Old Sorcery
Dragon Citadel Elegies


4.5
superb

Review

by Gary Grump CONTRIBUTOR (55 Reviews)
November 19th, 2022 | 14 replies


Release Date: 10/07/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An epic and colorful dungeon synth album.

Hailing from Finland, the story of the dungeon synth act, Old Sorcery, has started on the verge of the genre’s ”renaissance”. Realms of Magickal Sorrow from 2017 was a great success, especially due to the wide range of instruments and sounds used in the making of the record. For example, similarities to the music made by Klaus Schulze, the sound of the ambient Burzum albums, and probably many great video game soundtracks are parts of the essence of Old Sorcery’s sound. Later on, in the extension of Old Sorcery’s repertoire, the Sorrowcrown LP from 2020 was the first atmospheric black metal album released under the project’s moniker. (Even though Vechi Vrăjitor / Juuso Peltola already has a solo black metal project, Warmoon Lord.) Dragon Citadel Elegies is the third part of the “castle trilogy” (basically the third strictly dungeon synth LP), which is another brilliant dungeon synth release, and definitely the most epic piece in the project’s discography.

After a mysteriously sounding short intro (which is extremely similar to the start of Bathory’s self-titled with the rain sample and the bells), Dragon Citadel Elegies shortly gets to the point, and welcomes the listener with grandiose epic dungeon synth melodies, in the vein of no other, than the mighty Thangorodrim. This style reminded me especially of Taur-nu-Fuin LP (from 2016) here, which is one of the most influential releases of the dungeon synth genre. This kind of epic, dynamic and cathartic style gets even more dominant in “Oglaz, Raven of Occult Knowledge”, thanks to the quite neo-classical-dominant instrumentalization, and that’s why I believe this song is seriously addicting. First impressions aside, Old Sorcery remained true to its nature, since the album is filled with those charming and playful melodies that always makes me think of pixies and fairies roaming around - thanks to vibratos and other interesting effects in creating this strange and arcane “vibe”. (To experience this feeling, my dear reader, just jump to the end of “Towards the Mana Shrine”!) Other interesting elements which are worth mentioning are, for example, the main melody and the instruments used in The Inn on the Borderland. It is definitely something that I’d expect from an Enya song, which is… actually impressive, in my opinion. Or there is something even more odd: the first half of the song, And Only I Have the Key might invoke the impression of listening to a blend of horror movie soundtracks at once. Principally, the haunting piano melody could make the listener think of The Exorcist, for example. Going through all the possible influences I’ve heard in this record would make this review quite lengthy, but I hope I could portray (in general) what to expect from this record.

Dragon Citadel Elegies is an epic and colorful, a truly brilliant dungeon synth album for all fantasy fans. This could be a good entry album for those who might be interested in digging into the dungeon synth genre, but even for the “veteran” followers, this is an album which shouldn’t be slept on.



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garas
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2022


7397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Bandcamp link here: https://oldsorcery.bandcamp.com/album/dragon-citadel-elegies



Enjoy! And don't forget home your wizard hats!

ScuroFantasma
Emeritus
November 20th 2022


11837 Comments


Oh heck yeah, I need to check this ASAP. I love how these guys clearly have a Berliner Schule electronic influence which you identified. Does this have much of that sequencer stuff going on? Great review btw, I’m sold on giving this a spin!

manosg
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2022


12542 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice one, garas. Old Sorcery never disappoints.

garas
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2022


7397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thank you guys!!



> Does this have much of that sequencer stuff going on?

This album contains less sequencer stuff, and generally less Berlin-School oriented compared to the previous albums. But, in my opinion, this is still very convincing. (I love epic DS acts like Thangorodrim, so mixing a bit of that into Old Sorcery was an instant win-factor for me.)

Bedex
November 20th 2022


3023 Comments


garas rev garas rev m/

dedex
Contributing Reviewer
November 21st 2022


11936 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

ow nice! will def check this one m/

DungeonBoy
November 21st 2022


9198 Comments


I love this site. I saw the name "Old Sorcery" and was like, I bet that's a dungeon synth album and that garas reviewed it.. and here we are. will check, my man

0xME
November 21st 2022


955 Comments


Old Sorcery is one of the most consistently good DS acts out there, they never disappoint! (With a Thangorodrim comparison nontheless, nice)

arf
November 21st 2022


467 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

AOTM for October for me

DDDeftoneDDD
November 22nd 2022


20856 Comments


Tks garas. Will try and check this out

ScuroFantasma
Emeritus
November 22nd 2022


11837 Comments


On a first spin this is more on the pretty side than I usually go for but there’s a lot of cool stuff going on.

botb
November 22nd 2022


15846 Comments


Hell yeah, band rules

Demon of the Fall
November 23rd 2022


26457 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm finding this a lot easier to enjoy than their past works so far, it is rather pretty

rabidfish
November 24th 2022


7975 Comments


cool, will check. thanks for rec.



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