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I own several of the instrumental Burzum albums...

And this is a recent album I have enjoyed...

(Until Death Overtakes Me - Well Of Dreams)

I would definitely like to pick up more, but there is so much of this stuff out there. Do you guys have any recommendations?

Not particularly interested in conjuring up mental images of pixies dancing around in the woods; or of viking men spilling mead into their beards - miserable/dark stuff if possible.

Feel free to talk about anything that you're into, though. I'm surprised there isn't a dungeon synth thread here already!

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Well it´s pretty safe to say their would be no dungeon synth genre with Mortiis. Especially the first four albums are just magnificent. After that he went into a more industrial direction and i quickly lost interest. Lately he seems to be returning to his old sound though and a new album is coming out in January which is some sort continuation of his classic album "Ånden som gjorde opprør". So that sounds pretty promising!

 

That guy from Drowning Light also did a cool side project called Apparition which is basically a soundtrack for a fictional movie.

 

Recently a compilation by the greek group Lamentation was released which contains all three demo´s from the mid 90´s. Real proper creepy dungeon synth sounds for late at night. Too bad they never released anything else.

 

Azrael Abaddon of Black Funeral also has a pretty cool dungeon synth side project called Darkness Enshroud

Leviathan´s album "A Silhouette in Splinters" is also magnificent piece of ambient music, but mostly devout of your usual dungeon synth elements. But i urge everbody to put this album on while sitting in the dark. Guaranteed to blow your mind. And of course listen to Wrests other side project Lurker of Chalice which is almost equally unnerving to listen to. Pure bliss for your dark soul :)

 

The ladies of Aghast are also an absolute must. They only released one album but it's an instant classic with some of the most spooky shit i've ever heard. Some of the music was even used in the horror movie "Sinister" which fit the mood of the movie perfectly.

 

I know a lot of people might laugh at this one, but i thought Phil Anselmo and his wife did some pretty cool dungeon synth-like shit on the last two Viking Crown albums. It's sounds pretty cheesy at times but so does most dungeon synth stuff so who cares. Definitely underrated in my book.

 

Les Legion Noires had multiple ambient projects but Amaka Hahina might the best of them. Gods knows how many demo's/releases there are. Like with most of the LLN projects there only seem to be a few songs or demo's at most.

Old Sorcery is a dungeon synth project i just recently discovered myself. Really been listening al lot the new album. Reminds a little bit of the early Burzum ambient projects when he was in jail.

 

 

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No problem ;) I hope you enjoy some of the stuff i linked here. Although from the sounds of your description it seems you are more into ambient black metal stuff then the real dungeon synth material. At least as i understand you are looking for the more spooky, ritualistic sounding stuff along the lines of Darkness Enshroud and Aghast?

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On 10/30/2019 at 5:42 PM, Benjaminc81 said:

Leviathan´s album "A Silhouette in Splinters" is also magnificent piece of ambient music, but mostly devout of your usual dungeon synth elements. But i urge everbody to put this album on while sitting in the dark. Guaranteed to blow your mind. And of course listen to Wrests other side project Lurker of Chalice which is almost equally unnerving to listen to. Pure bliss for your dark soul :)

 

Also purchased.

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Somebody is on a role here 😉Never heard of Old Tower but going to give them a spin. Really liking Catamcombs Enshadows though, would be the perfect soundtrack for some old school vampire flick. Conjures up images of old Romanian castles and Nosferatu-like creatures. Will be keeping an eye on your blog for further recommendations!

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