Blade of Morndinsamman
Album Premiere

09/11/20 | J.R.


Dungeon synth is about feeling. Producers of the music want to recreate a setting, to make it feel like the listener is actually there. They strive for something picturesque and transportative.

On their enchanting debut Blade of Morndinsamman, Chicago’s Alkilith, a Dungeons and Dragons-inspired dungeon synth/fantasy ambient project (what they call "dwarven synth"), crafts its songs from minimal resources, often relying on single keyboard tracks to create atmosphere. Influenced by more traditional 8- and 16-bit video game music as well as their own peers, Alkilith concentrates on creating an atmosphere by utilitarian means—finding oneself in Alkilith’s dreamworld is simply the end result.

Alkilith <i>Blade of Morndinsamman</i> album art

The dwarven sound relies more on the keen musician’s intuition than some grand, bellicose artistic statement. Alkilith doesn’t try, it merely is, and the natural-sounding music found on the Blade of Morndinsamman is as relaxing as it is engaging. These are the halls of the gods to which Alkilith summons, this is a true and vivid setting rather than some gaudy affectation. Use this to add to your upcoming game’s atmosphere, or lose yourself in it on its own.

Blade of Morndinsamman releases September 11th in a limitation of 20 cassettes via the Alkilith Bandcamp. Listen to the album in full below.