me.
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29.03.2013 - 11:44
Rhiannon
Account deleted
So many good songs here...Long Lost.., Like Some Snow-White Marble Eyes, The Rotting Horse, Where Hope And Daylight Die. The best Summoning album imo.
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29.03.2013 - 20:52
Lord_Regnier
"A Distant Flame Before The Sun" is perhaps my favorite Summoning song.
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"Why would we fear death, when life is so much more frightening?"
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24.04.2013 - 20:55
Rating: 10
Cronomaster
Nice to see it has so high rating. Fully deserved.
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15.07.2013 - 18:25
John Shock
How about a review for this album?!
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04.11.2013 - 00:23
R Lewis
That Useless Guy
I'm loving this. And, in general, I HATE black metal.
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We could be so much more than we are. Stop.
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07.11.2013 - 22:38
Rating: 10
Erik M.
Written by R Lewis on 04.11.2013 at 00:23

I'm loving this. And, in general, I HATE black metal.


Like Marcel often says, people who enjoy Summoning (post-Lugburz) often don't like "real" black metal, me excluded since I like most BM.
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08.11.2013 - 11:03
R Lewis
That Useless Guy
Written by Erik M. on 07.11.2013 at 22:38

Like Marcel often says, people who enjoy Summoning (post-Lugburz) often don't like "real" black metal, me excluded since I like most BM.

Good to know I'm not crazy
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We could be so much more than we are. Stop.
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08.11.2013 - 23:48
Rating: 10
Erik M.
Written by R Lewis on 08.11.2013 at 11:03

Good to know I'm not crazy


Haha. Well, if you like this album you'll probably like most (or all) of the other albums too, except for Lugburz of course. And even though some people claim all their albums sound the same, this isn't true at all. Minas Morgul is the least accessible and it's a bad album to start off with (which I did though, and it took many spins until I liked the album eventually). But you've already checked out this one, so I'm giving advice when it's not needed. In any case, their sound still evolved quite a bit. For example, the difference between Minas Morgul and Old Mornings Dawn is very big. They definitely became more accessible I'd say.
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30.10.2015 - 07:47
Rating: 8
Dima
Up to that point their most consistent release to date i'd say. Not a single rotten song on here.
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30.10.2015 - 11:02
Rating: 9
Uldreth
Written by Dima on 30.10.2015 at 07:47

Not a single rotten song on here.

Unlike the horse on the deadly ground.
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30.10.2015 - 11:51
Rating: 8
Dima
Written by Uldreth on 30.10.2015 at 11:02

Written by Dima on 30.10.2015 at 07:47

Not a single rotten song on here.

Unlike the horse on the deadly ground.


RIP Sarah Jessica Parker
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