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DUNGEON SYNTH 2020

Accept this invitation, and join me for an adventure! The goal (my goal) is to keep up with, as much as possible, with the latest releases. The plan is to fill this yearly list with the (somewhat) best releases. I'll my best to keep this list updated, and I'll add albums I rated 3.5 and above with short commentaries and links. Also, to keep this more exciting, I'll share you a few of older releases which I find extraordinary good (basically some 5.0s I explore this year). Feel free to ask & discuss anything about the genre here! Cheers!
1Empyreal Forest
Divinations


The resemblances in style and in aesthetics to Depressive Silence made me like this instantly. Feels really old-school!
My rating: 3.5
https://dismalruin.bandcamp.com/album/divinations
2Ancient Boreal Forest
Where Dragons Dream


Magical and mysterious melodies with BM aesthetics - just how I love it. Also, nice Summoning and Thangorodrim vibes!
My rating: 4.0
https://ancientborealforest.bandcamp.com/album/where-dragons-dream
3Hillsfar
Jewel of the Moonsea


I greatly enjoyed this one. Despite the obvious and humble worship of the old-school DS, it also brings something new and unique without sounding generic and lifeless - and I greatly respect that. A bit more on the slower side of the genre, with serious atmosphere. Adventurious!
My rating: 4.0
https://outofseason.bandcamp.com/album/jewel-of-the-moonsea
4Mondfinsternis
Lokabrenna


Wow. Some otherworldy high production right here! Cinematically atmospheric, easily outshines many movie's soundtracks. Fantastic quality... the vareity of styles blended together, the production and composition...very well done, I'm impressed.
My rating: 4.0
https://mondfinsternis.bandcamp.com/album/lokabrenna
5Medieval Rites
Norse Mythology: A Viking Saga


A heartwarming piece of medieval folk music with ambient vibes. Great producion and pretty melodies. This is one of those albums you want to play in the background when you're about to read a book.
My rating: 3.5
https://medievalrites.bandcamp.com/album/norse-mythology-a-viking-saga
6Haunted Realm
Kingdom of Ages Past


I found this one surprisingly enchanting. It has a calm and melancholic, yet still cold and mysterious atmosphere, which I found very enjoyable. Very modern sounding samples and instruments, but this type of sound is what I also greatly enjoy.
My rating: 4.0
https://thehauntedrealm.bandcamp.com/album/kingdom-of-ages-past
7Windrikje
Frostland


This is it, the most perfect winter synth album ever made. The mysterious, ancient and powerful aura which fills the entire album is indescribable. Magical.
[Released in 2004.] My rating: 5.0
https://youtu.be/tJAtwAx19Io
8Medieval Rites
Prologue


Fief fans, assemble! This fills me with great joy. Beautiful and relaxing medieval ambient release.
My rating: 4.0
https://medievalrites.bandcamp.com/album/prologue
9Camarde
Camarde


Very nice lo-fi dungeon synth release. Respetful to the old-school: melancholic and enchanting melodies recorded straight to tape (I assume) - and that's it.
My rating: 4.0
https://camarde.bandcamp.com/album/camarde
10Orkenblut
Mysteria Arkana, Bd. II


Deep, dark and mysterious. Orkenblut's second release is a very interesting one with odd sounds and noises with an omnious atmosphere.
My rating: 3.5
https://orkenblut.bandcamp.com/album/mysteria-arkana-bd-ii
11Khand
The Sage of Witherthorn


Wonderful. A very-well composed and adventurous album. Very original sound and samples with an excellent production. Each song is very dynamic, which makes the album constantly "fluid" and dreamy.
My rating: 4.0
https://khand.bandcamp.com/album/the-sage-of-witherthorn
12Criptadel
Extended I


I'm greatly impressed about this EP. Very original sound, even though the sound of some instruments are a bit similar to other projects. Ah. I'm so into this atmosphere! A portal for the ears to transfer the listener to an underground fantasy world - at least, this is how I felt. Very strong focus on the ryhthm section, which gives a certain dynamism to the release. Similar to Mortiis, but lot more energic and "moving" - it's quite hard to describe. Alltogether, I loved this release because it really fired up my imagination.
My rating: 4.0
https://criptadel.bandcamp.com/album/extended-i
13The Cursed Cold One
The Hag Of The Sea


Great diversity in a quite short release. Lots of very good ideas, and original sounds - especially the percussions.
My rating: 3.5
https://cursedcoldone.bandcamp.com/album/the-hag-of-the-sea
14Gnoll
Zargo's Lords


I have no idea how can Heimat Der Katastrophe put out so many awesome releases... I sense some serious magic behind this - especially about artists like Gnoll. The mysterious project's recent output is simply brilliant, top tier dungeon synth music. I simply can't get enough about this kind of fantasy-inspired releases like this, because these keep constantly blow my mind. "Zargo's Lords" is probably the very best what Gnoll ever released. The progression of each song is phenomenal, every melody and instrument is exciting, and the whole package flows like a dream. Just listen to this already, you'll understand.
[Released in 2019] My rating: 4.5 (maybe a 5.0 later?)
https://heimatderkatastrophe.bandcamp.com/album/hdk-38-zargos-lords
15Chaucerian Myth
Sir Orfeo


Level up. Chaucerian Myth just gets better and better with each release. This album is astonishing, and I think this is a huge improvement. Very classical music inspired style, accompanied by old-school synths - an enchanting combination.
My rating: 4.0
https://chaucerianmyth.bandcamp.com/album/sir-orfeo
16Inoriand
A World Frozen


Calm and ethereal - frosty dungeon drone just how I like it! Additionally, I think it is Inoriand's best so far.
My rating: 4.0
https://eldestgaterecords.bandcamp.com/album/a-world-frozen
17Dwalin
Sorcery & Might


Tbh, this is the first Dwalin album I enjoyed all the way through. Basically the album sounds like Summoning, but just only the percussions and synths - and I really-really liked it!
My rating: 3.5
https://dwalin1.bandcamp.com/album/sorcery-might
18Depressive Silence
Twenty-Five Years


The whole discography in one box set.
[Only physical format; not available anymore]
19Thangorodrim
The Darkening of Valinor


Finally, the lost album by Thangorodrim!! The distinctive aesthetics can be found here, and the album sounds just as wonderful as expected. Interestingly, "The Darkening of Valinor" has the most diverse atmosphere from the whole discography: it is like all the unique winter synth, epic old-school and medieval styles are mixed together - which is extremly exciting. Wonderful album.
[Released in 2015] My rating: 4.5
https://youtu.be/hXuZy8tWqHU
20Fogweaver
Spellwind


The comfortably melancholic atmosphere which fills the album is very captivating, and personally I found it very relaxing. A rather slow dungeon synth release, which even tough is very well composed, suffers from being a bit too samey.
My rating: 3.5
https://thefogweaver.bandcamp.com/album/spellwind
21Borg
Woodland


Another honest and beautiful medieval (neo-)folk album, by the Swede bard. I think there is some improvement from the debut, but it is hard to describe why. I just simply enjoyed this one more. The various instruments, various moods and melodies are astonishing and enchanting, but one thing is sure: it is lovely! So simple, so touching... this what makes my heart melt.
My rating: 4.0
https://borg.bandcamp.com/album/woodland
22Cowl
Strange Divinity


Beautiful, simply beautiful. A very atmospheric old-schoolish dungeon synth release, with gorgeous folk and strong drone elements. "Strange Divinity" is a captivating and exciting release, which flows like a slow, melancholic and sometimes nightmarish dream.
My rating: 4.0
https://lordcowl.bandcamp.com/album/strange-divinity
23Old Sorcery
An Inkling of Void


A rather slow, dreamlike, and I think pretty winter synth-ish EP. A perfect choice for a gloomy day - a relaxing experience.
My rating: 3.5
https://oldsorcery.bandcamp.com/album/an-inkling-of-void
24Arcana Liturgia
Follow the old path


God bless Arcana Liturgia for still making great dungeon synth... This album is a well composed and polished piece of magic for the ears.
My rating: 3.5
https://arcanaliturgia.bandcamp.com/album/follow-the-old-path
25Burzum
Thulêan Mysteries


Lots of familiar melodies and sounds, but still something new and exciting. The new (and probably last) Burzum album combined every strength of all the dungeon synth / ambient releases, making it Varg's best and strongest ambient output. A lengthy, but highly atmospheric release, which mostly builds on old-school synths and folk instruments. Fortunately this is lot more similar to "Yore" than "Sol austan", so it was technically impossible for me to not love this album. I wish songs like 'The Sacred Well', 'Gathering Herbs', 'The Ettin Stone Heart' etc. would be longer...
My rating: 4.5 (AOTY contender)
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_nzzL4W8LPli1YyDbP8UipkWmvYZf1zDhM
26Leander
A Journey Lost to Time


Sweet, relaxing fantasy-inspired release. It was kinda like a soundtrack from a long-lost old-school videogame (or movie?) mixed with lo-fi ambiences and a tiny bit of classical music. I can highly recommend it as a background music for reading.
My rating: 3.5
https://leander33.bandcamp.com/album/a-journey-lost-to-time
27Evilnox
Songs Of Oblivion


Evilnox's latest is an exciting, strongly folk-oriented dungeon synth release, and I liked it. Lots of interesting folk instruments, deep drones and sound samples from old videogames... I bet it was lots of fun making it!
My rating: 3.5
https://evilnox.bandcamp.com/album/songs-of-oblivion
28Guild Of Lore
Wandering Tales


100% the typical Guild Of Lore quality.
My rating: 3.5
https://guildoflore.bandcamp.com/album/wandering-tales
29Thangorodrim
Prologue


All the early Thangorodrim-works have been remastered, and the result is very pleasing, and really have been brought together. This is a more ripe, and fullier complex, which certainly has its own highs and lows, but alltogether this is a fine and valuable musical experience for all the enthusiastic fans of Tolkien's work, and the dungeon synth genre.
My rating: 4.0
https://outofseason.bandcamp.com/album/prologue
30Umbria
The Sleeping Wizard


Pretty, dinamic and enchanting work from Umbria - less folk/classical oriented than the previous LP, more on the fantasy synth side. And I sensed some similarities to Mirkwood, and Chaucerian Myth, which is very welcomed. Also: bonus points best artwork of the year, so far.
My rating: 3.5
https://umbriasynth.bandcamp.com/album/the-sleeping-wizard
31Barbarian King
Barbarian King


A terrible cover art hides great excellence: Barbarian King's debut is a very-well written and produced fantasy-inspired musical journey. Various instruments, and percussions and exciting melodies - this is all about.
My ratings: 4.0
https://barbariankingswe.bandcamp.com/album/barbarian-king
32Kobold (IT)
The village in the frozen mountains


A very pleasant and magical release. I love concept albums (and most of HDK releases are story-driven), because it gives a certain extra excitement to the listening - same case with this Kobold album, I really enjoyed this the adventure in the icy mountains of the Huk Valley.
My rating: 4.0
https://heimatderkatastrophe.bandcamp.com/album/hdk-50-the-village-in-the-frozen-mountains
33Goblin Priest
Dank Vision Sewer Crawl


Super good chiptune dungeon synth release, probably one of the bests I've heard. Sounds exactly like an old video game soundtrack. Very energic and the old-school aesthetics are spot on.
My rating: 3.5
https://goblinpriest.bandcamp.com/album/dank-vision-sewer-crawl
34Magic Lantern (DS)
Skeleton Key


A pleasantly melodic dungeon synth piece, which strongly builds upon 8-bit music elements. Anyone who's into old-school videogame soundtracks may like this as well.
My rating: 3.5
https://amagiclantern.bandcamp.com/album/skeleton-key
35Dark Vestige
Songs From Saint Andrews Chapel


This is a dark, yet somewhat relaxing and highly atmospheric release, and I especially liked the medieval and middle-Eastern influences.
My rating: 3.5
https://darkvestige.bandcamp.com/album/songs-from-saint-andrews-chapel
36Hexelwir
Honey Moon And Blackened Stars


Great, strongly folk-medieval oriented dungeon synth album. A bit lengthy, but very-well composed work.
My rating: 3.5
https://hexelwir.bandcamp.com/album/honey-moon-and-blackened-stars-remastered
37Lamentation
Grabens Symphonie


Despite the plague, 2020 brought us some sweet compilation albums. Releasing the entire Lamentation discography on vinyl and CD was a massively kind gesture from Werewolf Records.
https://werewolfrecords.bandcamp.com/album/grabens-symphonie
38Blood Tower
Clock Dreams


Excellent dungeon synth release. Clock Dreams delivered exactly what I hoped for: dense and mysterious atmosphere, interesting instrumentation & effects, and notable variety in ideas and styles presented. I loved it.
My rating: 4.0
https://moonworshipper.bandcamp.com/album/clock-dreams
39Sventovit
Longing for the Past


Pretty little album, with a humbly magical atmosphere. Very relaxing!
My rating: 4.0
https://sventovit.bandcamp.com/album/longing-for-the-past
40Sidereal Fortress
The Hermit's Hole


Nice concept album, I found especially the atmosphere captivating, and the folk parts are very enjoyable as well. These more simple compostions fit better to this project, imo.
My rating. 3.5
https://siderealfortress.bandcamp.com/album/the-hermits-hole
41Treasure Seeker
Quest for the Secrets Beyond Time


Very nice, I'm impressed. Great medieval ambient release, very playful and adventurous, with pleasant Fief-ish vibes.
My rating: 4.0
https://treasureseeker.bandcamp.com/album/quest-for-the-secrets-beyond-time
42Murgrind
The Power of Yourself


Fantastic EP! Murgrind single-handedly created one of the best DS releases of the year with this one long track. Masterfully produced and composed, super exciting and inspiring, with strong LoTR vibes... the atmosphere is also spot on! Probably best EP of the year.
My rating: 4.5
https://murgrind-music.bandcamp.com/album/the-power-of-yourself
43Skarpseian
Fragmenter Av Trolldom


Blending the past with the present, 'Fragmenter Av Trolldom' is another perfect album from the modern age of dungeon synth. Each song has its own aura, and the overall gloomy and magical atmosphere is simply perfect. *garas's seal of approval*, of course.
[Released in 2016] My rating: 5.0
https://skarpseian.bandcamp.com/album/fragmenter-av-trolldom
44Ancient Boreal Forest
A Relic From The Sands of Time


So the second release of ABF this year is another great piece even though it follows a different concept, more of a medieval and black ambient mixture... still exciting one, though.
My rating: 3.5
https://ancientborealforest.bandcamp.com/album/a-relic-from-the-sands-of-time
45Fen Walker
Sojourns in the Realm of the Undermoon


One of the most exciting releases of the year. Fen Walker masterfully mixes verious genres and influences together, creating a really unique fantasy-inspired Berlin-school electronic / dungeon synth / dark ambient piece.
My rating: 4.0
https://fenwalker.bandcamp.com/album/sojourns-in-the-realm-of-the-undermoon
46Nifheldhur
Of Wolf and Battle


Strong debut, the overall sound is like an exciting mixture of Olgerd + Murgrind + Thangorodrim, which is very nice.
My rating: 3.5
https://nifheldhur.bandcamp.com/album/of-wolf-and-battle
47Burzygory
Burzygóry


Very mixed bag, but sounds very nice! Some mellow folk here and there, more epic soundscapes and sinister sections - Burzygory's self-titled has them all! A bit short, but the variety within is exceptional.
My rating: 3.5
https://naturmachtproductions.bandcamp.com/album/burzyg-ry
48Vampyric Desolation
Wolf Howl, Blood and Nightfall


Exactly my taste in dungeon drone: mysterious and very atmospheric. I got those Amnesia vibes, perfectly spooky.
My rating: 4.0
https://vampyricdesolation.bandcamp.com/album/wolf-howl-blood-and-nightfall
49Synthosaurus
Gigantic Throne


Taking dino synth to the next level, 'Gigantic Throne' is a super fun album.
My rating: 4.0
https://synthosaurus.bandcamp.com/album/gigantic-throne
50Gullinbursti
Mythical Metallurgy


Nice album, sounds like the mixture of Fief and Criptadel. I kinda prefer the latter in this specific concept, but this is still a very enjoyable album!
My rating: 3.5
https://gullinbursti.bandcamp.com/releases
51Alloch Nathir
The Emerald Grotto


Very calm and relaxing forest synth. Worked perfecty for reading, and I think it is a great match to any other activites as well to lift up a tired spirit.
My rating: 3.5
https://allochnathir.bandcamp.com/album/the-emerald-grotto-2
52Lamp of Murmuur
Cursed Deambulations of the Nocturnal Entities


It was great, the artist behind LoM showed us he can write some really good dungeon synth if he wants to.
My rating: 3.5
https://lampofmurmuur.bandcamp.com/album/cursed-deambulations-of-the-nocturnal-entities-demo
53Vale Minstrel
Warden Of The Vale


Very-very strong folk ambient debut album, I really liked it. The production is very pleasant, it has nice instrumentation (especially the flutes are the most lovely) and has adventurous but relaxing atmosphere.
My rating: 4.0
https://valeminstrel.bandcamp.com/album/warden-of-the-vale
54Whispering Mirrors
The Stuff of Old Dreams


It was really nice, but some songs (I assume both sides are seamless mixes of several songs) felt a bit out of place = less inspired / magical. However, this is an interesting album which mixes old-school and modern sounds.
My rating: 3.5
https://whisperingmirrors.bandcamp.com/album/the-stuff-of-old-dreams-2
55Ancient Sword
Ars Antiqua


Very-very good dungeon synth album. The combination of spacey drone and adventurous synth soundscapes works great; and especially the usage of some rless typical (sometimes odd) synth sounds makes this an outstandingly enjoyable album.
My rating: 4.0
https://darkageproductions.bandcamp.com/album/ars-antiqua
56Isegrimm / Ornatorpet
The Heathen Kingdom


Wonderful and hypnotic split! Flows like a dream, it has exciting synths and percussions, and has a very adventurous feeling. Both artists really shines in this record.
My rating: 4.0
https://isegrimm.bandcamp.com/album/the-heathen-kingdom-split
https://ornatorpet.bandcamp.com/album/the-heathen-kingdom
57Ulaidh
Provincial Kingdoms of Éire


Beautiful debut from Ulaidh, I'm most impressed. Soundwise, this respectfully follows to the old-school traditions, but has a slightly modern edge - and together the album builds an enchanting and mystical atmosphere... Very relaxing.
My rating: 4.0
https://ulaidh.bandcamp.com/album/provincial-kingdoms-of-ire
58Octobeast / Synthosaurus
Mega Clash of Creature Worlds


Holy shite, what a split! This is some really cinematic dino synth split, which sometimes kinda sounds like Fief... and hints of black metal.
My rating: 4.0
https://synthosaurus.bandcamp.com/album/mega-clash-of-creature-worlds
https://octobeast.bandcamp.com/album/mega-clash-of-creature-worlds
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