Midnight Syndicate Releases Zombies!!! Board Game Soundtrack

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (September 8, 2016) – Award-winning composers and dark music pioneers Midnight Syndicate have released the Zombies!!! Official Board Game Soundtrack.   The new release features Midnight Syndicate’s signature blend of sound effects and instrumental music set in the modern day, post-zombie apocalypse world of the Zombies!!! board game.  “We wanted to design a soundtrack that would not only heighten the Zombies!!! game play experience, but also appeal to all fans of zombies and our friends in the haunted attraction industry,” said Edward Douglas.  “I think we were able to achieve that.”

 

“Given the character and core elements of the game, I think that both of us immediately felt that this album should focus on having a more modern, aggressive sound. In order to achieve that, we brought in a lot of electronic and percussive instruments and kept the fundamental game scenarios firmly in mind, approaching it more as an actual soundtrack than as a collection of songs built around a particular theme or setting. While there are a few tracks that are more situation or location-specific, most are intended to evoke the general feel and atmosphere of the game world, allowing you to play along without interruption,” added Gavin Goszka.

 

“The soundtrack is a perfect complement to the game,” added Twilight Creations co-founder, Kerry Breitenstein. “I couldn’t be more excited for the Zombies!!! fans to hear it, let alone the rest of the world!”  The album is available at www.MidnightSyndicate.com as well as digitally on CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

 

Official Midnight Syndicate website: www.MidnightSyndicate.com

Official Twilight Creations website: www.TwilightCreationsInc.com

 

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Midnight Syndicate

As Midnight Syndicate, composers Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka have been delighting fans of roleplaying games, Halloween, horror cinema, and gothic music for almost two decades.  In addition to being the first musical act to win the game industry’s Origins Award (for The 13th Hour, 2005), their previous four albums have either won or been nominated in the roleplaying game industry’s ENnie Awards. Their eighteen albums, featuring their signature blend of dark orchestral music and sound effects, have become staples of the Halloween retail and haunted attraction industry, weaving their way into the musical tapestry of the Halloween season.  Every October, their music can be heard setting the atmosphere in haunted houses, amusement parks, television and radio shows, restaurants, stores, and homes worldwide. In 2015, they were included with seminal horror music acts like Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Bobby “Boris” Pickett, John Carpenter, and Rob Zombie in Rue Morgue Magazine’s 50 Essential Horror Albums – Discs That Created, Evolved, or Defined Genre Music Over the Decades.

 

Twilight Creations

Twilight Creations, Inc. (TLC) is an award-winning board game publisher based in the Greater Cincinnati area. Founded in 2002 by Kerry and Todd Breitenstein, the company’s best selling product is the Zombies!!! line which features 15 expansions, spin-offs and add-ons. The Zombies!!! game will be celebrating its fifteenth anniversary in 2016. Twilight Creations has also published various other horror

 

Midnight Syndicate gets a jump on the holiday season with their new creepy soundtrack!

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Midnight Syndicate gets a jump on the holiday season with their new creepy soundtrack!

 

By Tim Gross

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Midnight Syndicate no longer needs an introduction as for me they are a godsend for horror soundtracks. They meaning Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka have made soundtracks a beautiful art form. They have taken soundtracks to a whole new level constantly with every new release and this new CD “Christmas: A Ghostly Gathering” is no different. As like before their creepy but elegant music is like a dream, an escape that has you the listener and your mind captured from the first note of “Christmas Overture” to the last note of their bonus track “Christmas at Midnight”. Midnight Syndicate’s music is able to take you too many places within seconds because the music is not just beautiful and perfect but mesmerizing. This latest CD not only gets the heart pumping for the Halloween season but makes even the darkest and deepest soulless individual excited for the Christmas season. I really enjoyed track three: Carol of the Bees and track seven: Up on the Rooftop. As usual I give Midnight Syndicate’s music 4 out of 4 stars. So do yourself a favor and start the shopping early at www.midnightsyndicate.com . You will not be disappointed and the horror friends you are shopping for won’t either!

Top-selling Halloween composers Midnight Syndicate take on Yuletide classics

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Top-selling Halloween composers Midnight Syndicate take on Yuletide classics with the release of their Christmas: A Ghostly Gathering album

 

CLEVELAND, Ohio (Sept. 10, 2015) – For over 18 years, the music of gothic instrumental composers Midnight Syndicate has been used to set the atmosphere in haunted attractions, amusement parks, stores, and homes worldwide during the Halloween season.  Now, with Christmas: A Ghostly Gathering, listeners will find out what happens when Midnight Syndicate takes them on a Yuletide-inspired musical journey.  The CD version of the album was released today, with the digital version becoming available on Thursday, October 1st.

 

The new album features the band’s unique twist on classic holiday carols blended with new and original material.  “Our goal was to treat each song in a way that would merge familiarity with originality,” said Gavin Goszka. “There are definitely recognizable elements, but plenty of additional original material as well. It also incorporates the widest instrument palette we’ve used to date and represents what we consider to be the most varied collection of songs we’ve ever released. There are serenely beautiful moments here alongside more intense, darker tracks, and the end result is a thoroughly compelling and involving listening experience.” “With so many Christmas-themed albums out there, we wanted to make this collection uniquely our own,” added Edward Douglas. “I think we were able to do that.”

 

Official Midnight Syndicate website: www.MidnightSyndicate.com

Midnight Syndicate Christmas CD, band announces plans for 2015 and beyond

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CLEVELAND, Ohio, May 12, 2015 – Midnight Syndicate has announced that their eighteenth album will have a Christmas and Winter Solstice theme. I think there’s a rule that after a band’s been around for years they are required to produce a Christmas album. So, that’s how we got here, joked Edward Douglas. “In all seriousness though, a Yuletide-themed Midnight Syndicate album is something our fans have been asking us for since we began; this album will not disappoint them. I will say that this album has been particularly challenging because we’re taking songs that are SO familiar and that have been treated in so many different ways throughout the years and trying to make them uniquely our own, added Gavin Goszka. We don’t want to make yet another Christmas album – we really want it to stand on its own as something truly original. We hope that it will evoke the spirit of the Yuletide season while also reflecting our ongoing musical style and vision. Content-wise; the album will be a mix of new material and twists on classics. I’d describe most of the covers on the album as being reinvented, rather than simply adapted, said Goszka. I’ve found myself approaching this material with a very wide palette and a limited sense of allegiance to convention. That being said, it still has to make sense in some way and stay grounded in the familiar. I think we’re stretching our creative wings more than ever here, but there’s still a consistency and overall purpose to it. The original songs have been a lot of fun to work on,  added Douglas. I think the fans are in for a lot of pleasant surprises. Fans will not have to wait until Christmas for this present. Midnight Syndicate will be exhibiting at DragonCon in Atlanta this year on Labor Day weekend (September 4-7) and plans to have the CD available at the show. Midnight Syndicate Live! Update: In October of 2014, Midnight Syndicate Live! Debuted at Cedar Point Hallo Weekends event. From the audience response to the critical reception to record-breaking attendance numbers, the show was an overwhelming success. Although the band will be using 2015 to focus on the new album, plans for a return of Midnight Syndicate Live! In 2016 are already underway. The success of the inaugural run of Midnight Syndicate Live! has ensured that live Midnight Syndicate shows will be a permanent part of our plans going forward, said Douglas.

 

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Midnight Syndicate launches Kickstarter campaign in support of MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE LIVE! Multimedia Halloween horror concert.

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October 7, 2013 (Cleveland, OH) – After setting the atmosphere for Halloween enthusiasts, haunted houses, and amusement parks for the past seventeen years, Gothic Horror Halloween music composers Midnight Syndicate have decided to take their music to the stage and have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their own multimedia concert experience.

Entitled MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE LIVE! the Halloween horror-themed show will feature a unique blend of live Midnight Syndicate music, original films, music videos, and live theatre.  The campaign runs through November 10, 2013.

“We want it to be a feast for the eyes as much as the ears,” said Gavin Goszka, “a unique show that is not only a Midnight Syndicate concert but also something that stands on its own as a great Halloween horror multimedia experience.”  In order create the visual elements of the show, the band is teaming up with industry veterans like special FX legend  Robert Kurtzman (FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, KNB EFX), director Gary Jones (XENA, AXE GIANT), David “House” Greathouse (FACEOFF, Mushroomhead), Jason Carter (BABYLON 5, THE DEAD MATTER), and Jason Blaszczak of Screamline Studios (Rob Zombie’s AMERICAN NIGHTMARE).  “Because of the style of our music and our ties to the film, Halloween, roleplaying game, and haunted house industries we’re in the perfect position to put together a unique show that blends the best of these different worlds,” said Edward Douglas.  “It’s a project almost two decades in the making.   We want to bring your nightmares to life,” added Gavin Goszka.

Over the past seventeen years, Midnight Syndicate has released seventeen studio albums, including three horror movie scores and a motion picture of their own entitled, THE DEAD MATTER (2010).  “We’ve always been our own label and distributor, so it’s really been the fans’ support over these past seventeen years that has allowed Midnight Syndicate to continue to grow.  They really are the best fans in the world,” said Edward Douglas.  “This live concert is something that our fans have been asking us to do for many years. The Kickstarter campaign is giving us the opportunity to involve them from the beginning and allowing us to take this exciting next step together.”
MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE LIVE! Kickstarter Campaign: http://kck.st/1bCv95j

Midnight Syndicate Official Website:  www.MidnightSyndicate.com

THE DEAD MATTER Official Website: www.TheDeadMatter.com

 

MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE

For almost two decades, composers Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka have been known as Midnight Syndicate, creating symphonic soundtracks to imaginary films that facilitate a transcendental and adventurous escape into the secret dimensions of the mind’s eye. To many of their fans, they are Gothic music pioneers brewing a signature blend of orchestral horror music and movie-style sound effects. To others, they remain the first “haunted house band” that forever changed the Halloween music genre and became a staple of the October holiday season. And some know them as the duo that teamed up with Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast to produce the first official soundtrack to the legendary Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. Their critically-acclaimed works are reminiscent of sweeping, complex masterpieces by artists such as James Horner, Danny Elfman, Black Sabbath and King Diamond and have been featured as a part of films, television shows, video games and at haunted attractions, amusement parks, and live performances worldwide.

 

Midnight Syndicate’s music has become integral to setting a powerful mood at top-rated haunted attractions and amusement parks as well as at costume shops, gaming and Halloween parties and Halloween-themed cruises from Siberia and Hong Kong, to Europe and the United States. The duo has released 15 studio albums since 1997, and Douglas and Goszka’s original, work also been used at Hugh Hefner’s Halloween parties, on episodes of The Barbara Walters Special and in the drive-in film THE RAGE, Universal Studio’s Horror Nights XVIII as well as by Monday Night Football and by artists Insane Clown Posse, Three Six Mafia, Twiztid and The Misfits. In 2010, Midnight Syndicate released a full-length horror film called THE DEAD MATTER, directed, scored and co-produced by Douglas alongside special FX legend Robert Kurtzman and director/producer Gary Jones.

 

Midnight Syndicate continues to pursue its quest to use instrumental music to tell explicit stories full of tension, twists and turns. Most recently, the band completed the score to the grindhouse thriller AXE GIANT: THE WRATH OF PAUL BUNYAN. In summer, 2013, Midnight Syndicate released the soundtrack to that film along with MONSTERS OF LEGEND a tribute to the classic Universal, Hammer and Euro horror films that gave birth to horror cinema.  MONSTERS OF LEGEND has quickly become the band’s most critically-acclaimed album to date.

 

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