SUMMONING embarks once again on a musical journey based on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien and his incomparable universe known as Middle Earth. "Oath Bound", the title of their latest release, takes on The Silmarillion, The Unfinished Tales, as well as various myths and legends from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
Moreover, the Austrian duo also reflect upon the Noldors' (an archaic Elven tribe) move to Middle Earth and their subsequent battle with Bauglir (better known as Morgoth)and Silmail, which ended in the defeat of the tyrants.
SUMMONING formed in 1993 and soon released two demos ("Upon the Viking's Stallion" and "Anno Mortiri Domini 1959"), as well as their Napalm Records debut "Lugburz". These releases all shared the raw Black Metal sound typical of the era, and understandably so, as Silenius at that time was the vocalist and bass player of the legendary ABIGOR. Following the release of "Minas Morgul", the band's first fully Tolkien-inspired album, Protector and Silenius parted ways with drummer Trifixion (Alexander Trondl) and headed in a new direction-away from the Black Metal style in favor of a more orchestral and epic approach.
The full-length "Dol Guldur" and the E.P. "Nightshade Forests" were the resounding result of the transition-albeit both spartan in their guitar work. Since the 1999 release of "Stronghold", the varied, soundtrack-oriented style of SUMMONING, which elates in the use of choirs and atmospheric keyboards, has dominated the band's vision of Middle Earth.
Anno 2006, three years after their last release, "Lost Tales", Silenius and Protector grace their fans with their eighth offering.
Remaining true to the course set in the past, the collection of tracks on "Oath Bound" adheres to SUMMONING's atypical modus operandi. The guitars have found their way back to the forefront though, bringing about the band's Fourth Age. Furthermore, the track "Mirdautas Vras" is completely sung in the black tongue of Mordor...
...A language that Gorthaur (the old Elven name for Sauron) developed for his subjects and the same language made recognizable by its most famous line "Ash nazg durbatulÃ»k, ash nazg gimbatul, ash nazg thrakatulÃ»k, agh burzum-ishi krimpatul" ("One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them"). With "Mirdautas Vras", SUMMONING resurrects the unholy language, bringing it back into the world of the living...