DUNGEON SYNTH DIGEST XIX

December Round Up It is true. I already did a December Dungeon Synth Digest. This is another one. As the year winds down and as people are making lists to show the top X of X, the late releases in December always get cast off or added into next years. This is a moves to make sure this does not happen. With the waining days of December drawing to a close, there are a few more dungeon synth releases that need to be picked before closing the door on the…

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DUNGEON SYNTH DIGEST XVIII

This Year in Dungeon Synth As the end of the year approaches, Dungeon Synth is perhaps one of the styles which will not care when its albums are released. I believe that myself and a new acquaintance Boss the Ross from Toilet OV Hell are the only ones doing any sort of end of the year list. I feel in a scene this active and this small, one can perhaps travel towards and objective evaluation of this year in dungeon synth. Before that however, we still need to sort through…

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DUNGEON SYNTH DIGEST XVII

The New, The Odd, and The Old I have been keeping up with new dungeon synth for about a year and half. By keeping up I mean have gone through pretty much every release that arrives on Bandcamp and pull the ones I enjoy or want to highlight. Recently, I have been separating new artists that I have already highlighted. Dungeon synth has a tendency to have artists releasing multiple works over the course of the year. I actually enjoy this aspect of the genre more than others. So if…

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Future Shock: An Interview With Erang

Erang was my first dungeon synth act which lead me into the bigger scene of current musicians. Erang was also the first interview I conducted as a dungeon synth archivist. Because of this I have followed his releases for a little over a year. The release of ANTI FUTURE was enough generate a few questions regarding style and direction. I have always thought of my interviews as my own questions that I wanted answered and am using this site as reason to ask them. Sure there is promotion and exposure…

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DUNGEON SYNTH DIGEST XVI

Dungeon Archives Recently, I was struck with an idea for a dungeon synth mixtape. Part of this idea is rooted in the hilarity of people trading hot dungeon mixes while the other is based in seriousness. In my past, I used to host a music podcast where we would look for new and up and coming bands to feature on a mix. I would contact musicians and artists and talk to them about featuring them on our show. They would supply songs for me to use. This songs would be…

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Voices From The Past: Conversations with Grimrik

Grimrik was one, if not the first compatriot I met during my journeys into dungeon synth. After one of my articles on the history of the first “wave” of dungeon synth, here was a guy who was speaking with authority on a topic I believed to be unknown to most. Grimrik is a living artifact. One of the few still surviving titans of the original black metal scene which fostered this weird side genre that would eventually become dungeon synth. Since that time, Grimrik has seen this genre evolve over…

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DUNGEON SYNTH DIGEST XV

This is the 15th installment of column series which was originally designed to help me process through all of the new dungeon synth material. Since then it has aided me in cataloging all of the newer material being released and in turn allowed me to cultivate a master list which I have been giving to new people who are interested in the genre. This list was done more as an initial recommendation but it soon has grown into a list of things I find important in this genre. While I…

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The Devout Homage of Chaucerian Myth

Ready to start upon my pilgrimage To Canterbury, full of devout homage, There came at nightfall to that hostelry Some nine and twenty in a company Of sundry persons who had chanced to fall In fellowship, and pilgrims were they all -General Prologue from The Canterbury Tales Chaucerian Myth was, like most of my discoveries in this genre, by complete happenstance. Paging through Bandcamp, I stumbled on an album cover which was pulled from an illuminated manuscript and had references to the 12th century English poet Chaucer. Enthusiastically, I entered…

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DUNGEON SYNTH DIGEST XIV

Sometimes my friends come over and marvel at my growing tape collection expecting me to give some justification on how tapes are superior in terms of audio fidelity. They expect it to be similar to why people enjoy vinyl. To be quite honest, collecting tapes for dungeon synth is not that cost intensive as tapes have grown into a practical media for this genre. Part of the reason why I enjoy this genre so much is its encouragement of low cost music. Aside from the conversation of what music and…

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Fantastic Dreams: The Immersive World of Verminaard

Verminaard was a random find through my massive combings through Bandcamp. Wardens of a Light-Starved Realm had a black and white cover depicting a classic fantasy tableau which looked ripped out of an old RPG manual. Since then, the creator for Verminaard has been immensely active on the Facebook group and has been seeking advice, sharing wisdom, and participating perhaps more than most. Wardens of a Light-Starved Realm recently saw a limited cassette run and support from small labels. The creator for Verminaard is also a big collector and player…

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DUNGEON SYNTH DIGEST XIII

Malik Shah's Sanctuary by Raphael Lacoste

This is almost becoming unmanageable. Usually when I scroll through Bandcamp new arrivals for dungeon synth, I can find 4-5 decent releases. This has been normal for around a year of doing these columns. This month, I was flooded with decent material and in fact was overwhelmed at the amount of new and interesting releases available. There maybe a time when I will need to do this column twice a month just to cover all of the music. This month is also very special because I not only have arranged…

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Illuminated Letters: The Visual Art of Canrith Knox

This is perhaps one of the first pieces I have done on dungeon synth that is not primary related to music. Music styles and subgenres have visual components which attach themselves whether or not to album, merch, or general motif. The aesthetic of any genre allows the style to grow organically giving it an identity and gives people a chance to identify related objects. Some genres relay heavily on a visual aesthetic which others are loosely held together by a motif. I feel, at this moment, dungeon synth has a…

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DUNGEON SYNTH DIGEST XII

I find myself fortunate to be here and now within the dungeon synth community as I can see things working at an observable pace. The Facebook group for dungeon synth community has been an invaluable tool not only for seeing people’s projects posted but also to see the growth of fledgling artists into reliable makers of the style. Within the small microcosm of a 745 member group, one can get a sense of a strange community between people who have banded together under one weird flag. The glimmers of support…

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Unearthed Arcana: Henri Sorvali and Forgotten Dungeon Synth

There are a billion things I could have asked Henri Sorvali. His work in Moonsorrow and Fintroll is usually a start but so is his work in video game composition or his enthusiasm for gaming. Additionally, I could have asked him about his role in the H&M clothing troll which overtook metal media a few years back. There are a billion things I want to ask Mr. Sorvali but since we has so few moments together, I might as well concetrate mostly on his dungeon synth project. I mean, would…

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