Velvety Synth Leads And Ghoulish Compositions Prevail On Ancient Sword’s ‘Ars Antiqua’

Darkness descending on ominous Dungeon Synth music with a soundtrack-like quality is one of the key elements that I’ve come to love with this genre of music. It’s those artists that continue to push the boundary of songwriting and sound quality without giving up the general aesthetics of the genre is what makes recordings like these sound so great. In this matter, I’m referring to ‘Ars Antiqua’ by Ancient Sword. Featuring eight mesmerizing tracks of elemental Dungeon Synth, this is a beautiful recording of the highest nature.

“Descending The Darkpath” is the perfect album opener with dismal field recordings and evil synth effects to perfectly place the listener in the mood for a harrowing experience. “Hermit’s Dream” begins with a soothing keyboard tone that is soon followed by a clean synth lead that is easy to follow and will have the listener humming the same tune right away. The orchestral elements add a refreshing light to this track as well. “Alabard Song” kicks things off in high gear with a haunting rhythm and portentous drum beats. As layers of synths continue to seep in, it’s obvious that this is a standout track on the album. “A Crowd Of Shades Flitting By Dark Waters” starts as a peculiar synthwave track with bizarre tones and intricate keyboard fills. Around the halfway mark, additional keyboard fills make their presence known as this outlandish track suddenly fades off in the distance. “King’s Farewell” is another sinister sounding track that features many keyboard effects that will please fans of both Medieval Dungeon Synth and retro synthwave as well. The multiple layers of lead synth tracks seems to broaden the spectrum for this song and it takes a beautiful turn toward an orchestral piece toward the end. “Chrysopoeia” features a harmonious keyboard lead that is soon synchronized with swaying synth drones that together, create a wondrous melody that is catchy and memorable. “Night Wanderer” begins with a brooding sound that borders malevolence more than it does the pleasantries of harmonious tones. With soft, percussive sounds and layers of droning synths, this is not only one of the darkest tracks on the album, but it’s also rich in natural composition with a striking arrangement as well. The final track on the album, “Mythical Twilight”, is a somber arrangement with fascinating keyboard tones and layers of congenial synth leads that play out like a magical orchestration until the very end.

Ancient Sword has created an enchanting experience with ‘Ars Antiqua’. Although these eight tracks provide thirty two minutes of listening pleasure, each song is well crafted and diverse in its own right. From ominous tones and sinister sounds to beautiful orchestrations, this album is well diverse and should please fans of all types of synth music in general. I highly recommend checking out this album from the link below and I’m eager to see what this artist has to offer in the very near future.

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Isolation And Nature Collide On Grimloch’s Esoteric And Terse EP, ‘Return To The Wild’

Sometimes fate takes you to a remote location in nature that rarely see interaction with mankind. Those are the environmental settings that have a lasting impression on many enthusiasts that rely on the beauties of the countryside for artistic influence. Some are fortunate to live by these landscapes and have access to these types of wondrous sceneries. That’s exactly the case for Grimloch and the purity of the music that is presented on ‘Return To The Wild’. Leaning heavy on the surroundings of the lonely environment with a conservative approach to instrumental and production integration, Grimloch prepares a unique take on Dungeon Synth that combines modest folk influences across seven short and extraordinary tunes.

The delicate keys of “Rapid Forge (Introduction)” play an irregular pattern as if someone is becoming familiar with a strange new land for the first time. Smooth and slightly distorted chops add a brightness and sense of happiness to the situation, as the ‘Return To The Wild’ commences. The arrangement on “Mirkwood Forest” may seem random at first, but is intricately woven with the allure of nature and it’s haunting calmness allows for this layered and rhythmic tune to sound complex and appealing. “Farewell Rose” is a beautiful forest synth piece that contains several tracks of various instruments that seamlessly play a thoughtful and sedative tune. “Druid Sunrise” is another complex piece that is methodically layered with various sounds that remain harmonious throughout. In keeping with the true fashion of this recording, the track suddenly ends, just as you’re starting to get enthralled in its mysticism. “The Orb” has a traditional Dungeon Synth vibe with some ethereal tones and perfectly fitting echo effects that make this a standout track. “Velox Spiritus” is a very short but dreamy synth piece that has a peculiar reverb effect, giving it a huge sound. The final song on this obscure offering is “A Beautiful Birth”. Not only is it the longest song on the album – just over two minutes in length – it’s also the most adaptable, as it contains soothing drone synths, haunting keyboard leads and eerie soundscapes. Toward the end of the track, there is even a low-end drone to close things out.

Grimloch is certainly a unique and arcane artist. Drawing a majority of his influences from hidden landscapes and remote, desolate settings, the power of this esoteric recording is quite fascinating. Although these seven tracks take up only eight minutes of playing time, every second is utilized to the max and not a moment is wasted. ‘Return To The Wild’ is a charming piece of work and is worth checking out. If you like your Dungeon Synth tracks short & sweet, with a variety of minimalistic instrumentation, I recommend checking out Grimloch’s complete discography, which is available for “name your price”. However, the direct link for ‘Return To The Wild’ is available below.

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Thorgnyr Delivers A Conceptual Piece On The Revolution Of Life Called, ‘Cycles’

As Dungeon Synth continues to grow in thematic expression, I’ve come to the conclusion that no subject matter is off limits at this point and anything that can arouse the emotions is worthy of a conceptual album in this ever-so-impressive genre. Although there are many noteworthy artists that have burst onto the scene to deliver their brand of medieval synth music, one that has been rather impressive as of late is Thorgnyr. On the extraordinary sophomore effort called ‘Cycles’, Thorgnyr releases four long-form tracks that conceptualize a day in the revolution of life (in general). With the help of Icelandic folklore, mythical creatures and ghost stories, these four tracks emerge as a solid story with varied influences and the outcome is outstanding.

On the opening track, “Dusk”, beautifully suppressed synths are woven into a Medieval melody that lay the ground work for this breathtaking ten and a half minute long track. After a short refrain, layers of background synths are added to thicken the sound. At around the three minute mark, synth leads orchestrate a discordant – but necessary pattern – that harmonizes well with the original melody of the music. Soon afterwards, percussive patterns are introduced, solidifying this track in the right evening time mood and preparing the listener for further enchantments that represents the other phases in this cycle. The next track is the grimly composed, “Night”. Starting with just a single keyboard melody and briskly bridging in backup sounds that are daring and bold, this track perfectly describes the title in the dark, brooding music that unfolds across nearly ten minutes of playing time. Deep, thunderous keyboards play modulating sounds that are haunting and spirit evoking. About halfway through, a quirky keyboard arrangement makes its way into the mix, as if representing the awakening of nocturnal creatures, as they stir through the land in search for food and festivities. “Dawn” begins with a loud, shrieking keyboard tone that is definitely in the Dungeon Synth tradition. As the awakening of a new day emerges, warm keyboard melodies pleasantly mix synth leads, creating a warm and inviting sound. This sound maintains a relatively quick pace for the first six minutes or so, then the track takes a sharp turn with different keyboard effect. The keyboard leads really shine throughout this whole track and they rarely let up, except on occasion to bring in more layers of synths and percussion patterns. The final track on the album is the best ten minute long, “Day”. Commencing with a high-pitched keyboard arrangement that matches the relaxing elements of nature as the day unfolds, breathing life into everting into existence. A couple of minutes in, distorted synths provide the backdrop to the enlightened melodies and gives this track an immense sound, as this album comes full circle. Again, the percussion elements add a nice layer of crunch to the track and gives it’s a grandiose feeling.

With having such a short career in the Dungeon Synth genre thus far, Thorgnyr continues to deliver the goods and proves that’s they are in it for the long haul. With just two albums under their belts – ‘Depths’ from March and ‘Cycles’ from April, Thorgnyr sounds like they’ve been delivering the ancient message for much longer than that. ‘Cycles’ is a really impressive release and one that I plan on listening to for sometime to come. Please support this amazing artist and download ‘Cycles’ from the link below.

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Pastoral Refrains Cater To The Gentle Side Of Nature On Alloch Nathir’s ‘The Emerald Grotto’

Nature is the essence of many aspects of life. Whether good or evil, the crux of its attributes supplies endless amounts of viable resources in order to create an unfathomable sense of inspiration for music. From placid elements that relate to the morning dawn, peaceful wilderness and the natural formations of the land to dark & eerie forests, storms & gray skies and desolate terrain, music can take on these exact same forms and emit either a somber or malevolent side. Alloch Nathir’s ‘The Emerald Grotto’ takes the best of both worlds and combines them into a soothing and melodic style of forest/fantasy synth that will have the listener bonding with all elements of nature. Within these eight tracks, the listener will be summoned deep into the forest to a mystical cave that will transcend an ordinary forest floor into an unprecedented hidden treasure.

“Tome Of The Mercurial Font” fades in like a soft, flowing stream, deep in the heart of a secluded forest. Majestic strings pluck a simple but melodic tune to entice the mood. At once, harmonious sounds are brought in to create a peaceful environment, abundant with life. Subtle keys in the background induce feelings of tranquility and enlightenment. “Lost In The Wooded Labyrinth” takes us further down the stream where the currents are stronger and the exalted beauty is matched by sovereign string arrangements. The constant chirps of birds signifies a particularly sheltered environment where the scenery has the upper hand on any unforeseen visitors. Faint synth effects can be heard, but are distinct enough to create a balance between forest and fantasy synth. “Embraced By Dawn’s Gentle Grace” exemplifies all of the core qualities of a great dungeon synth track; slightly upbeat keys, great fills that don’t stop throughout the majority of the track, as well as the delicate warbles of the local inhabitants. Although this is a fairly short track, it exemplifies the content of this album as a whole and really stands out as a memorable piece. “Beyond The Traveled Trail” is a fast paced anthem that features a groovy percussion part that maintains a rhythmic stance throughout. The muffled synth lead is a whimsical nod to somber isolation, yet has an encouraging tone. “The Conjurer’s Cauldron” begins with an aggressive, deep sounding synth tone that plays opposite to a staggering lead part that is reminiscent of a suppressed horn. The polyrhythmic percussion melody is outstanding and fits in perfectly. “Reflections In A Windshorn Mist” continues with the vigorous fantasy synth elements and will have the listener drifting off into the heart of the forest, in search of inner peace and expansion. The final minute of this song changes directions slightly with a solo synth work that is bold and slightly passive. “The Pearl In The Cavern Pool” is my favorite song on the album. It starts with a reticent rain shower field recording and is soon followed by a restrained synth arrangement that has a beautiful melody, but is cold and dark at the same time. The final track on the album, “The Emerald Grotto” is a bleak offering that would be perfect for a hazy autumnal morning, just before the season changes to winter. Although nature’s intonations are absent from this track, it’s apparent that deep inside the hidden cavern, all is lost from the outside world. This is a trance inducing offering that blends droning keyboard effects with harmonic leads that find a delicate balance between repetition and beauty. I can’t think of a better track than this one to end such an amazing album.

Alloch Nathir uses the beauty of nature as well as the mystifying sounds of forest and fantasy synth to deliver an exceptional album that is worthy of multiple listens and will probably be a staple in my DS playlist for a long time to come. Although clocking in at just twenty five minute in length, every bit of this time is used superbly and the field recordings are just about flawless. If delicate synth music riddled with the sounds of nature is your thing, then I can not recommend ‘The Emerald Grotto’ enough. Support this amazing artist and download this incredible album from the link below. You’ll not be disappointed.

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Mocking The Overuse Of Sub-genres, Moss Golem Defies Style Classification With The Perverse ‘The Woods Of Galdura’ Release

Dungeon Synth sure has come a long way, especially over the last few years. Not only has it grown immensely in popularity but it has garnered a slew of new sub-genres in which artists can hone their craft to a setting more suitable for them. After all, the harsh tones of Medieval-themed synth music – typically meant to motivate and inspire bloodshed and battle as war rages on between ancient kingdoms or mythical creatures – is quite different from the tranquility of music that makes you feel all warm and snuggly inside. Now enter Moss Golem, the insidious new-ish project by Davey Sasahara created to be the antipode to one of Dungeon Synth’s most popular (and ever growing) sub-genre’s, Comfy Synth. Although releasing a debut EP in February called ‘The House That Granda Built’, the March release of ‘The Woods Of Galdura’ sees a full release of idiosyncratic Dungeon Synth tunes with menacing black metal vocals that are sure to turn heads and provide plenty of discomfort. Well, if that’s the case, then mission accomplished!

The perfect example of all of the aforementioned, is the lead off track, “I”. Beginning with the soothing textures of layered synths in an intimate setting to provide the feeling of relaxation and comfort, Moss Golem reels the listener in to a false world. After a few minutes, this cushy setting fades out into a moment of silence. Slowly, bizarre and jovial synths emerge with harsh, black metal vocals, defying the cozy setting depicted in the first half of the track. “II” continues the menacing escapade as a brief ambient moment is met with evil vocals and turbulent horn effects. Pounding bass pulses contribute to the heinous intonations as Moss Golem continue to push the boundaries of synth music. On “III”, grim synths pave the way to enlightenment, just to be decimated once again by bitter vocals. This time, the music is almost dirge-like, while the vocals are like a cry out of pain and suffering. The fantasy synth sounds of “IV” are abruptly cut short, as the bewildering vocals once again shine a darkening light and prove the mordancy of Moss Golem’s existence. The grandiose elements of “V” are persistent with the classic aspects of a cinematic black metal interlude that has stood the test of time. However, instead of leading into a blazing black metal riff, Moss Golem leads the listener down a path of mortifying Dungeon Synth like no other. The melodic keys on “VI” are memorable and picturesque of a harmonious time, however when the vocals start, oblivion sets in and a dark reality is soon realized. “VII” begins with a retro, synth wave vibe and is soon joined with elements of forest synth effects and of course, the harsh vocals. Rich piano textures and rigid cries begin the contingent track, “VIII”. Beautiful orchestrations are added about halfway through for a more euphonious effect. Track “IX” has to be my favorite on this album for several reason. First, I appreciate the industrial soundscapes in the beginning to show a different side of the Moss Golem sound. The synths are arranged in a canorous pattern that also makes this an enjoyable listen. Lastly, the Crypt Hop elements toward the end are insane! Not just in the beats, but also with the fact that the heavily distorted black metal rap, just feels so right. “X” is an excellent track as well, as it’s ironically fitting. It closes the album just as it started, calm and soothing, even after listening to nine tracks of exasperating Dungeon Synth.

Moss Golem have released two outstanding albums this year and both have succeeded in confronting the culture of desiring to have a title to fit into a certain category. ‘The Woods Of Galdura’ kills any trends previous built upon the Dungeon Synth genre and dares to be categorized in a single style. If you’re a fan of Dungeon Synth and Black Metal and are curious about the meshing of genres, then look no further than Moss Golem and the latest effort, ‘The Woods Of Galdura’. Click on the link below and download this exceptional album and support this innovative artist!

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Glomstriden Arrange Mournful Compositions On Halcyonic Debut Album, ‘The Faded Kingdom’

Dungeon Synth is such a fine art form! There are so many directions in which the music and subject matter takes the listener these days that it’s inconceivable to think that it was once mainly associated with just the primitive side of medieval aesthetics. No matter what version of Dungeon Synth I’m listening to, I love the fact that I can close my eyes and meander into a mystical world in which the artist has sent me. Glomstriden is another excellent Dungeon Synth artist that successfully envisions an esoteric place with just the sounds of powerful and beautifully written electronic music. The songs on ‘The Faded Kingdom’ are melancholic yet elegant, dreamy yet energetic, and tell a compelling story of a scorned and defeated kingdom that has more fight than finish! Whereas most people have written this particular kingdom off as being conquered and left alone, there are still some loyal villagers willing to go to battle to save the only place they’ve ever called home.

“Eternal Lord Of The Forest” begins with a gentle melody that has a gloomy and sorrowful tone to it then layers of encouraging keyboard effects continue to build, creating a warm and inviting sound. Never loosing sight of the original melody, soft drum beats are introduced around the halfway mark to show an upbeat side to this track. The depressing sounds of “Miatig” provoke a feeling of forlorn abandonment. When the layers of reverberating key tones are added, a sense of coldness fills the air as this dark harmony continues its addictive tone throughout the track. “Faru A Feorland” has a grandiose cinematic introduction with multiple synth sounds that are arranged in an eloquent manner. I love when the layers dissipate into a single keyboard chop and then slowly builds back up again. The lead keyboard effects toward the end of the track are some of the best licks on the album and make this one of my favorite tracks as well. “Unyielding Mountains Of Mourning” is a slow brooding track that gives the sensation of a bleak sunlight barely breaking through the thick morning fog high on the mountainside. Even as dawn fades to day, there is no change in brightness as it remains eerily cold and dark. Droning keyboard tones provide a chilling background while an ethereal lead part steals the show for the majority of the track. “March Into Eternity” is the exact opposite of the last track as it is energetic and full of ambition. After a lead off keyboard into, a fast-paced drum part is added, giving meaningful life to this track and subsequently representing the positive nature of the villagers that are willing to stand up and fight for their kingdom. The final track on the album, “Land Of Dead Heroes” sets a quick pace right from the very beginning, with galloping drum beats and majestic keyboard parts that sound confident and radiant, as if ‘The Faded Kingdom’ is still around and moving forward in a productive direction. The synth arrangement on this track has a very medieval sound to it yet ends the album on a very cheerful and luminous note.

I really love this album by Glomstriden and appreciate how it starts dark and gloomy and ends cheerful and full of hope – as if it’s telling the complete story of ‘The Faded Kingdom’ and relying on the listener to fill in the blanks with the details. I’m definitely looking forward to hearing more work from this artist, as the music, songwriting, and production is top-notch for this genre. I highly recommend checking out ‘The Faded Kingdom’ so please click on the link below and add this album to your collection.

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Amethyst Dagger Presents An Exalted View Of Congenial Coastal Livelihood With Sublime New EP, ‘Silent Tides’

There is always a need for a change of pace, especially when subjected to the gridlocks of Dungeon Synth. At times, the atmosphere of the music can be bleak, foreboding with aggressive overtones, and emit a sense of Medieval, war-driven rage. Although there are other intense subject matter that find themselves at the heart of modern Dungeon Synth influences, it is without a doubt, a genre full of passive aggressive angst. However, what’s so great about this genre, is that there are artists that are willing to take it to a completely opposite direction. One of those artist’s is the brilliant Amethyst Dagger and and on the latest four song EP titled, ‘Silent Tides’, we are swept away to a far off island nation where the serene beauty of coastal living is matched only by the alluring, soft melodies of the album itself. As if there is no hate in the world, no imminent danger, and only peace & prosperity, ‘Silent Tides’ offers a harmonious companion to a simple life filled with exquisite moments of life by the seaside.

Elegant album opener, “Lookfar Awaits At The Bay” begins with soft field recordings of birds chirping, representing a delicate day on the oceanside. Like the soft stroke of a paint brush, the sounds of a stringed instrument play a wondrous melody, going up and down the scale and slightly changing keys to maintain a harmonic effort. Fragile keyboard effects and charming synth leads find their way into the mix, creating an euphonious sound that maintains this integrity until the very last note. “Off The Serpent’s Isle” commences with the crashing waves on a lonesome seashore before a smooth, acoustic guitar riff can be heard creating a rhythmic pattern full of surreal charm. Background synth tones beef up the sound a bit, as additional stringed instruments play a fascinating lead. After a short interlude, graceful drums provide additional parts in the arrangement, bringing it to a hygienic yet climactic ending. “Oceanic Dreams” is a short synth piece with a nice cathedral-like organ sound, augmented by layered synth effects and a simple stringed arrangement. The sounds of lightly crashing waves can be heard throughout, making this lovely piece seem a bit more meditative. The EP’s final track, “Homesick” starts with a soft piano composition that slowly builds with an overlay of somber instruments playing single notes, as they mold into a quaint melody worthy of a peaceful ending.

Amethyst Dagger continues to impress with his brand of tranquil dungeon synth. ‘Silent Tides’ offers four excellent songs that are written extremely well and provide just the amount of melody to keep you wanting more. I can not recommend this artist enough, as the style of music can easily fit into multiple genres, and it’s perfect for just sitting back and contemplating your thoughts. If you’ve not checked it out already, please click on the link below and download ‘Silent Tides’ and enjoy the music that’s in store for you.

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Mimico Constructs Mesmerizing & Somber Synth Melodies On Haunting Debut EP called, ‘It’s Dead’

The moment that initial sound effect blared through my headphones, I knew I was about to be treated with some inspirational Dungeon Synth music. Sometimes, it’s hard to tell – especially right away – if the quality of the music is desirable enough to grab the listeners attention and provide the platform needed to whisk them away into a fantasy world, where they can drift into the artists’ craft and forge their own story. That’s exactly the case for the debut EP by Mimico titles, ‘It’s Dead’. These four, though-provoking tracks of medieval themed Dungeon Synth greatness are filled with galloping arrangements, barbaric effects and all the sounds you’d expect to hear if you were worthy enough to experience life back in the Middle Ages.

The enthralling gray noise that start “Abyssal”, will leave the listener in a bleak, desolate pit of despair as it continues to play in the background while soothing, classic sounds distract from its horrific ramifications. String-like melodies form a beautiful tone around the darkness and soothing keyboard sounds drift into the mix as well. As heavy, thumping percussive beats make a bold statement, a gathering of harmonious instruments create a lavish sound with the effects of clashing swords in the background. There are many sides to this wondrous track and given the title’s deep, subjective meaning, it surprisingly light and atmospheric as well. “The Lost Sinner” is a percussion heavy track that has multiple layers of synths with varying instrumental noises. While the drums provide a vigorous pace, the synths illuminate a dulcet of ancient sounds that would eagerly motivate battle-hungry warriors as they prepare for an invasion on an enemy kingdom. “For The Throne” starts with simple, yet distorted keys, then a plethora of other tones are introduced in a fascinating arrangement. From clean sounding keys, bells, and classical instrument arrangements, this track runs through the gamut of prepared intonations to bring forth a masterful effort. The final track on this EP, “It’s Dead” rightfully begins with a cathedral-like organ arrangement and subtlety introduces distorted tones to add extra layer of grit to this hypnotic ending.

Mimico has release an excellent recording in the valiant debut EP, ‘It’s Dead’. Containing four spellbinding tracks of medieval themed Dungeon Synth with great use of percussions, sound effects and multi-layers of synths, these songs range from battle-laden hymns to soothing, theatrical arrangements and are sure to please fans of both Dungeon Synth and Classical music with a soundtrack quality. Please support this amazing artist and download ‘It’s Dead’ from the link below.

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Criptadel Takes Us On A Mythical Adventure Into The Precarious Part Of The Village Known As ‘The Goblin Market’

Goblins are grotesque and fabled creatures that are known to do malicious harm to humans. Imagine a market place in a chimerical village completely dedicated to these diabolical beings. I can conceptualize a forlorn situation for any outsider as goblins would completely terrorize anyone that visited this sacred location. Filled with mischievous activity and crude actions that are borderline malevolent, but at the same time, there is a sense of whimsical solidarity in this close nit area. Criptadel supplies an amazing soundtrack to amplify the necessity of this heinous village district simply titled, ‘The Goblin Market’.

Album opener, “The Goblin Market”, sets an abhorrent scene as various soundscapes and inaudible narrations provide an unhinged welcoming to the market place. After a quick, harsh black metal-esque vocalization, the Market opens for business as glorious & melodic synths – along with compounding percussions – provide an addictive jingle to display a sort of pleasantry for those that wish to conduct business in the Market. “Trolls Atelier” begins with a bold synth tone and the builds upon layers of clean synth sounds. A drum beat soon kicks in, playing a fast-paced anthem that is both cheerful and anxious. At about the halfway mark, the music gives way to a drone sound with a grotesque narration before picking back up with a more discordant melody. “The Coal Shop” plays a galloping harmony that features a soothing combination of beats and buoyant synths. After a few minutes of cheery tones, the song takes a more cinematic approach and changes things up a bit. However, it soon gets back to the original melody and closes out the track this way. “Dragon Spa” starts with a beautiful, classical moment and then dives right into a traditional dungeon synth part, along with some inaudible narrations that sounds like a old goblin explaining the details of his store. The last half of this song has a real soothing vibe, complimented with some middle-eastern beats. “No Sales” is a delicate little piece that unifies deeper synth chords with blissful overtones. There are several solo synth moments that provides a musical consonance throughout the track. “Frog Store” properly begins with the sounds of multiple croaking frogs, as the music crescendos into a bright mix of clapping percussion and richly layered synth effects. Deep horn sound effects are featured on this track and fit in perfectly with the theme that this track is portraying. “The Mush Room” is a short interlude that features someone walking up to a door and then knocking on it. Afterwards, creepy and inaudible narrations take over with some hallucinogenic-type laughter at the very end. “The Trasgo Inn” ignites things with a fiery field recording that molds into a hypnotic synth tune that strides alone with a jubilant beat and robust keyboard sound in the background. The track picks up the pace toward the end and fades out on a dashing note. “Cirque Cadavre” begins with a quirky keyboard chop as if you’ve stepped foot in a bizarre circus tent and madness of sorts is happening all around you. However, intricate synth melodies are interwoven to make this an intriguing, yet outlandish listening adventure. The final track on the album, “Ghoul Funeral Service (feat. Uxor Mortis)” is an eight minute finale of what all can be expected once you step foot inside ‘The Goblin Market’. From the slightly twisted intro and grand cathedral organs to the slower theatrical parts, this epic track completes this unique album in the most fascinating way.

‘The Goblin Market’ is an intriguing, conceptual Dungeon Synth album that is sure to entertain die-hard fans of the genre from start to finish. Not only is the music astonishing, but the production is pristine and the additional field recordings and vocal narrations are all done in good taste. I highly recommend checking out this album as it’s definitely a contender for Dungeon Synth album of the year. Please support this unbelievable artist and recording by downloading it from the link below.

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Vää’s ‘Ur Sägen Och Hävd’ Is The Equivalence Of An Award-Winning Motion Picture Score

Like many other genres of music, Dungeon Synth has many facets when it comes to styles, production type and songwriting. Whether it’s a lo-fi synth track recorded straight to cassette tape or top-of-the-line equipment used for large-scale productions, I love it all. As long as the songwriting is good, I can get with any style and tolerate any production method. Vää is more like the later, with beautifully engineered music and crystal clear production quality, and the output on debut album ‘Ur Sägen Och Hävd’, is of cinematic quality and could easily be a soundtrack for a medieval fantasy-based movie.

The grandiose synth introduction on “Swarthnor” will immediately grab the listeners attention and as soon as the bass pads make their presence known, the real feast begins. Right from the beginning, the theatrical nature becomes a dominant fixture, not only in this track, but with the rest of the album as well. Swaying through adventurous parts, acoustic passages and bombastic percussive arrangements, this is an excellent lead off song. “Land Ur Havet” begins with an austere acoustical score before massive synths fill the air with such allure and clarity, that you’ll find yourself drifting off to a medieval time, where ancient kingdoms, forest folklore and dragons existed. The classical elements on this track really stick out and are very well written. “Vittradans” starts with a charming and melodic arrangement that slowly grows into a majestic adventure. The percussion elements really stick out in this tracks and are performed flawlessly with the rest of the music. “Vääflickan” is another melodic, yet adventurous piece that easily rivals any soundtrack score of this nature today! Probably my favorite song on the album, it has a slightly dark undertone but is arranged in a magnificent way, in that it ebb and flows like a montage scene from a fantasy film. The depths and layers of synths are magnificent and the clear production gives each of them the glory they deserve in this track. “Ur Hävd Och Sägen” is another large-scale arrangement with percussion and layered keys that sound extremely effervescent in the beginning before slowing down into a middle acoustic passage. The track finishes strong with flute sound, backed by strong keyboard arrangements and additional percussion. “Rå” begins with a delicate string arrangement that puts the listener right in the heart of the Middle Ages. The charming sounds promote peace and prosperity throughout the kingdom and happiness and friendship is at an all time high between the commonwealth and royalty. The string and flute duet in this track are amazing and really stick out as one of the albums finest moments. The final track on the album, “Drottning”, is an awe-inspiring score that signifies the glory of medieval times as well as the luxuries and success of a thriving kingdom. Peaceful synths and harmonious drum patterns play a key part in the tranquil sounds of this track and I can’t think of a better way to end this album.

Vää have produced one of the most exuberant albums I’ve ever heard from the Dungeon Synth genre. Although I love me some lo-fi, crusty dungeon synth, this album is absolutely amazing. ‘Ur Sägen Och Hävd’ is one of the cleanest sounding, top-quality produced albums I’ve heard from this genre. If you like Dungeon Synth with a cinematic quality to it, look no further than Vää. I can’t recommend this album enough so download it from the link below.

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