October 2017 archive

Oct 31 2017

Music to Haunt By: Halloween

Virgil Franklin Official Site Halloween, Lame Duck Digital 2015 How on Earth did I miss out on reviewing Virgil Franklin’s Halloween when it came out in 2015? It’s gets even more bizarre when you factor in how I actually plugged it in my review of his big comeback album! But I can either spend my …

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Oct 31 2017

6’+ Episode 214 (The 2017 Halloween Special) is Up!

To quote the description given at the new listing: “HAPPY HALLOWEEN! This year, KRAIG KHAOS takes STRANGE JASON, THE GDL16 INTERN, MONSTERMATT PATTERSON and IGOR to a cabin in the woods to avoid the monsters lurking around this time of year, but a chance meeting with a store clerk leaves everyone wishing they stayed home. …

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Oct 30 2017

Music to Haunt By: Pumpkin On Your Stereo

Sam Haynes Official Site Pumpkin On Your Stereo, Haunt Music 2017 Sam Haynes has been as busy as ever. Something Wicked and Something Wicked II both came out in 2016, with the Bandcamp release of the former having some exclusive bonus tracks. But those who already bought their copy elsewhere can get the same tracks …

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Oct 29 2017

Music to Haunt By: The Haunting

Darkmood Official Site The Haunting, Notic Reign Records 2016 The album description for The Haunting bills itself as “one of the scariest albums of all time.” This is a very bold claim and there’s no shortage of things making promises as being “the scariest” and failing to deliver. Which category does it belong in? Let’s …

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Oct 28 2017

Music to Haunt By: Zombies!!! Official Board Game Soundtrack

Midnight Syndicate Official Site Zombies!!! Official Board Game Soundtrack, Linfaldia Records 2016 To say Twilight Creations had a hit on its hands when it released the board game Zombies!!! would be a gross understatement. It’s spawned numerous editions, expansions and sequels (along with numerous bags of plastic figures). So their tapping Midnight Syndicate to come …

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Oct 27 2017

Music to Haunt By: Dying Within

Grave Tone Productions Official Site Dying Within, B@Home Wreckordings 2017 It’s been awhile since I last reviewed one of Grave Tone Productions’ albums, so let’s catch up on their releases. 2015 saw the release of their kid friendly single “Jack the Jack O’ Lantern” and the debut of their short film Who’s There? on YouTube. …

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Oct 27 2017

6’+ Episode 213 is Up!

To quote the description given at the new listing: “As the fog rolls in and the night grows cold, don’t run and hide…instead, let the mood take you. Give in to the haunting sounds of Six Foot Plus’s yearly terrifying tradition: Ambience and AtmosFEAR. Chill in delight as you hear the frightening sounds of VERSE …

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Oct 26 2017

Music to Haunt By: Horror Trilogy

Dulcet Jones Official Site Horror Trilogy Part One, Green Cottage Music 2017 Horror Trilogy Part Two, Green Cottage Music 2017 Horror Trilogy Part Three, Green Cottage Music 2017 Horror Trilogy, Green Cottage Music 2017 Horror Trilogy is one of the more unique releases I’ve seen in the world of scary ambient music. The “album” is …

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Oct 25 2017

Music to Haunt By: Mark Harvey

Mark Harvey Official Site Pumpkinland, Nobody Records 1999 Pumpkinland II, Nobody Records 2000 Pumpkinland III, Nobody Records 2001 The late 90’s were a very important time in the development of modern haunted attraction music. Midnight Syndicate had settled into the style which made them famous in 1998 and Michael Hedstrom entered the scene in 1999. …

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Oct 24 2017

Music to Haunt By: The Return

So what’s new in the world of spooky ambient music? Jerry Vayne released Blackmoon Asylum has been unleashed and World of Fright (whose work has appeared on our podcast many times) released his first album earlier this year. Both Shadow’s Symphony and Prelude to a Nightmare are working on new material while the second part …

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Oct 23 2017

Fear For Your Ears VIII

The Owl Field is a company specializing in binaural audio (3D sound) and their free story “Overnight” makes things even more immersive by making you the star! The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets have created a radio play which ties into their Lovecraftian science fiction RPG Spaceship Zero and I highly recommend it. The website …

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Oct 22 2017

Make Your Own Spooky Sound Effects II

It’s been a few years since I last discussed how to make custom sound effects and I have been spending that time seeking out more sound effect ideas. Speaking of last year, remember how I noted how one could imitate a cricket using only your mouth? Fred Newman’s MouthSounds has detailed directions on doing so …

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Oct 21 2017

Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Wheat Beer

One of my October traditions is trying at least one new pumpkin or “spooky” beer each year. My discovery for 2017 is a pumpkin ale from the MillerCoors owned Blue Moon Brewing Company. The company has been making pumpkin beer since 1995, so I’m assuming the “limited release” notice on the label is a reference …

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Oct 21 2017

Video Store Day Is Here!

If you missed our note about Video Store Day from earlier in the Halloween Countdown, the event’s official Facebook page has all the information you need about the event. Although most remaining video rental stores focus exclusively on DVD and Blu-Ray, you can sometimes find some which still stock VHS. Many who look back fondly …

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Oct 20 2017

6’+ Episode 212 is Up!

To quote the description given at the new listing: “It’s Six Foot Plus, hosted by…MONSTERMATT PATTERSON? “The Man Of 1,000 Bad Monster Jokes” and author of the Ha-Ha Horror books takes over for Strange Jason, playing some Halloween tracks to tickle your funny bone. Hear from FORBIDDEN DIMENSION, THE VAMPIRES, LOS STRAITJACKETS, THE DIAMONDS and …

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Oct 20 2017

Wormtown Pumpkin Ale

You’re probably wondering about the “Wormtown” part of this beer’s name. A Massachusetts disc jockey by the name of L.B. Worm came up with it in the 1970’s while working at WCUW in Worcester. Although it was intended as a reference to the area’s (then) massive underground music scene, it eventually become a nickname for …

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