The night beckons you . . .
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 fourteen 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.
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.
MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE LIVE! TO LAUNCH AT CEDAR POINT'S HALLOWEEKENDS 2014!
After seventeen years, fourteen studio albums, three soundtracks, and a motion picture, Midnight Syndicate is proud to announce that they are teaming up this fall with world famous amusement park Cedar Point to launch their first live performances! Midnight Syndicate Live! Legacy of Shadows, a multimedia horror-themed concert blending live music, theatre, and film will run Friday nights, Saturdays, and Sundays from September 12 through November 1 at Cedar Point's 18th annual HalloWeekends event.
Midnight Syndicate Live! Legacy of Shadows will mark the first live performances for Edward and Gavin as Midnight Syndicate. In November of last year, the band cancelled their Midnight Syndicate Live! Kickstarter campaign citing an "exciting possible opportunity" that they needed to explore that would result in a "win-win" for both the team and fans alike. "HalloWeekends is the perfect place to launch the first Midnight Syndicate Live! experience," said Douglas. "The venue is awesome and will allow us to fully realize the exciting, one-of-a-kind show we first envisioned. We're also really psyched to be working with a legendary amusement park that Gavin and I grew up with." Charles Bradshaw, Corporate V.P. of Entertainment for Cedar Fair, added, "Working with these industry leading music producers on a live show is an exciting prospect. The final product is going to amaze."
Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, is the largest amusement park in the world. With an unmatched collection of 72 world-class rides, including 17 thrilling roller coasters, three huge kids' areas, live shows, unique and interesting places to eat and spend the night, a mile-long sandy beach and more, it's easy to see why Cedar Point has consistently been named the "Best Amusement Park in the World."!
NEW MONSTERS OF LEGEND ALBUM UNLEASHED!
Midnight Syndicate's brand new CD, Monsters of Legend, is now available!!
A foreboding castle perched upon the cliffs looms over the mysterious village of Arcacia where monsters of legend roam its hillsides. Will you dare to venture forth? Inspired by classic horror cinema, this album features dark symphonic music blended with haunting sounds designed to send a chill up your spine. Close your eyes and journey back to the golden age of horror...
Monsters of Legend has arrived! This "tribute to the golden age of horror" is inspired by horror films from the silent era, Universal Studios' horror classics, Hammer Films, and other European horror films of the 60s and 70s. It features sweeping symphonic horror instrumental music and sound effects in the signature style the band helped pioneer. "We want to make you feel like you are a character in one of those classic horror films - that you've entered a world where any one of those iconic Universal monsters could be right around the corner," said composer Edward Douglas. The CD artwork features original images from classic Universal Studios horror movies including Bride of Frankenstein, Werewolf of London, and Dracula.
Those classic horror films are at the core of what we do in Midnight Syndicate, so to do an entire disc based on them was a lot fun," added Douglas. "Musically it required us to use more traditional orchestral instruments, and use them in more ways than we have in the past. The result is a fuller orchestral sound with a heavy classical music influence. There are plenty of nods to James Bernard, Bernard Herrmann, and other early film composers." Although the band promises the new disc will deliver the dark atmosphere haunted house designers, roleplaying gamers, and Halloween music enthusiasts expect from them, they feel they've crafted a disc that transcends their favorite time of the year. "Like Carnival Arcane, we feel we've taken things up a notch both musically and with the sound design on this release," said Gavin Goszka. "There's a lot there to listen to and lose yourself in."
In addition to over 50 minutes of new music, the band went back into its archives and recreated several tracks from Born of the Night and Realm of Shadows, bringing the total runtime of the disc to over 65 minutes. "Both the new CD and those older releases are set in and around the mysterious hamlet of Arcacia. We felt it would be a great opportunity to breathe new life into a few hidden gems from those albums to help tell this story," said Douglas. For additional atmosphere the band called on voiceover artist Dick Terhune. "Dick's known throughout the haunted house industry as the "Voice from Hell," needless to say he was the perfect match for this disc," added Goskza.
The CD and a COLLECTOR'S EDITION 12" VINYL VERSION are available here. The album is also available through iTunes, Amazon.com, and will be available in select Halloween retailers beginning in August.
Axe Giant... is a contemporary take on the tall tale of lumberjack Paul Bunyan. Kids at a first-offenders' boot camp discover that the legend of Paul Bunyan is real and must team up with the local sheriff to stop the 15-foot giant's new rampage of terror.
The movie stars genre vet Joe Estevez, Dan Haggerty (Grizzly Adams), Tom Downey (SyFy's War of the Worlds), and Tim Lovelace (Mosquito). Amber Connor, Jesse Kove, Kristina Kopf (The Dead Matter), Clifton Williams, Victoria Ramos, Jill Evyn, and former WWE wrestler Chris Hahn round out the cast. This is the first major role for Kove, son of veteran actor Martin Kove (The Karate Kid 1-3, Rambo).
The film was produced by Jeff Miller (Ballistica, Hellblock 13) and Gary Jones (The Dead Matter, Xena, Boogeyman 3) along with newcomer and fellow writer Jason Ancona. Robert Kurtzman's Creature Corps handled the bulk of makeup FX, with Kurtzman (creator of From Dusk Till Dawn) and Philip R. Garrett (Horrors of War) joining the team as co-producers. Gary Jones' Acme Art FX created more than 500 visual effects shots for the film. The official motion picture soundtrack will be released by Entity Productions this year.
MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE CAMEO ON UPCOMING MISFITS DEA.D ALIVE! CD
On February 5th, the Misfits will release their new live CD, DEA.D ALIVE! featuring Midnight Syndicate's song Into the Abyss as the album's outtro. "For years, Midnight Syndicate's music has been used as atmosphere at Misfits concerts," said Edward Douglas, "especially after the show while the band meets with their fans - which is what you hear on the album. As fans ourselves, we're happy to be a part of the disc." Billed as the Misfits' "first proper live album album since the 80s," the disc features fourteen cuts recorded on All Hallow's Eve in the center of New York's Times Square! The album is available for pre-order on CD AND VINYL now at the Misfits Records Online Store. The band is offering a chance to win some incredible prizes for fans who pre-order both the new Misfits CD and Osaka Popstar's upcoming release, Super Hero (also on Misfits Records).
ACCURADIO LAUNCHES NEW MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE CHANNEL
Need a Midnight Syndicate fix? AccuRadio Online Radio has just launched a Midnight Syndicate Channel entitled The Night Beckons: The Midnight Syndicate Showcase. Featuring tracks from all of the band's albums, the channel is available under the FEATURED CHANNELS section of the site. In addition to other great programming, AccuRadio is showcasing a Halloween Channel which features Midnight Syndicate tracks along with other Halloween music favorites!
CARNIVAL ARCANE WINS BEST HORROR CD / SOUNDTRACK IN 10TH ANNUAL RONDO AWARDS
Carnival Arcane won BEST HORROR CD / SOUNDTRACK in the 10th Annual Rondo Awards. Many thanks to everyone who voted! "I think Carnival Arcane truly epitomizes what we always strive to do," said Gavin Goszka, "so it's an honor to see this particular disc recognized like this." "I'm really stoked," added Edward Douglas, "For years, I've been a big fan of the Rondos and the role they play in recognizing all types of artists in the horror community. It is cool to win for Carnival Arcane especially as that disc is one of my favorites and, I feel, some of our best work." In other news, the track Freakshow (from Carnival Arcane) was named a finalist in the 2012 Great American Song Contest (Instrumental category).
THE LANCASTER-RIGBY CARNIVAL HAS ARRIVED...
MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE'S NEW CD CARNIVAL ARCANE NOW AVAILABLE!
Midnight Syndicate has just released it's fourteenth studio album, Carnival Arcane, and it has quickly become the band's most critically-acclaimed CD of their 15-year career. The CD is available at the Midnight Syndicate Store, iTunes, Amazon.com, select Hot Topic stores, and great Halloween retailers nationwide.
Here's what the press is saying:
Fangoria Magazine - "CARNIVAL ARCANE proves that, 14 years into their career, Douglas and Goszka are still very capable of outdoing themselves... their mission statement of 'soundtracks to imaginary films' has never been as well-realized as it has been in this outing."
Killer Reviews - "...this time it is flat out perfection... they take their craft to another level with no looking back... a unique listening experience that is rarely seen in much of music today."
Rotting Flesh Radio #242 - "...an absolutely tremendous album! 5 out of 5! Midnight Syndicate has maintained their epic signature sound while continuing to grow musically." This 10-minute segment features sample tracks with commentary from a music fan and haunter's perspective.
Mr. Frights - "All in all, this is about the closest thing to a perfect CD that I can imagine."
Apex Publishing - "...might be a high point in the band's already stellar and legendary career... What they have produced is a memorable album that blends historical realism with the recognizable fantastic elements that has helped make Midnight Syndicate one of the most popular instrumental-only groups in the world."
The theme of the new disc surrounds the Lancaster-Rigby Carnival, a shadowy, turn-of-the-century traveling circus with more than a few skeletons in its closet. "We spent a lot of time researching circuses and carnivals of that time period to ensure that the sounds and music work together to immerse you in this world," said Edward Douglas. "There's also a big tip of the top hat to Mr. Bradbury whose work inspired many of the more horrific elements on the disc" Carnival Arcane also features the vocal talents of The Dead Matter alums Jason Carter, Brian Van Camp, and Dennis Carter, Jr.
THE DEAD MATTER DVD AVAILABLE NOW
The Dead Matter is now available at Hot Topic stores nationwide and online at the Midnight Syndicate Store, Hot Topic's website, and Amazon. Fangoria's DVD of the Month for October. Read the reviews here.
MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE'S "DARK LEGACY" MUSIC VIDEO
Midnight Syndicate has released its first official music video, Dark Legacy from the CD Dead Matter: Cemetery Gates. The video, which features Ed and Gavin performing live together for the first time, as well as scenes from The Dead Matter movie is included on The Dead Matter DVD. For exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot, directed by David H. Greathouse and co-produced by Robert Kurtzman's Creature Crew, visit Midnight Syndicate on Facebook.
MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE'S "LOST" MUSIC VIDEO
Midnight Syndicate's second official music video, Lost, from the CD The Dead Matter: Cemetery Gates and the upcoming The Dead Matter movie is now available for viewing here and on YouTube. The video marks Midnight Syndicate's first collaboration with director Andrew Smoley and his company 529 Films (Hellementary). Both the Lost and Dark Legacy music videos will be available as extras on The Dead Matter DVD.