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

Music Time! 2016 New Music, Volume 2


My theme this time is “2016 New Music!” I put all the music released in 2016 and sorted it alphabetically by album. This is Volume 2, with album titles F through O. Some bands put out more than one album in 2016, so you may see them twice in different volumes. 2016 was a fantastic music year if you like synth-based music! It was also a phenomenal year for concerts for me. I got to see some amazing artists in concert, from Assemblage 23 to the Pet Shop Boys. Here’s hoping 2017 is just as magical!

It’s music time again! Why do I do this? Well, in the hopes of introducing people to new synth-based music (EBM, Futurepop, Synthpop, Synthwave, Darkwave, Industrial, Industrial Dance, Electro, etc). So give the bands a listen and if you like what you hear, then go and pay for their album and support the bands!

NOTE: I own (as in paid for, or was gifted) all of the music that I feature. I also attend as many local shows that I can to support bands when they’re on tour. Please do the same and support music!


SONG: Moving Sands
ALBUM: Fairytronics EP
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Day Twelve
SONG: Lie In Wait
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Blinky Blinky Computerband
SONG: Killing Machine
ALBUM: For a Better World
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: A Covenant of Thorns
SONG: Resurrection
ALBUM: Forgotten EP
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Blinky Blinky Computerband
SONG: Tolerance Is Freedom
ALBUM: Fractured Sign
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Clicks
SONG: Take Control
ALBUM: Glitch/Machine
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Eloquent
SONG: Mixed Emotions (Nórdika Remix)
ALBUM: Global Remix Extravaganza
YEAR: 2016

SONG: Don’t Get Alive
ALBUM: Headless
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: The Crüxshadows
SONG: Helios
ALBUM: Helios EP
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Dismantled
SONG: The Hero
ALBUM: The Hero EP
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Voicecoil
SONG: Screaming To The Sky
ALBUM: Inertial Fault
YEAR: 2016

SONG: Paper Thin
ALBUM: Kill Your Darlings (CD Single)
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Aesthetic Perfection
ALBUM: LAX (Single)
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Magic Sword
SONG: Legend of The Keeper (Extended Mix)
ALBUM: Legend EP
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Body Of Light
SONG: Come Down
ALBUM: Let Me Go
YEAR: 2016

SONG: The Traps We Made
ALBUM: Looking Skyward
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Timecop1983
SONG: Come Back
ALBUM: Lovers, Pt 1 EP
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: X-in June
SONG: Love Made Of Wax
ALBUM: Magus
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Vanguard
SONG: They Are Watching
ALBUM: Never Surrender
YEAR: 2016

SONG: Aldrig Som Förr
ALBUM: Norrbacka
YEAR: 2016

SONG: Night Games
ALBUM: Of Desire
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Twisted Destiny
SONG: Let’s Play
ALBUM: Offline
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Information Society
SONG: State Of The Nation
ALBUM: Orders of Magnitude
YEAR: 2016