(Oct. 10, 2008)
Spooky dark and brooding, just the kind of music you want to hear while watching a horror movie, and a great set of songs to play while reading your favorite horror novel or writing your own chilling tale. Midnight Syndicate shows off their musical genius with The Dead Matter – Cemetery Gates. While not a direct soundtrack to The Dead Matter movie, the CD is more of a companion piece for it. Included are three bonus tracks, one of which is the theme to the movie. The organ work that starts off the first song, “Cathedral Ruins,” grabs your attention and lures you in, and each song traps you inside a world of spine-tingling fear. All the songs are instrumental, no lyrics of any kind, yet the composition of the notes unfolds like chapters in a novel that leads to a chilling climax. It’s a great CD to have for Halloween (or any other time you want to be scared).
The Dead Matter – Cemetery Gates
Artist: Midnight Syndicate
Format: Audio CD
Label: Linfaldia Records
List Price: $14.00
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First impression: wow.
The Dark Masquerade is a musical and lyrical nightmare come true for fans of Gothic Horror. Haunting melodic sound with an angelically dark voice (Destini Beard) turns this CD into a lethal yet beautiful combination that’s guaranteed to keep you up at night staring fearfully at shadows, while also yearning for said shadows.
Whether it’s the vampiric melody, “Awaken,” the sad “Farewell Forever,” or the esoterically meaningful “Dark Masquerade,” just figuring out which of the six masterful songs comprising The Dark Masquerade to be a favorite will become an undertaking in and of itself. For me, “Internal Struggle,” is the best of the six–it’s the Gemini in me, what can I say?
This is a CD that I highly recommend.
Best listened to while reading: anything from Poe or Lovecraft, some Stephen King and Dean Koontz.
But, if you choose not to read anything while listening, turn the lights off and don’t mind the glowing red eyes in the room….
B-list horror films are often hit or miss. The Dead Matter, from Midnight Syndicate Films, is a bit of both.
From sinister vampires and zombies to ancient evil relics, all the old horror film clichés are here, including a guilt-ridden protagonist with a deceased brother. While the plot could’ve been better, I’ve actually seen worse plots in blockbuster films. And Jason Carter’s acting became one of the saving graces to this film (that, and the zombie humor).
But Jason Carter aside, the acting for most of the cast was mediocre. However, for a low budget film, the special effects were good, minus one mistake: a cut on the left cheek appears on the right cheek in the next scene then disappears altogether.
The film’s musical score, however, was awesome. It was exactly the quality and style you’d expect from Midnight Syndicate.
Overall, the film could have been better, but it’s nowhere near the worst movie I’ve seen (Werewolf still ranks as the worst movie ever).
Yes, I know it’s been a while. what can I say? I needed a vacation from blogging.
Well, anyhow. Dayjob hunt is still dismal. I’ve now been unemployed for almost 7 months.
But, on the bright side, my writing is still chugging along.
I’ll be at Context here in Columbus, Ohio, on Aug. 28-30. So be there, or I’ll sick zombie wererabbits on you.
Also, another of my stories will be appearing in an upcoming anthology around the end of this month. So stay tuned for the big shameless plug that’s coming.
Also, I’ll be starting the production of the Emperor of Vangaard podcast novel on Sept. 1. And will also be restarting my A Work in Progress podcast, too.
Oh, and one more thing. Beginning this Friday, SpecMusicMuse relaunches on this here blog, with all new material each Friday plus a reprint of the older stuff from the prior blog and column each Monday.
That’s all for now. Back to job hunting….