As Midnight Syndicate, dark music pioneers Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka have been producing Halloween music and gothic, fantasy, horror soundtracks for the imagination for over twenty years. The standard for Halloween, Haunted Attractions, and role-playing games, their CDs are designed to take you to the darkest and most fantastic corners of your imagination. So dim the lights and journey forth . . . if you dare.
MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE LIVE! RETURNING TO CEDAR POINT'S HALLOWEEKENDS THIS FALL
We are thrilled to announce that Midnight Syndicate Live! will be returning to Cedar Point's HalloWeekends this fall! We've got a new show in a new theater that we can't wait to share with you. Stay tuned for show updates, production photos, as well as a few more surprises we have in the works for you this year!
From the official press release...
CLEVELAND, Ohio, March 15, 2017 – Halloween and horror music legends Midnight Syndicate will bring their critically-acclaimed concert experience, Midnight Syndicate Live!, back to the world famous amusement park, Cedar Point this fall. The horror-themed multimedia concerts blending live music, theatre, and film will run Friday nights, Saturdays, and Sundays from September 15 through October 29 in the Jack Aldrich Theater at Cedar Point's 21st annual HalloWeekends event.
"We've developed a new, even better show that we can't wait to unleash on audiences," said Midnight Syndicate's Edward Douglas. "Our new venue, the Jack Aldrich Theater, is a perfect fit for what we want to do. It will allow us to create an intimate and thrilling experience that guests won’t soon forget."
"Working with Cedar Point in 2014 was a great experience across the board, so to be able to team up with them again, especially as a part of Midnight Syndicate's 20th anniversary celebration, is perfect," added Gavin Goszka.
"We're excited that Midnight Syndicate is bringing their live and immersive stage show back to Cedar Point this fall," said Charles Bradshaw, V.P. of Live Entertainment at Cedar Point. "Fans of their mesmerizing music loved their previous run at HalloWeekends – and they're going to love this latest production."
For the new show, Midnight Syndicate will once again be calling upon special effects legend Robert Kurtzman (From Dusk Till Dawn, KNB EFX) and his Creature Corps, David "House" Greathouse (Faceoff, Mushroomhead), Beki Ingram (Faceoff), director Gary Jones (Army of Darkness, Axe Giant), 529 Films, EFX-TEK, artist Mark Rakocy, and Screamline Studios.
NEW 20TH ANNIVERSARY T-SHIRTS, HOODIES, AND MUGS NOW AVAILABLE!
New Midnight Syndicate 20th Anniversary merchandise is now on sale at the Midnight Syndicate Shop. In addition to a new mug and two new t-shirt designs, we also have both pull-over and zip-up hooded sweatshirts available. We currently have an excellent selection of sizes, but only while supplies last.
ZOMBIES!!! BOARD GAME SOUNDTRACK UNLEASHED! PREVIEW TRACKS POSTED.
Midnight Syndicate has released the Zombies!!! Official Board Game Soundtrack along with a two preview tracks, Slight Miscalculation and We're Screwed. The new release features Midnight Syndicate's signature blend of sound effects and instrumental music set in the modern day, post-zombie apocalypse world of the Zombies!!! board game. "We wanted to design a soundtrack that would not only heighten the Zombies!!! game play experience, but also appeal to all fans of zombies and our friends in the haunted attraction industry," said Edward Douglas. "I think we were able to achieve that."
"Given the character and core elements of the game, I think that both of us immediately felt that this album should focus on having a more modern, aggressive sound. In order to achieve that, we brought in a lot of electronic and percussive instruments and kept the fundamental game scenarios firmly in mind, approaching it more as an actual soundtrack than as a collection of songs built around a particular theme or setting. While there are a few tracks that are more situation or location-specific, most are intended to evoke the general feel and atmosphere of the game world, allowing you to play along without interruption," added Gavin Goszka.
"The soundtrack is a perfect complement to the Zombies!!! board game," added Twilight Creations co-founder, Kerry Breitenstein. "I couldn't be more excited for the Zombies!!! fans to hear it, let alone the rest of the world!"
REALM OF SHADOWS ALBUM REISSUED WITH NEW MATERIAL. AVAILABLE DIGITALLY.
Midnight Syndicate's 2000 gothic instrumental classic, Realm of Shadows has been reissued. Raven's Hollow: Realm of Shadows Reissue includes the original recordings with a new introductory track and a previously unreleased song from the album's 1999 studio sessions entitled, Serenade. The album is available digitally through CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon MP3, as well as being available on CD at the Midnight Syndicate Store.
Regarded by many as one of Midnight Syndicate's seminal works, Realm of Shadows was one of the albums that helped established the band's signature style and solidified their reputation in the gothic, Halloween, haunted attraction, and horror music communities. You can listen to the previously unreleased track, Serenade, on Midnight Syndicate's YouTube Channel.
Return to the shores of Arcacia as the shadows gather once more in darkened doorways and abandoned streets. Dare to venture forth and discover what secrets lie buried within....
GOTHIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM, CHRISTMAS: A GHOSTLY GATHERING AVAILABLE. PREVIEW TRACKS POSTED.
OUT OF THE DARKNESS INCLUDED IN RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE'S 50 ESSENTIAL HORROR ALBUMS
Midnight Syndicate's Out of the Darkness album was included in Rue Morgue's list of 50 Essential Horror Albums - Discs That Created, Evolved, or Defined Genre Music Over the Decades. "To be included in the same category as Black Sabbath, King Diamond, Alice Cooper, Blue Oyster Cult, John Carpenter and so many other horror music artists that inspired us is very special," said Edward Douglas.
MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE LIVE! UPDATE
In September of 2014, Midnight Syndicate Live! debuted at Cedar Point's HalloWeekends event. From the audience response, to the critical reception, to record-breaking attendance numbers, the show was an overwhelming success. Although the band will be using 2015 to focus on the new album, plans for a return of Midnight Syndicate Live! in 2016 are already underway. "The success of the inaugural run of Midnight Syndicate Live! has ensured that live Midnight Syndicate shows will be a permanent part of our plans going forward," said Douglas.
MONSTERS OF LEGEND WINS BEST CD IN 12TH ANNUAL RONDO AWARDS
Midnight Syndicate's Monsters of Legend CD has won the category for BEST CD in the 12th annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards. The Rondo Awards are a great honor in the horror industry and we appreciate everyone who voted! "Our goal with Monsters of Legend was to transport the listener into the world of classic horror," said Edward Douglas. "So to be recognized both by horror fans and an organization like the Rondos which is heavily rooted in classic horror movies, means a lot." "We really enjoyed being able to draw upon the classic horror scores, themes, and characters to create something uniquely our own," added Gavin Goszka. This award marks the second win for Midnight Syndicate. The first came in 2011 when they won the BEST CD category for Carnival Arcane.