Rev. Warlock DRACONIS BLACKTHORNE (dblackthorne) wrote,

Monsters of Legend

"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."
Midnight Syndicate: Monsters Of Legend
XLVIII A.S. Genre: Classical, Choral, Orchestral, Symphonic, Gothic, Atmospheric.

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.

At times, one detects certain recognizable pieces that have been included in previous releases, renamed, and heard in Requiem, Dark Tower, Unwanted Visitor, Witching Hour, along with a plethora of familiar, realistic atmospheric sound effects added throughout {howling wolves, squawking ravens, a yowling cat, scattering bats, bell tolls, rushing wind, slamming doors, creaking gates, whispers, thunder, a bubbling laboratory, electrodes, rattling chains, crashing glass, footsteps} which is actually quite enjoyable, enhancing the theme of the opus nicely, making one feel at home.

The insert displays photographic scenes of The Wolfman haunting/hunting through a foggy graveyard, and a moonlit Castle Dracula on a cliff's edge, while Bela leers from behind a doorway on the back.

Overall, I must say that Monsters of Legend, Carnival Arcane, and The 13th Hour are so far Midnight Syndicate's best efforts since sans Maestro Vargo, although the influence can still be heard. While the others between are more like soundtracks underlying a movie, rather than full works themselves.

Not just for Halloween, these would actually go quite well while one goes about appreciating several collections, creating art, or even reading, and otherwise while going about various other pleasurable nocturnal dractivities.

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.

~ Dr. Dracenstein. ∞

Track List {notables highlighted}

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
Tags: dracula, halloween, horror, malefick musick, midnight syndicate, monsters, nox arcana, vampires, werewolf

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