This site is supported by the advertisements on it, please disable your AdBlocker so we can continue to provide you with the quality content you expect.

Welcome to Our Community

Wanting to join the rest of our members? Feel free to sign up today.

Summoning - Oath Bound

Discussion in 'Metal Reviews' started by circus_brimstone, May 2, 2006.

  1. circus_brimstone

    circus_brimstone Forest: Sold Out

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2003
    Messages:
    5,155
    Likes Received:
    12
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Indiana
    Summoning – Oath Bound
    Napalm Records – NPR185 – April 25th, 2006
    By Jason Jordan

    [​IMG]

    An epic black metal band more obsessed with Lord of the Rings than Summoning? There just can’t be one. If anything, this Austrian duo has widened their fanbase considerably since their debut Lugburz hit all continents, and being as consistent as heat in a desert, followers Minas Morgul, Dol Guldur, Stronghold, Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame, and now Oath Bound have all admirably followed suit. But the only release from the two progenitors I’m very familiar with is the disc which I’m now writing about, and considering how magnificent it is – majesty put into motion – I doubt such a fine record could disappoint anyone.

    Out of the eight tracks, I believe “Mirdautas Vras” and “Land of the Dead” are the greatest of the pack, perhaps even in the running for best song of 2006. However, it’s too early to adequately judge such a contest anyway. Returning to “Mirdautas Vras,” it is (like every press release states) sung in the black language of Mordor, which details the impending invasion carried out by none other than the orc horde of Sauron. The illustrious brass-simulated keyboards, warlike drums, and sounds of marching and machinery drive the number home, creating an atmosphere that is mesmerizing in its grandiosity – how did Protector (keyboards, guitars, drum sounds, vocals) and Silenius (keyboards, vocals) achieve such brilliance? The world may never know…. The other beast is “Land of the Dead,” a morose 13-minute journey that wins the longest track bout held by Oath Bound. The synthesizers produce the most amazing faux-woodwinds, and the overriding melody is grand while remaining cognizant of the sadness in which the piece rests overall. Summoning’s choir portions are yet more to gobble up – at middle-pace of course. Besides “Bauglir” welcoming the listener in three minutes, every song lasts at least eight minutes, if not nine or 10, and though they are strong, none quite measure up to the two I pointed out above.

    From what I’ve gathered thus far during my recent web travels, Summoning fans who own their entire discography have another juicy piece of meat to sink their incisors into, while newbies have equal opportunity. Since Oath Bound seems so prevalent, or as available as the women on street corners, there’s no excuse to dismiss this twosome any longer. Even if Lord of the Rings doesn’t do it for you, this will. I’m proof of that.

    9/10

    UM’s Review Rating Scale

    Official Summoning Website
    Official Napalm Records Website
     
  2. Nate The Great

    Nate The Great What would Nathan do?

    Joined:
    May 10, 2002
    Messages:
    7,588
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    38
    So where's a good place to get this for cheap?
     
  3. circus_brimstone

    circus_brimstone Forest: Sold Out

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2003
    Messages:
    5,155
    Likes Received:
    12
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Indiana
    I got mine from The End for $12.49. I didn't shop around, though. RC dudes would know probably.
     
  4. Rodrigo

    Rodrigo Heat in 7

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2001
    Messages:
    883
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Southern California
    Oath Bound is simply an amazing album and all the songs are epic and brilliant but I do agree that "Mirdautas Vras" and "Land of the Dead" stand out from the rest. Nice review and the 9/10 is completely justified.
     
  5. Alteredmindeath

    Alteredmindeath Wasteland Survivor

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2003
    Messages:
    6,641
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Underneath your bed
    Im starting to think these guys are really from Middle Earth. I thought Stronghold was horrible but this is a good one tho... hail Summoning, Gollum and Mordor.
     
  6. insidethefall

    insidethefall somewhere nowhere

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2003
    Messages:
    1,089
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    pittsburgh, pa
    Amazing release, up to par with the last one...all Summoning rules though
     
  7. arzachel

    arzachel Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2006
    Messages:
    731
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Their best album yet IMO. Though I still haven't gotten lugburz or dol goldur yet.
     
  8. V.V.V.V.V.

    V.V.V.V.V. Houses Ov Mercury

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2004
    Messages:
    32,121
    Likes Received:
    42
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Dracut, MA
    Their WORST yet, but still a solid 8.5...
     
  9. Kenneth R.

    Kenneth R. Cináed

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2004
    Messages:
    17,892
    Likes Received:
    37
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Hallways of Always
    my thoughts exactly :)
     
  10. cruceno

    cruceno New Metal Member

    Joined:
    May 13, 2006
    Messages:
    28
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I I only have to summoning albums and this is one of them

    It's really some of the best stuff out there
     
  11. Zack

    Zack charting my way to top :)

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2005
    Messages:
    2,642
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    38
    This was my first blind purchase! :) I just saw "For the first time, music from middle earth!" and couldn't resist. Completely worth the 14 dollars and then some.
     
  12. Scourge of Malice

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2002
    Messages:
    3,983
    Likes Received:
    23
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    San Fransisco, CA
    :OMG::OMG::OMG::OMG::OMG::OMG::OMG::OMG::OMG::OMG:
     
  13. sorceron

    sorceron ken

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2005
    Messages:
    1,647
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    nyc
    amazing cd. "land of the dead" is already one of my favorite songs ever i think. its is THAT good.
     
  14. Dazed and Brutal

    Dazed and Brutal Yall About to Witness

    Joined:
    May 16, 2006
    Messages:
    7,667
    Likes Received:
    620
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Winterless New Jersey
    Loved this album, but it's not their best, but it's still amazing.
     
  15. Scourge of Malice

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2002
    Messages:
    3,983
    Likes Received:
    23
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    San Fransisco, CA
    BTW, this album is blowing me away. Very epic.
     
  16. BrandonS

    BrandonS Member

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2003
    Messages:
    2,668
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Ditto. :)
     
  17. Scourge of Malice

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2002
    Messages:
    3,983
    Likes Received:
    23
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    San Fransisco, CA
    It might become my favorite of theirs... although I haven't delved TOO much into their past stuff besides Dol Guldor. This one is just really grabbing my attention.
     

Share This Page