|Review: Summoning - With Doom We Come|
|With Doom We Come|
Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2018
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: December 30, 2017
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:With Doom We Come
Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (12 Votes)
Five years after the obvious career highlight that was Old Mornings Dawn, we have another Summoning album, a bit sooner than I expected it. Summoning always move at their own speed and do their own thing, but this time I think maybe they should have cooked their compositions a bit longer. With Doom We Come is not a bad album, but for the first time in eighteen years Summoning have taken a step back.
Part of it is just the production, which is thinner and shallower than the amazing work on Old Mornings Dawn and Oath Bound. Those albums had a great feel of depth to the sound, with a lot of layers, but this time out the mix is flat, with everything kind of mashed together in front, so there is little feel of texture or space. It makes the keys sound weak, buries the chants in the background, and sidelines the pounding war drums into a more conventional sound.
The songwriting here is just not as good as it has been in the past. The melodies are not as involved, the compositions flatter and with less dynamic, and the weak sound on the keys again makes them sound much more Mister Casio than they should. In places the vocals are not the usual rasping, but rather a kind of groan that gets old rather quickly. It might not be as distracting, but the songs don't have enough going on to distract you, and so you spend a lot of time just listening to the vocals while you wait for something else to happen.
I don't hate this album, but it has none of the electrifying or uplifting moments to be found on the last three albums by this band. This is much more in line with older stuff like Dol Guldur – an album with a lot of good features, but still a fundamentally flawed work. A disappointment.
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