Rev. Warlock DRACONIS BLACKTHORNE (dblackthorne) wrote,

Monsters of Legend / Carnival Arcane

"A foreboding castle, perched upon the cliffs, looms over the mysterious village of Arcacia where monsters of legend roam its hillsides. Inspired by classic horror cinema created by film companies like Universal Studios and Hammer Films, this album promises to send a chill up your spine as it transports you back to the Golden Age of horror."

Just ordered Monsters of Legend by Midnight Syndicate, and from the preview, it sounds to be quite an excellent addition to The Haunted Noctuary's soundtrack. Based primarily upon the legendary Universal creatures like Count Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman, The Creature From The Black Lagoon {"The Four Crown Kings of Halloween"} The Mummy, and Hammer characters, it is a musical tribute to the 'Golden Age' of Horror. Sounds exciting! I should feel right at home. - Dr. Dracenstein.

To those unfamiliar with the likes of Nox Arcana and Midnight Syndicate, these are composers of Gothic Classical masterpieces which I have had the pleasure of listening to since discovering Born of The Night once upon a Halloween time {with Vargo}, which these were initially released for, but have since become enchanting opuses for year 'round enjoyment, and are perfectly applicable for ritual music as well. ∞

Track List

1. Return to Arcacia. 2. Into the Valley of Shadows. 3. A Watchful Gathering. 4. Inn of the Weeping Sparrow. 5. Unwanted Visitor. 6. Requiem. 7. Witching Hour. 8. Unexpected Cargo. 9. Black Woods. 10. Twilight. 11. Carriage Ride. 12. Stone Guardians. 13. Ancient Portal. 14. Dark Tower. 15. Building the Monster. 16. Lord of the Realm. 17. Forgotten Alcoves. 18. A Terror Unleashed. 19. Cloistered Cemetery. 20. It Lives! 21. Beyond the Veil of Time.

"The train smoke drifting through the pale moon light signals the arrival of the Lancaster-Rigby Carnival. In a forest clearing, these mesonoxian visitors await your arrival. Stroll along the midway and behold wonders both fantastic and macabre from every corner of the globe. And be sure to ride their one of a kind carousel for an experience you'll never, ever forget."

Also decided to add this to the collection. Always having had an interest in carnival culture accented by Dr. LaVey's interest, I once acquired the book Very Special People by Frederick Drimmer, filled with the most wonderful relations and displays of human oddities in the world. From the bearded woman, the strong man, the Siamese twins, the two-headed boy and girl, to giants, the hersuit, midgets, living skeletons, pinheads, albinos, the mule-faced woman, and the elephant man.

So when I took a listen to samples of the eerily haunting Carnival Arcane, it brought to mind all these delightful "freaks" of the sideshow, including prestidigitators, fortunate tellers, magic potion salesmen, clowns, and the rest. Nox Arcana also has a release with a similar theme entitled "Carnival of Lost Souls", which is highly recommended. ∞

Track List

1. Mesonoxian Visitors 2. Midway 3. Welcome to the Carnival 4. Canvas Wonderland
5. Midway Reprise 6. A Strange Menagerie 7. Madame Zora 8. Agent of Fortune 9. Dr. Atmore's Elixirs of
Good Humour and Fortification 10. Alura the Snake Lady 11. Arcane Wonders 12. Under the Big Top 13. Freakshow 14. Pulling the Strings 15. Carousel Ride 16. Revelation 17. Goons and Greasepaint 18. Kiddieland 19. Krellsig's Kastle of Fun 20. Diversions in the Dark 21. Twisted Labyrinth 22. Cheval Glass 23. Sea of Laughter 24. Lights Out 25. Epilogue 26. Crum Car (BONUS)

Addendum: Quite honestly, between the two, Nox Arcana seems to have more "soul", as it were - an even deeper gothic sensibility, while MS sounds almost rudimentary at times. In several instances, if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Vargo should be well complimented. It is as if MS produces film soundtracks, while Nox Arcana's creations are an opus unto themselves, with original artistry, mind game puzzles & riddles, and storylines from the darkly erotic, gothically romantic, to the abyssal and horrific. Even so, because of Vargo's undeniable influence, it is pleasing that this is a particular genre that should be nourished. ∞

Tags: black earth, halloween, horror, malefick musick, midnight syndicate, nox arcana, possessions

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