Wizards of Aldur
Magician's Gambit


3.5
great

Review

by Gary STAFF
January 31st, 2024 | 8 replies


Release Date: 01/13/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A rather slow, but colorful dungeon synth album which should be on your radar!

Wizards of Aldur is a dungeon synth project from Perth, Australia (the plural name reminds me to Emperor's “I Am The Black Wizards”, or is it just me?), and thematically draws inspiration from David Eddings' "Belgariad" fantasy book series, practically composing one album for each book. The album titled Magician's Gambit is the third piece in the series and in the discography, a notably diverse dungeon synth album where you can almost feel the imprint of various renowned musicians' styles.

The most evident characteristic of every Wizards of Aldur album is a relatively slowly developing structure, where the listener can hear mostly slow, dreamily flowing melodies, often very similar to, for example, Aindulmedir (also a dungeon synth project of the slower kind). Connecting to the moderate pace, listening to the album often brought a clear association for me with the also quite slumbering Sôl austan, Mâni vestan album by Burzum, for example in tracks like “Wizard in a Blizzard” or even more so in “The Vale of Aldur II”.

In another sense, you can discover similarities with other dungeon synth projects as well. For instance, the more modern trend in the genre, closely related to neo-classical music, is well represented in the track “The Cave of the Council of the Gods”, where the instruments' interweaving lines creates a magical atmosphere in this piece. Alongside the neo-classical influences, medieval melodies also play a significant role in the album (e.g., “The Vale of Aldur I”), where traces of the styles of Fief, DIM, or Sequestered Keep can be found. The musical diversity of the album is further demonstrated by the inclusion of elements from genres such as new age or synthwave (like in “Aldur, Living God of the Vale”, and “Wizard Duel in Dread City”, respectively), which is particularly refreshing, and testifies to the author's broad taste in music.

I would recommend the third album by Wizards of Aldur (and, in fact, all the project's releases so far) to those who appreciate “simplicity” and don't mind a slower pace in dungeon synth music. Overall, Magician's Gambit is a very sophisticated album with a mix of various styles, and it's definitely worth spending some time with it.



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garas
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2024


8076 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bandcamp link here: https://wizardsofaldur.bandcamp.com/album/magicians-gambit. But you can find the album on the most popular streaming services as well.



Highly recommended background music for gaming and reading. It worked for me really well!

Pikazilla
January 31st 2024


29797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

new dungeon synth hell yeah

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2024


18303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nice review and find, garas. checking this out now and it's really good.

Pho3nix
February 3rd 2024


1608 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Garas! great review. Love seeing some DS on the front page.



I've never actually listened to this artist before, I will def czech!





Hawks
February 4th 2024


88089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is so fucking good wow.

garas
Staff Reviewer
February 4th 2024


8076 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks guys! (Also thanks lovely mods for the feature!)

Also wow, a 4.0 from you, Hawks? I'm very happy to see that you like it so much!

Hawks
February 4th 2024


88089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love it bro. Almost 4.5'd tbh. This is right up my alley when it comes to dungeon synth.

Hawks
February 12th 2024


88089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bump. Had to 4.5 so ahrd. Possibly my fav DS that I've heard.



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