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Dol Guldur is just plain horrible. There are some decent moments and songs on it, but those don't add up to make this an entirely good release. Yet again this is still building up to what would become their amazing stuff. This being their sophmore effort at this style (I excluded Lugburz since its different from everything after it). You would expect the sophmore effort to be better, but its WAY worse.
The riffs here (even though they aren't the focus of this release) are still weak sounding tremolo picked riffs. The synths are amazing sounding at first, but after a while they get boring and repetitive. The vocals are still horribly done. The drums use the same monotonous pattern through every song. The lyrics are entertaining if you enjoy the Tolkien books though.
The songs pretty much follow the same structure. Long, boring, and repetitive is what it seems like they were going for. Each song consists of your weak tremolo picked riffs, poorly done vocals, annoying and monotonous drum pattern, repetitive synths, and Tolkien esque lyrics. Not as I previously stated, the songs are long, REALLY LONG. Now its ok to have long songs, but only if they aren't the same thing being played over and over again like Summoning does here. Half the reason this release pretty much sucks is because the song lengths and repetitive synths that play over and over through the entire length of every song!
Overall this release is utterly horrible, but its working up to something amazing. The highlight songs from here are, "Angbands Schmieden", "Khazad Dúm", "Wyrmvater Glaurung", and "Over Old Hills".