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

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Music Time!

EBMI have almost 35,000 MP3’s in my collection and that collection grows by hundreds each week. The majority of my music is Futurepop, EBM, Industrial, Industrial Dance, New Wave, Goth, Punk, Electroclash, Electronica, Darkwave, Shoegaze, and Synthpop (loving the Synthpop Revival going on right now). I even have a bit of EDM and Techno mixed in there as well as some Alternative (mostly old-school alternative back when it was actually alternative and not mainstream. Now that Alternative is mainstream, shouldn’t we call it something else?)

One thing I started doing on Facebook was posting what my MediaMonkey is playing on shuffle. I did this to start introducing people to new music and new bands. The bands out there need fans to help them make money and to spread their amazing music. Not everyone will be a fan of the music I listen to. It’s not Top 40 trendy stuff. You won’t hear it on KISS FM. You may not even hear it on KROQ.

I support the bands and go to the concerts any time they’re in my area. Most of the bands I listen to care about their fans and will actually comment and reply when you post on their page or mention their band in a post. Half the times I post a band’s song, the band likes my post. I’ve even become friends with band members by supporting their bands and going to their shows. When is the last time Janet Jackson or Kanye West liked your post or commented on it? When’s the last time a Top 40 band mentioned you by name on a Facebook post?

So anyway, I’ve decided that I’m going to post my shuffles here as well with links to YouTube videos of the songs I’ve played. Give them a listen: to both the older and newer bands. Discover bands you haven’t heard of before and support them by buying their CDs and music (especially if you can buy it from their web page or bandcamp instead of through a label). Go to their shows when they come to your town. Find the scene in your town and join up! Make sure you get in on bandsintown and songkick to keep up with the bands you like and get notified when they come into town.

With that said, here is the first shuffle I did from 2/4. It was a small one that got me interested in doing this.

ARTIST: Magic Sword
SONG: Sword of Truth
ALBUM: Magic Sword
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: Siouxsie & the Banshees
SONG: Spellbound
ALBUM: Juju
YEAR: 1981

ARTIST: Backlash
SONG: Blind
ALBUM: Impetus
YEAR: 2001

Here’s the shuffle from 2/7. Getting likes and comments, so keeping it up and doing more of them.

ARTIST: Title
SONG: Wednesday
ALBUM: Moonfly
YEAR: 2004

ARTIST: Harmjoy
SONG: My Tears Fall
ALBUM: Silver Lining Of The Mushroom Cloud
YEAR: 2014

ARTIST: Accessory
SONG: Keen Girl
ALBUM: Underbeat
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: Jullan
SONG: Love Somebody
ALBUM: Pulse
YEAR: 1985

ARTIST: Black Heaven
SONG: MMVII
ALBUM: Negativ
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Shiv-r
SONG: Pharmaceutical Grade (Skyla Vertex Remix)
ALBUM: Shadow Between Worlds
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: Moon.74
SONG: Moonlanding
ALBUM: Newborn
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: B!Machine
SONG: Two Paths
ALBUM: Hybrid
YEAR: 2001

ARTIST: Camouflage
SONG: I Can’t Feel You
ALBUM: Sensor
YEAR: 2003

ARTIST: 32Crash
SONG: Propaganda
ALBUM: Weird News From An Uncertain Future
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Halo Effect
SONG: Their G.O.D. (A.D.A.C. 8286 Remix)
ALBUM: Their G.O.D. (Remixes Single)
YEAR: 2009

ARTIST: The Dead Milkmen
SONG: I Tripped Over The Ottoman
ALBUM: Metaphysical Graffiti
YEAR: 1993

ARTIST: Decoded Feedback
SONG: Corrosion
ALBUM: Technophoby
YEAR: 1997

ARTIST: Raindancer
SONG: Wings of Ecstasy
ALBUM: Response
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Funker Vogt
SONG: Reject
ALBUM: Navigator
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: Hidden Place
SONG: United
ALBUM: Fantasia Meccanica
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Celebrate the Nun
SONG: Patience
ALBUM: Continuous
YEAR: 1991

ARTIST: EMF
SONG: Long Summer Days
ALBUM: Schubert Dip
YEAR: 1991

ARTIST: Depeche Mode
SONG: Oberkorn (It’s a Small Town)
ALBUM: The Meaning of Love (CD Single)
YEAR: 1982

ARTIST: The Jesus & Mary Chain
SONG: Some Candy Talking
ALBUM: The Power Of Negative Thinking: B-Sides And Rarities
YEAR: 2008 (Remastered Release)

ARTIST: Necro Facility
SONG: Ignite
ALBUM: Wintermute
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: Ambra Red
SONG: We Real Cool
ALBUM: Electronic Creations For Special People
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: Panic Lift
SONG: Shelter
ALBUM: Witness To Our Collapse
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Xenturion Prime
SONG: Vermilion
ALBUM: Mecha Rising
YEAR: 2014

ARTIST: The Farm
SONG: Sweet Inspiration
ALBUM: Spartacus
YEAR: 1991

ARTIST: Dpoint
SONG: Jesus Time
ALBUM: Dpoint
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: The Charlatans UK
SONG: Only One I Know
ALBUM: Some Friendly
YEAR: 1990

ARTIST: Midnight Oil
SONG: Outside World
ALBUM: 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
YEAR: 1982

ARTIST: Nebula-H
SONG: Andalusion
ALBUM: H2O
YEAR: 2004

ARTIST: The Ocean Blue
SONG: Between Something and Nothing
ALBUM: Ocean Blue
YEAR: 1989

ARTIST: The Crystalline Effect
SONG: Primitive Line
ALBUM: Glass
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: Moenia
SONG: Me Equivoque
ALBUM: Solar
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: Flesh Field
SONG: Conquer Me
ALBUM: Belief Control
YEAR: 2001

2014, Thank You for the Music!

Man Listening to HeadphonesI usually put this out at the end of the year, but I still had some music to import into my library and wanted to make sure I had everyone on the list!

2014 was a great year for music. It wasn’t as an amazing year as 2013 was for quantity, but what it lacked in quantity it certainly made up for with quality. A lot of great bands that I love put out new music in 2014.

I’m a huge fan of EBM, Futurepop, Industrial Dance, Synthpop, New Wave, etc. I’m always happy to see the scene continue to produce new bands and great music. And this year marked new albums by some bands a few of us older folks will recognize, like Billy Idol, Information Society, and Simple Minds!

Thanks to the following bands for putting out new stuff in 2014!

Billy Idol — Kings & Queens of the Underground
Birthday Massacre, The — Superstition
BlutEngel — Black Symphonies (An Orchestral Journey)
Bryan Ferry — Avonmore
Bush — Man on the Run
Clan of Xymox — Matters of Mind, Body and Soul
Client — Authority
Combichrist — We Love You
Cosmicity — Humans May Safely Graze
Cryo — Retropia
Diary of Dreams — Elegies in Darkness
Echo & The Bunnymen — Meteorites
Erasure — Reason EP
Erasure — Violet Flame, The
Faderhead — Atoms & Emptiness
Front Line Assembly — Echoes
Haerts — Haerts
Information Society — Hello World
Iris — Radiant
Laibach — Spectre
Live — Turn, The
Melotron — Werkschau
Mental Discipline — Butterfly EP
Mitch Murder — Interceptor
Morrissey — World Peace Is None of Your Business
New Division, The — Together We Shine
Nine Inch Nails — Recoiled
Perturbator — Dangerous Days
Peter Murphy — Lion
Phantogram — Voices
Seabound — Speak In Storms
Simple Minds — Big Music
Smashing Pumpkins — Monuments to an Elegy
St. Vincent — St. Vincent
Surveillance — Oceania
Thomas Bergersen — Sun
THYX — Super Vision
Trust, The — Joyland
Weezer — Everything Will Be Alright In the End
Whiteqube — Panic, Rage, Riot, Revolt! EP
Xenturion Prime — Mecha Rising