Haunt Season is more than just haunted houses and chainsaws. There’s so much that goes into it, from the design aspects and even the music. That’s where our friends from Midnight Syndicate come in. For over 13 years the horror musicians have been creating the soundtracks to the nightmares you haven’t had…yet. Last year they released the amazing Carnival Arcane, which won the Rondo Award for Best Horror CD. The group has set the bar high, and has aimed to jump over it with an all new album, but in the meantime they’re keeping busy with other projects.
The first project is A Time Forgotten. The CD is not a Midnight Syndicate album, but Destini Beard. She has taken Midnight Syndicate music and made amazing vocal arrangements inspired by the music of Midnight Syndicate. She’s taken existing songs and have made them her own through haunting melodies, and her inspired vocal talents.
“The Listener interprets [Midnight Syndicate] differently” says Ed Douglas composer and half of Midnight Syndicate. The CD is produced by Midnight Syndicate’s Ed Douglas and Gavin Gozka, and features several Midnight Syndicate tracks with Destni’s select vocal arrangements.
The next is the soundtrack to Bunyan, as in Paul Bunyan. You’ve heard the tall tale, but what happens when the tall tale is based on a demented fact? What if Bunyan is in the woods with his big ax? A group of teens with their last chance at making right by the law is taken to the woods for a chance to relearn about themselves, when it all goes wrong. The legend comes alive, and Midnight Syndicate brings it to life with the music to kill by.
The film looks like it’s going to be fun, and funny, plus it has our favorite guardians of the dark making the music to kill by, so it’s automatically good.
The Next Midnight Syndicate Album
2013 will see the release of the next album in the Midnight Syndicate library. The follow up to 2011’s Carnival Arcane is going to take listeners back to “classic” Midnight Syndicate, with emphasis on classic, as the group tackles music inspired by horror movies. The films of the 60’s and 70’s including Hammer films, and even the slasher films of the 80’s serve as the inspiration for the next.
“It’s going to have a huge (sometimes epic) feel to it at times and I feel it’s going to be another special disc so I want to make it as good as we possibly can.” Says Ed Douglas.
Midnight Syndicate started off as making soundtracks to movies that didn’t exist, and told only the story you thought of in your head. With Carnival Arcane the music told a definitive story about a traveling, and sinister circus. Will the horror film inspired soundtrack tell a story? Ed and Gavin aren’t saying, but we can hope for the new CD in early 2013, with some preview tracks in October, just in time for Halloween.