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

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New episode of Synthentral is now online!

Today’s episode features music by Erasure, People Theatre, Electro Planet, Mindless Faith, Priest, Coders, Neuroactive, VHS Glitch, Crisk, Neonsol, Millimetric, Helios, Microwaved, Spektralized, Incubite, Paresis, Toxic ‘N Blue, Kryonix, Berlin, Anna Oberg, Chamaeleon, Bow Ever Down, Red Mecca, Klonavenus, Lazerpunk!, Second Version, Goja Moon Rockah, and Covenant!

Just click on the synthesizer below to listen!


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Just click on the synthesizer below to listen!


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Just click on the synthesizer below to listen!


Music Time! “Magic” Edition 7/31/16

So it’s Harry Potter’s birthday. So let’s put “magic” into MediaMonkey and see what comes out. It’s time for some “magic” music!

ARTIST: 808 State
SONG: Magical Dream
ALBUM: Ninety
YEAR: 1989

ARTIST: Dawn of Ashes
SONG: Sex, Blood, & Black Magic
ALBUM: Anathema
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: Neuroactive
SONG: Magic
ALBUM: Antidote
YEAR: 2009

ARTIST: Paradoxx
SONG: Witch Hunt (Black Plague Mix)
ALBUM: Contamination Paradoxx Remixxed
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: Erasure
SONG: Magic Moments
ALBUM: Cowboy
YEAR: 1997

ARTIST: Empire State Human
SONG: The Witch
ALBUM: Cycles
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: Secession
SONG: The Magician
ALBUM: A Dark Enchantment
YEAR: 1987

ARTIST: Ganymede
SONG: Magic
ALBUM: Euromantique (Expanded Edition)
YEAR: 2001

C’mon… you knew this song was coming! LOL

ARTIST: The Police
SONG: Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
ALBUM: Every Breath You Take: The Singles
YEAR: 1986 (song)

ARTIST: Austra
SONG: Spellwork
ALBUM: Feel It Break
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: Minitel Rose
SONG: Magic Powder
ALBUM: The French Machine
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Restricted Area
SONG: Magic Memories
ALBUM: Fun and Fearless
YEAR: 2003

ARTIST: Siouxsie And The Banshees
SONG: Spellbound
YEAR: 1981

ARTIST: The Icicle Works
SONG: In the Cauldron of Love
ALBUM: The Icicle Works
YEAR: 1984

ARTIST: Dynamic Destony
SONG: This Magic Moment
ALBUM: Kisses In The Evening
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Equatronic
SONG: Moonspell
ALBUM: La Mode Depeche: The Best of 1996-2008
YEAR: 2008 (album)

ARTIST: Ladyhawke
SONG: Magic
ALBUM: Ladyhawke
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Ladytron
SONG: Light & Magic
ALBUM: Light & Magic
YEAR: 2002

SONG: Love Magick
ALBUM: Love Magick (Single)
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: Book of Love
SONG: Witchcraft
ALBUM: Lullaby
YEAR: 1988

ARTIST: Parralox
SONG: Supermagic
ALBUM: Metropolis (Master Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: Ian McCulloch
SONG: Magical World
ALBUM: Mysterio
YEAR: 1991

ARTIST: Diary of Dreams
SONG: The Witching Hour
ALBUM: Nigredo
YEAR: 2004

ARTIST: Ego Likeness
SONG: Burn Witch Burn
ALBUM: The Order of the Reptile
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: New Clear Sky
SONG: The Stuff of Magick
ALBUM: Psychodrama
YEAR: 1999

ARTIST: Hearts of Black Science
SONG: Witches
ALBUM: Signal (2CD Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2015

SONG: Summer’s Cauldron
ALBUM: Skylarking
YEAR: 1986

ARTIST: Nevarakka
SONG: Magical Moments
ALBUM: Soft (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: Eternity Range
SONG: Spellbound
ALBUM: Solitude
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: Moulin Noir
SONG: Spellbound (Run Level Zero Mix)
ALBUM: The White Room
YEAR: 2001