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Posted by on 17.05.2006 at 05:32
Starting a new post about this amazing epic/atmospheric black metal band from Austria. Please stay on topic.

"Summoning was formed somewhere in 1993 by Silenius (Michael Gregor), Protector (Richard Lederer) and Trifixion (Alexander Trondl) who met in the sort of pub, where they used to drink. Before his activities in Summoning, Protector was playing drums in a kind of progressive thrash/death metal band "Marlignom", that nearly got a record deal at Peaceville, but in that time the band broke up. His very first musical experience was a rock band (he was 15 years old then ) and a four year study of drums in the music school. The musical experience of Silenius was a doom metal band "Shadow Vale"(at 16 years old) and few years in music school studying piano. Before Summoning, Silenius was making music, together with Pazuzu (Ray Wells) in a band Cromm (They made some demos that sounded like Abruptum, but never released anything else). Trifixion played in Pervertum.

The demos sold quite well in a record shop in Vienna, called "Why not". Some times later Silenius got in contact with T.T.(Thomas Tannenberger), who made an interview with Summoning for the local fanzine TAUB (which was the first Summoning interview).They talked a lot and T.T. told that he wanted to form a band of his own, and gave Silenius a tape with some riffs. That was the birth of Abigor. They kept contact and later Silenius replaced Rune (now singer of Amestigon) and did all vocals for all Abigor releases (except the demos) as a permanent Abigor member. As they recorded the first Abigor album("Verw'stung") for the young Napalm Records label, Silenius got in contact with Max from Napalm. They handled a deal with Summoning and soon Summoning's debut "Lugburz" was released on Napalm. That time Summoning members were: Silenius - vocals, keyboards, bass; Protector - keyboards, guitar; Trifixion - drums; And Pazuzu made some additional vocals and wrote some lyrics (he also was singing in DM way on demos). 1995 was a very creative year for Silenius and Protector, and gave lots of practising experience for them. They were involved in the following bands and projects, and made these releases: Summoning "Lugburz", "Minas Morgul"; Pazuzu "And all was silent"; Grabesmond - demo (There was also P.K. in it); Die Verbannten Kinder Evas "Die Verbannten Kinder Evas" ; Abigor "Nachthymnen"; Ice Ages "Strike the Ground"; Weltenbrand "Das Nachtvolk"; Sanguis et Cinis "Schicksal"

After they recorded "Lugburz", they kicked out Trifixion, who turned out to be a commercial thinking asshole. Guys did not want to get a new drummer and so they continued working with medieval and bombastic keyboard percussion sounds. The result can be heard on "Minas Morgul". So the band then consisted of: Protector - vocals, guitar, keyboards, drum-programming; Silenius - vocals, keyboards, bass.

As "Lugburz", an exercise in raw, Abigor-style black metal, was a "first try", and was totally different from all future material, its follow-up "Minas Morgul" was "the crown" of Summoning creation. It opened new horizons for Summoning and for BM music in general. The album was totally inspired by Tolkien themes (as all their later stuff), and was a magnificent epic/ambient BM. "Minas Morgul" contained much of the material from old demos (of course it was made in a very different way).

The next greatest album "Dol Guldur", came to light at 1996. "Dol Guldur" continued "Minas Morgul" musical and lyrical wise, and surely was the a progression in Summoning creativity. On "Dol Guldur" the music from Protector's dark/EBM project Ice Ages also can be heard ("Over Old Hills" theme is taken from "Trapped and Scared" Ice Ages song).

After this album, Summoning stopped their activity, till 1999.They also stopped their work in almost all other bands.

After a long silence, Summoning exploded with new album "Stronghold" in May 1999, forcing everybody to open their eyes and clean their ears. Album was recorded in "Nachtschatten studio" which is the home-studio of Protector, and was engineered and mixed by members of band themselves.
"Stronghold" surely showed some new ways in Summoning musical experience. On the new album, guest-singer Tania, who has also replaced Julia in Die Verbannten Kinder Evas, appeared in a song "Where hope and daylight dies", which was surely a new step for Summoning.Silenius left Abigor (Vocalist from Heidenreich replaced him) due to the lack of interest and style change, and started to work on the new industrial project Kreuzweg Ost (which is near to be released on Napalm) together with Martin Schrienk from Pungent Stench. Protector left "Whispers in the Shadows", after a new album "November", and recorded a new album "In Darkness let me dwell" with Die Verbannten Kinder Eva's (it was released at 22 of Nov.).

In the year 2001 the follow up "Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame" was released. This release was a kind of combination between the old and new style of Summoning. That means that the keyboard lines had been more epic and polyphonic again while the more complex and melodic guitar-style was more close to Stronghold. This time the band used more spoken-word samples to bring a more dramaturgic style to the songs and for the first time the band works with clear vocal choires on the finishing song of the album called "Farwell". The lyrical concept again was totally based on Tolkiens middle earth concept, but for the first time it was combined with some lyrics from another great fantasy author namely "Michael Moorcock". "



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Vombatus
Trve Wombat

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From: France

  13.12.2012 at 16:11
Anyone knows if the demo tapes rerelease ("The Demon Tapes ... Anno Mortui Domini 1959-1961 (2CD)") is an official release ? Didn't see any mention of it on their website.
Array

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Age: 26
From: Finland

  13.12.2012 at 20:33
Written by Vombatus on 13.12.2012 at 16:11

Anyone knows if the demo tapes rerelease ("The Demon Tapes ... Anno Mortui Domini 1959-1961 (2CD)") is an official release ? Didn't see any mention of it on their website.

Might be a bootleg. But I recognized a World Terror Committee 'symbol' on the album cover, so if it's something then that Summoning page and this thing here -> http://w-t-c.org/ are your unholy weapons.
Vombatus
Trve Wombat

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From: France

  13.12.2012 at 21:34
Written by Array on 13.12.2012 at 20:33

Written by Vombatus on 13.12.2012 at 16:11


Might be a bootleg. But I recognized a World Terror Committee 'symbol' on the album cover, so if it's something then that Summoning page and this thing here -> http://w-t-c.org/ are your unholy weapons.


Hmmm bootleg indeed. On the NWN forum they also say it's bootleg... too bad, but better than nothing.
Alex Fenger
Lemon

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  24.01.2013 at 18:22
I've only ever been able to get into Lugburz and Minas Morgul by these guys (particularly Lugburz) The rest of their discography just bores me.
Mr. Doctor
Skandino

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  24.01.2013 at 18:34
Written by Alex Fenger on 24.01.2013 at 18:22

I've only ever been able to get into Lugburz and Minas Morgul by these guys (particularly Lugburz) The rest of their discography just bores me.


Heh, I'm the other waya round... tehy started pretty badly with only a few decent tracks here and there. My favorite albums are definitely Stronghold and Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame.
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Alex Fenger
Lemon

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  24.01.2013 at 18:44
Written by Mr. Doctor on 24.01.2013 at 18:34

Heh, I'm the other waya round... tehy started pretty badly with only a few decent tracks here and there. My favorite albums are definitely Stronghold and Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame.

Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame would come third for me, but after that they're all pretty much on the same level of boredom. Not awful, but if we're going by MS's rating system, they all get around a 5 or 6 (excluding Lugburz and Minaz Morgul)
Erik M.

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Age: 27
From: The Netherlands

  24.01.2013 at 23:36
Written by Mr. Doctor on 24.01.2013 at 18:34

Heh, I'm the other waya round... tehy started pretty badly with only a few decent tracks here and there. My favorite albums are definitely Stronghold and Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame.


Stronghold is my favourite too. Haven't heard Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame, but I'm still going to buy it blindly because I don't expect to be disappointed.
Dinruth

Posts: 212
From: Austria
  25.01.2013 at 17:46
Stronghold is a masterpiece .. Oathbound and LMHSYF are excellent too .. I'm not too familiar with their earlier work
Rhiannon

Posts: 287

Age: 25
From: Hungary

  02.03.2013 at 19:43
I just got into this band recently, and I can only repeat what others said... this music is epic and amazing... The first song I heard was 'Runes of Power' on Youtube, and I liked it immediately. I listened the last 3 albums, and my favourite so far is Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame. I will check out the others too. It's good to find a nice 'Tolkien band' besides Battlelore
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight

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Age: 25
From: Czech Republic

  02.03.2013 at 21:03
Listen to everything post "Lugburz" album and you shouldnt be disappointed
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The bones of beasts and the bones of kings
Become dust in the wake of the hymn
Mighty kingdoms rise, but they all will fall
No more than a breath on the wind


chronic-headache

Posts: 180
From: USA

  21.07.2013 at 19:05
Just got back into this band after a good 7 year absence. Amazing, don't know why I ignored them for so long.
Lugburz was quite strange in their discography, though.

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