Tag: Joseph Vargo

Tales From The Dark Tower (& Other Disturbing Destinations)

This year saw the release of Return To The Dark Tower, the final installment of the series of books inspired by Nox Arcana’s The Dark Tower. So how will I celebrate the end of the trilogy? By sending you to its start. Not only is James Pipik and Joseph Vargo’s “The Dark Tower” from the …

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Music to Haunt By: Legion of Shadows

Nox Arcana Official Site Legion of Shadows, Monolith Graphics 2013 As you may recall from my last Nox Arcana review, I had to pass on reviewing the band’s 10th anniversary album due to a scheduling issue. Thankfully said issue has been since resolved and I can finally cover this musical tribute to Nox Arcana’s fanbase. …

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Music to Haunt By: Transylvania

Nox Arcana Official Site Transylvania, Monolith Graphics 2005 Nox Arcana was one of groups that inspired me to do the “Music to Haunt By” series and have been a constant presence ever since then. Given how 2013 is their 10th anniversary, it would make sense for me to review their newest release that’s inspired by …

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Winter’s Majesty

Nox Arcana Official Site Winter’s Majesty, Monolith Graphics 2012 Back when I reviewed Winter’s Eve, I teased the upcoming release of the third (and final) installment of Nox Arcana’s “Winter” series. I’m happy to report that both Jeff Endemann and the Gregorian Shadow Choir have returned for this album. Those fond of the wordless female …

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Music To Haunt By: Carnival of Lost Souls

Nox Arcana Official Site Carnival of Lost Souls, Monolith Graphics 2006 I know what many of you are thinking. “This is just going to be spooky circus music and I can skip this album without any worry since I’m not using a clown theme at my haunt.” I’ll admit it, I tend to avoid circus-themed …

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Music to Haunt By: The Dark Tower

Nox Arcana Official Site The Dark Tower, Monolith Graphics 2011 What can I say about Nox Arcana that hasn’t already been said since I last reviewed them in “Music to Haunt By?” Well, this is the second time I’ve reviewed them for this series (unless you count the band members’ participation in Buzz Works as …

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Scary Stories

SKULL!

What better way to get into the Halloween season than by reading scary stories? Our first selection is Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (which is the source of the above image). He also wrote “The Body Snatcher,” which was later adapted into the classic Val Lewton movie of …

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Winter’s Eve

Damn it, not again! Oh well, thank goodness bird poop is white...

Nox Arcana Official Site Winter’s Eve, Monolith Graphics 2009 Winter can be a time of both wonder and woe. While the falling of snow delights many, other look upon it with dread. The gray skies of daytime, coupled with the bare branches of trees looking like grasping hands rising from a grave and longer hours …

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Winter’s Knight

Do my wings look odd to you?

Nox Arcana Official Site Winter’s Knight, Monolith Graphics 2005 Sometimes Christmas music can be creepy. There’s a version of “Carol of the Bells” floating around out there that, thanks to the tone and speed of the children’s chorus singing, always unnerves me a bit every time I hear it. Sensing the connection between Christmas and …

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Music to Haunt By: House of Nightmares

What's worse than going into a haunted house? Going into a radioactive haunted house...

Buzz Works Official Site House of Nightmares, Monolith Graphics 2010 While browsing through the ol’ Google Analytics page, the sheer number of people who read the Nox Arcana and Buzz Works installments of “Music to Haunt By” after searching for “House of Nightmares” convinced me that I simply had to review Buzz Works’ newest release. …

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Music to Haunt By: Buzz Works

Look at his shoulders. He is so doing the dance from "Thriller"

Buzz Works Official Site Zombie Influx, Monolith Graphics 2009 If you read yesterday’s installment about Nox Arcana, you might remember how I teased about another new release of sorts from them. That’s due to their involvement with Buzz Works… Buzz Works’ origins lie in an Ohio-based store of the same name that’s devoted to all …

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Music to Haunt By: Nox Arcana

You'd have to be crazy not to get this.

Nox Arcana Official Site Blackthorn Asylum, Monolith Graphics 2009 For years, I had thought the Midnight Syndicate was the only group out there doing spooky ambient albums based around a single theme. So as you can imagine, I was pretty blown away with I stumbled across the Wikipedia entry for Nox Arcana. Elated by the …

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