Midnight Syndicate Present Halloween Music Dungeon Masters

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Entity Productions (via Midnight Syndicate) unleashes the scariest music known to humankind.

Set in a haunted Victorian mansion, Midnight Syndicate’s newest release, The 13th Hour, features the band’s signature style of Gothic orchestration blended with classic 80's-style horror movie music and chilling supernatural sound effects that put listeners right in the middle of a haunted house with a sinister history. The 13th Hour marks the band’s most advanced sound design to date pushing their integration of music and sound effects to a new level. Their goal was to produce the ultimate haunted house-themed disc and a Halloween CD that will raise the bar for years to come.

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Over the past eight years, Midnight Syndicate (Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka) have defined the Gothic/horror soundscape genre and redefined the Halloween music industry. Their unique blend of dark orchestral movie-style instrumental music and carefully crafted sound effects make their “soundtracks for the imagination” truly interactive listening experiences, earning them a diverse worldwide following in the Gothic music, Halloween, horror music, haunted attraction, and gaming industries.

As the premiere producers of original Halloween music CDs worldwide and the leading supplier of Halloween music to the haunted attraction and amusement park industries, Midnight Syndicate has sold several hundred thousand CDs through their own label, Entity Productions.

The History

When Midnight Syndicate formed in 1997, the only musical offerings at Halloween were inexpensive sound effects cassettes and Monster Mash-type compilations. The band’s release, Born of the Night, changed all that. Serving as an introduction to the signature merging of music and movie-style sound effects for which Midnight Syndicate would become known, Born of the Night took Halloween music CDs to a whole new level and word spread quickly.

Despite impressive initial sales figures, no record label or distributor was interested in carrying Midnight Syndicate’s soundtracks to imaginary films. In 1999, Midnight Syndicate founder, Edward Douglas took things into his own hands, going directly to the fans and stores and building a distribution network from the ground up. Over their next three releases (Realm of Shadows, Gates of Delirium, and Vampyre) Midnight Syndicate would continue to establish their reputation as Gothic recording artists and build the business as well. Today, Entity Productions is the second largest distributor of Halloween CDs worldwide with hundreds of clients and thousands of stores spanning the globe.

Like Andy Williams to Christmas, the music of Midnight Syndicate has become synonymous with the Halloween season. It’s now difficult to go through October without hearing Midnight Syndicate’s music somewhere. It could be a radio commercial, television show, local haunted house, amusement park, costume store, or simply a neighbor setting the mood for trick-or-treaters. In addition to being featured on Monday Night Football, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Barbara Walters' Ten Most Fascinating People of 2002, The Today Show, and the NBA on TNT, their music sets the mood for Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion Halloween parties, and even served as pre-show music for black metal legend King Diamond’s world tour.

As the leading supplier of music to the haunted attraction industry, the music of Midnight Syndicate is licensed for use in hundreds of haunted attractions every year. In 2004, the list included every major theme park company in the US - Universal Studios, Paramount, Six Flags, Sea World, Cedar Faire, and Anheuser Busch. The CDs were even sold outside of the world’s most famous haunted house, Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion.

By 2000, Midnight Syndicate had built a following in the gaming community where their discs are used as background music for games. In 2002, Midnight Syndicate teamed up with Hasbro Games and Wizards of the Coast, to create the first official soundtrack to the role playing game Dungeons & Dragons. Released in August 2003, the CD broke all previous records for role playing game soundtrack sales and established Midnight Syndicate as the leading producer/supplier of music to the hobby game industry. In addition to bringing their music to listeners in the fantasy arena, the worldwide recognition of the Dungeons & Dragons brand name gave the band increased exposure overseas and dramatically expanded their growing European fan base. Several tracks from this release were licensed for use in video games like Baldur's Gate 2 for Playstation2 and Ubisoft's Shadowbane.

Future Plans

Recently the band inked a deal with Warner Brothers-based Snap Kick Productions to do the soundtrack for an upcoming horror film entitled Sin-Jin Smyth. Production is slated to begin September 2005. Additionally plans have been set for the next Midnight Syndicate disc (early 2007) which will explore a haunted carnival theme.

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