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SpecMusicMuse Review: Midnight Syndicate – Carnival Arcane

Midnight Syndicate outdo themselves with Carnical Arcane – one of, if not the best music CD they’ve yet produced. A concept CD centered around a carnival where the magic is real and bad things tend to happen, it even comes complete with sound effects and voices to increase the forboding atmosphere as the music plays.

Not every song, however, is macabre and spine-tingling. “Dr. Atmore’s Elixirs of Good Humor and Fortification,” for example, sounded like it would fit well in a Final Fantasy VI remake, possibly involving something to do with Kefka or maybe the Mage Tower. Also, of the 25 songs on the CD, many are very short (there’s even one that’s only 36 seconds). But overall, the CD is a nice variety of “wonders both fantastic and macabre” and will keep you listening from start to finish.

Once again, Midnight Syndicate delivers.

Best to listen to while reading: anything in the Horror or Dark Fantasy genres–specifically something involving carnivals or clowns….

October 1, 2011 Posted by | SpecMusicMuse | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

SpecMusicMuse Review: Veins Soundtrack

Not only does Lawrence C. Connolly prove he’s a great writer, but the soundtrack to Veins also proves he’s a capable creator of music as well. Every song on the soundtrack provides the perfect atmosphere for the story. It is mostly all instrumental (“Aberrations” and “Echoes” have spoken word lyrics with the songs) and merges various genres and styles to provide the right sound for the right scene. It is definitely worth picking up along with the book.

Best to listen to while reading: Veins of course. Duh. But other than that, any dark fantasy story that takes place outside of an urban environment.

February 12, 2011 Posted by | SpecMusicMuse | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment