A Ghostly Gathering – Midnight Syndicate’s Dark Spin on Christmas

If you’ve been to haunted attractions or Halloween specialty stores, chances are you’ve heard the dark and haunting melodies of Cleveland, Ohio’s Midnight Syndicate. They’ve been supplying beautiful and dark Gothic Horror Halloween soundtracks for almost twenty years now, garnering worldwide fame for their music. Their musical menageries can be heard at theme parks such as Cedar Point, Universal Orlando, Six Flags and Busch Gardens, for their Halloween themed events.

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I’ve been an avid follower of Midnight Syndicate since their first self-titled CD in 1997 – my favorite still holds as their second CD, Born of the Night, from 1998. The musical geniuses behind Midnight Syndicate are Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka. 

Back in late 2000, I was more than happy to do some photography work for the now defunct Goth club, TYR, in Lakewood, OH. The event was a fashion show featuring the music of Midnight Syndicate. It was a great evening of music, dancing and classic Gothic fashion. 

Midnight Syndicate has always been my “go-to” to get me in the mood for Halloween (even when it’s not Halloween!), as their music strikes that creative chord inside my (somewhat) dark soul. You can imagine my sheer delight when I found out they came out with a Christmas CD.

“As fierce winter winds cut across the frozen landscape, a welcoming golden glow beckons from the windows of a venerable country mansion. Decorated in the festive trappings of Yule, its stately walls seem to offer a much-needed respite for the weary traveler. But the holiday spirits are restless and eager for company this night, as the haunting strains of melodies old and new call forth from the shadows.”

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With all the (sometimes boring) Christmas albums out there, Christmas: A Ghostly Gathering is definitely guaranteed to warm even the coldest blood of your favorite dark soul or Goth this holiday season.

Now those of us with eclectic and darker tastes can revel in blissfully haunting renditions of classic Christmas favorites, like the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman. I was ecstatic when I received my copy in the mail, and even though it wasn’t yet Halloween, let alone Christmas, I immediately popped it into my car CD player and smiled, hearing the amazing holiday tracks.

Each track takes you on a musical journey and encourages you to engage your imagination. Close your eyes and be transported to a haunted Victorian mansion with a roaring fire burning and glowing in the fireplace, while sipping your glass of hot buttered rum or mulled wine. Imagine the ghosts that haunt the mansion. See their ethereal forms waltzing to the beautiful music.

Here is a preview of three tracks on this long overdue Christmas CD. Go to Midnight Syndicate’s website and buy your copy today for only $12! You can thank me later. 😉

Happy Haunting Holidays!