Secret Stairways – Enchantment Of The Ring (1997)

This ancient relic of 90s dungeon synth has quite a sad story, as its composer is no longer with us. This does add some morbid weight to the already sombre atmospheres, but let’s not define this artist’s life by his untimely death.

Secret Stairways is, for me, an incredibly introspective record. It had a much more suspended, ambient vibe to its morose, glacial compositions than your average dungeon synth record; possessing instead of bombast or adventure an encompassing sense of hopelessness, which only lends itself to the songwriting. A classical of the genre, in my opinion.