I know many out there feel a sense of melancholy as Halloween draws to a close. But fear thee not. The Christmas holiday and winter solstice has a long history of being a time when friends and family would gather to celebrate good tidings, cheer, and yes, ghostly tales. Therefore I feel that bringing you this review of Midnight Syndicate's latest effort at this particular time rather appropriate.
Team Syndicate (Ed Douglas and Gavin Goszka) has been churning out creepy musical feasts for the ears and imagination since the 1990s, each recording offering a new theme and journey for the listener. And they continue to not disappoint.
With A Ghostly Gathering, Midnight Syndicate crafts symphonic landscapes (and never fear...these landscapes are not the kind that put you to sleep...just the opposite, actually), giving traditional Christmas carols (and some new ones written by Douglas and Goszka) their own twist. Hearing some of the tracks (for example, their version of "Greensleeves") does offer the listener a glimpse of the olden days of Christmas, when telling ghostly stories by a roaring fire after a marvelous dinner with all the trimmings. Then there is the rather menacing version of "Up on the Housetop." This definitely isn't the "Up On the Housetop" you likely grew up singing in gradeschool. In fact, "good old Santa Clause" may not be so good. Or it sounds more like Krampus being up on your rooftop. Either way, you absolutely DO NOT want this individual coming down your chimney! And yes, there is a song involving Krampus, written by Douglas himself, titled "Night of Krampus." There is also a song called "Little Helpers", another song that hints at menace and mischief on the part of the Christmas elves.
The soundtrack of A Ghostly Gathering as a whole ranges from dark and sinister to absolutely beautiful and symphonic while painting a picture of a vast wintry landscape with the moon high above and a medieval castle in the distance. As I said earlier, I was far from disappointed with this latest effort and I highly recommend picking up A Ghostly Gathering this holiday season.
Of course, you can pick it up on Amazon, but I always encourage purchasing directly from the artist.
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