Once upon a midnight dreary...
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.
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!
Whenever I listen to this CD, I picture a madman, sitting down at a black grand piano, a candelabra burning dully just above his sheet music, and I’m somehow vaulted back to the Victorian age.
A superb unleashing by the minstrels of the macabre, dedicated to master of the macabre.
Draconis Blackthorne, Fangoria
Timeless, romantically gorgeous, undeniably majestic, wonderfully chilling!!!
The Crow's Perch
I can't recommend this enough.
One of my favorite releases from Nox Arcana.
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.
First of all...EIGHT albums in four years??! Bravo!
I think one of the reasons I love Nox Arcana so much is that their versatility for homage to the dark side is as vast as my own. A true fan of the dark side places reverence in many places...from Darth Vader to George Romero.. from Frank Frazetta to Edgar Allan Poe. Nox Arcana is intelligent horror. They see the beauty of the dark side that I have seen for so many years. Are most fans dorks like me that when they listen to Nox Arcana's CD's they look up at all the posters on their walls and fantasize what it might be like to actually attend a dark carnival, reside in a haunted manor, be a member of the Sith, or join an army of the walking dead, or to be seduced by a mesmerizing vampyre? Sci-fi/horror/fantasy fans are the most loyal, hold the highest standards and maintain the highest reverence for those who have come before them.
Shadow of the Raven salutes the king of true Gothic horror, Edgar Allan Poe. In all honesty, I did sip on Amontillado to prepare myself for this CD, I wasn't wearing motley, although I wish I had. I love how this band can go from thundering swords and sorcery as in Blood of the Dragon to the delicate harpsichords such as those featured on track 6 "Haunted Memories" of this album. I like to call it the dichotomy of darkness. A prominent track to me was track 8 "Legacy of Sorrow;" the relentless melody allows you to indeed waltz with sorrow personified. The hypnotic allure of "Masque of Red Death," the beautiful string composition of "The Raven," all pay homage to a dark side and seem more melancholy than evil... a sadness in Poe's work captured in these songs.
I DO know the difference between sherry and Amontillado and like a fine cask, Vargo and Piotrowski get better with age. I believe 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.
Alexandra Nakelski, Fangoria
Once upon a midnight dreary, Nox Arcana set out to create a musical tribute to the literary master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. The resulting concept album, Shadow of the Raven is a lush, gothic masterpiece of beauty and darkness. The 21 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 creates a musical tapestry of Victorian elegance and Gothic nightmares, interweaving haunting piano ballads like "Lenore" with eerie harpsichord melodies and dark dirges such as "A Dream within a Dream" and "The Pit and the Pendulum." Tracks like "Melancholia," utilize violins, ghostly female vocals and tolling bells to accent a somber piano melody while "Masque of the Red Death" and "Mysteries of the Night" build to dark and dramatic choruses of orchestra and choir. "Annabel Lee" is a haunting music box melody that adds a perfect balance to creepy sound-effect tracks like "The Tell-tale Heart" and "The Black Cat." Shadow of the Raven is a dark treasure that truly captures the essence of Poe's tormented soul.
Devon King, Dark Realms