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Grimm Tales [CD]

Nox ArcanaAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Nox Arcana is renowned for creating haunting, gothic-themed soundscapes with classic horror references, strong literary influences, original and captivating storylines, and hidden riddles and elaborate puzzles. The band is the musical manifestation of gothic fantasy artist Joseph Vargo. After successfully producing several gothic, horror-themed concept albums for other bands, Vargo formed Nox ... Read more in Amazon's Nox Arcana Store

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  • Audio CD (May 5, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Monolith Graphics
  • ASIN: B0017GXZ4E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,518 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Grimm Tales is one of the finest records that I have heard... a fantasy-romantic opus with a strange fantasy-like atmosphere, a mixture between creepy sounds, dreamy piano passages, ghost-like moments and epic themes. Once again Nox Arcana has succeeded to perfectly catch and cover yet one more legendary theme. --Metal Sound Magazine

Nox Arcana shows their versatility while remaining true to their overall dark sound. Strikingly memorable and very haunting. --Latex Records

Over the years Nox Arcana has taken some of histories greatest macabre yarns and brought them to life with a musical ability some would sell their soul to Old Nick for. Stoker, Poe, Lovecraft and more have all been given the terrifying treatment of Joseph Vargo and William Piotrowski, the diabolic duo that make up Nox Arcana. And now Grimm Tales is added to their repertoire, paying homage to yet another storyteller of times gone by.
      As is their custom, haunting melodies, disembodied voices and subtle sound effects draw you into the nightmare realm where The Brothers Grimm legends come to life. Along the way, from "Shadow Forest" to "Hall Of The Witch Queen," we meet every type of creature conceivable. During this trip, you find yourself falling deeper and deeper into the fairy tale world as imagined by Vargo and Piotrowski. Like all of their albums, this one frees you from the bonds of reality; unfortunately never long enough to lose your way back home. And to help you ease yourself into the myths, the album comes with a full color booklet filled with Vargo's dark art; the perfect visuals to add to the strains issuing forth from your speakers.
      It still totally amazes me just how much Nox Arcana has accomplished over the years with a style of music (gothic orchestral chamber music, if ever there were words to describe it) that no one else can even come close to. They aim to create realms rather than albums, soundscapes rather than songs. And they excel every single time! I have never once been disappointed upon opening the seal, and settling in to listen to their newest conjuration. Do yourself a favor and pick up Grimm Tales, and any other album you can acquire by these masters of morbid mood music. Each one is a ticket to somewhere far different than where you are. --Hacker's Source

Nox Arcana shows their versatility while remaining true to their overall dark sound. Strikingly memorable and very haunting. --Latex Records

Over the years Nox Arcana has taken some of histories greatest macabre yarns and brought them to life with a musical ability some would sell their soul to Old Nick for. Stoker, Poe, Lovecraft and more have all been given the terrifying treatment of Joseph Vargo and William Piotrowski, the diabolic duo that make up Nox Arcana. And now Grimm Tales is added to their repertoire, paying homage to yet another storyteller of times gone by.
      As is their custom, haunting melodies, disembodied voices and subtle sound effects draw you into the nightmare realm where The Brothers Grimm legends come to life. Along the way, from "Shadow Forest" to "Hall Of The Witch Queen," we meet every type of creature conceivable. During this trip, you find yourself falling deeper and deeper into the fairy tale world as imagined by Vargo and Piotrowski. Like all of their albums, this one frees you from the bonds of reality; unfortunately never long enough to lose your way back home. And to help you ease yourself into the myths, the album comes with a full color booklet filled with Vargo's dark art; the perfect visuals to add to the strains issuing forth from your speakers.
      It still totally amazes me just how much Nox Arcana has accomplished over the years with a style of music (gothic orchestral chamber music, if ever there were words to describe it) that no one else can even come close to. They aim to create realms rather than albums, soundscapes rather than songs. And they excel every single time! I have never once been disappointed upon opening the seal, and settling in to listen to their newest conjuration. Do yourself a favor and pick up Grimm Tales, and any other album you can acquire by these masters of morbid mood music. Each one is a ticket to somewhere far different than where you are. --Hacker's Source

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Enter the Realm of Fable, where goblins, elves and woodland spirits dwell in the deepest shadows of the forest beneath the wicked Witch Queen's spell of eternal darkness. Nox Arcana invites you to immerse yourself in a haunting soundscape of bewitching melodies, eerie sound effects and pulse-pounding orchestrations as you explore an enchanted land of dark fairy tales and childhood nightmares that harken back to the fables of The Brothers Grimm. Haunting music box melodies echo in the night, the raspy voice of an ancient crone tells a dark bedtime story, ominous orchestrations fill the dark forest and a wicked witch invokes a sinister incantation. (21 tracks. 66 mins.)


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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Through many places dark and eerie have Nox Arcana been our guide. From odes to Lovecraft, Poe, and Stoker, to tales of Darklore's abode, and the Knight of Ebonshire. Frpm diabolical carnivals, to tales of fallen angels, and epic tales of legengary quests in times of yore where dragons ruled the skies in the time of the ancient gods. Within the dark and the macabre there always rests a touch of beauty, and the wondrous melodies of Nox Arcana are never silent for long. Now, they bring us their ninth gem in just four short years. Aye, in truth a wonderous new musical story is crafted, and in the spirit of the works of the Brothers Jacob and Wilhelm, Nox Arcana gifts us with:

GRIMM TALES

1- Fable - A gentle and lovely music box melody sets us on our journey's path. It bespeaks wonder and beautiful innocence. All too soon, however, it is joined by ominous deep male soaring female choir to grant an airof brooding menace and fear. Overlaid soon after is the voice of co-composer and storyteller extraordinaire Joseph Vargo himself, suitably sounding like a wise old crone bidding welcome to a captive and wonder-filled audidence with the following:

Welcome children, gather round
To heed grim tales of whispered lore
As twilight falls, dark shadows rise
To haunt the night for evermore
For ghastly things lurk in the dim
Beneath the shadows of your bed
Waiting till you drift asleep
To fill your dreams wuth mortal dread

The piece is closed out with a couple touches of moaning winds mixed with a raven's cry, a sinister laugh, and more music box melodies and choirs. In my mind I can easily see a wizened old hag sitting at the bedside of a child in a homey cottage by candlelight, reading a scary story from an old leatherboud volume.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enter the Realm of Fable March 5, 2009
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Nox Arcana has a real knack for capturing their themes perfectly. I don't know of any other artist that can paint such vivid mental images through their music. Grimm Tales is a tribute to the original bedtime stories of the Brothers Grimm-- stories that were filled with witches, dark fairies and all manner of ghoulish beasties. The cd begins as an old crone cackles a tale that invites children to visit the gloomy Realm of Fable, and the musical opus that follows whisks listeners away to discover the brooding horrors that haunt this mystical realm. Powerful symphonic pieces, dark dirges and enchanted music box melodies combine with creepy sound effects to create an eerie and beautiful soundscape to a spellbinding adventure in a land ruled by the wicked Witch Queen. As a bonus, the cd packaging contains an original sinister fairy tale, accented by fantastic artwork and a secret quest. I highly recommend this cd.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Many of the excellent reviews here appear to be written by younger people who are affiliated with the Goth scene or other arcane artistic elements. I am, by way of contrast, a 50-year-old man who wears a suit five days a week and who is generally ensconced in a rather conservative profession and social network. Having discovered Nox Arcana (NA, hereafter) a few years ago when Amazon recommended them to me, and realizing immediately that this is profound, intense, totally wonderful music, I feel obliged to chip in my two-cent's worth. My fear is that NA is, or could be, marginalized as music for only those involved in Goth "studies" or other macabre interests, or that this music could be unfairly sequestered as "Halloween music." Either limitation would be highly unfortunate. I believe this music is nothing short of brilliant and would have broad appeal to most who hear it.

Please note that this review does not apply specifically to just this album. I am posting this on all the NA albums. I first bought "Transylvania." Upon receiving it, and listening to it one time, I immediately bought every single NA album. They are all obviously of the same dark genre, and they are all superb. There may be a few that stand out as my favorites, but all of them are 10/10. Why did Amazon recommend NA to me? I'm not sure if it related to my purchase history of ambient music, or horror films, or both combined. I had invested quite a bit of time and money pursuing both interests, and it was insightful for the Amazon program to realize that NA was right up my alley.

In fact, the Amazon recommendation sated an ongoing and expensive frustration. The ambient music I'd been spending a fortune on was not satisfying.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Words: Absolutely Incredible May 13, 2008
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Wow! Wow! Wow! Did I say "wow"? I'm not Loren Gomez; I am his 13 1/2 year old daughter and I am so impressed by this album. It was just as good, if not better, than their last effort. I love the topic of the album. I love how Joseph Vargo made his voice sound like and old crone. I almost couldn't recognize his voice! The sound effects in this CD were perfectly done. I liked how Christine Filipak portrayed the Witch Queen so perfectly.I could almost see the Witch Queeen speaking. My favorite pieces were Twilight, Shadow Forest, Eyes in the Dark, Sylvan Spirits, Wicked Heart, Conjuration, Night Wraiths, Deep in the Woods, The Forgotten Path, Fairy Tale, Crone's Cavern, Labyrinth of Dreams, Hall of the Witch Queen, and the hidden track. Well done, Gentlemen. Well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars more great stuff from Nox Arcana
Hey, it's Nox Arcana, there's not much more that needs to be said. I have every single disc from them and have never been disappointed. Read more
Published 4 months ago by kurtis primm
5.0 out of 5 stars What I was searching for!
After several years of looking for haunting, other-worldly music and many wasted dollars on silly "kiddie" Halloween cds I,at long last, came upon Nox Arcana. Read more
Published 6 months ago by FlyingJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric and Creepy Tales
Grim Tales is another excellent addition to the Nox Arcana series of recordings. We are on a journey through children's fairy tales but given a more turn. Read more
Published 8 months ago by David A. Wend
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Theme Music
This music is great for halloween parties, background music for trick or treating kids etc. Also great for any events where people have to wait in line.
Published 8 months ago by Andrew Bowmaster
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this kind of classical music
I like a very broad variety of music, in particular classic blues and classical based music. Nox Arcana follows a theme with their albums which the cover art suggests, and then... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ronald N. Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars I am unwilling to title my remarks and being forced to write an...
Justified has great characterization, terrific new actors, good story lines, witty dialogue, and gritty action. Production values are very good.
Published 15 months ago by Yorba Zorba
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Halloween!!!
Bought this along with some of Nox Arcana's other CD's as "mood music" for the trick or treaters on Halloween. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Grimm Listener
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Music For A Rainy Day, Not Game Play
While this is not my favorite cd by Nox Arcana, it is certainly worth a listen. We've had a lot of rain lately and this has been the absolute perfect music to listen to while I did... Read more
Published on April 11, 2011 by Bansh&Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchantingly creepy!
I purchased this CD to enhance the atmosphere of my yard haunt. I was not disappointed! The perfect blend of enchantingly beautiful and hauntingly creepy.
Published on December 17, 2009 by Jennifer J. Dunahee
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD superbly produced music
I was looking for CDs of music that were haunting, eerie and emotionally powerful. I just listened through the entire CD and it is absolutely amazing. Read more
Published on October 15, 2009 by K. Barbalace
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