Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Halloween Party Music Must-Haves

Don't buy another cheesy Halloween music compilation CD! Here are three great bands that have the perfect spooky sounds for your Halloween party, without all that ridiculous singing to annoy your guests. (Personally, if I ever hear "Monster Mash" again, it'll be too soon.)

Midnight Syndicate

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Midnight Syndicate is the horror music making duo Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka. They make Gothic, fantasy and horror soundtracks. They are a Halloween themed band that has been around since 1995. Midnight Syndicate has composed music for Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights and two horror films, "The Rage" and "The Dead Matter." Their synth music is broody and Gothic and sets the perfect mood for a Halloween party. I highly recommend "Born of the Night", "Realm of Shadows" and their self titled first album "Midnight Syndicate."

Nox Arcana

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Joseph Vargo and William Piotrowski of Nox Arcana make dark ambient, dark-wave and neoclassical music. They base their albums on Gothic fiction and classic horror literature such as the works of H.P. Lovecraft-- one of the fathers of modern American Horror-- Edgar Allan Poe and Ray Bradbury. Nox Arcana uses classical instruments and a main theme for each album. The music tracks each build upon each other to tell a story, and are accompanied by narrative, sound effects, Gregorian chants and even choirs. My personal favorite is "Darklore Manor" which takes you through the haunted halls of a Victorian mansion.

Lustmord

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Brian Williams' Lustmord has been around since 1980, and is thought to be the creator of the dark ambient genre. He originally incorporated sounds that he recorded in crypts and slaughterhouses into his music before moving on to becoming strictly dark electronica and gothic ambient. Lustmord brings us to a black place where experimental ambiance and dark space music fills the cold late October air. If you want something that sounds utterly unique and eerie, pick up one of Lustmord's CDs.

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