Summoning - _Stronghold_
(Napalm Records, 1999)
by: Adam Wasylyk (9.5 out of 10)
Combining black metal influences with an ambient backdrop, Summoning have created something truly special here. Never the ones to sound predictable or similar to their contemporaries, Summoning proudly walk down their own path of musical genius. This type of music can't be faked, the emotions and atmospheres that Summoning create are unparalleled on any release thus far this year. Soaked in keyboards, _Stronghold_ is one of the better albums I've heard to fully utilise them. At times majestic and at others chilling, an entire spectrum of emotions are explored in the full hour of music here. A sure top 10 entry of 1999 in my books, Summoning's new piece of work won't go unnoticed in the black metal / ambient scene. This can't come more recommended.

(article published 12/8/1999)

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