Gullinbursti
Mythical Metallurgy


3.6
great

Review

by manosg STAFF
October 5th, 2020 | 13 replies


Release Date: 02/19/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Short and sweet medieval dungeon synth.

If successful dungeon synth can conjure images, Mythical Metallurgy, feels like reading an ancient dusty tome. You see, it’s the combination of the artwork that dates back to 1871, and the mystical atmosphere created by the music, which transports the listener to another dimension. Listening to Gullinbursti’s debut is the equivalent to visiting a mythical subterranean land lost in space and time, ruled by dwarves where ancient myths about honorable deeds and achievements are shared from mouth to mouth.

Those who love medieval dungeon synth and acts like Fief or Sequestered Keep, will find a lot of redeeming qualities here. The most important one is the convincing atmosphere created by the well-crafted songs that feature clever arrangements. There is a great sense of melody, which is evident on the album opener, and enough variety to keep the listener engaged. For example, the melodic opener is followed by the menacing “Through Cavernous Halls of Mountain Stone”, which has an eerie feeling similar to when you’re entering a cave in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Overall, there is a sense of continuity and clear direction which makes Mythical Metallurgy an engaging listen compared to other plodding dungeon synth releases. The transitions among the songs feel quite natural even though there are mood changes, and the titles are very representative of the tracks’ content. For example, “Gilded and Tempered in Dragon's Blood” has a grand feeling, whereas “Toiling in a Sunless Realm” is the darkest composition on here.

Maybe the most significant drawback of Mythical Metallurgy is its duration, as it clocks at 21 minutes and ends rather abruptly. As a result, it leaves you with a feeling of wanting more, even though you can always press the replay button and immerse yourself into its magical, mythical world.




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manosg
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2020


12016 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6 | Sound Off

The summary is beyond abysmal, but I just wanted you guys to know what this is in case you want to check it.

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Atari
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2020


26084 Comments


sounds like something I'd enjoy! cheers for the review, manosg

also I think the summary is fine. was basically sold immediately after reading it haha.. who can say no to some short and sweet dungeon synth?

manosg
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2020


12016 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6 | Sound Off

haha, thanks man! Hope you enjoy, been listening to this one on and off for months.

BallsToTheWall
October 7th 2020


50123 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Need to hear this! Solid write up man.

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
October 7th 2020


12016 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6 | Sound Off

Appreciate it, man. Hope you enjoy.

BallsToTheWall
October 7th 2020


50123 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh, that song that’s posted here slaps hard. I dig it.

garas
October 7th 2020


5083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I should catch up with dungeon synth releases. :|

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
October 7th 2020


12016 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6 | Sound Off

Impossible task my friend, there are too many!

Project
October 7th 2020


4441 Comments


two dungeon synth albums on the homepage at once? wild times

BallsToTheWall
October 7th 2020


50123 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I’m ready for the dungeon/cozy synth takeover.

Pho3nix
October 8th 2020


944 Comments


Delving into this genre is taking up more and more of my time lol.

I'm currently checking out the "Dungeoneer's Field Guide Series"

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garas
October 8th 2020


5083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

> "Dungeoneer's Field Guide Series"

Awesome stuff.

JefferyBigglestein
October 12th 2020


2852 Comments


> medieval dungeon synth



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