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From the outset over twenty years ago, Casket of Dreams has remained obscured by the years between the first, now-legendary, album and their cryptic resurgence all these years later. Casket of Dreams are living embodiments of the days of yore: MIDI sequencers, cassette 4-tracks, “borrowed” artwork, handshake deals, and an unparalleled obsession with music. Quiet for all these years, but not missing, Casket of Dreams resurfaces after two decades of obscurity to headline the festival.
Known far and wide throughout the land, Sombre Arcane is a must see for every dungeon synth enthusiast. The two adventurers, Phranick the wizard and Naginah the bard, are truly masters of their craft. Phranick’s spells are accompanied by Naginah’s enchanting melodies on the kantele, and together they weave tales of worlds and planes of existence unknown to most mortal souls. Their live show is a sight to behold! Grandiose, ambitious and filled with magic. You will not want to miss their act!
Very little is known about the dark figures responsible for these malevolent incantations. To date all activity connected to these servants of evil have been focused to the Northeastern U.S. but we have been warned that even as the frequency of reported rituals and sightings has accelerated in the last year, so too has the lengths they will travel to bring their wickedness to fruition. Our lives hang in the balance as the Pumpkin Witch is summoned!
Crafting a sound and concept that has its roots firmly tangled around Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea world, Fogweaver has a tranquil sound anchored by solid percussion and melodies making it an instant dungeon synth gem. In the fading dusk his songs appear to reside and resonate and while mysterious, remain not without a sense of wonder and joy that is instantly recognizable. Gleam this through the looking glass and with the sun in your face know that there are yet more shadows to chase.
Crafting desolate and frigid soundscapes coupled with progressive and inspired guitar passages, Guild Of Lore has an instantly recognizable style within the community. The Guild’s latest sees Ingsmith further cementing his style in an even more expansive work. This composers masterful understanding of melody and tone can put you in a clearly defined sonic place. Journey to where unforgiving cold winds blow and the glow of firelight through a frost covered window offers a welcome reprieve.
Well known to all throughout the dungeon synth community. Mors Certa is primed to weave and unleash an experience completely unique to the stage this November! Eclectic and unmistakable. Her music demands the listener astute and willing to travel wherever she may lead by the sound of her voice. A master storyteller whose ability to blend ambient beauty into rhythmic passages is uncanny. All while maintaining an atmosphere of mystery and intrigue. Mark this down as a "must see" performance!
Focused completely on a time when no man, woman or child walked the Earth and instead scaly beasts roamed freely under Triassic skies. This is one project that begs to be listened to and experienced. Capturing the feeling of a warm and foreboding world where creatures communicate in roars and lumbering battles, accentuated with horns and the low rumble of battle drums. Diplodocus creates a completely alien atmosphere to a strange prehistoric past! An absolute must see on the check list!
Taking both name and inspiration from the ancient Arthurian legend, Malfet was a crowd favorite at this years Northeast Dungeon Siege! The sounds of his debut album, "The Snaking Path" and the recently released "The Way To Avalon" are both beautiful and enchanting. Masterfully created soundscapes that lead listeners on a journey through secret forests and treks to peaks of never before traversed mountains. Pastoral, rhythmic, and lovely, you will not want to miss Malfet's appearance this Autumn!
With his roots deeply entwined into our beloved genre, Vaelastrasz has long had a seat at the heart of dungeon synth. Creating compositions that perfectly weave epic passages and minimalist dreamscapes together. He is a master of timing and balance with the natural ability to jettison his listeners into high fantasy realms while building upon his signature hooks. Valiant in his approach, our hero Vael embodies everything that we love about dungeon synth! Do not miss this performance!
From the deepest pits of the Underworld, the great earle FvrFvr rises, bringing his lo-fi synth melodies to Dungeon Siege West. Fvrfvr's music is cabalistic in nature, dealing with mysteries of the Occult, and telling the story of the Earl of Storms. Recorded using the most archaic and classic of methods, the Earle's offerings seek to create a "Ritual-Magick-As-Music" experience. This rite is not to be missed.
Seasoned by this years Northeast Dungeon Siege, Tyrannus is Lo-fi, noisy, experimental, heady, original, and needs no introduction. Bringing an evolution of controversial sounds into a wall of noise, the result is a crucial wash of refreshing SOUND))) With an epic performance that resonated (chainmail and all) with the audience members of NEDS, prepare thyself for something special... First hand experience IS required!
Hailing from Northern England. Mortiloqvist's sounds are dispersed in ethereal waves that seem oddly familiar though wholly supernatural, drifting through the cold, still night air seemingly without origin. Using a wide array of instruments and field recordings, Mortiloqvist creates a sound not unlike an occult ritual where one can only hope they are not the aim of such arcane and malevolent practices. This artist is sure to deliver an otherworldly experience taking you into another dimension!
Bringing his rogue like neoclassical style of dungeon synth to the stage, Precious is no stranger to thinking outside the box. Both in composition and live shows, one of which was recently played at the bottom of a drain pit as his audience watched from above! His 2018 release "A Promise" found a wide embrace throughout the community as it enveloped listeners with its gripping story line. Told alongside an emotionally charged soundscape, his ability to weave orchestral arrangements is uncanny.
A master of analog synths and sonic storytelling, Francis enters the dungeon from San Diego, CA. His most recent album, "Guardian Beast Sleeps" which debuted at Decibel, has a unique sound with a poised mixture of lo-fi flutes, strings, and pure analog synth tones. As a composer, his works tend to be very progressive, spinning magical tales about fantasy and adventure, evoking mixed feelings of sadness and triumph to make for a listening experience that can be enjoyed over and over again.
Wielding the classic lo-fi sounds that helped define the genre, this mysterious, veiled persona enthralls his listeners through haunted dreamscapes refined with expert composition and style. With enchanting synth leads complemented by mystic bells, strings and horns to lull you into a deep, almost peaceful trance where long after you've had the chance to escape, you'll awaken to the taunt of faint screams and whispers that reveal the meaning behind this mysterious artist's name.
Summoned forth from sunny San Diego, this artists compositions are anything but. Images of an ancient past riddled with mystery and sorrow, of wandering endlessly through dank caverns by torchlight only to be met by gray skies and a gathering storm upon exit. Encompassing an atmosphere that is at times modern in its instrumentation whilst remaining utterly archaic in its overall presentation. The music appears to be more channeled than arranged, resulting in a truly magical experience!
Hailing from the Pacific Northwest. Halcyon debuts with an array of projects under his belt. The mastermind behind Cascadian Lightfall, Time Unveiled and Last Redoubt. His themes of nature are inspired by the old forests of the North, with musings that will take you deep into the darkness as he studies the literary works of author William H. Hodgson and transcribes them into ritualistic atmospheres. Halcyon means to bring a birds eye view of his projects with a dark and meditative set!
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