Have you ever described yourself as a dungeon master? Have you ever watched all three extended-edition cuts of the Lord of the Rings films back-to-back-to-back, trying to explain to your
captivesfriends what source material from the Silmarillion was being referenced or what changes from canon had taken place? Have you ever stayed up late to write dungeon synth music while your gorgeous spouse slept alone in the next room? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you probably consider yourself a fan of Summoning, the pre-eminent dork black metal band! Well, have I got news for you.
The head of Wolfspell Records, an underground Polish label specializing in black metal of the folk and romantic variety, recently took to Facebook to declare his love of Summoning and the immense influence the Tolkien-worshipping, dungeon crawling black metal masters have had on his label and all manner of extraordinary artists since the 1990s. As a love-letter to the best band of the Austrian Black Metal Syndicate, Wolfspell Records have teamed up with Napalm Records and Summoning themselves to compile this excellent tribute album to the true sons of Iluvatar. Details were released via the Facebook post below:
For those of you who lack Legolas’s elf eyes, the tribute album will feature black metal heavyweights new and old like Toilet favorites Mesarthim, Silmaril torch-bearers Druadan Forest, war-marching Ents Oþalan, and many, many more! Songs to be covered draw from Summoning’s expansive discography, touching upon such great records as Lug Burz, Minas Morgul, Stronghold, and more. Although a number of the artists play a distinctly raw/folksy style of black metal descended from that pioneered by Summoning, others, like the aforementioned Mesarthim and Midnight Odyssey, more frequently find themselves exploring space rather than the Mines of Moria. This melding of disparate styles should create quite the unique and captivating collection of covers!
There isn’t much information about ordering yet, but the tribute record is slated for an Autumn/Winter release, so keep your eyes glued to Wolfspell’s Facebook page and website for details. Until then, listen to Lug Burz, for it will be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.