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Summoning - Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame (9/10) - Austria - 2001

Genre: Black Metal
Label: Napalm Records
Playing time: 56:34
Band homepage: Summoning

Tracklist:

  1. A New Power Is Rising
  2. South Away
  3. In Hollow Halls Beneath The Fells
  4. Out Foes Shall Fall
  5. The Mountain King's Return
  6. Runes Of Power
  7. Ashen Cold
  8. Farewell
Summoning - Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame
Huh? The first part of the "Lord Of The Rings"-saga is soon hitting the theatres and here we already have the soundtrack? Or not? Well, with the fifth SUMMONING-album "Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame" you could almost think that it is, because the Austrians have reduced the Black Metal-share quite a lot in favour of soundtrack-like, medieval sounding elements.

That they've always had a faible for Master Tolkien is no secret, so what would be more logic than to do the soundtrack as well? Well, SUMMONING and the Metal-fans would be all for it (at least if they shared it with BLIND GUARDIAN ;)...

The Austrians always had been dividing the fans, either the voice was too harsh, the music not heavy enough or too medieval or whatever. But at least everybody seems to have an opinion about them, for a band nothing bad...

So what awaits us on "Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame"? Well, a mixture of medieval sounds, which would be an asset to any soundtrack of that time, some e-guitars, drum-computer (and SUMMONING are one of the veeeeery few bands, where the drum-computer absolutely fits the music and atmosphere!) and a lighter sort of Black Metal-voice. In the course of time the balance has more and more shifted towards the first elements and now has reached its peak, so to say.

The ingredients have not really changed, compared to their previous albums "Lugburz", "Minas Morgul", "Dol Guldur", "Nightshade Forests" (I know, only an EP, but still a lot longer than some complete albums) and "Stronghold", only the balance. Still SUMMONING once more manage to draw the listener under her spell, because the atmosphere they are creating is immense and indeed conjures up Tolkien-esque and medieval images before your mind's eye...

Who has like SUMMONING so far shall love "Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame", all Tolkien-fans will do so as well and who wants to listen to the unofficial "Lord of the Rings"-soundtrack, this is it!

Alexander Melzer



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