Album Review: Christmas – A Ghostly Gathering

Tired of the saccharine crap that floods radio waves from early November to early January?  It’s the same old derivative playlists only lightly spiced up by flavor of the year bubblegum pop.  After a while, it’s grating to the mind and soul.  Now, for gloomy souls like myself, there’s a genre of music that appeals as a proper alternative.  I speak of dark ambient/atmospheric music.  Combining this with the motifs and inspirations of the early winter holidays and you have the recipe for a fantastically freaky but festive experience.  Groups such as Nox Arcana have created their own contributions to yuletide terror, with their own excellent releases.

This time around, it’s Midnight Syndicate’s turn to show their musical mastery for a truly magical christmas time.  When I speak of “christmas magic”, I’m not talking about holly jolly merriment, I’m speaking of the twisted and bizarre folklore that extends several centuries at the very least; strange shadowy beings, seemingly alive winter winds, strange monstrosities, wandering ghostly spirits and tons more.  These are the myths crafted in small villages and written by just as crafty poets.  Whether it be St. Nick’s demonic helper from the Alps or the ghosts that haunt Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, the weird and supernatural is just as much a part of Christmas as it is Halloween.  With that, there’s plenty of reason behind a horror-oriented Christmas album.  I’m referring to the latest release by atmospheric gothic music group, Midnight Syndicate.  Their newest release, “Christmas A Ghostly Gathering” has a mix of original pieces and dark takes on traditional hymns and holiday essentials.  In a sense, it’s like Midnight Syndicate heard the soundtrack to “A Nightmare before Christmas” and wanted to make their own take on Horror for the Holidays.  Read on for more.

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Album Review – The Incredible Dark Carnival (Sam Haynes)

The Incredible Dark Carnival

It’s certainly no lie that I’ve enjoyed the soothing sounds of dark electro artist, Sam Haynes.  And while the warming months approach us and it’s time to play outside, his music reminds us that there are plenty of things out there that can send a chill down our spines.  And since this is my third review of his awesome music, this might as well be a “chillogy” of sorts!  (Please don’t hurt me.)

As I’ve stated in prior reviews, Sam Haynes’ work has a focus on ambient textures mixed in with some electric groove beats.  With plenty of tracks to wake the dead at any party or terrify guests of any corporeal state, his twisted creations bring a delightful variety to the table.  Plus, it’s been interesting to see how he’s altered and evolved his sound with incorporation of new motifs and styles.  So, how does this album change the mold?  Buy your ticket for the show and attend The Incredible Dark Carnival to find out.

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Album Review: Spine Chillers by Sam Haynes

The horror-driven rave of independent electronic artist, Sam Haynes, returns from the grave once more! And what better time than the Halloween season? Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s always Halloween in Necrotic’s wonderful and weird world. Just because October has come and gone doesn’t mean I’m not up for anything horror related! And that’s where this album comes in. As you remember, I was quite the fan of the previous album called, “Ghost Stories.” But this begs the question, does Spine Chillers live up to it or maybe even surpass it? Don’t touch that dial now, we’re just getting started!
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From the Vaults: Legion of Shadows by Nox Arcana

I’ve been a huge fan of Nox Arcana for ages!  In a sense, I’m a part of their Legion of Shadows!  But, this album has tons of appeal beyond the fandom itself.  Don’t believe me?  Check it out!

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Your favorite mad doctor returns to cover one of his favorite bands of the “Dark Ambient” genre, Nox Arcana.

The terror continues this Halloween with Nox Arcana’s latest release, “Legion of Shadows.” This album commemorates 10 years of fantastic frightening music from the band. It has been dedicated to Nox Arcana’s fanbase, who are known by the same title as the record.

What makes this album special is that many of its concepts take inspiration from fan submissions and creations from all around the world. Legion of Shadows is indeed an eponymous gift to the fans, but does it offer enough for the rest of us creepy creatures to enjoy?
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From the Vaults: Monsters of Legend by Midnight Syndicate

I won’t deny that I’m biased when it comes to my love of dark ambient music. And by all means, Midnight Syndicate embodies a lot of what I love from it. It’s not just sinister electronic music, but a soundscape atmosphere that fills an entire room with dark atmosphere. And for the past 2 albums, MS has been doing a great job at it! This album’s certainly a step up! Enjoy!

Midnight Syndicate - Monsters of Legend

Good Evening, Boos and Ghouls!

For the season of Halloween, I thought it’d only be appropriate to tackle the latest album by Dark Ambient group Midnight Syndicate. Their latest release, “Monsters of Legends” is a nostalgic look at the classic monsters featured in horror cinema favorites, filled with terrifying music akin to classic films and an equally chilling soundscape.
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Album Review: Ghost Stories (2014) – Sam Haynes/Horror Haunt Music

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Mid-spring may seem a bit late for Halloween-oriented music for most “normal” folks, but early Ministry put it best; “Every Day is Halloween.”  Besides, who doesn’t enjoy a healthy dose of horror every now and then!?

Today, the Doc looks into the dark electronica and eerie soundscapes of Ghost Stories by Sam Haynes.  More musings on morbid musics ahead!

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