I would like to introduce you Castle Zagyx, my long-term project inspired on literary sources of classic fantasy and science-fiction: Howard, Lovecraft, Leiber, Bierce, Derleth, Chambers, Poe, Tolkien, Poul Anderson, Maturin, Wallpole, Vance, Le Guin, Moorcock, C. A. Smith, Aasimov, Orwell, Bradbury et alli are my main references, along with the work of Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson on TSR Hobbies. (Dungeons and Dragons, Boothill, Chainmail, Chevaliers and Roundheads).
Beside that, my musical background comes from skinhead oi! music, streetpunk and hardcore scenes. I played bass, drums and guitar on lots of bands during 90s. Since 2000s I've been expanding my taste and studying more seriously rythm, harmony, composition, orchestration and counterpoint. I love all classic music, from Vivaldi and Couperin to Ligeti and Shostakóvich. Also, I enjoy black metal, grindcore, neofolk, martial industrial, idm, techno, neurofunk, drum and bass and uk dubstep genres.
Castle Zagyx is slowly moving from dark ambient, dark synth and symphonic/soundtrack to a more straight Dungeon Synth stylistic approach. Please, check out my last mini-album, Dungeons of Despair, and homage to five oubliettes of Sword & Sorcery.
Post by andrewwerdna on Oct 1, 2019 21:10:56 GMT -5
Just finished listening and I like this a lot. It has an ornate, engaging, and unique composition that still sounds really raw and traditional. There's a interesting use of space, absolutely soaked in reverb.
Post by castlezagyx on Oct 2, 2019 11:33:59 GMT -5
Thanks for your comment Andrew, I'm glad you like Dungeons of Despair.
You're right, I love the dull and disperse sound texture that comes from mixing some analog convolution reverb with some analog tape-deck saturation, like the old times of Wongraven, Mortiis, Emperor, early Enslaved and so on. I never record my synths without this chain, and I try to manage sounds and sections taking carefully panning and orchestral blend/layering, so it produces a raw and classic DS framework due the lack of modern electronic music tecniques like modulation and automation.
Post by castlezagyx on Nov 25, 2019 4:49:58 GMT -5
Hello, I would like to share with you the release of my latest album, Cavaliers of the Western Heartlands. On this occasion, I've chosen the theme of the cavalry and deities of the Forgotten Realms created by Ed Greenwood during the 60s and 70s of the past century. I have tried to make the atmosphere of the album more solemn, majestic and bombastic; with lots of brasses, reeds, fanfares and so on. My goal has been to recreate the greatness and mystery of Toril, Faerûn and their many orders of chivalry.
Due to its nature, the configuration of this album has a more orchestral character, but still retains a bunch of classic DS passages and, above all, the spirit of solemnity, escapism and seclusion of the genre.
Post by castlezagyx on Dec 13, 2019 7:22:43 GMT -5
Thanks you friend.
Forgotten Realms make up a vast and extensive fantasy world created by Ed Greenwood (and Jeff Grubb, Douglas Niles, etc.) in the late 1960s. Since then, countless novels, tabletop games and videogames based on the Realms have appeared. Possibly the most popular works are Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter sagas, along with the characters Drizzt Do'Urden and Elminster. Some works are very good, while others ... meh.
However, I started playing Advanced D&D through the 1993 FR black boxed set and I enjoyed the first novels of Moonshaes Islands, Shandril, Azure Bounds, the Avatar series, the Dark Elf trilogy.... That's the reason why I'm very fond of and have great memories about Forgotten Realms. I've tried to make this album as a tribute to that spirit of adventure: intense, casual; sometimes innocent, but always exciting. I hope I have managed to show a little glimpse of the majesty of this fantasy world.
Post by castlezagyx on May 31, 2020 10:13:43 GMT -5
Too much time without updating this thread!
Some 'old news' from the Castle:
On december I released The Frozen Moor of Your Memories, a Winter Synth EP inspired on the Antarctic feats and deeds of XVII Century (von Bellingshausen, Lazarev) and the late modern period (Amundsen, Scott, Mawson). Also, I try to imprint some lovecraftian vibes (At The Mountains of Madness) and a bit of adventurer and romantic mood (Antarctica by K. S. Robinson, Who Goes There? by J. W. Campbell). This time, I've utilized lots of field recordings, audio degradation techniques, a deliberate lack of bass/low frequencies and the use of some step sequencers in order to achieve a mix between Winter Synth, Berlin School and maybe some Synthwave styles.
On March, I put my utmost efforts on Beacons Burning On The Winter Horizon, a three-way split album in company of excellent projects and folks: Encloaked (Can) and Mortwight (US), a pair of brilliant artists and great persons. I contributed one long track, Three Hearts and Three Lions (I. The Court of Duke Alfric / II. A Werewolf in Tanberg / III. Caves of Trolls & St Grimmin’s-in-the-World), a piece inspired on Three Hearts and Three Lions by Poul Anderson, a superb novel of the silver era of Sword & Sorcery literature. Soon, I will be able to tell some good news about a physical release of this split.
Next steps include a tape release of Cavaliers of the Western Heartlands with Gondolin Records (Denmark), and a tape release of Dungeons of Despair with another European label (coming soon). Meanwhile, I'm working on new stuff.
Post by castlezagyx on Jun 20, 2020 4:43:00 GMT -5
New single, Battle Standard of Aquilonia. A track inspired on Robert E. Howard's works and Conan soundtrack by Basil Poleduris. On this occasion I've tried to create a simple and catchy song, based on strong percussions and modal harmonies (phrygian and dorian), in order to reinforce the warlike mood and the Sword and Sorcery "epic". castlezagyx.bandcamp.com/track/battle-standard-of-aquilonia-single
Today I release a new album, Doors to the Battlefields of Ertbe, a LP full of war and magic themes, and strong influences from soundtracks of 80s Sword and Sorcery films like Conan I & II, Excalibur, Dragonslayer, Kull, Red Sonja, Willow and so on. Hope you like it.
Have to admit I've only just listened to your music although I was seeing your name around, absolutely excellent stuff. Loved the gritty sound of Dungeons of Despair and so far Doors to the Battlefields of Ertbe sounds excellent with that big orchestral/soundtrackish sound.
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