Axe Giant: The Wrath Of Paul Bunyan

Axe+Giant-the-Wrath-of-Paul-Bunyan-CDWhen you think of horror in music there is one name that should come to mind first: Midnight Syndicate. Midnight Syndicate has been making dark gothic soundtracks for the imagination since 1997. Their music is the kind of mood music you hear in many haunted houses around Halloween and on movie soundtracks such as The Dead Matter and The Rage. Their latest horror soundtrack is for the film Axe Giant: The Wrath Of Paul Bunyan.

For most movies, the soundtrack is something that adds a little atmosphere to the movie and you don’t think about it much. In the case of Axe Giant, the musical soundtrack overpowers the movie and that’s not a bad thing. The movie is a slasher picture about a group of teenagers in a scared straight type camp in the woods being hunted down by folk legend Paul Bunyan. The movie may have a simple premise but the soundtrack is complex and tells a much more compelling story.

There are 15 songs on this soundtrack and from the first two songs you know your listening to a masterpiece. The first song is Axe Giant’s main title which uses a full orchestra to give the impression of an angry giant walking through a forest and sets up a mood of impending doom. While hearing this song I could see in my head, Paul Bunyan making his way past towering pines on his way to kill unsuspecting campers. I fell in love with this soundtrack from this one song and thought the whole soundtrack would sound like that but then the second track blew me away.

Midnight SyndicateTrack two is called “Minnesota 1894”. This one really showed the diversity of this album going from the dark mood of  the first song and changing the direction to a more laid back folksy sound. This song is complete with banjo and a sweeping sound that made me think of a group of people around a campfire, telling tall tales without any words being spoken. The music says it all.

The third song is “Babe’s Grave” and once again the mood of the album changes. This song has a Native American feel to it. With the  use of drums and wood instruments, it gives the feeling of a quiet graveyard and builds to a scary sounding finish. The fourth song is the “S.T.U.M.P. Medley” which continues what the third song starts, adding horns and sounding like a marching song  becoming more powerful as it goes along.

The next song is “Bunyan at Babe’s Grave.” This song reminds you that this is a horror soundtrack and leads you to believe this ride is about to get much scarier. The rest of the songs build on what the first five started and tell a great tale of terror through the use of what must have been hundreds of different musical instruments.  The album ends with an acoustic song and the only one with lyrics, called “The Ballad of Paul Bunyan.” I loved the story this song gives and it was a great ending to a masterpiece.

I’ve listened to a lot of Midnight Syndicate’s albums over the years and I think this one may be their best work. When I saw the title I thought it wouldn’t be good, but the opening of the first song proved me wrong. The only bad thing is that it made me want to see the movie. While the movie was fun to watch, the story doesn’t come close to the story that comes through in the music. Without the use of words, this soundtrack tells a scary story that no movie can duplicate. I think it would be interesting  if someone made a silent horror movie set to Midnight Syndicate’s music because they know how horror sounds.

To find out more about them, go to: www.midnightsyndicate.com 

Press Release: Midnight Syndicate – Monsters of Legend

Midnight Syndicate’s new “Monsters of Legend” CD to be unleashed July 19th

June 20, 2013 (Cleveland, OH) – On July 19, Midnight Syndicate will release it’s sixteenth studio album, “Monsters of Legend.” This “tribute to the golden age of horror” will feature sweeping symphonic horror instrumental music and sound effects in the signature style the band pioneered. “We want to make you feel like you are a character in one of those classic horror films – that you’ve entered a world where any one of the iconic characters from the Universal Horror and Hammer Films could be right around the corner,” said composer Edward Douglas.

The CD artwork features original images from classic Universal Studios horror movies including Frankenstein, Werewolf of London, and Dracula. “Listeners will hear the influence of the Universal Monster, Hammer, and Euro Horror films from the 30s through the 70s, not only in the music but in the images the songs conjure,” added Gavin Goszka. Although the band promises the new disc will deliver the dark atmosphere haunted attractions, roleplaying gamers, and Halloween enthusiasts expect from them, they feel they’ve crafted a disc that transcends their favorite time of the year. “As we did on Carnival Arcane, we’re always trying to take things up a notch both musically and with the sound design. There is a lot going on in this one. Plenty to pull you in, spark your imagination, and keep hold of you anytime you’re looking to visit that mysterious place in your mind’s eye.”MOL

The CD will be available for pre-order the first week in July. In addition to other new merchandise, Entity Productions Halloween Music will be releasing a special edition 12″ vinyl version of the Monsters of Legend album, hand-numbered and limited to 250 copies.

Official Midnight Syndicate website: www.MidnightSyndicate.com

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ABOUT MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE:

For almost two decades, composers Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka have been known as Midnight Syndicate, creating symphonic soundtracks to imaginary films that facilitate a transcendental and adventurous escape into the secret dimensions of the mind’s eye. To many of their fans, they are Gothic music pioneers brewing a signature blend of orchestral horror music and movie-style sound effects. To others, they remain the first “haunted house band” that forever changed the Halloween music genre and became a staple of the October holiday season. And some know them as the duo that teamed up with Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast to produce the first official soundtrack to the legendary Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. Their critically-acclaimed works are reminiscent of sweeping, complex masterpieces by artists such as James Horner, Danny Elfman, Black Sabbath and King Diamond and have been featured as a part of groundbreaking films, television shows, video games and at haunted attractions, amusement parks and live performances worldwide.

Midnight Syndicate’s music has become integral to setting a powerful mood at top-rated haunted attractions and amusement parks as well as at costume shops, gaming and Halloween parties and Halloween-themed cruises from Siberia and Hong Kong, to Europe and the United States. The duo has released 15 studio albums since 1997, and Douglas and Goszka’s original, work also been used at Hugh Hefner’s Halloween parties, on episodes of The Barbara Walters Special and in the drive-in film The Rage, Universal Studio’s Horror Nights XVIII as well as by Monday Night Football and by artists Insane Clown Posse, Three Six Mafia, Twiztid and The Misfits. In 2010, Midnight Syndicate released a full-length horror film called The Dead Matter, directed, scored and co-produced by Douglas alongside Robert Kurtzman (From Dusk Till Dawn, co-founder, KNB FX) and Gary Jones (Xena, Boogeyman 3).

Midnight Syndicate continues to pursue its quest to use instrumental music to tell explicit stories full of tension, twists and turns. Most recently, the band completed the score to the grindhouse thriller “Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan.” In summer, 2013, Midnight Syndicate will release the soundtrack to that film along with Monsters of Legend, a tribute to the classic Universal, Hammer and Euro horror films that helped shape horror cinema.