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Epic/Atmospheric Genius - 90%

Immortalax, August 5th, 2014

Summoning is one of those rare bands that can write two riffs, piece them together perfectly and make a 10+ minute masterpiece out of it. Old Mornings Dawn, like previous albums in Summoning's discography, shares the same song structuring. Slow, plodding, epic progressions that inspire a yearning for travel in the realm of Tolkien's famed fictional realm. As a long time Summoning fan, I feel that this album has been well worth the wait. It brings back a somewhat similar feel/quality to Oath Bound and older albums such as Minas Morgul and Dol Guldur. It's often great to hear a band go back to their roots. Old Mornings Dawn, however, is better than the aforementioned albums in almost every way. The production and progressions, for me, are just better. It's hard to pinpoint how exactly, though.

The production is not far off perfect for the intended sound the band is trying to convey - raw, epic, and atmospheric, if perhaps a tad quiet, though. The vocals of the orc vs. knight duet are brilliant as usual and they fit their unique styles to each of the songs seamlessly and fittingly. All instruments are clear and shine through at appropriate times. The obviously synthetic classical and medieval instruments meld extremely well with the guitars, creating a nice layered effect. The chants are more intense and heartfelt than ever. Summoning are one of the most passionate bands I've heard and you can hear it all throughout this album. A significant amount of time and effort has been put into Old Mornings Dawn.

Specific songs that really draw my attention are the title track Old Mornings Dawn, The Wandering Fire, and of course the album's masterpiece, Of Pale White Morns and Darkened Eves. These songs possess the best progressions and sense of epic feeling. Of Pale White Morn... is possibly the best song Summoning has ever written. There are samples of what sound like Ringwraiths shrieks and maybe beorning howls or something, and regardless of their lore they sound amazing and really add to the overall atmosphere of the song. Like the Ringwraith samples, David Seys' narration on the title track really complete the song and further promotes the epic feeling of the album.

If epic/atmospheric black metal is your kind of shit, then give this a album a listen. if it's not, then I guess you live a pretty sad life.