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Cleveland, United States (1996 – present)

Formed in 1996 in Cleveland, Ohio, Midnight Syndicate’s , , “soundtracks for the imagination” CDs feature a blend of , , and -style music and sound effects. Consisting of composers Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka, they are most known for their musical contributions to the holiday of , and as well as to the haunted house, amusement park, and roleplaying game industries. Their music has been sampled by horrorcore artists like Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid, and Three Six Mafia and has been used in concerts by King Diamond and the Misfits.

Synonymous with the Halloween season and the haunted attraction industry, Midnight Syndicate is heard every October from Universal Studios Orlando, Warner Brothers, and Six Flags theme parks to haunted attractions and homes across America and around the world. In September of 2009, AOL released a list of the Top 10 Best Halloween Music CDs 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 Halloween soundtrack.

Composer/filmmaker Edward Douglas founded Midnight Syndicate in 1996. In 1997, its self-titled debut was released with the majority of music on the album written, arranged, and performed by Douglas. Contributors included Scott Angus, Mark Rakocy, Dennis Carleton, Jamie Barbour, Ray Portler, the rap act Dark Side, and Christopher Robichaud. Douglas coined the term “cine-fusion” to describe the album. Cine-fusion is described in the album’s liner notes as


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  • aphoticapathy

    Nox arcana = Midnight Syndicate.

    13 Jun 5:16am Reply
  • Iamjustapeasant

    Nox arcana >> Midnight Syndicate [3]

    15 Feb 2:19am Reply
  • CarlaSitt


    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Haverghast13

    Shadow's Symphony, Music to Die By, Verse 13

    12 Dec 2013 Reply
  • karmapirata

    i love them and i love nox arcana. but is there something similair? can anyone recommend an artist?

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Lock_Out

    Shit man on the new album there are like 5 remakes of old tracks.

    3 Sep 2013 Reply
  • TeRRaZLO

    I love listening to them while reading some nice fantasy book

    5 Jun 2013 Reply
  • KillYourselff

    Nox arcana >> Midnight Syndicate [2]

    5 May 2013 Reply
  • Vulfhart

    Imo, Nox Arcana is better than Midnight Syndicate too, but NA did not released something better than Phantom of the high Seas... yet... The last MS is better than what NA did lately...

    17 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Lycan_Horror

    Nox arcana >> Midnight Syndicate

    12 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Erastaroth

    If you look inside a 1998 copy of "Born of the Night" you will see Joseph Vargo was one of the original members of Midnight syndicate. He is no longer with them and started the side project Nox Arcana. Midnight Syndicate is the original of this style.

    17 Mar 2013 Reply
  • MrsCumberbatch

    Amazing band. Didn't know they are from Cleveland. I live there, haha.

    1 Mar 2013 Reply
  • aphoticapathy

    Really good band.

    7 Feb 2013 Reply
  • RedjMusic

    known MS for years, done many reviews of their cds on great music

    13 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Bracarda

    I'd love to play DnD with your music ;)

    23 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Lock_Out

    Anyway MS are more successful, won da awards, been in charts, making real movies and scores, etc

    13 Nov 2012 Reply
  • sanja717

    Why is only one of their albums interesting? The rest is boring as hell, good to know there is Nox Arcana. NA is excellent, MS looks like a mediocre want-to-be-NA-band.

    8 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Lock_Out

    omg, can't help it, it's so much better than nox arcana, Vargo fail, he created da monster which he is not able to defeat, also William Piotrowski is not just as talented, dude

    3 Nov 2012 Reply
  • ELEMENT1111100

    Pretty good.

    25 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Dearth66


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