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Summoning "With Doom We Come"

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Summoning - With Doom We Come

I call false album title.  There's no doom on here folks.  Any flare-wearing readers can stand down at this point of the review.  I imagine the doom aspect of the title refers to the medieval threat of some Tolkien inspired fictitious army that Summoning have kindly recorded a soundtrack for.  If you are familiar with Summoning there's little in the way of anything new here as the Austrians again bring their own brand of epic/atmospheric black metal to 2018.  I would be interested to know what @Requiem makes of it of course as I imagine this album could accompany many night of his sat at home alone playing Warhammer.  

The problem I have with "With Doom We Come" is that it doesn't really "go" anywhere.  It could quite easily all be one track with seven pauses given the sound and structure varies very little from track to track.  That is not to say it is a bad album, it just drips into the water without ever making a real "splosh" at any point.  There's the usual gruff vocal style and occasional chanting over keys galore whilst the guitar just sits in the corner with a tea and some crossword books to bide the time one presumes.

Sarcasm aside, fans of the band will like this albeit without any truly remarkable moments to cement it is a stand out album.  Usually, I can't sit and listen to Summoning without doing something else and this made a great accompaniment to some shelves I hung this morning, very rousing at times to the point of making me forget about my hangover altogether.  The atmospheric magic never really finds any identifiable peak though, beautiful though the record is at times nothing really stands out overall.

2.5 Horns out of 5 

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Firstly, I don't play Warhammer thankyouverymuch! 

Secondly, I haven't heard this yet but I'll definitely check it out. I'll probably end up buying it, listening to it once then putting it in the collection with the other Summoning albums to be pulled out again every 12 months or so when the mood is perfect for it. With the new Norwegian one-man-band Eldamar putting out such beautiful and hypnotic Tolkien music, Summoning need to keep the quality if they're going to keep up with the new kids on the block. 

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