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|Getting into dungeon synth?|
I put a few albums together to represent different styles within the genre. Hopefully this could be a good start for those who might be interested but still unsure where to start.
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CLASSIC OLD-SCHOOL // The basics.
Of course there is no start without Mortiis. Kicked out from Emperor, the hag-nosed creep created enchanting melodies on a synth. One of the greatest inpsiration for artists later.
Other than the other essential ambient tracks on the famous black metal albums, the prison-era albums were also a huge influence for the genre. The album behind the unspeakable title is an interesting one, but it represents *that* certain atmosphere very well.
"Don't be turned off by this album because of his previous ambient effort, Hlidskalf is a relaxing, awe inspiring piece of ambient art, and is perfect for sleeping or just chilling out." - Angmar
Depressive Silence II
Also known as "Mourning", the German duo's material is probably the most well-respected and admired discography within the genre. If there is an album I want to give a 6/5 rating, then this is the one.
As Shadow Kingdom Comes To My Sight
The very source of it: Lamentation. Church organ and piano - the Greek duo's very simplistic yet effective approach is still unmatched, and there is no other music which could create such a grim and mysterious aura like theirs. A Halloween essential.
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If Howard Shore would write dungeon synth...
"It's gorgeous, triumphant DS. It's like the soundtrack of an old epic tale." - dedex
"Yeah this is clearly some of the best DS-type music I've heard. Wonderfully cinematic, and knows to keep things short." - Bedex
From the Ashes
When neoclassical dungeon synth reaches a certain point where it is barely distinguishable from "real" classical music... If you like epic cinematic soundtracks, you'll like this.
Lively, mellow melodies to lift your spirit. Fief is a personal favourite of mine, embodies the escapism I adore. If you liked the Witcher's soundtrack, you'd very probably love this too.
"...a very dreamy atmosphere which makes it a perfect companion while looking outside your window." - manosg
Basically the same as Fief, but a bit more "serious". DIM expresses more feelings and different moods still operating whilst re-imaging old medieval melodies. Oh: sometimes with enchanting vocals.
The Sacred Mound
100% medieval / renaissance music. You don't hear such thing very often: the Swede bard re-creates the medieval feeling with the most "real" way. In like 90% of the time you hear real instruments in this project, where the synths stand only as the "spine" of the music.
Where Shadows Lie
The very retro vibes and the ever-flowing music of Jim Kirkwood is legendary. This might be a good start for those who favor electronic music over ambient. (Lame use of words, I know, but it is the best way to present it.)
Assorted Mushrooms of New England
An entire album dedicated to mushrooms? Yes. The atmosphere of this release feels unreal... magical!
Sojourns in the Realm of the Undermoon
A bit more mixed in style (folk, droney soundscapes and metal here and there, for example), but it represents very well the fact that Berlin-school electronic music can be mixed with almost anything.
MODERN DUNGEON SYNTH
Back to the roots, but with a modern edge: basically combining the old-school synth sounds with some neoclassical in an uplifting and relaxing way. Malfet might be sput's most favourite dungeon synth artist, and there is a good reason behind it.
The Sleeping Wizard
The very same as Malfet.
Realms of Magickal Sorrow
A more mixed style, with hints of Berlin-school and other electronic genres, meanwhile staying respectful towards the old-school ways. Old Sorcery is one of a kind artist, but definitely an artist I can highly recommend to anyone.
The tag says it all: if you want something epic and close to atmoblack, this might be the style you may want to check.
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Where Dragons Dream
Percussions are most importante.
Sorcery & Might
...and Tolkien references are mandatory.
Perils in the slums scenario 1: the orcs commune
If you want to go... really retro, loving the old arcade videogames and such, these are tempting options!
The Twelve Castles
A more "ethereal" style, but still delivers the "glitchy" sounds accompanied by fine reverb and more complex sound.
Quest To The Ice Castle
Do you still love your old dusty Game Boy Color?
Slow And Heavy
Bonus: DINO SYNTH
...who doesn't like dinos?!
|It's more than "Runescape music".|
|cool...a whole new genre to explore. Handy list garas m/ maybe I check one or two |
still need to get on that Malfet record
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|hell yea man! this looks like an easily digestible list for newcomers with a very solid spread of styles for those who know the genre but maybe haven't explored a lot of it. Great job!|
|Bookmarked. One of those whose been looking for a good breakdown. Seems like something I'd dig |
|List needs more dinosaur synth.|
> List needs more dinosaur synth.
|And thanks for the feature! 🤍|
|Skarpesian - Skgge Slottet|
|Tyrannus - The Warden|
|"...who doesn't like dinos?!"|
|yaaas, larvly list|
"It's more than "Runescape music"."
agreed, although those two runescape.wav dungeon synth tapes are bliss
|Dino Synth made me spill out my drink. Fucking lol, have to check|
|great list garas!|
|Loving this Dino synth|
|very much a list that sput needed m/ great job garasbro, will check the (many) albums I havent heard here|
|So does dino synth sound specifically dinosaurish or is it just called that because of the artist names?|
|Bookmarked. I'm interested in exploring this genre further. You know I like both Borg and Malfet.|
|it's supposed to evoke the feeling of walking in the forest with Brontosaurus|
|awesome list. didnt know 16 had a new album|
|need to check some of these as well |
|jamming 22 rn|
|> does dino synth sound specifically dinosaurish|
Yes, it does!! Slower, "tribal" percussions, samples and such for the vibe.
|some rly cool lists coming out lately hell ya gonna go through this as i am not fluent in this realm |
|Freaking awesome list. I really like the genre but have only heard like the most popular ones.|
I remember liking Wongraven a bit, not sure if it's ds or like just medieval
|did you ask ovrot if you could make this list?|
|garas is the confirmed sput DS grandmaester tho|
|Ah, just noticed this! glad to see you included dino synth as a bonus :) also special mention to Mycologia... it truly is amazing. Just for kicks, maybe 'Grandma's Cottage' should be included too? it has attained almost a cult status by this point.|
'Vää' is very cinematic, but I find myself gravitating toward more traditional DS most of the time.
|T-Rex is the first Dino Synth band, change my mind|
|this track always gave me 'dungeon synth' vibes for some reason... one of my favorite Final tracks|
Final - Death/Love Dealer
|as much as I enjoy ambient genres, dungeon synth is...special|
|man 16 has improved a lot since their debut|
|> maybe 'Grandma's Cottage' should be included too?|
Good question. Howeve, I have mixed feelings about it. This whole "comfy synth" thing is not really my thing, and I don't really know what should I think/say about it, tbh.
> Final - Death/Love Dealer
Man, it has a really DS-ish sound, for real!
> man 16 has improved a lot since their debut
Yeah, I can totally second that!
|How you feel about Abadoned Places?|
|> How you feel about Abadoned Places?|
I've only heard their last LP, but it was great!
|they've also perfected the summoning worship. they even use the same samples lmao|
|Heading Eastward is literally South Away or something off LMHSYF |