ALBUM: Summoning – “Old Mornings Dawn”
LABEL: Napalm Records
GENRE: Epic/Atmospheric Black Metal
RATING: 9.0 / 10
Time then to find out how this one sounds. People have been sitting at the edge of their chair in anticipation of a new Summoning album, and now “Old Mornings Dawn” has arrived. Seven years have passed since the last album, and what we get served is an album that shows slow maturity.
The guitars and growled vocals are distorted and raspy, while everything else has a really dynamic sound (for being all midi instruments anyway). The atmosphere this soundscape creates is totally transcending. The work with stereo effects and rhythm is also done with great precision, and helps to lift this album up.
Summoning consists of two persons: Protector (vocals, guitars, keyboards, drum programming) and Silenius (vocals, keyboards, bass). Two persons who are not afraid to only use only two riffs during a whole 8-minute track. The rhythmic instruments have been scaled down to their absolute essence, and all the ambient (digital) instruments are creating a really compelling atmosphere.
Even though there are a lot of different sounds used (flutes, horns, strings, percussion…), the songs are coherent. And because of every melody’s simplicity there is nothing of an edge to disrupt the flow of all the pieces put together, while also not being too diffuse and becoming all obscure. A real challenge in “atmospheric” music.
“Old Mornings Dawn” is airy, yet heavy and also majestic. It drones on for over one hour, but without making me look at the time even once. I would love for you all to try it out for yourselves.
Review by: MJ