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

Top 30 Synth Albums of 2017

TOP 30 Synth-Based Albums/EPs from 2017!

This list was very hard to do. There were so many amazing albums, EP’s, and singles released in 2017. In order for an album to qualify, it had to be in my library. I get music a lot of ways. A lot of times promoters, record labels, and artists send me their music so I can play the music. A lot of times I have to buy the albums. Sometimes the artists offer the albums up for free on their web page, Bandcamp, or other sources.

All those sources resulted in having 4,396 unique album/EP/single entries from 2017 that I had to go through. That’s a daunting number and it should be noted that there’s no way I have all the new music released in 2017! There is no doubt in my mind that I missed some new music that may have ended up on this list if I had it in my library.

Narrowing the list down:

In order for an album to qualify it had to be new material from the musician/band. So the first thing I did was remove any remix albums. The second thing I did was remove any compilation/best of/greatest hits albums. The third thing I did was remove any singles where the song was part of a later or earlier album. Doing those three things dwindled the number of unique entries to 3,477. Still a daunting task.

Next step was to go through each of those almost 3,500 entries and rate them from 1 to 10. Then I deleted everything that I rated 8 or below. Entries required a 9 or 10 to make it to next round. This processes narrowed the unique entries to 76.

I then re-rated the remaining 76 entries with a much stricter ear. After the re-rating I removed anything below a 9. That left me with 47 unique entries. Then I had to do it again until I got down to 40 entries. At this point, removing anyone from the list physically hurt my heart. The amount of awesome goodness on that list of 47 and 40 was painful as I removed one after another.

Now that I had it down to 40, I had to remove 10 more, who are the honorable mentions. As hard as it was getting down to 40, removing those 10 more was even more difficult!

The Caveats:

  1. Music is subjective. There is a really good chance that your list would be completely different from mine. I did not use any criteria like record sales, listening stats, or anything that would require me to hire someone with a Master’s Degree in musicology.
  2. My criteria for the initial rating and re-rating was asking two simple questions:
    1. Do I want to listen to this album on repeat or just once and listen to a different album?
    2. Are the majority of the songs on the album listenable? The more I wanted to listen to an album on repeat and the more songs on it that were listenable, the higher the rating it got (weighted for singles and EP’s of course). Narrowing those down to just 40/30 was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be for sure.
  3. I am sure that I will get a lot of “But what about Band A and album B? How could you not list those?” See #1. Music is subjective to the listener.

There was a lot of amazing new music put out in 2017. Let’s hope 2018 is just as awesome!

2017 TOP 30 SYNTH-BASED ALBUMS (alphabetical order):

3FORCE — Resistance
3Teeth — _shutdown.exe_
AM Tierpark — Trashy Luxury
Angelspit — Black Dog Bite
Arian 1 — Signals
Blakk Glass — Trial EP
Christopher Anton — Connected
CRYSEHD — EP III
deZeption — Mature
Drab Majesty – The Demonstration
Elektrostaub — Birthday And Death
Funker Vogt — Code Of Conduct
Gary Numan — Savage: Songs From A Broken World
Grendel — Age Of The Disposable Body
Hexheart — Midnight On A Moonless Night
Lorelei Dreaming — Banshee
ManMindMachine — Point Of Departure EP
Missing in STARS — Echo Point
Night Drive — Night Drive
Priest — New Flesh
Reflection — Lumen EP
Schwarzschild — Radius
Stilz — Starcrash
T.O.Y — Pain Is Love
Telekon — Hope for Believers
Torul — Monday EP
Wiccid — By Design
William Control — Revelations: The White EP
Xenturion Prime — Humanity Plus
Zynic — Neon Oblivion

2017 SYNTH-BASED HONORABLE MENTIONS:

C-Lekktor — Out Of My Way
Crüxshadows, The — Astromythology
Dav Dralleon — Depths EP
Forces Of Light — Darklights
New Division, The — No Pride In Paradise EP
Orange Sector — Endzeit (Deluxe Edition)
Slave Republic — Songs For Sinners
Sonic Reunion — Turning Point
Vainerz — Patient
Watch Clark — First Week of Winter

Synthentral 20171006

New episode of Synthentral is now online!

Today’s episode features music by Blinky Blinky Computerband, 6ct Humour, Paranoid, Tristesse de la Lune, Alphaville, Shiny Darkness, Sub Optimal, Equatronic, Rare Fracture, Neuroticfish, My Secret Machine, Bill & Murray, Dawnfine, Nexus-6, Ravenous, Biomekkanik, Andy Bell, Leæther Strip, Diary Of Dreams, Clicker, Essexx, The Thompson Twins, :Silizium:, Telekon, Jules Verne Theory, Pleasures Remain, NoyceTM, and The Kolour Kult!

Just click on the synthesizer below to listen!

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Synthentral 20171001

New episode of Synthentral is now online!

Today’s episode features music by Vaylon, Mortal Boy, Junk Circuit, Wideband Network, Gimme Shelter, DYRCT, Flux Fin, Water Low, Jesus On Extasy, Shatoo, Dawn Of Ashes, Freaky Mind, Synesthete, Neurotech, Alien Vampires, Gateway Drugs, Tenek, Collapse Into Reason, Xuberx, Adacta, Növö, Skold, Howard Jones, Dossiers Secrets, Köln 81, Night Runner, FGFC820, and Ladytron!

Just click on the synthesizer below to listen!

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