Venture beyond the threshold of madness...
Dare to explore the shadows of a forsaken sanitarium that is haunted by the souls of the dead. High upon the rocky cliffs overlooking the Miskatonic River, the hollow edifice of Blackthorn Asylum stands as a bleak monument to the horrors that once lurked within its desolate halls. Originally built as a sanitarium for the criminally insane, the asylum gained a grim reputation after dark rumors began to spread throughout the area. Whispered tales told of horrible experiments conducted upon Blackthorn's most violent and deranged psychopaths in an attempt to extract the essence of evil.
Over the decades, the torments inflicted upon the inmates resulted in unlocking the demons from their minds, but as a horrific consequence, the tortuous experimentation also unleashed the vile malediction that now infests the abandoned corridors.
This sinister soundscape offers an interactive murder mystery, with ghostly melodies, pulse-pounding orchestrations and spine-chilling sound effects to set a dark, nightmarish mood.
Nox Arcana has once again proved that still they have a great sense for originality and that their ideas are still coming even after 10 releases so far. I dare to say that this is their most creepy and eerie record to date.
Metal Sound Magazine
This is a must for your Halloween music collection!!!
Based upon Lovecraftian idealizations, with a strong From Beyond influence, Blackthorn Asylum also calls to mind the characters of Dr. Victor Frankenstein, Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde, and even Dr. Moreau.
Draconis Blackthorne, Fangoria
Nox Arcana’s particular musical niche could be termed "scary music." It’s more classy than that, though. They combine classical elements and goth stylings into a sound that is both creepy and beautiful.
Music Street Journal
Their creepiest selection of music to date. Nox Arcana gets more and more sophisticated with the way they leverage theatrical scoring with memorable phrasing, melodies, and low throaty undertones that remind you what an evil, gothic sanitarium might be all about. This is not a song collection for the faint-of-heart.
As always, I just loved it. It amazes me every time how you can come up with a new theme and just run with it.
There are many imitators out there, but no one seems to be able to capture the pure black magic that these gents conjure up. This isn't some garish Halloween sound effects collection, but a frightening commingling of poetry, art and sound blended perfectly by master craftsmen well versed in the colors of dreams black as night.
Josh Haney, Hacker's Source