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Vienna, Austria (1993 – present)

Summoning is an band from Vienna, Austria. Their style has been described as Tolkien black metal - not without reason, for the lyrics on most of the albums they have published deal with the mythological world of J.R.R. Tolkien. The notable exception being “Stronghold”, which takes its lyrical content from many of Tolkien’s poems rather than directly from his novels.

Summoning was formed somewhere in 1993 by Silenius (Michael Gregor), Protector (Richard Lederer) and Trifixion (Alexander Trondl) who met in a pub they used to frequent. Before his activities in Summoning, Protector was playing drums in a thrash/death metal band Marlignom, that nearly got a record deal at Peaceville Records, however the band parted ways. His very first musical experience was a rock band at the age of 15 and a four year study of drums. The musical experience of Silenius was a doom metal band Shadow Vale (at 16 years old) and few years in music school studying piano. Before Summoning, Silenius was making music with Pazuzu (Raymond Wells) in a band Cromm (They made some demos that sounded like Abruptum, but never released anything else). Trifixion played in Pervertum.

Summoning made two demos (“Upon the Viking’s Stallion” and “Anno Mortiri Domini”), promo tape for “Minas Morgul” and one or two tape samplers with Pazuzu and Cromm. Most of the songs from their demos were never released or were released in different versions.


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  • spLiFF22

    Amazing music. How the F**K could I miss this bless.

    Yesterday 10:55am Reply
  • Samoroth

    But then again, many christian customs are pagan customs, but disguised in christian lies.

    16 Apr 2:47pm Reply
  • hornsovbaphomet

    LOL @ me for thinking Lord of the Rings was a pagan thing not christian.

    15 Apr 12:42am Reply
  • great_magician

    @Parabellum13x @TheDarthsala @gorski_ Tolkien was a Christian but LOTR is not a Christian allegory. "His belief in the fundamental truths of Christianity leads commentators to find Christian themes in The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien objected strongly to C. S. Lewis's use of religious references in his stories, which were often overtly allegorical"

    11 Apr 2:18pm Reply
  • Catarpillar3


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  • TaureDawn

    He sounds like a singing Nazgûl ;) And Yes Tolkien was a devout Catholic!

    11 Apr 7:34am Reply
  • Ogurson

    pozdrowienia z Żyrandolowa dla fanów Summoning

    10 Apr 5:14pm Reply
  • PolishMetal

    Pozdrowienia z Wielkopolski dla fanów Summoning ze Śląska.

    8 Apr 8:26pm Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów Summoning

    4 Apr 10:03am Reply
  • gorski_


    3 Apr 6:45pm Reply
  • Parabellum13x

    lmao @ not seeing all of the Christian imagery in Tolkien's works

    31 Mar 6:30pm Reply
  • TheDarthsala

    @gorski_ Are you aware that Tolkien himself was a devout catholic?

    29 Mar 12:49pm Reply
  • Marulho


    25 Mar 5:49pm Reply
  • spineshank155

    What, ok.. Not that it matters or anything, iv'e seen some Christians into other metal such as Morbid Angel. I grew up in a Christian environment so i have met different kinds. Many can be closed off from this kind of stuff, even Summoning, but it's not shocking that some like this band.

    25 Mar 12:56pm Reply
  • gorski_

    Oooooh just saw that group named "Christian fans of Black Metal". Whelp...I guess being an interwebs troll is still in fashion.

    24 Mar 11:06pm Reply
  • gorski_

    @Eternulen, where did you come up with this :D What Christians?

    24 Mar 11:03pm Reply
  • Eternulen

    Well this surprised me a little... I did not know so many Christians like Summoning, makes sense though when you consider Tolkiens religion. It's a good thing really, everyone should appreciate the glorious music of Summoning regardless of their religion or what not - because if you don't like Summoning you have poor taste in music. XD

    22 Mar 6:08pm Reply
  • Astargh

    ELDERBLOOD ( symphonic black metal ) from Ukraine featuring ex-members of Nokturnal Mortum

    20 Mar 11:43pm Reply
  • Flammifer666

    Epic band, still my favourite for long long time. Every single track has this thing

    18 Mar 7:57pm Reply
  • MrDissection

    Summoning is the aswer to life, the universe and everything. [3]

    16 Mar 8:18pm Reply
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