Metal Call-Out is as much about our discovery of music as it is about helping you, the reader discover a gem. Therefore it is to be expected that some of the material may be a bit dated, but relevant all the same. Such is the case of the following review of Summoning’s 2006 album Oath Bound. Too often I skip over bands worthy of page space because of time constraints or the sheer enormity of metal available for my listening pleasure.
Summoning was one such band and I am almost ashamed of myself for discovering them only late this year. ‘Oath Bound’ took me on a sonic journey through middle-earth by way of sweeping atmospheres, Tolkien inspired lyrics spat forth by my favorite black-metal vocalist thus far, and song structure of epic proportion. Worthy of a spot in the annals of my iTunes ‘favored’ playlist, Summoning is not a band to be missed, passed up or forgotten. Favorite tracks: ‘Across the Streaming Tide’ and ‘Land of the Dead’.