When it comes to creepy music there is one band that comes to anyone’s lips. Midnight Syndicate.
They’ve been around for years and there stuff is top notch and for this haunt season they have released an album that takes us back to the golden age of monster movies. The album is titled MONSTERS OF LEGEND and the press release below lays it all out for you.
Midnight Syndicate releases MONSTERS OF LEGEND album
July 19, 2013 (Cleveland, OH) â€“ Symphonic gothic horror musicians MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE have just released their sixteenth studio album, MONSTERS OF LEGEND. This â€śtribute to the golden age of horrorâ€ť is inspired by horror films from the silent era, Universal Studiosâ€™ horror classics, Hammer Films, and other European horror films of the 60s and 70s. It features the 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.
â€śThose 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,â€ť added Douglas. â€śMusically 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.â€ť 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. â€śLike CARNIVAL ARCANE, we feel weâ€™ve taken things up a notch both musically and with the sound design on this release,â€ť said GAVIN GOSZKA. â€śThereâ€™s a lot there to listen to and lose yourself in.â€ť
In addition to over 50 minutes of new music, the band went back into its archives and recreated several tracks from its early releases Born of the Night and Realm of Shadows, bringing the total runtime of the disc to over 65 minutes. â€śBoth the new album and those older ones 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 of our lesser known tracks from those discs to help tell this story. For additional atmosphere the band called on voiceover artist Dick Terhune. â€śDickâ€™s known throughout the haunted house industry as the â€śVoice from Hell,â€ť needless to say he was the perfect match for this disc,â€ť added Goskza.
The CD is available now through the bandâ€™s website, as well as iTunes and Amazon.com. It will also be available in select Halloween retailers beginning in August. A collectorâ€™s edition 12â€ť vinyl version is also available on the bandâ€™s site.
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