Summoning – With Doom We Come (2018)

I’m not liking this opening track. It’s like I’m listening to Summoning but it’s not Summoning. Holy shit! What the hell? “My day will come!” and a boring interlude again.

There were always a couple of sleepers on Summoning’s tracks but they redeemed it with at least one passage that parted the grey sky. On With Doom We Come, it’s like they shit out six arpeggiated guitar melodies in ten seconds to form the basis of tracks because they had to with zero of them being memorable.

The guitar is most prominent instrument on With Doom We Come but the way they came to utilize the instrument doesn’t do anything for the music in this case. It’s like Metallica Black Album shit: “Nothing Else Matters”. The layers of horns just come in and out for the sake of making the songs appear to move forward. Kaeck at least had guitars that sounded like horns heralding the arrival of Satan to Earth on Stormkult. Nothing comes from Summoning’s horn samples. Snore snore snore snore snore snore!

This is the same issue I had with old man’s sleep:

“Across the Sleeping Tide” is divinely-inspired, driven, and captivating. The recent stuff is pure soundtrack music. But worse still, it’s like a knock off of the real Summoning. Fuck, this is heartbreaking. There were even sleepers on Oath Bound but there was plenty enough redemption to go around. With Doom We Come is just a mist, just a fog, a vapid illusion of the real thing.

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12 thoughts on “Summoning – With Doom We Come (2018)”

  1. Vail says:


    1. JohnnyReb says:

      DMU is not dead. It has only been in a rut.

  2. GVSM says:

    The most mediocre album of Summoning

  3. I'm black says:

    Somebody’s little sister’s slumber party got hold of the old laptop again.

  4. Ben Umanov's foreskin says:

    A rabbi sucked me off Vince Neilstein.

  5. Thewaters says:

    Across the sleeping tide? Lol

    Is this a serious review?

    As much effort was put into this review as was supposedly put into the new Summoning album.

    1. Titus Pullo says:

      This is the review that the album deserves.

      1. thewaters says:

        Bullshit! This is just a very poor review, with poor prose, and very little insight into the music itself to be honest. I have not heard the album completely so I am not butthurt over the fact that someone did a poor review of Summoning either.

        This is a review of a terrible album that actually provides insight:

        Continuing the slide into years of decay, Emperor unleash an album of often technically stunning riffs which are placed into simple songs with basic concepts in a style that distinguishes the “new Emperor” from his old. While the strength of instrumentalism and songwriting skills often seem to carry them through, the boys from Emperor run into trouble when the necessary bonding of concept to music to lyrical structure cannot be completed and what is instead is the exercise in basic musical statement that leaves no one in the audience wondering. Songs are clearly dualistic, with each half reflecting the other in the most-repeated theme, but even the structural detours Emperor employ lack focus – there is no concept except that of scattered songs, thus no concept in sound for which to aim, and the result is an amalgamation of black metal techniques and known juxtapositions of emotional logic, yet there is no connection from the unknown to the unknown and thus really no mystique or majesty to this album. For black metal of its day it is perfectly competent, but no more, and not of an enduring power of listenability.

      2. Peege says:

        Not really. It’s just a bit blander but basically not much different than their other works. Still remarkably good music and probably the best stuff to come out this year (even though it’s not even out yet and nobody has much of an attention span these days)

  6. John Maus says:

    Wow, this is a really poorly written. I didn’t think it was possible but it looks like the editing of this site has become even worse.

    1. Inno a Shitana says:

      Maybe ol Mallrat wasn’t so bad after all.

      1. Ben Umanov's foreskin says:

        Nah, Mallrat was pretty shit.

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