It’s truly a shame that dungeon synth isn’t as wide spread as other musical genres. It’s a genre that’s an offspring of an offspring, the fringe genre of a fringe genre. Yet some of the music that comes from this particular genre can be some of the most breath taking and musically innovative pieces I’ve ever heard. Yetzer Hara’s debut, “Forgotten Shores, Forgotten Lands” is an example of this. It’s an album I’m so glad that I was able to find and listen to. Often dungeon synth albums have a well the best word for it is synthetic feel, something that just doesn’t sound natural. Forgotten Shores is a very raw album in terms of dungeon synth. It has a lot of feedback that adds a certain flavor to the album, something that is not common with the albums that I’ve heard. Forgotten Shores has a very religious feeling rather than a natural one. This might come from the fact that Yetzer Hara is a Hebrew word for “evil inclination” or the evil that exists within the person rather than the outside influence of evil. The concept, especially when related to the genre of dungeon synth, is an interesting one, and the rawness of the music, the unrefined production really adds depth to the concept and the music. Occasionally the music’s volume fluctuates in an odd way but other than that I have nothing but good things to say about the music. If you’ve never listened to dungeon synth but are a fan of either dark ambient or black metal (the two “siblings” of dungeon synth) then this is a great album to dip your toes into so to speak. It’s difficult to really put my finger on exactly what it is but Yetzer Hara’s debut album has a very black metal-esque feel to it, an intangible quality, a sort of darkness that lays over the album like an evil mist. I highly recommend this album,
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