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Halloween music and horror soundscape pioneers Midnight Syndicate have been creating soundtracks for the imagination for the past thirteen years. Formed by composer/director Edward Douglas in 1996, the band is synonymous with the Halloween holiday as well as staple of the gothic music, haunted attraction, and role-playing game industries. With a catalog of CDs that blend dark, orchestral horror and fantasy movie score-style music with sound effects, the band consisting of Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka has had its soundtracks to imaginary films featured in everything from Hugh Hefner's infamous Halloween parties, Barbara Walters specials and Monday Night Football to X-Box games, tracks by the Academy-Award winning rap act, Three Six Mafia, and concerts by dark music pioneers The Misfits and King Diamond. The music has also been featured on countless television shows and documentaries relating to horror films and the supernatural.
Often referred to as the first "Halloween band" or "Haunted House band," their music is the industry standard for the world's top haunted attractions and amusement parks. From Siberia and Hong Kong to Europe and the United States, whether it's a store, neighborhood celebration, or even a themed-cruise, Midnight Syndicate's music has become synonymous with the celebration of the Halloween season. In September of 2009, AOL released a list of the Top 10 Best Halloween Music CDs of all time as ranked by AOL/CBS Radio listeners. Three of the ten CDs were Midnight Syndicate discs (#8, #4, and #3) ranking only behind Danny Elfman's Nightmare Before Christmas and John Carpenter's classic Halloween soundtrack.
From 1997 through 2005, Midnight Syndicate built their following through the release of discs like: Midnight Syndicate, Born of the Night, Realm of Shadows, Gates of Delirium, Vampyre: Symphonies from the Crypt, and The 13th Hour.
In 2003, Midnight Syndicate made an impact in the gaming industry when it teamed up with Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast to produce the first official soundtrack to the classic role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons. Midnight Syndicate's 2005 release, The 13th Hour, was the first music CD to ever receive the industry's top two awards: The Origins Award and the ENnie Award for best gaming accessory.
2007 saw the band, take on three new projects as they composed music for Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights XVIII, scored Robert Kurtzman's drive-in thriller, The Rage, and began work on their biggest production to date, The Dead Matter movie.
An updated remake of a film that Edward Douglas produced and directed in 1996 for $2000, The Dead Matter is a supernatural thriller co-produced by Midnight Syndicate Films, Robert Kurtzman (Producer of From Dusk Till Dawn, co-founder of KNB FX), and Gary Jones (Xena, Boogeyman 3). The movie stars Andrew Divoff (Lost, CSI: Miami, Wishmaster), Jason Carter (Babylon 5, Angel), FX-legend Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow), and legendary horror hosts Dick COUNT GORE DE VOL Dyszel and BIG CHUCK Schodowski. The movie tells the story of a girl named Gretchen whose desire to reconnect with her dead brother draws her into the supernatural world of vampirism and the living dead. Drenched in the dark and shadowy music of Midnight Syndicate and inspired by EC Comics, Creepshow, and Hammer Films, this mix of classic horror and modern twists promises to deliver for fans of the genre.
In 2008, the band released it's tenth studio album, The Dead Matter: Cemetery Gates. One of their most critically acclaimed releases to date and inspired by the themes from the upcoming movie the disc draws listeners into the supernaturally-charged world of The Dead Matter taking them on a musical journey into a realm of forbidden relics, druids, vampires, and the living dead.
In May of 2009, post-production on The Dead Matter was completed. "I am absolutely thrilled with how the movie came out," says director/composer Edward Douglas. "I think it's exactly what fans would expect from a Midnight Syndicate movie. Classic horror themes... very atmospheric, very creepy...and loaded with twists and turns that really pull you into the dark world we try to create on all our discs. It's definitely a fun ride for fans who enjoy a good story and an old-school edge to their horror films." Although an official release date for the movie and the forthcoming official soundtrack from Midnight Syndicate has yet to be announced, it is expected in 2010.
Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka
Midnight Syndicate (1997), Born of the Night (1998), Realm of Shadows (2000), Gates of Delirium (2001), Vampyre (2002), Dungeons & Dragons: Official Roleplaying Soundtrack (2003), The 13th Hour (2005), Out of the Darkness: Retrospective 1994-1999 (2006), The Rage: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2007), The Dead Matter: Cemetery Gates (2008), The Dead Matter: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2010)