SUMMONING - Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame CD
"Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul, ash nazg thrakatulûk agh burzum-ishi krimpatul." This is the famous inscription of the One Ring, an artifact that appears as the central plot element in Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings". This inscription is included in the album's intro track "A New Power is Rising" and a new power is, indeed, rising. Summoning return in 2003 for the release of their fifth full-length album. Released four years after "Stronghold", Summoning reverts back to a similar sound we heard on "Dol Guldur" in a sense, but much more epic and heroic. "Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame" is the title of this masterpiece of atmospheric black metal or maybe, at this point, I should just refer to them as "Tolkien metal". This is yet another installment into what should have been the Lord of the Rings soundtrack.
An album with a astronomically heroic sound, "Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame" is a near perfect album from Summoning. Three years after this release, they would release their crowning achievement, the absolutely perfect "Oath Bound". While LMHSYF does fall slightly short of being perfect, it is not too far off at all. This is a great album for any fan of black metal and Tolkien literature, or even just the LOTR books and movies, to have in their collection.