[Event preview by Charles Cassady, Jr.]
Midnight Syndicate, the music ensemble - primarily Ed Douglas and Gavin Goszka - who manage to make Halloween a year-round occupation.
along with fellow John Carroll University graduates in a collective
called Entity Productions, started out making "Twilight-Zone"-ish
movies, poster graphics and live shows, in the early 1990s, with eerie,
synth-filled soundtracks as an adjunct. Their instrumental-music
component has taken on a sinister life of its own, and now Midnight
Syndicate CDs such as "Gates of Delirium" and "Vampyre: Symphonies from
the Crypt," have become Halloween haunted-house standards at theme parks
and attractions worldwide.
Midnight Syndicate have contributed
also to indie film soundtracks (including not one but two, count 'em,
versions of the Ohio-made THE DEAD MATTER) and enjoyed a special
commission from Wizards of the Coast to do ambiance soundtracks for
The latest Midnight Syndicate project
has inspiration that goes back even farther than Dungeons &
Dragons. It's "Monsters of Legend." With an official street date of July
19, the disc, which comes out on Friday, July 19th, has cuts inspired
by the classic Universal Pictures gothic-horror films of Hollywood's
golden age - the original FRANKENSTEIN and its sequels, plus DRACULA,
THE WOLF MAN, THE MUMMY, WEREWOLF OF LONDON, ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU, THE
INVISIBLE MAN and more from the old-school
A launch for "Monsters of Legend" takes place in Mayfield Heights on Thursday, July 18, at The Boneyard in Mayfield Heights (5900 Mayfield Rd, Mayfield Heights) at 7:30 p.m. The event is all ages, free, and open to the public.
and Goszka will introduce "Monsters of Legend" live in person to debut
the album, with introductory remarks and a listening party commencing
around 8 p.m. Copies of the CD and other Midnight Syndicate merchandise
will be available for purchase and autographing, and there will be
extra collectible giveaways and fun, in a skeleton-strewn venue with
Universal Pictures creature-feature dÈcor. And, yes, fans are encouraged
to come in costume, with prizes awarded for best outfits.
For more information, go to the band website http://www.MidnightSyndicate.com