The Summoning is the fifth record from Bloody Hammers, a horror-rock duo that hails, appropriately, from Transylvania County, North Carolina. Founder Anders Manga is the primary songwriter and handles the vocals, guitar and bass. The other permanent member of the band, Devallia, takes care of the keyboards, piano and organ, and they have a rotating cast of touring musicians.
I’ve always thought the band was interesting. I’d hear a song here or there and think, “that’s kind of cool,” but it didn’t hit me hard enough to send me looking for the rest of the record. The Summoning, however, hits all of the right notes for me.