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.
NEW MONSTERS OF LEGEND CD COMING SUMMER 2013
Midnight Syndicate's Monsters of Legend CD, a tribute to the classic films of Universal Studios and Hammer Films that shaped horror cinema will be released in the summer of 2013. Join us on Facebook or Twitter as each week, the band shares its thoughts on the films that inspired the album and the other bands that have influenced Midnight Syndicate over the years.
MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE’S EDWARD DOUGLAS SCORES AXE GIANT: THE REVENGE OF PAUL BUNYAN COMING JUNE
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!
DESTINI BEARD RELEASES A TIME FORGOTTEN CD FEATURING MUSIC OF MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE
Vocalist Destini Beard has just released A Time Forgotten, her full-length followup album to 2010's The Dark Masquerade EP. This time listeners' journey to a haunted Victorian hotel where dark secrets lie deep within the rooms' walls. Once again, the new CD blends Destini's haunting and alluring operatic vocals with the music of Midnight Syndicate.
From Destini Beard:
"This new album takes you back to the early 1900s, where a once-thriving hotel suffers a tragic fire and is lost in time. It's departed guests are trapped by an evil presence which controls their very souls. The story goes on to tell of a young woman from the present who is called from the spirit world to travel back to the hotel so that she can reunite with her departed true love. What comes next is a chilling turn into the unknown."
"Sonically, the CD is reminiscent of a short musical, with multiple layers of harmonies and counter melodies on each song. The recording process took much longer than 'The Dark Masquerade' but I feel the end product was worth every bit of it. There really is a good deal of variety with each song, taking you further along on the adventure."
A Time Forgotten also features an incredible dance industrial remix of Farewell Forever (Noctem Aeternus) from The Dark Masquerade EP. The remix was produced by Pat Berdysz of Encoder, whose credits include the Dead and Buried Remix of Midnight Syndicate's Graveyard from The Dead Matter: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Also included is the touching final track, My Last Goodbye, an original composition written and performed by Destini herself.
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.