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On this album, Summoning make neo-medieval music primarily using keyboards. Distorted guitars fill the background, but the guitar work never takes the lead. The vocals are raspy chants and hoarse crooning, not even close to the horrific shrieks and growls that color black metal so finely - the entire abrasive element of the vocals seems to come from poor recording on a microphone without a spit guard so you can hear their breath scratching across the transducer, then being buried in reverb that makes it more hoarse and scratchy.
The music reminds me of medieval video game music of the 80s through the mid 90s - not the colorful chip tunes of the Dragon Warrior and Final Fantasy series that utilized the harmonics of Nintendo's MIDI chips, rather the background noise from Lords of the Realm, or a low-budget bargain bin game, played through an outdated SoundBlaster with shrill tones for a chorus of horns and harpsichords. The character of this album isn't quite so robotic, but the lack of variation in the melodic sounds certainly isn't compensated for by a ton of reverb on everything.
The songs are extremely long, dragged out far longer than I'd like to wait on a title screen until the game loads from a 5.25" floppy disk. Even the cover artwork looks like a bad video game that would run on DOS. It's hard to reconcile this as actual music that was released as music, not the MIDIs that played as I loaded a Geocities webpage about 2nd edition Dungeon and Dragons with a cartoonish stone wall background. It's so bad that it's almost funny, but the extremely dated sound of music made primarily with 90s synthesizers falls flat - even the guitar tone sounds like a 90s synth. I guess it's consistent, but the overall sound of the album is terrible and flat.
I've revisited this album quite a few times because it was recommended as black metal, neofolk, medieval video game music, and epic songwriting. It hasn't grown on me with each listen, though it hasn't gotten any worse. This is completely lackluster, flat, and flat out boring neo-medieval keyboard wankery.