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Halloween Guide and Ideas


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Nox Arcana is renowned for creating haunting, gothic-themed soundscapes with classic horror references, strong literary influences, original and captivating storylines, and hidden riddles and elaborate puzzles. The band is the musical manifestation of gothic fantasy artist Joseph Vargo. After successfully producing several gothic, horror-themed concept albums for other bands, Vargo formed Nox Arcana with fellow musician William Piotrowski in 2003. The name Nox Arcana is derived from two Latin words, which roughly translate to "mysteries of the night." Joseph Vargo, composer, founder and producer, along with composer and engineer William Piotrowski, have produced 15 Nox Arcana albums to date.

Venture forth, if you dare, into the dark heart of Transylvania, where creatures of the night lurk in the shadows. Inspired by Bram Stoker's classic Dracula, this musical opus truly embodies the mysterious land of vampires, witches and werewolves. The seductive and sinister sounds range from haunting piano, violin and harpsichord melodies to creepy pipe organs and tolling bells. Wailing spirits lend their ghostly voices to several tracks while gothic choirs soar to unearthly crescendos. Sinister voices echo from the crypt as vampires beckon you further into their lair. Witches tell tales of dark things that prowl the night, wolves howl beneath the full moon, bats screech and flutter, and stone guardians warn unwary trespassers to beware. (21 tracks. 56 mins.)

The Dark Tower
Born of the Night, they lurk in the shadows—gargoyles of living stone, lost souls who wander mist-shrouded cemeteries, and vampires who dwell deep within forbidden crypts. They are the spirits that haunt the blackest wells of midnight—trapped between the realms of the living and the dead, forsaken and cursed to forever dwell beneath the shadow of The Dark Tower. Nox Arcana invites you to explore a realm of gothic mystery, horror and romance with this dark symphony of the night. Eerie piano and pipe organ melodies echo through haunted halls, ghostly choirs chant to the rhythm of tolling bells, epic orchestrations stir powerful emotions, while the cries of wolves, ravens and restless spirits echo in the dead of night. Joseph Vargo brings his dark visions to life with his masterful blend of haunting melodies, ominous orchestrations and chilling sound effects, creating a brooding soundtrack of mystery and menace for his Dark Tower book series. (21 tracks. 66 mins.)

Blackthorn Asylum
Dare to explore the shadows of a forsaken sanitarium that is haunted by the souls of the dead. High upon the rocky cliffs overlooking the Miskatonic River, the hollow edifice of Blackthorn Asylum stands as a bleak monument to the horrors that once lurked within its desolate halls. Originally built as a sanitarium for the criminally insane, the asylum gained a grim reputation after dark rumors began to spread throughout the area. Whispered tales told of horrible experiments conducted upon Blackthorn's most violent and deranged psychopaths in an attempt to extract the essence of evil. Over the decades, the torments inflicted upon the inmates resulted in unlocking the demons from their minds, but as a horrific consequence, the tortuous experimentation also unleashed the vile malediction that now infests the abandoned corridors. This sinister soundscape offers an interactive murder mystery, with ghostly melodies, pulse-pounding orchestrations and spine-chilling sound effects to set a dark, nightmarish mood. (21 tracks. 64 mins.)

Grimm Tales
Enter the Realm of Fable, where goblins, elves and woodland spirits dwell in the deepest shadows of the forest beneath the wicked Witch Queen's spell of eternal darkness. Nox Arcana invites you to immerse yourself in a haunting soundscape of bewitching melodies, eerie sound effects and pulse-pounding orchestrations as you explore an enchanted land of dark fairy tales and childhood nightmares that harken back to the fables of The Brothers Grimm. Haunting music box melodies echo in the night, the raspy voice of an ancient crone tells a dark bedtime story, ominous orchestrations fill the dark forest and a wicked witch invokes a sinister incantation. (21 tracks. 66 mins.)

Shadow of the Raven
Delve into the haunted realms of Edgar Allan Poe, as Nox Arcana pays tribute to the classic tales of the literary master of the macabre with a lush musical tapestry of Victorian elegance and Gothic nightmares—a dark treasure that truly captures the essence of Poe's tormented soul. The instrumental tracks cover all of Poe's most famous tales and poems, including "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Cask of Amontillado," and of course, "The Raven." The cd is accompanied by a 12-page booklet filled with Joseph Vargo's lavish artwork depicting Poe's classic horror tales, and even offers fans a hidden "gold bug" riddle. (21 tracks. 63 mins.)

Carnival of Lost Souls
Step this way... there's no turning back. Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the circus of the strange, the sideshow of the sinister and the theater of the bizarre. Cast your eyes upon the cruel oddities of nature and behold monstrous creatures from the depths of the abyss. Hear the dark wisdom of the old gypsy soothsayer as she foretells of things yet to come, and marvel with awe and dismay at unbelievable death-defying acts that teeter on the very brink of doom. Leave the mundane world behind, for those who visit this festival of phantasms are never the same again. Carnival of Lost Souls delivers 21 tracks of dark orchestrations and eerie melodies, haunting calliope, piano and pipe organ, ghostly choirs and sinister voices that echo from the shadows. (21 tracks. 63 mins.)

The Necronomicon is said to contain the lost knowledge of the Elder Gods, the ancient lords of darkness that held dominion over the Earth aeons ago. Believed to hold the key to opening forgotten gateways between worlds, the text prophesies the return of the Great Old Ones and contains forbidden rituals of summoning that will bring about their resurrection. Now, for the first time ever, the Necronomicon is set to music with this dark symphony by Nox Arcana. This epic concept album based on H.P. Lovecraft's legendary book of shadows features a mixture of exotic, dark fantasy themes, ominous orchestrations, Gothic choirs, Egyptian and Middle-Eastern melodies, eerie voices and otherworldly chants. This musical grimoire is a spellbinding tribute to the Cthulhu Mythos—a powerful and sinister soundtrack to evoke your darkest nightmare. (21 tracks. 50 mins.)

Darklore Manor
Nox Arcana invites listeners to embark on a musical journey throughout a legendary haunted mansion with a dark and sinister history—a place where creatures of the night lurk in shadows and ghostly sounds echo through its unhallowed halls. The concept of the album, which is based on the tales of a real haunted Victorian mansion near Salem, Mass., centers around the mysterious deaths of its original owners, the Darklore family, the curse that yet lingers there among the ruins, and the later disappearance of three teenagers who set out to hold a séance in the house on Halloween night several years ago. This gothic soundscape of haunting melodies, ghostly voices, Latin chants, and foreboding orchestrations creates the perfect dark atmosphere. (21 tracks. 51 mins.)

House of Nightmares
Welcome to the House of Nightmares where dark things dwell, lying in wait for anyone who dares to enter. In this old mansion by the cemetery unearthly sounds rise from the shadows and eerie melodies echo in the dead of night, as sinister incantations unleash ancient horrors to haunt the realm of the living. This CD delivers spine-tingling sound effects and dark cinematic music to create an eerie atmosphere of lurking terror. (19 tracks. 45 mins.)

Zombie Influx
The dead are rising from their graves in search of human prey. Sharpen your axes, barricade your doors! Zombie Influx brings the living dead to your doorstep with this creepy concept album that creates the horror and panic of a zombie invasion through the use of frantic emergency news broadcasts, ambient sound effect tracks and ominous cinematic music. A lifelong fan of George Romero's classic zombie films, as well as Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead" series, Jeff Hartz (Buzz-Works) was inspired to create Zombie Influx as a tribute to the movies that warped his mind. Teaming with Joseph Vargo of Nox Arcana, they set out to capture the terror of a zombie invasion along the lines of the 1938 "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast. The result is a dark atmospheric soundscape that paints a bleak portrait of a world ravaged by the living dead. (19 tracks)

Legion of Shadows
Beyond the world of light, there exists a hidden realm where creatures of the night revel in the beauty of darkness. Nox Arcana invites you to enter the esoteric order of the Legion of Shadows to explore the mysteries of the night as you immerse yourself in a gothic soundscape of haunting melodies, eerie sound effects and pulse-pounding, symphonic orchestrations. The album contains a variety of dark anthems with a theme that centers around the mysteries of the night and it's various haunted denizens, with an underlying story about lost love, melancholy memories of ghosts from the past, and forlorn souls who are empowered by embracing the darkness within. (21 Tracks, 69 mins.)

Winter's Majesty
Return to the Realm of Ebonshire to Celebrate the Magic and Glory of Winter. In the heart of the Ebonshire forest, the Winter King takes his place upon the crystal throne. With a single breath he transforms the woodlands into an enchanted kingdom of ice and snow. Raising his staff, he summons the four winds and sets them forth to spread his magic throughout the land. And as the earth is covered beneath a blanket of ivory white, the world rejoices in the wondrous realm of winter. This album features enchanting melodies and heartwarming songs for the holiday season, including an instrumental version of "We Three Kings" and a ghostly rendition of "Scarborough Fair" with original lyrics and musical arrangements by Joseph Vargo and vocals performed by Jeff Endemann. (21 tracks. 68 mins.)

Theater of Illusion
Welcome to the Theater of Illusion, the legendary stage of magic hidden beyond the threshold of dreams and nightmares. Behold mystifying acts performed by phantom magicians and discover the dark secrets that lie in wait beyond the veil of shadows. Nox Arcana invites you to enter a realm of magic and dark fantasy and immerse yourself in a soundscape of haunting melodies, mystical rhythms and pulse-pounding orchestrations. The setting is an old Vaudeville theater, hidden from the outside world, where master magicians gather to display their talents every Halloween night. The music ranges from haunting piano and harpsichord melodies with music box chimes to dramatic orchestrations accented by gothic choirs and pipe organ to create a darkly exotic, mystical and spellbinding atmosphere. (21 Tracks. 67 mins.)

Winter's Eve
Explore a Spellbinding soundscape of Haunting Melodies and Winter Magic. As the first snow mingles with stardust and moonlight, an enchanted kingdom comes to life once again, deep in the Ebonshire forest. The White Queen of Winter returns to cast her ancient spell of slumber, and as the woodlands drift to sleep, she watches over a tranquil realm of wondrous dreams and memories frozen in time. The instrumentals include piano, harp, and music box melodies, accented with Gregorian chanting, pipe organs, violins, acoustic guitar, and Nox Arcana's original rendition of "Greensleeves." (21 tracks. 67 mins.)

Phantoms of the High Seas
Hearken ye pirates and black-hearted sea dogs. Nox Arcana beckons ye to set sail upon the haunted seas where ghost ships prowl the misty dead of night and ancient treasure lies buried far below the endless waves. This epic soundscape explores the mysteries of the deep with dynamic orchestrations, ghostly melodies, pirate anthems and gothic choirs. (21 tracks. 68 mins.)

Blood of the Dragon
In the time of the ancient gods, dragons ruled the skies and kingdoms rose and fell at the end of a sword. Legendary quests beckoned with the promise of danger and glory, and only a brave few dared to answer the call. For honor and vengeance they ventured forth with steel and sorcery to combat the merciless legions of darkness. For it was said that those who answered the call were possessed of the warrior spirit, and the blood of the dragon flowed through their veins. This spellbinding soundscape sets the perfect mood, as you traverse dark kingdoms ruled by wizards and warriors to battle alongside barbarian hordes, elven mages and knights of legend, with powerful, chanting choirs, medieval melodies, war horns, heavy drums, bagpipe, harp, acoustic guitar and fiddle, with battle sound effects. These haunting and majestic themes evoke forgotten realms, from the stormy Celtic highlands to ancient Egyptian temples, from mystical towering citadels to the Stygian depths of the Underworld. (21 tracks. 68 mins.)

Winter's Knight
Celebrate the spirit of the season with Nox Arcana and enter an enchanted realm of ghosts, dark angels and winter magic. This musical ghost story follows the path of a mysterious knight as he wanders the ruins of a haunted cathedral set in the mythical Ebonshire forest. The arrangements on this album incorporate acoustic guitars and mandolins to achieve a medieval minstrel sound. Gregorian choirs, pipe organ, chimes, and violin compliment the moody blend of original instrumentals, while guest vocalists perform gothic renditions of traditional holiday carols, including a foreboding version of the lullaby "Coventry Carol," and the minstrel's favorite "Past Time With Good Company." (21 tracks. 64 mins.)


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