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Shadow of the Raven

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Delve into the haunted realms of Edgar Allan Poe, as Nox Arcana pays tribute to the classic tales of the literary master of the macabre with a lush musical tapestry of Victorian elegance and Gothic nightmares—a dark treasure that truly captures the essence of Poe's tormented soul. The instrumental tracks cover all of Poe's most famous tales and poems, including "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Cask of Amontillado," and of course, "The Raven." The CD is accompanied by a 12-page booklet filled with Joseph Vargo's lavish artwork depicting Poe's classic horror tales, and even offers fans a hidden "gold bug" riddle. For a Victorian Halloween or Masquerade ball. (21 tracks. 63 mins.)

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Nox Arcana is intelligent horror. Their versatility and willingness to explore all realms of horror and the dark side is what will keep Nox Arcana enduring for some time to come. --Fangoria

Edgar Allan Poe himself would have loved this musical tribute to his works, a tribute that is every bit as timeless as his writings! Highly Recommended! --Gothic Beauty

Shadow of the Raven continues in Nox Arcana's vein of greatness... they delve so deeply into what it truly must have been like to be Poe, it makes you wonder if Vargo and Piotrowski aren't actually vampires that at one time shared an evening with the man, cavorting on the rundown streets of Baltimore. --Horror-Punks.com


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  4. The House of Usher 2:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Madeline's Lament 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Haunted Memories 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
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10. The Cask of Amontillado 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Mysteries of the Night 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Midnight Dreary 1:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. The Raven 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Morbid Reminiscence 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
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18. Murders in the Rue Morgue 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
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21. Nevermore 6:09$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 20, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Monolith Graphics
  • ASIN: B000UWUVRU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,233 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By John Rossi on August 23, 2007
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Ye who read these words, rejoice. Verily there be glad tidings brought unto thee, for a new musical tapestry has been most skillfully woven by night's most masterful minstrels. From the haunted halls of Victorian mansion, into the pages of Lovecraft's legendary tome of shadows... From Ebonshire and the surrounding forest, through the foreboding realm of Dracula's domain. Into all these via melodious nocturnal canticles have we walked. Yea, further have we trod, unto diabolical circus of lost souls, and even unto fantastic ancient Draconia, wherein's dragon's blood doth through every warrior's veins most mightily flow. Unto all these have we journeyed, via masterful music wrought by Nox Arcana. Now are they once again our guide, this time through the literary world of a true master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. Yea, behold, for o'er us now doth fall the:

Shadow of the Raven

1. Darkest Hour - Thus doth our fateful journey commence, with moans of softest choral lamentations borne upon frigid nocturnal winds, mated with a raven's urgent and foreboding call. Somber tolling vespers and deeper male chorus join in as well, with the following narrated preamble, provided by the voice of composer Joseph Vargo, in a wonderfully solemn recitation, touched with the subtlest of English accents in places.

"Ye who read these words are still among the living, but I who write shall have long since gone my way into the region of shadows. Plagued by ghosts from the past, my soul can find no release from its eternal sorrow. Lost loves, spirits of the dead... madmen and devils have each in turn visited me here in the solitude of my chamber, to haunt and torment me. I implore you to heed my tale, as I relate the grim and ghastly things that befell me in my darkest hour...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By doctordruidphd on September 8, 2007
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In my opinion, this CD is totally different from Nox Arcana's others. It doesn't have the "spookiness" of Transylvania and Darklore, nor the drama of Carnival and Blood of the Dragon. This one is different - it has a tragic, melancholy mood that pervades the entire volume. Hard to put my finger on why, but this is the first Nox Arcana CD that is really disturbing, at least to me. It has a brooding sense of doom throughout. Much like the works -- and the life -- of Edgar Allen Poe, and that may be why it touched me in that way. That the musicians were able to capture the tragedy of Poe's life and works so effectively, and transmit that to the listener, is sheer genius on their part. This CD is the perfect musical complement to Poe's works.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 21, 2007
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Edgar Allan Poe is all about the pretty horror -- his works were crammed with terror, eerie atmosphere, and exquisite language.

So it seems appropriate that Nox Arcana's latest album is centered on Poe's work. Their haunting, sumptuous music is relentlessly eerie in "Shadow of the Raven," without crossing the line into cartoonish, Halloweeny spookiness -- much like Poe's writing.

It opens with a raven crying out, and a somnolent organ with some ghostly voices. "Ye who read these words are still among the living, but I who write shall have long since gone my way to the region of shadows..." I'm assuming that it's Poe who is supposed to be speaking, telling of "devils and madmen" who have visited him, and ending with a wry, "Once upon a midnight dreary..."

It's followed by a solemn, stately piano tune, sprinkled with mournful violins, spurts of organ, and always backed by a faint chorale of ghostly voices, who gain strength as the song ends. Appropriately enough, it's called "Melancholia."

The songs that follow are each named after a Poe piece, or by some theme in it. And they stick to the dark, melancholy sound -- usually a trickling piano melody with a soaring string tune. And there's the layered, urgent "House of Usher," bittersweet piano ballads flavoured with church bells, soaring solemn organ music (particularly for the astounding "Masque of the Red Death"), and urgent, desperate melodies weaving through a maze of strings.

They also weave in traces of other sounds -- "Annabel Lee" is a tinkly music-box sound, while a few other tracks are atmospheric mashes of mournful, ghostly voices. And "The Tell-Tale Heart" is basically a heartbeat, a creaky door, and eerie swells of soundtracky music. It's only a minute long, but it's pretty creepy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph V. Iorillo on September 27, 2007
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"Shadow of the Raven" is an elegant, mesmerizing tour de force that expertly captures both the refinement and unforgettable horror of Edgar Allan Poe's classic tales of terror. Nox Arcana's superb array of intricate, brooding piano and harpsichord pieces such as "Haunted Memories" and "Lenore" are balanced by turbulent, sweeping anthems like "Masque of the Red Death," effectively highlighting Poe's literary duality: he was able to tell stories of shocking madness and emotional chaos with a rational elegance unmatched in American literature. This CD contains some of Nox Arcana's finest music, including "Mysteries of the Night," in which a piano and mournful violin provide a lovely counterpoint to one another in a melody that deserves to be the main title music of a period horror film. Another standout track is the unnerving "Descent into Madness," in which a pipe organ, jagged strings, piano and tolling bells swirl around each other in an urgent, tense masterpiece of psychological implosion. A classical sensibility dominates this CD, just as Poe's writing itself was infused with a linguistic grandeur no one ever forgets. With every new CD, Nox Arcana raises the bar, and in "Shadow of the Raven" they have merged the grace of Schubert and Chopin with the visceral power of the great modern film composers, resulting in a musical tribute to Poe that is, quite simply, stunning.
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