The guardians of Middle Earth hath arrived! 22 years in, Summoning are back with their 8th studio release entitled With Doom We Come. It’s been 5 long years since the release of their last album Old Mornings Dawn and Silenius and Protector have gone above and beyond to give you a grandeur listening experience of raw black metal crossed with epic melodic atmospheres. Hail their return with over an hour of quality epic atmospheric black metal!!!Opener “Tar-Calion” is one long and epic introduction to “With Doom We Came”, no real vocals happen on this track, just keyboards, a steady beat, a simple guitar riff and narrative spoken as an ode to the last king of Numenor. The second track, “Silvertine”, is where the loud guitars meet the divine keyboard instrumentation and the vocals come howling in. Layered with sound, the music massages my soul as they progress further into the song. Greeted with horns and piano playing, combined with all of this, makes for a listening experience that is massive and a lot to take in. Summoning’s steady percussive rhythm is always a treat as the guitars and atmosphere can be so much at times that the steadiness of the drums gives the listener something simple to latch on while trying to grasp at everything that is happening around it. It may sound like too much but Summoning somehow make it perfectly acceptable.
“Carcharoth” has a fuzzy guitar tone and a simple riff that flows into a catchy tune that enables more and more compositions to add to it and make it colossal. This song is the tale of Arda’s mightiest wolf! “Herumor” reminds me of “Carcharoth” in many ways of how repetitive the riffs are throughout the song but how it slowly builds into the monstrous marching monster of melodic fury and atmosphere. “Barrow-downs” is the shortest track on the album, clocking in at 2:47 but driving home a big sound that reminds me of a heroic moment in a movie or RPG game.
“Night Fell Behind” has a crushing rhythm about it with flowing guitars and vocals. The keyboard moments are a little more subtle, until that is the cinematic nature of this album pushes the orchestral melodies loudly as the song builds. There is a nice breakdown and intermission of music before the song finishes quite strong. “Mirklands” starts off with a melancholic piano introduction just before this simple guitar riff is played over it. The distortion and tone of the guitar really stands out on this song, giving a modern Summoning and very classic raw black metal sound. This song is just really beautiful as the guitars and piano play together as the lyrics are screamed:
“Good-bye to Flattery’s fawning face,
To Grandeur, with his wise grimace,
To frozen hearts, and hasting feet,
To those who go, and those who come,
Good-bye, proud world, I’m going home.”
The album closes with the only single released so far, “With Doom I Come”, the longest and most tremendous track on the album. Definitely a Summoning classic with a different style of vocals being spat upon the music. This song is definitely one of the more cinematic and orchestral driven songs on the album, closing out the album in typical and classic Summoning fashion.
With Doom We Come is a beautiful album that fans of the genre will adore. Simply put, if it’s not broken, why fix it? Summoning get rather ambitious with some of the instrumentation on “With Doom We Come” but the overall effect is quite stellar on how it harmonizes with the instruments and flow of the album. Summoning have come back to reclaim their throne and they do so righteously on this album. With Doom We Come is a wonderful start to 2018. A must listen to album. A must own for your collection.
“Death to light, to law, to love
Cursed be moon and stars and stars above
May darkness everlasting old
Drown Manwë, Varda and the shining sun”
Release Date: January 5th, 2018
Label: Napalm Records
FFO: Caladan Brood, Emyn Muil and Moongates Guardian