The Way To Avalon

by Malfet

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manlietto This record opened the doors to DS for me. Favorite track: Farewell To Gaste Forest.
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shyaminator My first exposure to "real" dungeon synth (even though I've been an avid fan of Summoning for years). It opened my eyes to, what I consider to be, the best type of music there is for studying. Fantastic. Favorite track: Tintagel's Brume.
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simbelmyne Great album, and band was super cool and sent an awesome poster and other goodies. I'm so happy they got a much deserved spot at the dungeon synth fest west. Hope you make it out east, too. =)
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Jason Shook A landmark album for the fantasy genre. Malfet secures his position as a master at creating magical, medieval dungeon synth. At times bringing an adventurous sense of urgency and at others, calm and relaxing as if you'd just wandered into a forest meadow. This is a journey album of the highest caliber and a mandatory addition to any fantasy enthusiast's collection! Favorite track: Tintagel's Brume.
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PT-16: Malfet - The Way To Avalon

At last, we are proud to share with you the long-awaited sophomore effort of Malfet’s pastoral dungeon synth.

The Way to Avalon describes the journey from the known into the unknowable - abandoning familiar comforts and embracing the call to adventure. The Forest of medieval literature represented something quite different to that of the English Romantics - not simply a place of idyllicism or awe-inspiring beauty, but also an edifice of darkness, wrought with danger and unseen magical forces. Avalon itself is a mystical and wild place that may or may not even be “real” - only those fae folk who remember and practice the old ways may even find it.
The epoch of Arthur and his knights was a cataclysmic time when the solar forces of civilization and Christianity began to drive out the more lunar druidic cults and cast light onto those once-dark sylvan places, extinguishing their mysteries forever. But in certain places, one may still sense that old magic, pulsing among the trees like a benevolent effluvium. These moments must be sought after in earnest - Malfet seeks to capture some small part of the exaltation and wonder that is found among the sunbeams breaking through a verdant canopy, brilliant and strange.

Amidst the oaks and beeches of Broceliande, it is said that Merlin cast a spell of rejuvenation to join his long-lost love in a lifetime of bliss. We too may find ourselves restored in some small way between the rocks and trees on our way to Avalon.

Recommended for listeners of Fief, Monastery, Acheulean Forests, Jeremy Soule, etc.


“The Way to Avalon is a masterful piece of dungeon synth. It is a bright, uplifting album, that puts across a feeling of vibrancy and the majesty of the natural world. For those times when modern living has you feeling ground down, The Way to Avalon can offer respite.” - THE SOUND NOT THE WORD

“This is an absolute must for lovers of music that takes you through medieval nature and adventure. While listening, you are in a different world. It is detailed, the melodies are carefully selected and the ambiance enriches the songs and really gives a sense of discovery...”
-ZWARE METALEN

"When listening to this album I was impressed by the medieval sounding themes and incorporation of sounds from nature. You feel as though you are stepping through a gateway into another realm. What I believe grabbed my attention right away was the album's overall atmosphere and how compelling the music sounded. Anyone can attempt to create a dungeon synth album, however, you must have purpose and an ability to convey a captivating world of pure instrumental fantasy. Malfet is able to accomplish that on this album by building their own distinct identity, while also writing a strong album from start to finish." - ROCK & METAL TEMPLE

"Malfet‘s ‘The Way to Avalon’ is already one of the most striking dungeon synth (forest synth?) of the year so far for its effective harmonies and completely lush, evocative choice of synths." - GRIZZLY BUTTS

"MALFET has done a good job with this one. This album could very well contain soundtracks for a movie or a video game, setting the mood for both battles and emotional moments in said media. You get the feeling of following a story, even if there are no lyrics except in the final track, and the tracks transitions beautifully. The music could be described as some kind of dungeon music, with many elements from what we today would call medieval folk. MALFET’s touch for making dark music with light sounding topping is impressive. Its epic yet minimalistic. It’s not metal, but it’s pretty damn good." - BLESSED ALTAR ZINE

"In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Malfet and if you are a fan of dungeon synth, you should check out this album." - DARK UNDERGROUND MUSIC ZINE

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released July 1, 2019

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