Synthentral Top 30 Albums of 2020

Top 30 Albums of 2020

There was so much amazing music in 2020. 2020 saw more singles/EP’s than albums. In 2019 I had 612 albums and this year I only had 447. I narrowed that down to the Top 100, then Top 50, and now it’s the Top 30 albums of 2020!

I have several rules I work with when getting to my Top 30 list:

  • In order for an album to qualify, the album must be in my library, either through purchasing it on my own or given to me by the band or label. There were quite a few albums released in 2020 that were not provided to me by the band/label or I was not able to purchase.
  • To qualify it must be an album. There are plenty of lists out there for “top songs” that cover singles and EPs.
  • To qualify as an album it must have at least seven original songs. Remixes, new versions, cover albums, compilations, and “best of” do not qualify. Intro and outro songs as well as brief intermission style songs do not count toward the total of original songs. This year instrumentals no longer counted since I stopped playing instrumentals on the show.
  • All albums are weighted so that an album with 7 songs has the same point system as an album with 12 songs.
  • I judge each song individually. Then rate the album overall based on the individual song scores, the listenability of the entire album, etc.
  • I post the lists alphabetically and do not list or post them in a “countdown” style.

I fully recognize that my list is subjective and that others will have different lists or disagree with my choices. I love that others have different lists and are passionate about different bands and albums! Regardless, listen to the music and give it all a chance. I have “LISTEN HERE” links next to each album title, so give each band and album a chance and listen and support the bands you like!

While I don’t list the albums in a 30 to 1 list, I think the highest rated album deserves to be recognized: my Number One Album of 2020 is “Singularity” by Voicecoil.

The Synthentral Top 30 Albums of 2020 (in alphabetical order):

11Grams - Humanicide
11Grams – Humanicide: LISTEN HERE
Alanas Chosnau & Mark Reeder - Children Of Nature
Alanas Chosnau & Mark Reeder – Children Of Nature: LISTEN HERE
Alphamay - Conformity
Alphamay – Conformity: LISTEN HERE
Ashes 'N' Android - Razors Edge
Ashes ‘N’ Android – Razors Edge: LISTEN HERE
Assemblage 23 - Mourn
Assemblage 23 – Mourn: LISTEN HERE
BlakLight - Music In A Time Of Uncertainty
BlakLight – Music In A Time Of Uncertainty: LISTEN HERE
Brutalist Architecture In The Sun - Sadness Between Cities, The
Brutalist Architecture In The Sun – The Sadness Between Cities: LISTEN HERE
A Covenant Of Thorns - Black
A Covenant Of Thorns – Black: LISTEN HERE
Croona - Nobody Loves You
Croona – Nobody Loves You: LISTEN HERE
Daniel Hall - Dark Horse
Daniel Hall – Dark Horse: LISTEN HERE
Ego Bliss - What The Future Holds
Ego Bliss – What The Future Holds: LISTEN HERE
ES23 - Only Melodies Remain
ES23 – Only Melodies Remain: LISTEN HERE
FCH - Synaesthesia
FCH – Synaesthesia: LISTEN HERE
Frozen Plasma - Gezeiten
Frozen Plasma – Gezeiten: LISTEN HERE
Kim Lunner - This Is Me
Kim Lunner – This Is Me: LISTEN HERE
Kiss Of The Whip - We're Not Here
Kiss Of The Whip – We’re Not Here: LISTEN HERE
Klonavenus - Motion:Less
Klonavenus – Motion:Less: LISTEN HERE
Klutæ - Queer For Satan
Klutæ – Queer For Satan: LISTEN HERE
Korine - The Night We Raise
Korine – The Night We Raise: LISTEN HERE
N-Frequency - Signs Of Evolution
N-Frequency – Signs Of Evolution: LISTEN HERE
Neuroactive - Minor Side​-​Effects
Neuroactive – Minor Side​-​Effects: LISTEN HERE
The New Division - Hidden Memories
The New Division – Hidden Memories: LISTEN HERE
Noise Resistance - Insights Of Ego
Noise Resistance – Insights Of Ego: LISTEN HERE
Pandoria - Clean
Pandoria – Clean: LISTEN HERE
Pitch Yarn Of Matter - Legacy
Pitch Yarn Of Matter – Legacy: LISTEN HERE
Provision - Hearts Turn Dark
Provision – Hearts Turn Dark: LISTEN HERE
Technophobia - Some Of Us Are Looking At The Stars
Technophobia – Some Of Us Are Looking At The Stars: LISTEN HERE
Vandal Moon - Black Kiss
Vandal Moon – Black Kiss: LISTEN HERE
Vaylon - Legacy
Vaylon – Legacy: LISTEN HERE
Voicecoil - Singularity
Voicecoil – Singularity: LISTEN HERE

Synthentral Top 100 of 2020

There was so much amazing music in 2020. Bands were putting out a lot of music while they were in lockdown and quarantine. This year saw more singles and EP’s for sure. In 2019 I had 612 albums by the end of this year. This year I only had 447. I had to narrow that down to just 100 and will have to narrow it down again to 50 and then finally to 30 for my Top 30 Show on Synthentral. Make sure to give it a listen when it posts on HearThis or MixCloud!

I have several rules I work with when narrowing down the albums to my top list:

  1. In order for an album to qualify, I must own the album, either through purchasing it on my own or given to me by the band or label. There were quite a few albums released in 2020 that were not provided to me by the band/label or I was not able to purchase.
  2. To qualify it must be an album. There are plenty of lists out there for “top songs” that cover singles and EPs. I want to recognize the artists who put in the time and effort to put out an album.
  3. To qualify as an album it must have at least seven original songs: remixes, new versions, cover albums, compilations, and “best of” do not qualify. Intro, outro and “intermission” songs do not count toward the total of original songs. This year instrumentals also did not count since I stopped playing instrumentals on the show.
  4. All albums are weighted so that an album with 7 songs has the same point system as an album with 12 songs.
  5. I judge each song individually. Then rate the album overall based on the individual song scores and overall listenability.
  6. I post the lists alphabetically and do not list them in a “countdown” style.

I fully recognize that my list is subjective and that others will have different lists or disagree with my choices. I love that others have different lists and are passionate about different bands and albums! Regardless, listen to the music and give it all a chance. I have “LISTEN HERE” links next to each album title, so give each band and album a chance and listen and support the bands you like!

The Synthentral Top 100 for 2020 (in alphabetical order):

11Grams - Humanicide
11Grams – Humanicide: LISTEN HERE
Abu Nein - Secular Psalms
Abu Nein – Secular Psalms: LISTEN HERE
Alanas Chosnau & Mark Reeder - Children Of Nature
Alanas Chosnau & Mark Reeder – Children Of Nature: LISTEN HERE
Alphamay - Conformity
Alphamay – Conformity: LISTEN HERE
Anders Manga - Andromeda
Anders Manga – Andromeda: LISTEN HERE
Anna Öberg - Varelser Inuti
Anna Öberg – Varelser Inuti: LISTEN HERE
Antiflvx - Platonic Perspectives (Brazilian Edition)
Antiflvx – Platonic Perspectives (Brazilian Edition): LISTEN HERE
Antilav - Ten Years Later
Antilav – Ten Years Later: LISTEN HERE
Armageddon Dildos - Dystopia
Armageddon Dildos – Dystopia: LISTEN HERE
Ashes 'N' Android - Razors Edge
Ashes ‘N’ Android – Razors Edge: LISTEN HERE
Assemblage 23 - Mourn
Assemblage 23 – Mourn: LISTEN HERE
Beyond Obsession - Revolution From Below
Beyond Obsession – Revolution From Below: LISTEN HERE
Biocarbon13 - Deathwatch
Biocarbon13 – Deathwatch: LISTEN HERE
The Birthday Massacre - Diamonds
The Birthday Massacre – Diamonds: LISTEN HERE
Black Nail Cabaret - Gods Verging On Sanity
Black Nail Cabaret – Gods Verging On Sanity: LISTEN HERE
BlakLight - Music In A Time Of Uncertainty
BlakLight – Music In A Time Of Uncertainty: LISTEN HERE
Brutalist Architecture In The Sun - Sadness Between Cities, The
Brutalist Architecture In The Sun – The Sadness Between Cities: LISTEN HERE
Circle Burn - Eigengrau
Circle Burn – Eigengrau: LISTEN HERE
Clan Of Xymox - Spider On The Wall
Clan Of Xymox – Spider On The Wall: LISTEN HERE
A Covenant Of Thorns - Black
A Covenant Of Thorns – Black: LISTEN HERE
The Coventry - Unspoken
The Coventry – Unspoken: LISTEN HERE
Стереополина - Институт культуры и отдыха
Стереополина – Институт культуры и отдыха: LISTEN HERE
Croona - Nobody Loves You
Croona – Nobody Loves You: LISTEN HERE
Damsel In The Dollhouse - Geisterschloss
Damsel In The Dollhouse – Geisterschloss: LISTEN HERE
Dance My Darling - Apoda
Dance My Darling – Apoda: LISTEN HERE
Dancing Plague - null
Dancing Plague – null: LISTEN HERE
Daniel Hall - Dark Horse
Daniel Hall – Dark Horse: LISTEN HERE
Death Loves Veronica - Lucid Dreams
Death Loves Veronica – Lucid Dreams: LISTEN HERE
Die Braut - Virtual Communication
Die Braut – Virtual Communication: LISTEN HERE
DILK - Hardship
DILK – Hardship: LISTEN HERE
Echoberyl - The Awakening Of A Mutant Girl
Echoberyl – The Awakening Of A Mutant Girl: LISTEN HERE
Ego Bliss - What The Future Holds
Ego Bliss – What The Future Holds: LISTEN HERE
Eisfabrik - Kryothermalmusik Aus Der Eisfabrik
Eisfabrik – Kryothermalmusik Aus Der Eisfabrik: LISTEN HERE
ES23 - Only Melodies Remain
ES23 – Only Melodies Remain: LISTEN HERE
FCH - Synaesthesia
FCH – Synaesthesia: LISTEN HERE
FHTH - Star Wormwood
FHTH – Star Wormwood: LISTEN HERE
First Aid 4 Souls - Fire
First Aid 4 Souls – Fire: LISTEN HERE
Formato Negativo - Biohazard
Formato Negativo – Biohazard: LISTEN HERE
Freezepop - Fantasizer
Freezepop – Fantasizer: LISTEN HERE
Frozen Plasma - Gezeiten
Frozen Plasma – Gezeiten: LISTEN HERE
Gabriel & Dresden - Remedy
Gabriel & Dresden – Remedy: LISTEN HERE
Hammershøi - Hammershøi
Hammershøi – Hammershøi: LISTEN HERE
Hatari - Neyslutrans
Hatari – Neyslutrans: LISTEN HERE
IAMTHESHADOW - Pitchblack
IAMTHESHADOW – Pitchblack: LISTEN HERE
Jennifer Touch - Behind The Wall
Jennifer Touch – Behind The Wall: LISTEN HERE
JH-X9 - A Collision
JH-X9 – A Collision: LISTEN HERE
Jigsaw Sequence - Happiness
Jigsaw Sequence – Happiness: LISTEN HERE
Karl Kave - Solitude
Karl Kave – Solitude: LISTEN HERE
Kim Lunner - This Is Me
Kim Lunner – This Is Me: LISTEN HERE
Kiss Of The Whip - We're Not Here
Kiss Of The Whip – We’re Not Here: LISTEN HERE
Klonavenus - Motion:Less
Klonavenus – Motion:Less: LISTEN HERE
Klutæ - Queer For Satan
Klutæ – Queer For Satan: LISTEN HERE
Korine - The Night We Raise
Korine – The Night We Raise: LISTEN HERE
Linea Aspera - LP II
Linea Aspera – LP II: LISTEN HERE
Miseria Ultima - Graygarden
Miseria Ultima – Graygarden: LISTEN HERE
MORE - From The Past
MORE – From The Past: LISTEN HERE
N-Frequency - Signs Of Evolution
N-Frequency – Signs Of Evolution: LISTEN HERE
Neuroactive - Minor Side​-​Effects
Neuroactive – Minor Side​-​Effects: LISTEN HERE
The New Division - Hidden Memories
The New Division – Hidden Memories: LISTEN HERE
Noise Resistance - Insights Of Ego
Noise Resistance – Insights Of Ego: LISTEN HERE
Norderney - Insight Comes At The End
Norderney – Insight Comes At The End: LISTEN HERE
OctoLab - Mystery Park
OctoLab – Mystery Park: LISTEN HERE
Oldschool Union - Vartalovasara
Oldschool Union – Vartalovasara: LISTEN HERE
Oleg Xaler - Midnight
Oleg Xaler – Midnight: LISTEN HERE
Pandoria - Clean
Pandoria – Clean: LISTEN HERE
Panic Priest - Second Seduction
Panic Priest – Second Seduction: LISTEN HERE
Pitch Yarn Of Matter - Legacy
Pitch Yarn Of Matter – Legacy: LISTEN HERE
PreCog - Valediction
PreCog – Valediction: LISTEN HERE
Proleturan - Embryonic Brain Fuck
Proleturan – Embryonic Brain Fuck: LISTEN HERE
Provision - Hearts Turn Dark
Provision – Hearts Turn Dark: LISTEN HERE
Purwien & Kowa - Vier
Purwien & Kowa – Vier: LISTEN HERE
Razorback Hollow - Solus In Tenebris
Razorback Hollow – Solus In Tenebris: LISTEN HERE
Red Lokust - Whom The Gods Wish To Ruin, They First Drive Mad
Red Lokust – Whom The Gods Wish To Ruin, They First Drive Mad: LISTEN HERE
Riki - Riki
Riki – Riki: LISTEN HERE
Rojinski - Rojinski
Rojinski – Rojinski: LISTEN HERE
Rotersand - How Do You Feel Today
Rotersand – How Do You Feel Today: LISTEN HERE
Sacrothorn - Supernova
Sacrothorn – Supernova: LISTEN HERE
Scenius - Enough Fears
Scenius – Enough Fears: LISTEN HERE
Shad Shadows - Toxic Behaviours
Shad Shadows – Toxic Behaviours: LISTEN HERE
She Hates Emotions - Melancholic Maniac
She Hates Emotions – Melancholic Maniac: LISTEN HERE
SIN DNA - Transcendent
SIN DNA – Transcendent: LISTEN HERE
Social Ambitions - A New Frontier
Social Ambitions – A New Frontier: LISTEN HERE
spankthenun - Initial Decay Control
spankthenun – Initial Decay Control: LISTEN HERE
Stellar Dynamics - False
Stellar Dynamics – False: LISTEN HERE
Subject:2 - Love Betrayal Deceit
Subject:2 – Love Betrayal Deceit: LISTEN HERE
Sure - 20 Years
Sure – 20 Years: LISTEN HERE
Sven Rebentisch × Milian Hardt - Licht ∞ Wahrheit ∞ Frei Sein
Sven Rebentisch × Milian Hardt – Licht ∞ Wahrheit ∞ Frei Sein: LISTEN HERE
Tearful Moon - Under The Red Veil
Tearful Moon – Under The Red Veil: LISTEN HERE
Technophobia - Some Of Us Are Looking At The Stars
Technophobia – Some Of Us Are Looking At The Stars: LISTEN HERE
TOAL - Ritus Ex Silenti
TOAL – Ritus Ex Silenti: LISTEN HERE
Transcendent 7 - Equilibrium
Transcendent 7 – Equilibrium: LISTEN HERE
Trevor Something - microwaves
Trevor Something – microwaves: LISTEN HERE
Unterschicht - Krank (Lass Mich Allein)
Unterschicht – Krank (Lass Mich Allein): LISTEN HERE
Vandal Moon - Black Kiss
Vandal Moon – Black Kiss: LISTEN HERE
Vaylon - Legacy
Vaylon – Legacy: LISTEN HERE
The Violent Youth - Tam, Gde Nas Net
The Violent Youth – Tam, Gde Nas Net: LISTEN HERE
Voicecoil - Singularity
Voicecoil – Singularity: LISTEN HERE
White Door - The Great Awakening
White Door – The Great Awakening: LISTEN HERE
X-Marks The Pedwalk - Transformation
X-Marks The Pedwalk – Transformation: LISTEN HERE
Xelam - Rock And Roll
Xelam – Rock And Roll: LISTEN HERE

Synthentral Top 30 Albums of 2019

The amount of amazing music released in 2019 was overwhelming at times. I was able to get my hands on 612 full length albums in 2019. Throw in EP’s and singles and the year was incredibly prolific for the synth-based scenes. I had the daunting task of narrowing those 600+ albums down to just 30. I released a Top 100 first (you can find that HERE) and now it’s the Top 30!

LISTEN TO THE TOP 30 ALBUMS OF 2019 SHOW HERE!

I have several rules I use when narrowing down releases to my Top 30 Albums:

  1. In order for an album to qualify, I must own the album, either through purchasing it on my own or it being given to me by the band, label, promotional team, or DJ distribution service. There are 47 albums released in 2019 that I do not own. I’m sure there are more than 47 as no matter how hard I try to stay on top of new releases there’s no way to catch 100% of them. This is one of many reasons why it is so important to get the music to DJs!
  2. To qualify, the release must be an album and not an EP or single. There are plenty of lists out there for “top songs” that cover singles and EPs.
    1. To qualify as an album it must have at least seven original songs. Remixes, new versions of previous releases, and covers do not count toward the total. Intro and Outro songs as well as brief intermission style songs do not count toward the total of original songs. If an album has 12 songs, but only seven original songs, then the album qualifies, but only those seven songs are rated.
  3. All albums are rated using a weighted average so that an album with 7 songs has the same point system as an album with 12 songs. This prevents a seven song album from losing 14 points/song when a 12 song album would only lose 8 points/song.
  4. Every qualifying song on an album needs to be listenable. I want to listen to the entire album from start to finish. This rule accounts for most of the initial removals from the 600 plus releases.
  5. Any genres represented in my show can make the Top 30.
  6. I fully recognize that my list is subjective and that others will have different lists or disagree with my choices. I try my best to be objective using the weighted average rating system and when it comes time to delete albums with lower scores, I don’t look at the names of the bands I’m deleting so there’s no chance I’ll bump an album because I really like the band or I’m friends with the drummer, etc. I have no doubt given human psychology that no matter how hard I try or what rules I put in place, I do not eliminate all personal bias. But I guess that’s what makes these lists subjective.

I don’t rank them from 30 to 1. That’s too much work, honestly (given that I start from over 600), and almost impossible given the scope of genres I work with. This process takes weeks, working hours each day, and ten hours on weekends. After the first rating getting it to just 100 songs, I go through and re-rate the albums with a more brutal rating system, then have to do it again and again until I get down to just 30.

I hope you give each album and band a chance. If you find something you like then support the band: follow them on social media, buy their music and merch, and definitely go see them on tour!

So with all that said, here is my Synthentral Top 30 Albums of 2019 (in alphabetical order):

Conmutadores - Tridimensional

Conmutadores – Tridimensional (LISTEN HERE)

Culture Kultür - Humanity

Culture Kultür – Humanity (LISTEN HERE)

Dancing Plague - Too Still

Dancing Plague – Too Still (LISTEN HERE)

Dark-O-Matic - New Hope

Dark-O-Matic – New Hope (LISTEN HERE)

Empyres - Cruel Bastards

Empyres – Cruel Bastards (LISTEN HERE)

Faderhead - Asteria

Faderhead – Asteria (LISTEN HERE)

Fractal Age - Modern World

Fractal Age – Modern World (LISTEN HERE)

Glass Apple Bonzai - The All-Nite Starlite Electronic Café

Glass Apple Bonzai – The All-Nite Starlite Electronic Café (LISTEN HERE)

Harmjoy - Iron Curtain. Velvet Glove.

Harmjoy – Iron Curtain. Velvet Glove. (LISTEN HERE)

Insight - A New Day

Insight – A New Day (LISTEN HERE)

Intent:Outtake - Days Of Doom

Intent:Outtake – Days Of Doom (LISTEN HERE)

Iris - Six

Iris – Six (LISTEN HERE)

Machinista - Anthropocene

Machinista – Anthropocene (LISTEN HERE)

Mind Machine - Return To The Machine

Mind Machine – Return To The Machine (LISTEN HERE)

Mondträume - Lovers, Sinners & Liars

Mondträume – Lovers, Sinners & Liars (LISTEN HERE)

Mr.Kitty - Ephemeral

Mr.Kitty – Ephemeral (LISTEN HERE)

Neuropa - Close To Midnight

Neuropa – Close To Midnight (LISTEN HERE)

Orange Sector - Alarm

Orange Sector – Alarm (LISTEN HERE)

Prometheus Flame - Karma Reloaded

Prometheus Flame – Karma Reloaded (LISTEN HERE)

Romy - Celluloid Self

Romy – Celluloid Self (LISTEN HERE)

Ruined Conflict - Valediction

Ruined Conflict – Valediction (LISTEN HERE)

Signal Aout 42 - Insurrection

Signal Aout 42 – Insurrection (LISTEN HERE)

Silent EM - The Absence

Silent EM – The Absence (LISTEN HERE)

Soft Riot - When Push Comes To Shove

Soft Riot – When Push Comes To Shove (LISTEN HERE)

SoftWave - GAME ON

SoftWave – GAME ON (LISTEN HERE)

Spark! - Chaos

Spark! – Chaos (LISTEN HERE)

Third Realm - The Art Of Despair

Third Realm – The Art Of Despair (LISTEN HERE)

Torul - Hikikomori

Torul – Hikikomori (LISTEN HERE)

Uncreated - Eternal

Uncreated – Eternal (LISTEN HERE)

Vanguard - Manifest

Vanguard – Manifest (LISTEN HERE)

We Are Magonia - The Living Will Envy The Dead

We Are Magonia – The Living Will Envy The Dead (LISTEN HERE)

 

Synthentral Top 100 of 2019

There was tons of great music in 2019. I was able to get my hands on 612 albums in 2019, not including EP’s and singles. I had to narrow that down to just 100 and will have to narrow it down to 30 for my Top 30 show (will be posted HERE).

I have several rules I work with when narrowing down the albums to my top list:

  1. In order for an album to qualify, I must own the album, either through purchasing it on my own or it given to me by the band or label. There are 47 albums released in 2019 that I am aware of that I do not own. I’m sure there are more than 47 as no matter how hard I try to stay on top of new releases there’s no way to catch 100% of them.
  2. To qualify it must be an album and not an EP or single. There are plenty of lists out there for “top songs” that cover singles and EPs.
    1. To qualify as an album it must have at least seven original songs. Remixes, new versions, and covers do not count toward the total. Intro and Outro songs as well as brief intermission style songs do not count toward the total of original songs.
  3. All albums are weighted so that an album with 7 songs has the same point system as an album with 12 songs. This prevents a seven song album from losing 14 points/song when a 12 song album only loses 8 points/song. That would obviously be unfair, so I weight songs so every song contributes to a number rating of 1 through 10.
  4. Every qualifying song on an album needs to be listenable. I want to listen to the entire album from start to finish. This rule accounts for most of the initial removals from the 600 plus to 100.
  5. All genres represented in my show can be in both the Top 100 and Top 30 (when it’s released). I try to make sure that all genres are represented, but there are some years where a specific genre just didn’t have any good albums released or the one or two good ones just didn’t stand up to the awesomeness of other genre albums.
  6. I fully recognize that my list is subjective and that others will have different lists or disagree with my choices. Regardless, listen to the music and give it all a chance. I have “LISTEN HERE” links next to each album title, so give each band and album a chance and listen and support the bands you like!

Making this list is actually psychologically painful at times and there are times when removing an album causes psychosomatic physical pain. Getting from 100 to 30 is the worst of it as you know you’re deleting an amazing album from the list but the one above it got a 9.91 and it only got a 9.89. Hitting that delete button hurts. LOL

I don’t rank them from 100 to 1. That’s too much work, honestly, and almost impossible given the scope of genres I work with. This process takes weeks, working hours each day, and ten hours on weekends. After the first rating getting it to just 100 songs, I go through and re-rate the albums with a more brutal rating system, then have to do it again and again until I get down to just 30 for the Top 30 show.

So with all that said, here is my Synthentral Top 100 for 2019 (in alphabetical order):

A Spell Inside - Masterplan (LISTEN HERE)

A Spell Inside – Masterplan (LISTEN HERE)

Accumortis - Deathwave

Accumortis – Deathwave (LISTEN HERE)

Agent Side Grinder - A/X

Agent Side Grinder – A/X (LISTEN HERE)

Alienare - Neverland

Alienare – Neverland (LISTEN HERE)

Am Tierpark - Kings Of Failure

Am Tierpark – Kings Of Failure (LISTEN HERE)

Arctic Sunrise - Across The Ice

Arctic Sunrise – Across The Ice (LISTEN HERE)

Atomzero - Technophilia

Atomzero – Technophilia (LISTEN HERE)

Black Marble - Bigger Than Life

Black Marble – Bigger Than Life (LISTEN HERE)

Blinky Blinky Computerband - Inner Conflict

Blinky Blinky Computerband – Inner Conflict (LISTEN HERE)

Caisaron - Destiny Encounters

Caisaron – Destiny Encounters (LISTEN HERE)

Conmutadores - Tridimensional

Conmutadores – Tridimensional (LISTEN HERE)

Culture Kultür - Humanity

Culture Kultür – Humanity (LISTEN HERE)

Curse Mackey - Instant Exorcism

Curse Mackey – Instant Exorcism (LISTEN HERE)

CygnosiC - Epiphany

CygnosiC – Epiphany (LISTEN HERE)

Dancing Plague - Too Still

Dancing Plague – Too Still (LISTEN HERE)

Dark-O-Matic - New Hope

Dark-O-Matic – New Hope (LISTEN HERE)

Daybehavior - Based On A True Story

Daybehavior – Based On A True Story (LISTEN HERE)

Elz And The Cult - Psychodrama

Elz And The Cult – Psychodrama (LISTEN HERE)

Empyres - Cruel Bastards

Empyres – Cruel Bastards (LISTEN HERE)

Eric C. Powell - TRUE

Eric C. Powell – TRUE (LISTEN HERE)

Espermachine - Delicate Corruption

Espermachine – Delicate Corruption (LISTEN HERE)

Faderhead - Asteria

Faderhead – Asteria (LISTEN HERE)

Felix Marc - Substance

Felix Marc – Substance (LISTEN HERE)

First Aid 4 Souls - Keep This World Empty

First Aid 4 Souls – Keep This World Empty (LISTEN HERE)

Fractal Age - Modern World

Fractal Age – Modern World (LISTEN HERE)

Front Line Assembly - Wake Up The Coma

Front Line Assembly – Wake Up The Coma (LISTEN HERE)

Glass Apple Bonzai - The All-Nite Starlite Electronic Café

Glass Apple Bonzai – The All-Nite Starlite Electronic Café (LISTEN HERE)

Glitch Black - Age Of Machines

Glitch Black – Age Of Machines (LISTEN HERE)

God Module - The Unsound

God Module – The Unsound (LISTEN HERE)

Grendel - Ascending The Abyss

Grendel – Ascending The Abyss (LISTEN HERE)

Hante. - Fierce

Hante. – Fierce (LISTEN HERE)

Harmjoy - Iron Curtain. Velvet Glove.

Harmjoy – Iron Curtain. Velvet Glove. (LISTEN HERE)

Human Steel - Invaders

Human Steel – Invaders (LISTEN HERE)

Insight - A New Day

Insight – A New Day (LISTEN HERE)

Intent:Outtake - Days Of Doom

Intent:Outtake – Days Of Doom (LISTEN HERE)

Interface - Where All Roads Lead

Interface – Where All Roads Lead (LISTEN HERE)

Iris - Six

Iris – Six (LISTEN HERE)

Kounter Mezhure - Valkyrie

Kounter Mezhure – Valkyrie (LISTEN HERE)

Ladytron - Ladytron

Ladytron – Ladytron (LISTEN HERE)

Lazer Station - Weaponizer

Lazer Station – Weaponizer (LISTEN HERE)

Loewenhertz - Traumfaenger

Loewenhertz – Traumfaenger (LISTEN HERE)

M73 - Tainted

M73 – Tainted (LISTEN HERE)

Machinista - Anthropocene

Machinista – Anthropocene (LISTEN HERE)

Marta Raya - Reflection

Marta Raya – Reflection (LISTEN HERE)

Massive Ego - Church For The Malfunctioned

Massive Ego – Church For The Malfunctioned (LISTEN HERE)

Mavroskeleto - Biomachine

Mavroskeleto – Biomachine (LISTEN HERE)

Mental Exile - Ride The Madness

Mental Exile – Ride The Madness (LISTEN HERE)

Mind Machine - Return To The Machine

Mind Machine – Return To The Machine (LISTEN HERE)

Minuit Machine - Infrarouge

Minuit Machine – Infrarouge (LISTEN HERE)

Miss Ballistic - Blood And Glitter

Miss Ballistic – Blood And Glitter (LISTEN HERE)

Missing Words - Moment To Moment

Missing Words – Moment To Moment (LISTEN HERE)

Mondträume - Lovers, Sinners & Liars

Mondträume – Lovers, Sinners & Liars (LISTEN HERE)

Mr.Kitty - Ephemeral

Mr.Kitty – Ephemeral (LISTEN HERE)

Nature Of Wires - Modus

Nature Of Wires – Modus (LISTEN HERE)

Neuropa - Close To Midnight

Neuropa – Close To Midnight (LISTEN HERE)

NeuroWulf - Endurance

NeuroWulf – Endurance (LISTEN HERE)

Nórdika - Winterheart's

Nórdika – Winterheart’s (LISTEN HERE)

Occams Laser - Occult 89

Occams Laser – Occult 89 (LISTEN HERE)

Orange Sector - Alarm

Orange Sector – Alarm (LISTEN HERE)

Parralox - Genesis

Parralox – Genesis (LISTEN HERE)

Poizon Party IV - Hell Dial

Poizon Party IV – Hell Dial (LISTEN HERE)

Prometheus Flame - Karma Reloaded

Prometheus Flame – Karma Reloaded (LISTEN HERE)

Psy'Aviah - Soul Searching

Psy’Aviah – Soul Searching (LISTEN HERE)

The Purge - Honesty

The Purge – Honesty (LISTEN HERE)

Reality's Despair - Human Transitions

Reality’s Despair – Human Transitions (LISTEN HERE)

Red Flag - Endless

Red Flag – Endless (LISTEN HERE)

Reflection - Umbra

Reflection – Umbra (LISTEN HERE)

Reliant - Songs From The Heart Of Solitude

Reliant – Songs From The Heart Of Solitude (LISTEN HERE)

Romy - Celluloid Self

Romy – Celluloid Self (LISTEN HERE)

RROYCE - Patience

RROYCE – Patience (LISTEN HERE)

Ruined Conflict - Valediction

Ruined Conflict – Valediction (LISTEN HERE)

S Y Z Y G Y X - Is That All There Is

S Y Z Y G Y X – Is That All There Is (LISTEN HERE)

Saft - Allting Har Ett Slut

Saft – Allting Har Ett Slut (LISTEN HERE)

Sea Of Sin - Unbroken

Sea Of Sin – Unbroken (LISTEN HERE)

She Past Away - Disko Anksiyete

She Past Away – Disko Anksiyete (LISTEN HERE)

Signal Aout 42 - Insurrection

Signal Aout 42 – Insurrection (LISTEN HERE)

[:SITD:] - Stunde X

[:SITD:] – Stunde X (LISTEN HERE)

Silent EM - The Absence

Silent EM – The Absence (LISTEN HERE)

Soft Riot - When Push Comes To Shove

Soft Riot – When Push Comes To Shove (LISTEN HERE)

SoftWave - GAME ON

SoftWave – GAME ON (LISTEN HERE)

Spark! - Chaos

Spark! – Chaos (LISTEN HERE)

Spray - Failure Is Inevitable

Spray – Failure Is Inevitable (LISTEN HERE)

Stahlgeist - Escape Reality

Stahlgeist – Escape Reality (LISTEN HERE)

Synthax Xtructure - Don't Look Back

Synthax Xtructure – Don’t Look Back (LISTEN HERE)

Tamaryn - Dreaming The Dark

Tamaryn – Dreaming The Dark (LISTEN HERE)

Terminal Danger - Looking For Strange

Terminal Danger – Looking For Strange (LISTEN HERE)

Third Realm - The Art Of Despair

Third Realm – The Art Of Despair (LISTEN HERE)

Torul - Hikikomori

Torul – Hikikomori (LISTEN HERE)

TR/ST - The Destroyer – 1

TR/ST – The Destroyer – 1 (LISTEN HERE)

Tragic Impulse - Echoes Of The Unseen

Tragic Impulse – Echoes Of The Unseen (LISTEN HERE)

Uncreated - Eternal

Uncreated – Eternal (LISTEN HERE)

unitcode:machine - Tyranny

unitcode:machine – Tyranny (LISTEN HERE)

Vanguard - Manifest

Vanguard – Manifest (LISTEN HERE)

Vestron Vulture - Unscarred

Vestron Vulture – Unscarred (LISTEN HERE)

Watch Clark - Couch

Watch Clark – Couch (LISTEN HERE)

We Are Magonia - The Living Will Envy The Dead

We Are Magonia – The Living Will Envy The Dead (LISTEN HERE)

Wingtips - Exposure Therapy

Wingtips – Exposure Therapy (LISTEN HERE)

Wolf Club - Frontiers

Wolf Club – Frontiers (LISTEN HERE)

Xarah Dion - Plein Nord

Xarah Dion – Plein Nord (LISTEN HERE)

 

Synthentral’s Top 33 Albums of 2018

Synthentral‘s Top 33 Albums of 2018!

I normally do Top 30, but I could not in good conscience remove three more albums from my final list. Just getting down to 33 from the initial 500+ was hard enough as there was so much amazing music released in 2018.

Here are the criteria I used to qualify for the initial list of over 500 albums:

  1. Albums only: no singles or EP’s.
  2. The album could not be a remaster, re-release, remix or compilation album.
  3. The album had to have a minimum of 7 original songs.

I narrowed the 500 to 96, then to 47, and finally to 33 using the following:

  1. Did I want to listen to every song on the album and not fast forward or skip any songs?
  2. Did I want to listen to the album over and over again?
  3. Did the album make me “feel.”

I fully admit that the final three criteria are subjective and you may have chose a different Top 33 for 2018. Looking at some of the Top lists already put out I’m in disagreement with quite a few of them because art is subjective and music is art. I waited until the very end of 2018 to make sure I gave albums released in December a fair chance at the list.

I did not break the Top 33 down from 33 to number 1. I will list them (and play a song from them on the 12/28 show) in alphabetical order by band.

Check out the albums and if you like what you hear, then support the band: buy their albums, like their social media pages, and definitely go see them on tour!

Top 33 Albums of 2018 in alphabetical order by band name. Click on the band’s name to go to their social media page. Click on the album title to go where you can listen to and purchase the album. You can listen to the show featuring one song from each album HERE.

Aïboforcen, “Sense & Nonsense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APSÜRDE, “Inglourious Heroes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ash Code, “Perspektive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashbury Heights, “The Victorian Wallflowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Binary Park, “Life On Lines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blume, “Ashes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caustic, “American Carrion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cesium_137, “Rise To Conquer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cosmicity, “Twice Daily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Covenant Of Thorns, “Shadows & Serenades

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CTRL, “0009:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Defiant Machines, “Delirium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Echo Over Voices, “Bittersweet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electro Spectre, “A Man-Made Sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Future Lied To Us, “Presence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gunship, “Dark All Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halo Effect, “SHOUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Johan Baeckström, “Utopia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Korine, “New Arrangements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mitra mitra, “Marionettes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neuroticfish, “Antidoron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Night Haze, “Love Is Chaos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norderney, “From Fiction To Reality

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nórdika, “Venus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Occams Laser, “New Blood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radioaktivists, “Radioakt One

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solitary Experiments, “Future Tense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Train To Spain, “A Journey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unity One, “Awakening

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

V2A, “Gravity Killer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VNV Nation, “Noire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wice, “Wice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Xenia Beliayeva, “Riss