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The most anticipated release in Midnight Syndicate's 14 year history, 2011's Carnival Arcane draws listeners into the mysterious world of a Victorian-era traveling carnival with a sinister past. A haunting dark carnival-themed Halloween music CD with a decidedly Syndicate twist, this CD will have you thinking twice before your next carousel ride.

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This music was perfect for my Halloween wedding reception.
C. Rubin
I say this with each new album, but truly Midnight Syndicate have created their best work ever with this haunting score.
Stevo In Yr Stereo
Yet, at the same time, clowns can be scary and unpredictable to many people.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TammyJo Eckhart VINE VOICE on August 3, 2011
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The music flows from one scene to the next on Midnight Syndicate's latest album. As always their music is more atmospheric and thus it can make excellent gaming music or even music to write by. I wouldn't use this particular CD for more private matters but it works wonders for setting a good scene if you are an author, storyteller or dungeon master.

There are no breaks between tracks but if you watch on iTunes or some other program you can get a feel for which part of a turn-of-the-twentieth century carnival you are now entering. The music has creepy undertones throughout but the dark elements vary depending on where the music is taking you on this audio journey.

The one complaint I do have as an honest reviewer is that the voice actors which should add a further sense of realism are very quiet compared to the music itself. I had to listen very, very carefully to pick out what Jason Carter, Brian Van Camp, and Dennis Carter, Jr., are saying as their particular characters. With their distinctive voices and skills it is a real shame that their voices are more easily heard. Part of the purpose of the carnival hawker is to draw an audience to each show, each tent, each display and because we can't hear them clearly but know we should from the album cover, it is disappointing.

Now there are times when the voices are mere atmosphere themselves, adding to an eeriness, as in "Goons and Greasepaint" and "Krellsig's Kastle of Fun." I really wish I could give this a half star. Rather than grade down a full star, I hope you will read this review fully and consider the entire critique and what you want to do with a CD of this nature.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stevo In Yr Stereo on August 29, 2011
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Midnight Syndicate has done it again with their latest release "Carnival Arcane," by creating the mystery and excitement of visiting the turn-of-the-20th-century Lancaster-Rigby Carnival traveling circus. I say this with each new album, but truly Midnight Syndicate have created their best work ever with this haunting score.

The music of "Carnival Arcane" produces a most authentic atmosphere where you feel the chill of the autumn air and quite an uneasy feeling as you explore all the marvels in and around this eerie midway!

Another tour-de-force from Midnight Syndicate!!!

Stevo In Yr Stereo of Nightmare City Halloween

Carnival Arcane
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Angela Ryer on August 3, 2011
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This CD is so so many things....Dark & Forboding, Menacing & Silly, Sad & Mysterious, and dare I say, Adventurous & Lighthearted (at times). Just a wide variety of musical emotion going on in this one!

You are in for a wild ride!

So....turn off the lights and let your imagination wander through the Strange Curiosities at The Lancaster & Rigby Traveling Carnival...and be afraid...very afraid...

**wicked grin**
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kit A. Hickman on May 13, 2013
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This is my favorite Midnight Syndicate release of the last eight years, a real sinister circus experience. There are boisterous ballyhoos and the gleeful laughing of clowns between dissonant songs of circus themes. Brilliantly presented.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike on September 22, 2011
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For quite a number of years, Midnight Syndicate has dazzled fans with their music for "movies of the mind, " bringing us Halloween 365 days of the year. Recently, Ed Douglas of the band directed the horror movie, "The Dead Matter" and finally their music was set to moving images via the film medium. Now, we are brought back to the nether regions of the duo's dark imagination with Carnival Arcane. While their earlier work transformed our humble abodes into one of haunted ghoulish mystery, this release takes things up a few more notches. Here, we are transported to a carnival of hellish imagination that lies just beyond the reach of our fantasy. Additional "live" sound effects interspersed with the tracks assists with propelling the storyline where you actually feel as though you are indeed among a haunted cadre of carnival revelers from a Dickensian era.
Every aspect of a hellish side show is showcased among the tracks, from Carousel rides to the the mad doctor's macabre elixirs. This release would be ideally suited for those seeking to have a haunted carnival theme for their Halloween décor and parties. In the end, it can brazenly be stated that Halloween just isn't complete without music from Midnight Syndicate.

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I bought this music for a specific purpose, to act as inspirational background music for roleplaying game sessions, and it serves this purpose perfectly for me.

It brings out a nice combination of the atmosphere of the carnival with a H.P. Lovecraft ominous overtones feel that I wanted.
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This music was perfect for my Halloween wedding reception. It really helped set the mood. My guests said they enjoyed it.
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By Heavy Metal Dan on July 2, 2012
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14 years ago I found their first 2 albums at Spencer's gift. The covers said to me, this is NOT cheesy Halloween music, this is more. I own all the albums and their recent movie. Making an album about the freaks of the circus, is not making fun..... It still exist and it's part of history, in entertainment. This here will put your mind into those days. What people saw,amazed,and shocked them. Put your mind deep into any MS album and see what you can hear,in your mind.
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