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Dungeon Synth began as a side project for black metal musicians in the 90's where they would make dark ambient instrumentals about Tolkien, D&D and other fantasy themes. Early Dungeon Synth and its birth can be read about here: Days of Yore. Dungeon Synth today still retains its DIY atmosphere but has moved away from its black metal roots to a sort of fantasy new age but is still celebrated by fans of heavy metal...for some strange reason.

I pull new material every month from my Dungeon Synth Digests

Introductory Sample

DS Quick Start Guide

Dungeon Synth Compilations 2017

Dark Ambient / Neoclassical / Early DS

Favorite DS of 201X

The Crypt

Dark and atmospheric. The sound of footfalls on stone floors with the stale air of death cutting through the inky blackness of winding passageways.


Regal and Orchestral. The sound of court being held or the quiet contemplation by manicured gardens or the sound of knights marching off for glory and valor. Ethereal and strcutured in tone as well as thought. Stately and wise.


Hazy & Magical. The sound of the frontier between the civilized and the unknown. It is everything between the Castle and the Crypt, between life and death.

THE COASTS (Noise /Chiptune / Ritual / Experimental / Classical / Retro / Ambient)

Black Metal / Dungeon Synth Hybrid (Similar to Summoning & Caladan Brood)


Masmorra Dungeon Synth Zine

Barbarian Skull

Dungeons of Darkness

Record Labels / Tape Distro

Out of Season

Hollow Myths

[Dark Age Productions](

Lighten Up Sounds

Haftvad Records

Deivlforst Records

Dungeon Lore Foundation

Katabaz Records

Voldsom Tapes

More Dungeon Synth Resources

Dungeon Excavation

Rate Your Music

/mu/ Flowchart






Restricted: At The Gates, Woods of Ypres

Greetings. As we have done in the past, the eve before the Top X vote is devoted to martialish law for the subreddit in what people want to see. While not entirely democratic, the Banned & Restricted Discussions provide active users a chance to moderate what is seen on the sub. With that said, any grievance or addition can be brought up at those quarterly discussions. The mods then take these discussions and decide among themselves what gets banned, restricted, and jokingly blacklisted for a whole year.


  • Banned: No Songs Posted By The Band Except for New Releases Within 2 weeks of Release Date. Discussion on any band is welcome.

  • Restricted: Most Popular Songs, Song from popular albums from Band are Banned. Deeper Cuts Are Allowed Plus New Releases. Discussion around band is always welcome.

  • Mannerism: Artistic style that predominated in Italy from the end of the High Renaissance in the 1520s to the beginnings of the Baroque style around 1590. The Mannerist style originated in Florence and Rome and spread to northern Italy and, ultimately, to much of central and northern Europe. Mannerist artists evolved a style that is characterized by artificiality and artiness, by a thoroughly self-conscious cultivation of elegance and technical facility, and by a sophisticated indulgence in the bizarre. The figures in Mannerist works frequently have graceful but queerly elongated limbs, small heads, and stylized facial features, while their poses seem difficult or contrived. The deep, linear perspectival space of High Renaissance painting is flattened and obscured so that the figures appear as a decorative arrangement of forms in front of a flat background of indeterminate dimensions. Mannerists sought a continuous refinement of form and concept, pushing exaggeration and contrast to great limits. The results included strange and constricting spatial relationships, jarring juxtapositions of intense and unnatural colours, an emphasis on abnormalities of scale, a sometimes totally irrational mix of classical motifs and other visual references to the antique, and inventive and grotesque pictorial fantasies.

    Key paintings are as followed:

  1. Parmigianino's Madonna with the Long Neck (1534; Uffizi, Florence)

  2. Rosso’s Dead Christ with Angels (c. 1526; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

  3. Pontormo’s Deposition (1525–28; church of Sta. Felicita, Florence)

Restricted: At The Gates, Woods of Ypres

  • At The Gates: There are other albums outside of Slaughter of the Soul

  • Woods of Ypres: Woods of Ypres does not have a larger discography (5 albums) but their last one is almost exclusively posted along with some written epitaph from people just discovering the poetic tragedy of this record. We are going to shy away from Woods 5 as well as using posts at headstones when nowhere near any meaningful anniversary.

Going Forward

I envision a world where the restrcited list is larger than the banned list. I envision a world where the banned list is used for bands that can not be allowed to function in society without people losing their minds. Just by looking at the list

  • Acid Bath
  • Behemoth
  • Devin Townsend
  • Gojira
  • The Sword

Could be things people could deal with in moderation. I also thought the same thing about In Flames so I could be wrong. If anything is confusing about the restricted list, the mods will use a tier system of A) Personal Discretion B) Popular Songs C) Popular Albums D) Last Time Posted to make the final decision.


These are the bands that we are keeping an eye on that were brough up this and last discussion. We want to keep your wishes in mind when doing these announcements and while we may not be able to band every band you hate, we can give you rubber band gun and a wooden star to go arrest wrong doers.

  • Annihilator, Sleep, and more Sodom punishment have been noted.

Could someone explain the poetic tragedy of Woods of Ypres' latest release?

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Original Poster6 points · 4 hours ago

Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light is the fourth studio album as well as the fifth and final studio release from Woods of Ypres. David Gold died two months before this album was released.

Given the melancholic nature of the album, there is an eerie sense of foreshadowing for a record written months before Gold's death.

Isn’t that Electric Wizard / Windhand?

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Original Poster6 points · 4 hours ago

nah thats stoners and Dario Argento fans.

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Original Poster3 points · 10 hours ago

Looks like it has all of the boxes checked for a hype record. Canada, Occult, hoodies with jackets, dark descent, death, black, etc...

I'm surprised you posted this...

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Original Poster3 points · 11 hours ago

I know but sometimes I like a good cry and a quiet night with a dramatic movie.

Holy fuck those drums are ridiculous, they're clipping hard haha

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Original Poster2 points · 12 hours ago

requesting music to test headphones

Can we just take a minute to appreciate that art.

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Original Poster3 points · 12 hours ago

what you drawing there? a tribal tattoo? Oh lord jesus.

Listeners: 12.1K

I am having a hard time seeing Diocletian as below our underground limit but the numbers do not lie.

Original Poster3 points · 13 hours ago

Textbook stoner doom but doesn't skimp on the harsh blown out vocals which make it kinda interesting for people into this drug stuff.



Band Name [City / Country] -- Please provide a short description including Bandcamp / soundcloud / YouTube links. Tell us about yourself and what you hope and dream for besides a mansion with six car garage.

Also, feel free to connect with local musicians be it either see their next show or organize an event together if you are also in a band. Go ahead, you both play instruments, you should be instant friends.

Also, don't downvote another band if you want to rise to the top...there is at most 10-20 entries. you are not getting ahead of any race by cutting the throat of another band. Don't put your flyers over top of a another band.


[PURCHASED]: A weekly thread meant to encourage the discussion of how you've financially supported the scene.If you have been here for the last few years, this is the same WHAT DID YOU BUY THIS WEEK THREAD. Please continue posting stuff you bought to show off to everyone since you are better than them.

[TRADES]: We are beta testing a Trade component between users. The rules are as follows and are pulled from places like /r/metaltrade and /r/TapeKvlt. If this is something of interest and doesn't end in fire, we can continue. Please indicate the following:

HAVE: The things you are willing to Trade.

WANT: Items you are looking for within the Trade

For now, all transactions and arrangements can be done in private via PM. Please use your own judgement when giving money, personal information to weirdos on the internet. I sort of envisioned this being a barter thread where people trade objects for objects so I am unsure how things like selling rare or wanted items should go. We can see how things go and if anyone has any suggestions about the future of this thread, please feel free to discuss. For now, the Trading Post is open.


As per requests and experiments in the past, Shreddit is sponsoring a [General Discussion Thread]. This thread is designed to foster community from regulars and lurkers and possibly get more people to participate. Feel free to talk about games, books, TV, Movies, and so forth. Also feel free to be that guy or girl who talks about metal here and then car repair in the other metal thread. Go ahead, do it. Anything is welcome here as long as it follows the general guidelines of being decent and civilized. These threads will not be stickied and will live and die by their participation.

Still waiting for my books to come in the mail, but after seeing Hereditary i stumbled upon the Solomon Grimoire's which listed Paimon as a demon amongst others. Keeping it on my radar but honestly there is only so much horseshit i can swallow in one meal, haha

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Original Poster1 point · 1 day ago

From what I learned most of the grimoires we know of today were written in the 18th century pretending to be from an ancient time. Most of people’s collections were from people collecting it because it looked cool. This is the literary version of heavy metal in Victorian times

1 point · 1 day ago

Oh I know they're real - I busted them from packs myself. I just know that counterfeiting is much more of a thing today than it seemed to be when I played

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Original Poster2 points · 1 day ago

yeah you then just need to be worried about buying rather than selling. This goes for 50-100$ modern staples as people are less likely to inspect a playst vs a 500$ land.

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Original Poster1 point · 1 day ago

I'd recommend going through the whole demo in a sitting.

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Original Poster1 point · 1 day ago

I don't get it.

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i am stealing this and posting it other people on the internet and taking credit and reaping the rewards.


What This Is

This is a chance to discuss and debate certain bands that go onto the restricted list and potentially ones to be commuted from the Banned to the Restricted List. We are going to be really honest with you in saying there are some bands on the Banned List that are going to stay forever because even their deep cuts causes idiocy. I think after a few months, the bands that came off of the Banned list onto the Restricted list were dealt with favorably which will probably unlock more potentials.

Why We Are Doing This

We feel this community of regulars does a decent job at self regulating 118,097 123,939 128,506 133,038 145,998 189,829 217,453 303,952 potential users. r/metal is sizable sub and I believe it has an identity made up of its regulars. Because of that, we want give our some agency to people who visit r/metal frequently. Now some will say this isn't fair to lurkers and non regulars but there is not real way to please people who do not participate.

Why Do We Need This

I feel we have moved past the point of questioning the need for a blacklist. The lawless wasteland of Pre-Blacklist can be seen in other subs and the need for regulation has lead to other things including half of the regular threads and underground Friday. With that said, there is always an option of No Changes to either list each quarter.

What Will Happen

Whatever goes on here will be brought up in the Quarterly Mod dinner at The Sizzler. Over Spaghetti Tacos, us mods will discuss additions/subtractions from the Banned/Restricted List and announce them tomorrow. We will consider suggestions here but ultimately, us mods will have final say before our third trip to the salad bar.

What are some bands that need to be Banned, Restricted, or have their sentences commuted?

I will say that unless it is a glaring problem, most bands not on any list will probably be restricted first rather than thrown into the Banned list.

Also please provide links to said problem rather than a popular band you dislike. Some removals will not show up on searches but we will be aware of them.

History of the Banned & Restricted List

  • Fall 2016: Ghost is Banned. Mercyful Fate, Kreator, Candlemass are Restricted.
  • Winter 2016: Emperor, Sabaton, Motorhead are Restricted.
  • Spring 2017: No Changes

  • Summer 2017: Nile, Carcass, and Blind Guardian Restricted. Turisas, Uncle Acid, and I are unbanned.

  • Fall 2017: Carcass Banned. Anthrax Restricted

  • Winter 2018: Darkthrone, Mayhem, and In Flames Restricted

  • Spring 2018: Banned: Sepultura, In Flames Restricted: Sodom, 3 Inches of Blood, Gorguts, Red Fang, Skeletonwitch

Ban slug-based bands.

Other than that, no changes.

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Original Poster15 points · 1 day ago

was going to make a joke but I shouldnt be surprised at how many slug based bands are stoner rock / sludge


It was mentioned yesterday why Shreddit does not have a Discord and frankly it is because no one created one. There is an IRC and frankly I do not know how many people still use it. If they do fantastic. For the summer, since ill have time to do absolutley nothing, I created a Shreddit Discord for anyone wanting the ability to text chat and go help you voice chat with other community members. I have run a local Slack app for geeky hobbies so this is going to be an experiment to see if it is of use to people. I do not even think my work allows access to Discord so lets see how the summer goes.

If anyone has suggestions, complaints, or unwanted advice, please put it here.


Alright Kaptain, I'm definitely in. IRC is too archaic nowadays. I was just thinking about setting a discord up myself (although it likely would have been a lot more narrowed) so pretty cool you did this :)

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Original Poster7 points · 2 days ago

so pretty cool you did this :)

You say that now...Im sitting here with a fire fire extinguisher ready to jump out the window

Normally when these threads pop up I come in an say something about it the tapekvlt server. then we get an influx of new users which helps to massage my ego.

So this is me passively doing the same thing. Hopefully no one notices my sly attempt at promoting the best metal discord server ever.

also, wheres the link? i wanna join. nvm

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Original Poster7 points · 2 days ago

promote thread please


Welcome to Shreddit's [REC CENTER] where we bring together all of the recommendation threads and try to just shout over everyone to find new bands. This is a combination of "If I like X then I'll like X threads" and also all of the rogue rec threads which pop up from newcomers. This thread will be around every 2 weeks to help everyone from novice to adept with new music recommendations.

Before we allow everyone to go mingle, please look at this introductory packet as it may answer some of your questions.

  1. Listen to the Banned/Restricted bands -------------->
  2. Listen to this List
  3. Listen to records from the last few years
  4. Listen to records from 2001 - 2015

Already familiar with some of the classics and staples but want to expand your appreciation for the subgenres of heavy metal (thrash, death, black, power, heavy, doom)?

Visit our newly designed WIKI

Do you want to do what I just said but have no idea what any of those words mean and cant tell the difference between death metal and a pineapple?

Go to this site

Do you need crash course in the last 30 years of extreme metal for a job interview, paper, eulogy, or just a chance to one up another person on the internet?

Our knowledgeable staff is here to help

Do you know metal but just do not have any direction but are willing to put in some work to find new bands?

Go on this Adventure

Want to take a trip around the world and sample metal by region? Stamp your passport here

Do you just want to browse the knowledgeable archive of this sub? Community Lists, Primers, and other Quality Material

Do you have a really unique request? Probably not. Look in here first. Recommendations for Frequently Requested Bands (FRB)

Do you already know what you want to ask and nothing I just said applied? Then step right up post in the [REC CENTER]. While you are typing, allow me to remind you of good recommendation inquiry.

  • Look first before you type. Your question may already been answered by someone posing as you and trying to steal your life.

  • Be as specific as possible. "I would like more bands like Devin Townsend," or "Give me some more stoner doom from the 90's" or "Can I have some black thrash from Mongolia" all helps others give you better feedback. Do not just list random things you like such as " I like DevilDriver, Black Sabbath, Deiselboy, Call of Duty and Hotpockets...give me a band."

  • Give important information if you are already familiar with the genre. This is not a murder mystery dinner where one has to withhold vital information. If you post "Give me some more thrash" it might be important to mention "oh yeah, I already know Demolition Hammer, Hobbs Angel of Death, and Razor, otherwise you are getting Metallic'a first three albums and everything Slayer did in the 80's.

Posted a pretty specific request late last time and didn't get much response, so I'm going to repost it.

I'm reading The Brothers Karamazov and I'd like to listen to some Russian black metal which matches the tone and timbre of the book, if such a thing exists. You can assume I know nothing about Russian BM.

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Original Poster7 points · 2 days ago

You can assume I know nothing about Russian BM.

You can assume its been forever since I read Dostoevsky. Care to give a rundown of the timbre?

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What bands would you say are the natural progression to Burzum? Atmospheric, ambient, slower bm. Main one I can think of is Paysage D'Hiver. What other bands capture that Burzum feel?

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Original Poster7 points · 2 days ago

I would say early DSBM before the genre became a joke about itself.

I Shalt Become (1999) Xasthur (2003)
Deinonychus (1995) Striborg (2004)

I feel this still carries the idea of solitary black metal that is moody and bleak in its outlook.


Greetings and felicitations, children of technology. To keep in line with more discussion, every Tuesday is devoted to a general "On Topic" metal discussion. What is this? Well its time to ask discuss, bitch, complain, praise, or analyze anything related to heavy metal. What are some topics that are free reign here? Well to begin, how about everything that is outlawed as a separate thread? Any variation of "post your favorite album" -- (What album did you like immediately...what album could you listen to like...forever on repeat. How did you get into metal? HELP!...What is the name of this song? What songs/bands are your "guilty pleasures"? What's your gym playlist...I need better gains. What do you listen to besides metal? (General Off Topic Thread Only) Why all the hate for XXXXXXX? / Any Love for YYYYYYY? I'm going to my first concert, am I going to be set on fire and eaten by roving marauders? Seriously guys, what is up with the Elitism? This is also a good time for Metal FAQ. Any question you feel is too stupid for its own thread, feel free to ask us here. Standard etiquette rules apply. Don't track in dirt on the carpet.

Just made me realize: why's there no Discord for here? IRC is old news, and Discord is great for sharing all kinds of memes. More people would join too simply because it's not IRC.

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Original Poster1 point · 2 days ago

Interesting proposition.

here's mine. don't miss that it's sorted by genre and has different tabs if you check it out, I've had people bitch before they realized it, hahaha

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Original Poster1 point · 3 days ago


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Thanks! always on the lookout for new heavy / speed with 10 views on youtube.

-2 points · 4 days ago

Good lineup but still very disappointed it's at Ram's Head and Soundstage again. Really looking for a US open air fest to attend year.

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19 points · 4 days ago · edited 4 days ago

While I loved the lot and hanging out all day in a parking lot and seeing headliners in the night air, not having to deal with sun, rain, and constant cigarette smoke is pretty cool for those afternoon / early evening bands.

Agreed. Open air festivals have their benefits. But here you get to still walk between two venues, the plaza around ramshead is pretty lax about open containers (bought at the bars) in the general vicinity so you are not stuck inside to drink if you don't want. And then if the weather is shitty you can also just stay in the venue.

There is something awesome about getting muddy and drenched by a rainstorm during a show, but this set up is nice too.

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There is something awesome about getting muddy and drenched by a rainstorm during a show

Ah yes the famous Demolition Hammer set I missed since I was eating dinner.

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Radio, an insidious form,

helps shape your thoughts making you conform

Programming music easy listening, help you achieve that moronic grin

Playing you regurgitated pap, selling products that are mostly crap

Rarely hearing music you want to hear,

it has an effect over all these years

Television, the idiot tube, helps to raise our children as fools

Watch the news see what they want you to see, our awareness is limited by network VPs

Moronic sit-coms and one-sided news alter your feeling give you conformist views

Why can't you get that garbage out of your head,

you'd better be off to read a good book instead

Why don't you think for yourself

Live in this self made Hell

What this is:

This is a discussion thread to share thoughts, memories, or first impressions of albums which have lived through the decades. Maybe you first heard this when it came out or are just hearing it now. Even though this album may not be your cup of tea, rest assured there are some really diverse classics and underrated gems on the calendar. Use this time to reacquaint yourself with classic metal records or be for certain you really do not "get" whatever record is being discussed.

Band: Nuclear Assault

Album: Survive

Released: June 13th, 1988

Original Poster17 points · 4 days ago

Its my last day of work before the summer. Lord Jesus, give me the strength to do a thrash album write up even though it is only 30 minutes with for some reason a 21 second instrumental in the middle.

I am just joking. I can deal with this album, even though compared to the last few AOTW's, finding a good lyrical quote was like tasting which opened beer was the least warm. I do not think this New York thrash band ever concerned themselves with being witty wordsmiths as the band's second album reads like angry letters penned in a journal and then hurled at people on the train. Even though this band;'s debut is discussed more often than the 1986 debut Game Over, pretty much the first three (ish) albums from this band are safe bets or just which ones bassist Dan Lilker was actively involved. Though this backing vocalist / bassist is still heading the band, Lilker had a stint after Nuclear Assault in forming Anthrax with Scott Ian as well as forming Brutal Truth, S.O.D, and probably a bunch of other bands that I scowl at like I do broccoli.

Survive, ironically, has also seen very few rereleases with a 2014 version by Raising Hell Records being the only one in the last 20 or so years. Aside from this high quality youtube rip, this album doesn't appear on many other places and even has varying Dicogs prices like the 20$ vinyl or the 80$ CD. why don't you think for yourself?

Why are you listening to this album? this is the last day and you just need to check out and go home and watch a ludicrous amount of TV while not mowing the lawn like you should. Why do you hate thrash and fun? I don't, and neither do you. You are listening to this album because you want to bite the ankle of youth energy and nothing says youth like fast guitars and people complaining about newspapers. Maybe this is why thrash is taking a break since all of their content is so quickly dated, they are making sure they bet on the long distance runner rather than the guy who has drunk strength.

I was really interested in getting them and a few months ago I contacted them via FB and they eventually responded that there was some quality issues with their first batch so they were working on getting them redone. I have heard nothing about since and do not think there is much interest in printing white bordered inner sleeves outside of like 5 people including me.


As per requests and experiments in the past, Shreddit is sponsoring a [General Discussion Thread]. This thread is designed to foster community from regulars and lurkers and possibly get more people to participate. Feel free to talk about games, books, TV, Movies, and so forth. Also feel free to be that guy or girl who talks about metal here and then car repair in the other metal thread. Go ahead, do it. Anything is welcome here as long as it follows the general guidelines of being decent and civilized. These threads will not be stickied and will live and die by their participation.

My wife reckons Red Oak in the CBD is pretty great, it's just behind the Aquarium and I think it's one a few awards. Apart from that, Young Henry's in Newtown and Wayward Brewing Co in Anndale are pretty good. They're all pretty close to the city, but depending on where you're staying there might be other ones near you; I've heard about a good brewery in Mona Vale, but if you're not already staying somewhere north of the city then it'll be a fair drive up.

You can also generally get some kind of craft beer in local pubs/bottleshops if you want to sample a few kinds, but that won't quite give you the experience. Also, while we're on the topic of beer, /u/kaptain_carbon in the metal primer about Forsters. Forsters is shit, don't bother with it. For some reason, non-Australians seem convinced it's our prime beer, but I've never seen anyone drink it here.

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Original Poster1 point · 7 days ago

Also, while we're on the topic of beer, /u/kaptain_carbon in the metal primer about Forsters. Forsters is shit, don't bother with it. For some reason, non-Australians seem convinced it's our prime beer, but I've never seen anyone drink it here.

never have I seen Aussies triggered so much than by my joke about Foster's Lager. I will be sure to use that as a weapon now.

I mean...they sort of painted themselves into a corner with their names...what is next?

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