Boston Technical Metal quartet The Summoned will self-release their sophomore full-length Sessions on June 16. Sessions is a concept album about the journey through the mind of a troubled mental patient who is struggling to confront his own personal demons through a series of sessions with a psychiatrist. Each individual song resembles those sessions. Whether they’re spastic (to give the feeling of panic the patient is feeling), or offering triggering the epiphany that is his own reality, Sessions is not just an album… it’s an experience.
Often compared to a plethora of bands and genres, The Summoned are no strangers to pushing the boundaries of traditional heavy metal. With technical riffs, head-bobbing grooves, sing-along choruses, jazzy interludes, and epic solos, there is always something for the discerning listener to grasp, resulting in a sound that will appeal to a variety of fans.
Sessions was produced by The Summoned and Evan Sammons. The album was engineered, mixed and mastered by Evan Sammons in Belgrade Maine.
1. “The Pendulum Swing”
3. “Fractal Patterns”
4. “The Grave Mistake”
5. “Built of Glass”
7. “Primogenial Birth”
Formed in the winter of 2007 since the beginning they had one goal in mind and that was to always push the limits to what heavy metal is supposed to be. Utilizing their various separate influences including Sam Hang’s (drums) love for death metal, Shaun Murphy’s (guitar) passion for progressive metal, Stephen Thompson’s (vocals) fascination with mainstream metal, and Jarred Sullivan’s (guitar) fondness of guitar virtuosos they utilized those styles to create the sound you hear today.
In the winter of 2011 The Summoned released their first full length titled If Only Minds Could Paint Pictures to critical acclaim including a perfect 5 out of 5 on TheNewReview.net and an 8/10 on theheaviestmatteroftheuniverse.com, as well as praise and continuous airplay on Rock 101 The Summoned felt it was time to embark on tour to support the album.
In the Summer of 2012, The Summoned embarked on a 23-day headline tour spanning the US and Canada with a homecoming show to play the 2012 Summer Slaughter Tour with Cannibal Corpse, Between The Buried and Me, The Faceless and more.
After a year of playing shows up and down the east coast along with dates in Canada The Summoned felt it was time to begin writing a new their new album Sessions in hopes to top the critical acclaim of their predecessor If Only Minds Could Paint Pictures.
In the winter of 2013, The Summoned entered the studio with longtime friend Evan Sammons of Last Chance To Reason (Prosthetic Records) to begin the recording process. For the next 3 years, The Summoned would spend time in the studio writing, working on every nuance of the album to ensure the technicality and sound quality was leaps and bounds ahead of their previous effort, they have achieved that goal.