Jun 15

Summoning – Old Mornings Dawn (2013)



Seven years had passed since the members of Summoning escaped their captivity and torture in Minas Morgul under the evil rule of the Witch-King of Angmar. Their experience on that place of evil and pain served as inspiration to write their seven studio album Old Mornings Dawn.

The album opens with a beautiful Elvish rendition of ‘Evernight‘ and ‘Flammifer‘ a grim dark but beautiful recount of the words referred on the Song of Eärendil a poem read by Bilbo Baggins to Frodo Baggins during his recovery in Rivendell, after his encounter with the nine black riders of Mordor at the Watchtower. ‘Old Mornings Dawn‘ Is a darker song that shows the deep craft of Summoning music and the epicness of their stories. ‘The White Tower‘ based on The Tower of Ecthelion, the highest point in Minas Tirith, and the place where the thrones of the King Of Gondor and the Steward Of Gondor are located. This song is one of the most melodic, and the one that represents how deep and emotional Summoning could be. A real masterpiece.

Caradhras‘ is the highest peak of the Misty Mountains, know also as RedHorn pass. Frodo and the eight companions tried to cross it during their quest for the Mount Doom, but were forced to take the path of Moria by the evil wizard Saruman. The song itself is a beautiful lament of black metal grunts and melodic folk-like music in the background, One of the best songs of the album, and my favorite so far. ‘Of Pale White Morns and Darkened Elves‘ is a more subtle song, dominated by drum patterns, and a more epic approach by the epic keyboards that make it not heavy, but really dense on its musical content. ‘The Wandering Fire‘, is out the eight songs on the album the most saturated, filled with different musical structures and textures that makes it a bit difficult to comprehend, don’t get me wrong, it is a beautiful song just a bit too much for a Summoning song. Summoning ends Old Mornings Dawn with ‘Earthshine‘, the most epic song in the whole album, really strong vocals mixed with beautiful melodies. A total trip to the lands of Middle-Earth.

Again Summoning delivers a full epic masterpiece, I guess these seven years of waiting for a new album are finally worth it. The result is just fantastic. Now I plead to Mr. Peter Jackson to include the music of Summoning in the third part of The Hobbit where it deserves to be.


1. Evernight
2. Flammifer
3. Old Mornings Dawn
4. The White Tower
5. Caradhras
6. Of Pale White Morns and Darkened Eves
7. The Wandering Fire
8. Earthshine

Genre: Epic Black Metal

Record Label: Napalm Records

Playing Time: 64 minutes

Line up:
Protector: Guitars, Vocals, Keyboards
Silenius: Bass, Vocals, Keyboards


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