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.
MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE ANNOUNCES NEW CD, PLANS FOR 2015 AND BEYOND
Midnight Syndicate has announced that their eighteenth album will have a Christmas and Winter Solstice theme. "I think there's a rule that after a band has been around for 'x' years, they are required to produce a Christmas album. So, that's how we got here," joked Edward Douglas. "In all seriousness though, a Yuletide-themed Midnight Syndicate album is something our fans have been asking for since we began; this album will not disappoint them."
"I will say that this album has been particularly challenging because we're taking songs that are SO familiar, and that have been treated in so many different ways throughout the years, and trying to make them uniquely our own," added Gavin Goszka. "We don't want to make yet another Christmas album - we really want it to stand on its own as something truly original. We hope that it will evoke the spirit of the Yuletide season while also reflecting our ongoing musical style and vision."
Content-wise, the album will be a mix of new material and twists on classics. "I'd describe most of the covers on the album as being reinvented, rather than simply adapted," said Goszka. "I've found myself approaching this material with a very wide palette and a limited sense of allegiance to convention. That being said, it still has to make sense in some way and stay grounded in the familiar. I think we're stretching our creative wings more than ever here, but there's still a consistency and overall purpose to it." "The original songs have been a lot of fun to work on," added Douglas. "I think the fans are in for a lot of pleasant surprises."
Fans will not have to wait until Christmas for this present. Midnight Syndicate will be exhibiting at DragonCon in Atlanta on Labor Day weekend (September 4-7) this year and plans to have the CD available at the show.
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.
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.