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Shadow of the Raven

Nox ArcanaAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 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 (August 20, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Monolith Graphics
  • ASIN: B000UWUVRU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,079 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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. (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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fitting tribute to a tragic genius. 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Once upon a midnight dreary 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A spectacular tribute to Edgar Allan Poe 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this one...one of my favorites.
Published 1 month ago by Summer M Burris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
LOVE THIS
Published 2 months ago by gloria
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Wonderful moody background music for a dark romantic atmosphere. I'm very pleased with this addition to my collection. Thank you.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Decently spooky, the only Nox Arcana album worth buying.
Some decently spooky tracks but Nox Arcana makes EVERYTHING digitally with drum machines and it really takes away from the feeling. They need to start using ACTUAL instruments. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Baker Legate
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally worth it with haunting melodies based on works from Poe.
Eerie and beautiful with all the Poeness a gal could want...a must for your Halloween or gothy collection. Edgar Allen Poe would buy it.
Published 11 months ago by Adriana
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice
I would recommend it to everyone who likes this type of classical music. Dark, medieval types will like this album.
Published 13 months ago by Seth Meyerhofer
5.0 out of 5 stars love
listen to it ever Halloween. it is one of my favorite Halloween CD'd. recommend for anyone look for some thing cool an different for music.
Published 22 months ago by Kayako
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Nox Arcana
I bought this cd because I am learning to play the piano. I also have the Nox Arcana songbook, where you can find the music sheet for 5 of the tracks (Madeline's lament, mysteries... Read more
Published 23 months ago by ayaxtelamonio
4.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing
What I like the most about Nox Arcana's albums is that they are relaxing, which is probably due to the ambient elements. Read more
Published on February 26, 2012 by Comic Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just for the Gothically-Inclined and Not Just for Halloween
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. Read more
Published on November 20, 2011 by Tome Raider
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Not quite sure why it is listed as a single(?) if you have any doubts just buy from them directly http://www.noxarcana.com/
I have all their albums, and they are all worth the purchase!
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