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Tracklist

Soul Wandering2:32
Lugburz7:14
The Passing Of The Grey Company9:16
Morthond6:43
Marching Homewards8:10
Orthanc1:39
Ungolianth6:36
Dagor Bragollach5:05
Through The Forest Of Dol Guldur4:46
The Legend Of The Master-Ring5:27
Dor Daedeloth10:15

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Cover of Minas Morgul, 1995-10-01, CDMinas Morgul
CD, Album
Napalm Records – NPR 013, Napalm Records – NPR013Europe1995Europe1995
Cover of Minas Morgul, 1995, CassetteMinas Morgul
Cassette, Album
Gold Font
Mystic Production – 008Poland1995Poland1995
Recently Edited
Cover of Minas Morgul, 1995, CassetteMinas Morgul
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White Font
Mystic Production – 008Poland1995Poland1995
New Submission
Cover of Minas Morgul, 2002-04-00, CDMinas Morgul
CD, Album, Reissue
Irond – IROND CD 02-226Russia2002Russia2002
Cover of Minas Morgul, 2002-04-00, CassetteMinas Morgul
Cassette, Album, Reissue
Irond – IROND MC 02-70Russia2002Russia2002
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Cover of Minas Morgul, 2002-04-00, CassetteMinas Morgul
Cassette, Album, Reissue
Irond – IROND MC 02-70Russia2002Russia2002
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Cover of Minas Morgul, 2002, CassetteMinas Morgul
Cassette, Album
Moon Records (2) – none, Irond – Irond mc 02 - 70Ukraine2002Ukraine2002
New Submission
Cover of Minas Morgul, 2005, CDMinas Morgul
CD, Album, Reissue
Icarus Music – Icarus 120Argentina2005Argentina2005
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Cover of Minas Morgul, 2005, CDMinas Morgul
CD, Album, Reissue
Somber Music – SM051-CDBrazil2005Brazil2005
Cover of Minas Morgul, 2007-09-27, CDMinas Morgul
CD, Album, Repress
Napalm Records – NPR 013, Napalm Records – NPR013Europe2007Europe2007
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Cover of Minas Morgul, 2013-03-29, VinylMinas Morgul
2×LP, Album, Reissue, Limited Edition
Golden, Mailorder Edition
Napalm Records – NPR 013 LPAustria2013Austria2013
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Cover of Minas Morgul, 2013-03-29, VinylMinas Morgul
2×LP, Album, Reissue, Limited Edition
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Napalm Records – NPR 013 LPAustria2013Austria2013
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Cover of Minas Morgul, 2013, CassetteMinas Morgul
Cassette, Album, Reissue, Limited Edition
Nordvis Produktion – NVP011Sweden2013Sweden2013
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Cover of Minas Morgul, 2016-11-25, VinylMinas Morgul
2×LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Repress
180 Gram
Napalm Records – NPR 013 LPAustria2016Austria2016
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Cover of Minas Morgul, 2020-01-17, VinylMinas Morgul
2×LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Repress
180 Gram
Napalm Records – NPR 013 LPAustria2020Austria2020
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Cover of Minas Morgul, , CDMinas Morgul
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Napalm Records – NPR 013, Napalm Records – NPR013EuropeEurope
New Submission
Cover of Minas Morgul, , CDMinas Morgul
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Napalm Records – NPR 013, Napalm Records – NPR013USA & EuropeUSA & Europe
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Cover of Minas Morgul, , CassetteMinas Morgul
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Angel's Of Hell Records – 317RussiaRussia
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Cover of Minas Morgul, , CDMinas Morgul
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Napalm Records – NPR 013, Napalm Records – NPR013USA & EuropeUSA & Europe
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Minas Morgul
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Not On Label – M - 223RussiaRussia
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Cover of Minas Morgul, , CDMinas Morgul
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Napalm Records – NPR 013, Napalm Records – NPR013EuropeEurope
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Cover of Minas Morgul, , CDMinas Morgul
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Not On Label (Summoning) – noneRussiaRussia
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Cover of Minas Morgul, , CDMinas Morgul
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Irond – IROND CD 02-226RussiaRussia
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s.charlach's avatar
s.charlach
To cut right to the chase, I am absolutely satisfied with this vinyl reissue after being quite skeptical buying as I knew nothing about Napalm Records' vinyl pressing quality out of experience, mind you that Napalm Records only released CDs back when their early releases left such an impact on me.

The records came super-clean right out of the sleeves with no visible imperfections or residues, and this says a lot in times when even releases that are targeted on the audiophile market, and priced accordingly, are poorly pressed. Hello 2014-Abbey Road-remaster of Aphrodite's Child's "666" as an example that hurt, unfortunately. Such wasted opportunities.

Anyway, "Minas Morgul"... I washed the records with an Okki Nokki before playing nonetheless and there's absolutely no background noise that takes anything away from that epic grandeur we love about "Minas Morgul". This pressing shines with a wonderfully vibrant sound and you can literally tell the various layers of the instrumentation and the punctuation of the compositions apart.
The sound is spanning the room, especially when cranking up the volume.
This audial vastness really does the material justice and I can't remember that the CD I bought upon release offered this kind of experience. But that is highly subjective and maybe I'm just old, well, or my gear has gotten better. All I can say is that it felt like I discovered some subleties within the sound with this reissue after thinking being familiar with the material.

Thank you, Napalm Records, for this very basic yet fitting vinyl reissue in terms of presentation. I actually love that there are no bells and whistles as this release suits the respective time frame of the initial release perfectly.

One more thing, though, I do not know what is up with those resellers here on Discogs with their doubled prices. Just head over to Napalm Records' website. I grabbed the first two albums for 24,99 € each there and the customer service was stellar. The records arrived safely packed in no time.

Get your copies from the label!
siCk79's avatar
siCk79
Amazing sound quality, no poster or lyric sheet, but nice gatefold. Glad I bought it in 2019 for 25€.
doctorg's avatar
doctorg
Edited one year ago
I couldn't disagree more strongly with ipwn's dismissive comment below, arguing that Summoning is a blight on both neo-classical and black metal because they attempt to meld the two genres. I'm against the idea of genre purity; why should any artist limit themselves to a ghetto? Creativity is precisely cross-fertilisation. It is nature's way. I think that the hybridisation of black metal and ambient/classical makes sense. If nothing else (and there is plenty else), these musicians were classically trained. Moreover, this is a fecund crossover; Tolkien planted the seed for Summoning, Summoning spawned a horde of imitators. Hail creativity! Finally, Summoning are famous for just reason; they are one of the more successful black metal acts, and have achieved that without resorting to trendy fashion. I love it that they care nothing for kvlt fashion or arcane anti-harmonic tuneless dissonance or being heavier or more okkult than thou. They have not turned melody into a taboo. More importantly, they prompt and inspire the imagination.

Summoning's music allows the listener's imagination to roam to scenes of epic fantasy. As Tolkien said in a letter: "Part of the attraction of The Lord of the Rings is, I think, due to the glimpses of a large history in the background: an attraction like that of viewing far off an unvisited island, or seeing the towers of a distant city gleaming in a sunlit mist." This album, amongst some others from Emyn Muil, Midnight Odyssey, Druadan Forest etc, does indeed have the attraction of this hazily distant view. If this is program music, it is not very programmatic, as there is freedom in what the listener's imagination may conjure (as long as it big and long).

One of the problems of the epic is that its distant view of longer term trajectories can over-indulge the smooth and generic: everything and everybody becomes archetypal and predictable in a hazy, soft-focus distant view. To put it frankly, the epic can be downright kitsch and cliched. This is a fair criticism of Summoning; sometimes their melodies are trite and predictable. I personally think that they got better as they went along, and some of the sounds on this earlier album are prettily nauseating, especially in the wrong mood. The eagle-eye perspective can gloss over detail, and as we know the detail is where the devil lies. Yet this distant promontory is one of the few ways we humans have to view ourselves and our doings more objectively, rid ourselves of gross imbalances, and start to think in longer term ways. The epic is a counter-balance to our busy doings, one conspicuously absent in our culture today. Epic black metal is to be appreciated for bringing it back in music and this album is a significant contributor.
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SmittyJenkins
Any opinions on this repress? (insert more words blah blah)
overkillke2's avatar
overkillke2
Available for 25 € at Napalm records, stop your delirium guys
anhzaibibun's avatar
anhzaibibun
look good but sound terrible, they need to improve the sound quality on the reissues
walking_bread's avatar
walking_bread
Guys napalm records still has copies, don't feed the flippers.
FuneralCoach's avatar
FuneralCoach
my 4 golden version Summoning albums was bad sound quality press!!(from the label!!!)
Solmyr's avatar
Solmyr
Great sound!