I am so looking forward to Midnight Syndicate's new album! I'm a huge fan of their music and would be excited for any upcoming project from them, but this one has an especially cool theme. The new album, "Monsters of Legend" is based around the classic Universal Horror and Hammer Films! You all know I love Hammer movies (if you don't know, read Hammer Time) and like pretty much everyone else on the planet, I love Universal Horror movies.
When I found out about this upcoming album, it was like finding out there was coffee flavored ice cream. A favorite music group + some of my favorite movies! It has to be good. I think what I'm most looking forward to is hearing the interpretation of these movies through sound and music. I have my own sound associations with these movies and it should be interesting to hear how my impressions compare with Midnight Syndicate's.
For anyone who isn't familiar with Midnight Syndicate, you can hear samples of their music on their YouTube channel:
I especially recommend listening to songs from their "Carnival Arcane" album. That one really paints a picture in your mind. It could be the soundtrack to "Something Wicked This Way Comes".
You may have heard some of their music without realizing it. I heard some Midnight Syndicate songs playing in Halloween stores last year and I know some of their music is played in theme parks. You can read more about Midnight Syndicate and connect with them on these sites:
I was sent a press release for "Monsters of Legend" and like a good reporter I'm going to share it with you! I'm in reporter mode, because I'm going to be reviewing this album when it comes out! I can't tell you how cool that is for me as a fan.
June 20, 2013 (Cleveland, OH) - On July 19, Midnight Syndicate will release it's sixteenth studio album, "Monsters of Legend." This "tribute to the golden age of horror" will feature sweeping symphonic horror instrumental music and sound effects in the signature style the band pioneered. "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 the iconic characters from the Universal Horror and Hammer Films could be right around the corner," said composer Edward Douglas.
The CD artwork features original images from classic Universal Studios horror movies including Frankenstein, Werewolf of London, and Dracula. "Listeners will hear the influence of the Universal Monster, Hammer, and Euro Horror films from the 30s through the 70s, not only in the music but in the images the songs conjure," added Gavin Goszka. Although the band promises the new disc will deliver the dark atmosphere haunted attractions, roleplaying gamers, and Halloween enthusiasts expect from them, they feel they've crafted a disc that transcends their favorite time of the year." As we did on Carnival Arcane, we're always trying to take things up a notch both musically and with the sound design. There is a lot going on in this one. Plenty to pull you in, spark your imagination, and keep hold of you anytime you're looking to visit that mysterious place in your mind's eye."
The CD will be available for pre-order the first week in July. In addition to other new merchandise, Entity Productions Halloween Music will be releasing a special edition 12" vinyl version of the Monsters of Legend album, hand-numbered and limited to 250 copies.
Sounds like our kind of thing, right? I'm probably most looking forward to the 1970s inspired songs. Maybe we'll even hear a Stoneground influenced song? Just kidding, but you get a few points if you understood that.
P.S. ~ You can catch a great interview with Edward Douglas & Gavin Goszka of Midnight Syndicate on the HaunTopic Radio podcast:
A heads up: This episode of Scaryvisions is from last July, so don't try for the contest that's mentioned!