[[caption-width-right:371:Mirdautas vras!]]

->''I have...I have been a sword in the hand and''
->''I have been a shield in the fight and''
->''I have been the string of a harp and''
->''I can shift my shape like a god!''

Summoning was formed in 1993 by drinking buddies Richard Lederer, Michael Gregor and Alexander Trondl, who [[YouAllMeetInAnInn met in a pub]] in Austria. They secured a deal with Napalm Records in 1995 and released their debut ''Lugburz'', a traditional {{Black Metal}} album that was quite different from their later projects.

Shortly after recording ''Lugburz'', Trondl was kicked from the band for being "a commercial-thinking asshole". Lederer and Gregor continued as a duo, and instead of getting a new drummer changed to keyboard percussion to produce a more epic, atmospheric style. They combined this with low-key guitars and multi-layered synthesizer and keyboard melodies mimicking a full orchestra, while retaining the growling vocals to produce what would become the trademark Summoning sound. Most of their lyrics were inspired by the works of Creator/JRRTolkien, with some songs taking lyrics straight from poems/songs in Literature/{{The Hobbit}} and Literature/{{The Lord of the Rings}}. Some of the songs on ''Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame'' are also inspired by the works of Creator/MichaelMoorcock.

They released five more albums in this style: ''Minas Morgul''; ''Dol Guldur''; ''Stronghold'', which put more emphasis on more complex and melodic guitar work; ''[[LongTitle Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame]]'', the first album to feature clean vocal sections; and ''Oath Bound'', characterised by relaxed, arpeggio-style guitars.

Since ''Oath Bound'', both members have taken time out to work on other projects, with Lederer working on music for a full-length release while waiting for Gregor to finish recording the next album for his solo band Kreuzweg Ost.

They announced a comeback in 2012, and the new album ''Old Mornings Dawn'' was finally released in summer 2013. The band's eighth album will reportedly be released in 2016, but was later on changed to 2018, to much fanfare.

Their current line-up is:
* Richard "Protector" Lederer
* Michael "Silenius" Gregor

Former members include:
* Alexander "Trifixion" Trondl - Drums
* Ray "Pazazu" Wells - Guest vocals on ''Lugburz''
* Tania Borsky - Guest vocals on ''Stronghold''

Their discography is:
* ''Lugburz'' (1995)
* ''Minas Morgul'' (1995)
* ''Dol Guldur'' (1996)
* ''Stronghold'' (1999)
* ''Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame'' (2001)
* ''Oath Bound'' (2006)
* ''Old Mornings Dawn'' (2013)
* ''With Doom We Come'' (2018)

'''Summoning and their music provide examples of:'''

* AlbumIntroTrack: Basically all albums have them.
* BadassBoast: "Farewell"
* BilingualBonus: Usually from Tolkien's {{Fictionary}}.
** Especially "Mirdautas Vras", which is [[https://web.archive.org/web/20080203125738/http://www.lyricstime.com/summoning-mirdautas-vras-lyrics.html just as threatening as it sounds]] once translated.
* BlackSpeech: "Mirdautas Vras"
* ConceptAlbum: All of them.
* EndingTheme: "Farewell" was used for the closing credits of ''Film/{{Damnatus}}''.
* EpicRocking: Most Summoning songs clock in at 7 minutes or more. The longest as of 2015 is "Land of the Dead", which is nearly thirteen minutes long.
* {{Fanfare}}: "Mirdautas Vras" is a rare example of a '''villainous''' fanfare, and qualifies as {{Crowning Music of Awesome}}. Listen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5IMCH7INcE here]].
** "Bauglir" might count as a fanfare as well.
* {{Garfunkel}}: Averted, as both Lederer and Gregor provide the vocals for different songs.
** FaceOfTheBand is averted in a similar manner, though it probably helps that there's only two of them to remember
** Either that or because they [[TheFaceless don't do live performances]].
* GenreBusting: After Lugburz they went from {{Black Metal}} to...atmospheric metal? Epic metal? Ambient metal? Summoning still classify themselves as "black metal" and most people go with it just to simplify things.
* GrimUpNorth
* HeavyMithril
* IAmSong: "Farewell"
* IndecipherableLyrics: Most of the tracks from ''Lugburz'' qualify.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: The cover of ''Mortal Heroes''.
* InstrumentalThemeTune: Each album traditionally starts with a short instrumental piece. Some other songs are instrumentals as well.
* LoopedLyrics
* LoudnessWar: The [=CDs=] from ''Stronghold'' onward were clipped. Vinyl editions, such as ''Old Mornings Dawn'', often got separate masters that were free from this problem.
* LyricalDissonance: They always sing in growling vocals, even when the lyrics come from one of Tolkien's more upbeat compositions. This occasionally leads to {{The Cover Changes The Meaning}} (see below).
* NewSoundAlbum: Closer to a full-blown {{Genre Shift}}, from ''Minas Morgul'' onward (as explained above).
* ShaggyDogStory: "Northward"
* ShoutOut: Most of their lyrics are inspired by Tolkien. They've also adapted lyrics from other authors, such as Creator/WilliamWordsworth and Sir Walter Scott, and some lyrics on ''Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame'' were inspired by Creator/MichaelMoorcock's Eternal Champion.
* SopranoAndGravel: Their vocals are mostly the typical MetalScream expected from BlackMetal, but they use clean choirs on some albums (mostly performed entirely by Protector and Silenius) as well. A good example is the title track of ''Old Mornings Dawn''. Additionally, one song, "Where Hope and Daylight Die", contains entirely clean singing from Protector's ex-girlfriend, Tania Borsky.
* SpokenWordInMusic
* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: "The Shadow Lies Frozen on the Hills". By taking the more sinister verses as lyrics and adding {{Psycho Strings}}, they turn a hobbit walking song into {{Nightmare Fuel}}.
* TheSongBeforeTheStorm
* ThemeNaming: Their first four albums are all named after towers from [[LordOfTheRings Middle Earth]]. Also, every album cover except "Mortal Heroes" has a picture of a mountain on it.
* TitleOfTheDead: "Land of the Dead", the final song of ''Oath Bound''.
* VillainSong: "Mirdautas Vras" is meant to be narrated by [[EvilOverlord Sauron]].
* VoiceOfTheLegion: The choir segments in "Farewell", "Might and Glory" and "Land of the Dead" are actually sung by just Lederer and Gregor, with a reverberation effect.