Summoning, the Austrian extreme metal band, has revealed some information about its long-anticipated new album, which will be the duo’s first release since “Oath Bound” in 2006.
The album, which will be titled “Old Mornings Dawn”, is expected to contain 8 tracks, including an intro, according to a posting on the band’s website. While the same posting, from September, speculated a first quarter of 2013 release date, there is no indication from Napalm Records as to when the album will be released.
At the end of December, the band claimed to be close to finished recording the vocals for the album, and just this past week, they revealed the album cover for “Old Mornings Dawn”, which can be seen above.
Summoning is approaching its 20th anniversary as a band, having formed some time in 1993. The band, formed by Silenius, Protector, and Trifixion, began as a fairly traditional black metal band for its time, a period of evolution that last through their first album, 1995’s “Lugburz”.
Beginning with their sophomore release, however, the band began to evolve, breaking away from the typical rock structures that define so much of the heavy metal style and, with the departure of Trifixion, the drummer, utilized the freedom of artificial drums to expand their lexicon.
Incorporating into their sound neoclassical song structures and ambient qualities, Summoning began to forge a new musical identity within black metal, and heavy metal as a whole, that had at that point been wholly unexplored, which they have continued to develop over five full-length albums and two EPs between 1995 and 2006.
Another defining trait of Summoning’s sound, of course, is the band’s heavy integration of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien into their music.
Indeed, many lyrics are taken directly from the poems that Tolkien wrote in his novels. Notably, much of the lyrics for “Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame” are taken from “The Hobbit”.
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