MetalBite Review by Jack on 10/25/2001
Synthesizers have rarely been used to this great an effect as they have been utilised on “Stronghold”
, fortunately that they have been used proficiently otherwise the Summoning
project would break down in its entirety. “Stronghold”
is a completely synthesizer driven album as with all other Summoning
is a culmination from the minds of Projector (Die Verbannten Kinder Eva's
) and Silenius (Abigor
) who look to be a particularly grim duo (see the album booklet), but can certainly compose some truly extraordinary music. Summoning
’s work as far as I gather is based upon the works of one J.R.R Tolkien. Tolkien immediately conjures up thoughts of dwarves, goblins and other slightly built critters frolicking in the world of Middle Earth. And the neat thing is Summoning
are close to being the perfect band to transport you there to dance with the little dwarves and goblins.
Song lengths typically range from around 6:30 to about 10:00 in time (barring ‘Rhun’
, which clocks in at 3:25)... so expect a nice momentous thoroughfare in the tracks on “Stronghold”
. The music as I stated before is a lovely blend of synthesizers, gargled black vocals and more synthesizers. I think the strongest aspect of this album is the ability to hold its listener for each subsequent track, there is no weak track on “Stronghold”
The weakest part of “Stronghold”
is the ridiculous titles given to tracks on it. ‘Like Some Snow-White Marble Eyes’
and ’The Rotting Horse on the Deadly Ground’
are indicative examples of these silliness in the usage of the English language and the horrors it is sometimes subjected to, especially by black metal bands.
All things considered though “Stronghold”
is a worthy addition to any metal fan’s collection.
Synthesizer driven black/dark metal that applies itself to Tolkien’s fanatsy world; Middle Earth. Interesting and mammoth, “Stronghold”
is tribulation to listen to at first but becomes easier after time to settle in with.
out of 10