A musical project by Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka. They are makers of original soundtracks or "soundscapes" in a style they refer to as "cine-fusion":

The goal of cine-fusion is to stimulate listeners' imaginations and transport them to worlds and movies of their own creation.

The gothic themed CDs "Realm of Shadows," "Born of the Night" and "Vampyre" are true gems which deserve wider recognition. I picked them up for Halloween but find them excellent environmental music ... if you don't mind having your skin crawl a bit. They would also make excellent mood music for dungeon mastering in a gothic setting like the AD&D Ravenloft campaign. In fact, in 2003, an "official roleplaying soundtrack" for (and titled) Dungeons & Dragons was released.

Their 2001 effort, "Gates of Delirium" was a bit of a departure, telling the tale of "Haverghast Asylum". Somehow it didn't resonate with me, although the reviews were on the whole positive. In fact, a d20 gaming module, Cage of Delirium, was released in 2006 packaged with "Gates of Delirium" as the campaign sound track. A "prequel" CD of sorts, The 13th Hour, was released in 2005. I found this to be a much better disc in terms of mood and experience. "The 13th Hour" won as Best Gaming Accessory at the 2006 Origins Awards.

Midnight Syndicate also have an eponymous 1997 CD which was their first release, and contains a wider range of musical styles and experimentation. Selections from the first three CDs were re-released in 2006 as "Out of the Darkness, Retrospective 1994-1999".

For those considering running a professional (fee-charging) haunted house or other Halloween event, Midnight Syndicate will apparently allow you to use their music without fee (as of 2002, verified 2006) as long as you register with them. Their parent company, Entity Productions, will also provide you with a 24" x 36" colour poster. It shows that you are using the music legally, helps them with promotion, and looks pretty darn cool. See http://www.midnightsyndicate.com/hauntedattractions.htm for the low-down. Note: I have not done this, myself. I'd like the poster though...

The 13th Hour (2005)

  1. Mansion in the Mist
  2. Forgotten Path
  3. Time Outside of Time
  4. Fallen Grandeur
  5. Hands of Fate
  6. The Drawing Room
  7. Mausoleum d' Haverghast
  8. Family Secrets
  9. Last Breaths
  10. Vertigo
  11. The Watcher
  12. Cellar
  13. Cold Embrace
  14. Hand in Hand Again*
  15. Harvest of Deceit
  16. Footsteps in the Dust
  17. Veiled Hunter
  18. Sinister Pact
  19. Grisly Reminder
  20. Deadly Intentions
  21. The Lost Room
  22. Living Walls
  23. Gruesome Discovery
  24. Return of the Ancient Ones
  25. The 13th Hour
* *Track written by R.Egan/R.Whiting, faded and ghostly as if playing on a decrepit and incorporeal Victrola.

Dungeons & Dragons (2003)

  1. Prelude
  2. Troubled Times
  3. Ride to Destiny
  4. The Fens of Sargath
  5. Descent into the Depths
  6. Stealth and Cunning
  7. Behind Door #1
  8. Skirmish
  9. Eternal Mystery
  10. Heroes' Valor
  11. Relic Uncovered
  12. Deep Trouble
  13. Chant
  14. Craft of the Wizard
  15. Beasts of the Borderlands
  16. Secret Chamber
  17. Lair of the Great Wyrm
  18. Ancient Temple
  19. How Strange
  20. Army of the Dead
  21. Final Confrontation
  22. Ruins of Bone Hill
  23. City of Sails

Vampyre : Symphonies from the Crypt (2002)

  1. Awakening
  2. Graveyard
  3. Unhallowed Ground
  4. Crypt of the Forsaken
  5. Winged Fury
  6. Blackest Rose
  7. Ravages of Time
  8. Catacombs
  9. Unseen Eyes
  10. Undead Hunters
  11. Ancient Tomes
  12. Dusk
  13. Spectral Masquerade
  14. Vampyre

Gates of Delirium (2001)

  1. Arrival
  2. Welcome
  3. Haverghast Asylum
  4. Halls of Insurrection
  5. Cage of Solitude
  6. Residents Past
  7. Adelaide
  8. Phantom Sentinels
  9. Gates of Delirium
  10. Non Compos Mentis
  11. Procession of the Damned
  12. Infestation
  13. Room 47
  14. Dark Discovery
  15. Morbid Fascination
  16. Dead of Night
  17. Alternative Therapy
  18. Crimson Door
  19. Unrest in the East Wing
  20. Ebony Shroud
  21. Sleep Tight

Realm of Shadows (2000)

  1. Prophecy
  2. Into the Abyss
  3. Noctem Aeturnus
  4. Tempest
  5. Eye of the Storm
  6. Sanctuary
  7. Among the Ruins
  8. Realm of Shadows
  9. Raven's Hollow
  10. Beyond the Gates
  11. The Summoning
  12. Spectral Mist
  13. Soliloquy
  14. Twilight
  15. Serpent's Lair
  16. Black Woods
  17. The Night Beckons
  18. Legions of the Dead
  19. Witching Hour
  20. Harbored Souls
  21. Eclipse

Born of the Night (1998)

  1. Premonition
  2. Darkness Descends
  3. Born of the Night
  4. Lost Souls
  5. Dark Tower
  6. The Apparition
  7. Gargoyles
  8. Lurking Fear
  9. Shadows
  10. Whispers
  11. Solemn Reflections
  12. Haunted Nursery
  13. Woe
  14. Masque of Sorrow
  15. Requiem
  16. Dungeon
  17. Something Wicked
  18. Vampire's Kiss
  19. Nightstalker
  20. Midnight
  21. Forbidden Crypts

Learn more at http://www.midnightsyndicate.com/main.htm (skips flash intro) or visit the fan site, http://www.legionsofthenight.com/

At time of writing, samples could be found on http://www.mp3.com/midnightsyndicate.

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