Featuring two stalwarts of the dungeon synth genre, this split also brings together Finland’s foremost purveyors of the resurgent style – 45 minutes of dungeon synth mastery befitting an arcane age!
DRUADAN FOREST, aka V-Khaoz, released in 2019 the staggering atmospheric black metal monolith Dismal Spells From the Dragonrealm, and shared an all-dungeon-synth split album with THE TRUE WERWOLF in 2018. Here, DRUADAN FOREST deliver two epic-length tracks of the purest, most fantastical dungeon synth. Dungeon synth is by its very nature minimalist and repetitive and yet somehow manages to evoke panoramic views of long forgotten battlefields and castle ruins aloft a lonely mountain. Unlike so many two-note/one-loop charlatans, V-Khaoz’ dungeon synth creations are symphonies unto themselves, neither understated nor overstated, with fugue-like compositions revealing a wealth of adventure and mystery equally.
OLD SORCERY, aka Vechi Vrajitor, is undoubtedly a name well known to dungeon synth experts and acolytes alike. Here, he likewise delivers two epic-length tracks, effortlessly moving from magickal hypnosis to ceremonial mysticism, and similarly spanning a wealth of dynamics, hitting poignancy even in their quietest moments. With OLD SORCERY we have left behind the vast of forests and ventured deeply into the Mines of Moria, where an evil menace could lurk around every corner. While OLD SORCERY’s work in recent years has evolved beyond (for lack of a better word) raw dungeon synth into a more sparkling, multi-hued iteration of such, Vrajitor’s tones on these two tracks are vintage nostalgia par excellence.
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