"Old Morning's Dawn"

By Octopi Mills

It has been seven long years since Summoning brought us their last album, "Oathbound", and it is hereby the courier of good message and news that they have returned with "Old Mornings Dawn", which follows the same path as ever was, a path in which they have made the darkest aspects of Middle Earth exalted through their ability to evoke entire lands through the epic music known as Summoning.

The album begins with the usual intro piece, and the songs fly by like old nightly mists as the thing unfolds like an old book. One thing i have always noted is that the Summoning drums are done with better artifice than all other metal music I have heard, and in better taste than most real drummers. There is a style within this that makes it commendable and like a pattern one might otherwise find  in electronic music. The merriment of the keys played and the melodies have a stark contrast that is out of wedlock with the vocals, which has always added another dimension to the music. As "The White Tower" rises above the thought fogs, the music becomes like a strange painting, with landscapes and depths of the imagination that are far away, and by now it is a traditional Summoning album, offering as an expansion to their own world they have created, though within the work itself which has been codified thus far, and offers new scenes of that dreamy world. The piping keys and electrical strings work their craft on these patterns of old, and the Middle Earth choruses sing like an entire village, while the Orcish vocals remain a staple, like a perspective of the evil side of Middle Earth.

 I would at this time commend the band for its use of the usual logo with the inverted star; it seems relevant still to this end of the experience-  to the Nazgul and the troll, and to the black metal origins of the music. The strings, drum patterns and keys ring and entwine, creating a web like structure that the band has come to be known for, an original style that comes forth in modes and scales that build the architecture of a world, like the very bricks of such a whole kingdom.

In their architecture they are well crafted, and though it is rich and diverse in sound, it still tends to sound very similar to the rest of their music at times for a while at the end of the album, "The Wandering Fire" being just that, yet still having enough twinkling bells to keep interest in the tale and music. As the last track manifests itself with strings that flow like a steady stream of lava, the old feeling is there and enough to keep the legacy intact, though never reaching the full epicness that is somehow possible, and I hope the band goes on to even further heights and to places only Summoning can reach with their masterful formula.