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Axe Giant Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sarah Mann
Email: sarah@midnightsyndicate.com

Midnight Syndicate releases original motion picture soundtrack to
AXE GIANT THE WRATH OF PAUL BUNYAN

August 16, 2013 (Cleveland, OH) – Symphonic gothic horror musicians MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE have just released the AXE GIANT THE WRATH OF PAUL BUNYAN: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK. The album, produced by Midnight Syndicate, features highlights from the movie score composed by EDWARD DOUGLAS along with The Ballad of Paul Bunyan performed by HICK’RY HAWKINS.

“From a simple flourish of strings to behemoth bass horns on the rampage, the score is everything I hoped it would be and more,” said director and co-writer Gary Jones. “The perfect marriage of sight and sound, Ed’s music carries our film into that cool, cool realm of which filmmakers only dream.”

“Gary wanted the film to have a feel similar to classic monster movies like King Kong. I found myself trying to channel my inner (Max) Steiner and (Bernard) Herrmann, in an effort to achieve that big, dramatic, classical sound,” said composer Edward Douglas. “The monster in the film is American folklore legend, Paul Bunyan, so it gave me the opportunity to work with some 19th century American instrumentation as well. I think the result is a soundtrack that will sound both familiar and at times very different from what Midnight Syndicate has done to this point.”

The CD is available now through the band’s website, as well as iTunes and Amazon.com.

— 8 / 16 / 13

Official Midnight Syndicate website: www.MidnightSyndicate.com
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The Axe Giant official movie website: www.AxeGiantMovie.com
Hick’ry Hawkins on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/hickryhawkins

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MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE

For almost two decades, composers Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka have been known as Midnight Syndicate, creating symphonic soundtracks to imaginary films that facilitate a transcendental and adventurous escape into the secret dimensions of the mind’s eye. To many of their fans, they are Gothic music pioneers brewing a signature blend of orchestral horror music and movie-style sound effects. To others, they remain the first “haunted house band” that forever changed the Halloween music genre and became a staple of the October holiday season. And some know them as the duo that teamed up with Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast to produce the first official soundtrack to the legendary Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. Their critically-acclaimed works are reminiscent of sweeping, complex masterpieces by artists such as James Horner, Danny Elfman, Black Sabbath and King Diamond and have been featured as a part of films, television shows, video games and at haunted attractions, amusement parks, and live performances worldwide.

Midnight Syndicate’s music has become integral to setting a powerful mood at top-rated haunted attractions and amusement parks as well as at costume shops, gaming and Halloween parties and Halloween-themed cruises from Siberia and Hong Kong, to Europe and the United States. The duo has released 15 studio albums since 1997, and Douglas and Goszka’s original, work also been used at Hugh Hefner’s Halloween parties, on episodes of The Barbara Walters Special and in the drive-in film The Rage, Universal Studio’s Horror Nights XVIII as well as by Monday Night Football and by artists Insane Clown Posse, Three Six Mafia, Twiztid and The Misfits. In 2010, Midnight Syndicate released a full-length horror film called The Dead Matter, directed, scored and co-produced by Douglas alongside Robert Kurtzman (From Dusk Till Dawn, co-founder, KNB EFX) and Gary Jones (Xena, Boogeyman 3).

Midnight Syndicate continues to pursue its quest to use instrumental music to tell explicit stories full of tension, twists and turns. Most recently, the band completed the score to the grindhouse thriller Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan. In summer, 2013, Midnight Syndicate released the soundtrack to that film along with Monsters of Legend, a tribute to the classic Universal, Hammer and Euro horror films that gave birth to horror cinema.

CREDITS

DISCOGRAPHY

  • Monsters of Legend (2013) : Composer / Producer : Midnight Syndicate
  • A Time Forgotten (2012) : Composer / Producer : Midnight Syndicate
  • Carnival Arcane (2011) : Composer / Producer : Midnight Syndicate
  • The Dark Masquerade EP (2010) : Composer / Producer : Midnight Syndicate
  • Halloween Music Collection (2010) : Composer / Producer : Midnight Syndicate
  • The Dead Matter: Cemetery Gates (2008) : Composer / Producer : Midnight Syndicate
  • Out of the Darkness (2006) : Composer / Producer : Midnight Syndicate
  • The 13th Hour (2005) : Composer / Producer : Midnight Syndicate
  • Dungeons & Dragons (2003) : Composer / Producer : Midnight Syndicate
  • Vampyre (2002) : Composer / Producer : Midnight Syndicate
  • Gates of Delirium (2001) : Composer / Producer : Midnight Syndicate
  • Realm of Shadows (2000) : Composer / Producer : Midnight Syndicate
  • Born of the Night (1998) : Composer / Producer : Midnight Syndicate
  • Midnight Syndicate (1997) : Composer / Producer : Midnight Syndicate

FEATURE FILMS (ORIGINAL MUSIC)

  • Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan (2013) Composer : Director: Gary Jones – Kinetic Filmworks
  • The Dead Matter (2010) Composer : Director: Edward Douglas – Midnight Syndicate Films
  • The Rage (2007) Composer : Director: Robert Kurtzman – Precinct 13 Entertainment

TELEVISION (LICENSED MUSIC)

  • Making Monsters : Additional Music : SyFy
  • Ellen Degeneres Show : Additional Music : ABC-TV
  • Monday Night Football : Additional Music : ABC-TV
  • NBA on TNT : Additional Music : TNT
  • Barbara Walters 10 Most Interesting People : Additional Music : ABC-TV
  • Travel Sick : Additional Music : Travel
  • The Possessed : Additional Music : SyFy

VIDEOGAMES (LICENSED MUSIC)

  • Baldurs Gate 2: Dark Alliance : Additional Music : Interplay
  • Shadowbane 2 : Additional Music : Wolfpack Studios (Ubisoft)

CLIENTS (ORIGINAL MUSIC)

  • Universal Studios Orlando – Halloween Horror Nights
  • Wizards of the Coast, div. Hasbro Properties, Inc.
  • Border Foods

CLIENTS (LICENSED MUSIC)

  • Anheuser Busch Entertainment (Busch Gardens theme parks)
  • Universal Studios
  • Ripley Entertainment
  • Six Flags
  • Cedar Faire
  • Carnival Cruiselines
  • Sirius / XM
  • Muzak / Mood Media
  • Madame Tussaud’s (Sudden Impact Entertainment)
  • Movie Park Germany
  • Kennywood
  • Party City
  • Spirit Halloween
  • Hot Topic
  • Heineken International
  • Sony BMG (Three 6 Mafia)
  • Misfits Records (Misfits)
  • Over 600 independent haunted attractions worldwide

AWARDS

  • Independent Filmmakers Hall of Fame, Scoring – Indie Gathering Intnl. Film Festival (2013)
  • Best Horror Soundtrack, Carnival Arcane – Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards (2012)
  • Best Score, The Dead Matter – Late Night Horror Film Festival (2011)
  • Best Score, The Dead Matter – Golden Cob Awards (2011)
  • Best Director, The Dead Matter – Full Moon Horror Festival (2011)
  • Best Film, The Dead Matter – Full Moon Horror Festival (2011)
  • Vendor Excellence Award, Midnight Syndicate – IAHA (2009)
  • Most Interesting People – Cleveland Magazine (2008)
  • Best Gaming Accessory, Midnight Syndicate The 13th Hour – Ennies Awards (2006)
  • Best Gaming Accessory, Midnight Syndicate The 13th Hour – Origins Award (2006)
  • Visionary Award – Cleveland Smart Business (2006)
  • Innovation Award – Cleveland Smart Business (2005)
  • Best Gothic Act, Midnight Syndicate – Cleveland Scene Music Awards (2001, 2004)
  • Best Gothic Act, Midnight Syndicate – Cleveland Free Times Music Awards (2001, 2002)

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Midnight Syndicate band photo from 2001s Gates of Delirium album. Gates of Delirium takes listeners on a journey through the halls of the haunted Haverghast asylum. To stream the album, click on the Link Tree - https://linktr.ee/MidnightSyndicate #tbwednesday

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I used to play a lot of World of Darkness. As the GM I often sat and did my writing for our games while listening to Midnight Syndicate. Gates of Delerium inspired me to write the most terrifying storyline involving the players trapped in a haunted asylum. Yes, I even used the CD and timed everything to the music. Pausing the music when it was convenient and to allow the players time to role play.

I enjoy listening to your music.

Ahh, yes. That time I first attempted to draw Ed and he looked like something out of a Hammer Horror Movie (before I actually knew that was a compliment! LOL!) How many nights I couldn't sleep because I didn't want to just so I could keep listening to my 4 new CDs I bought from the guy I tried to draw. Memories.....

You guys are my favorite horror music makers. Very talented. Keep up the good work 👏 🖤

It’s hard - no, impossible to have a favorite Midnight Syndicate album, but if I HAD to pick a favorite, Gates MIGHT be it!

One of your best albums! Top five…easy!!

I think the facial hair needs to make a comeback!

An awesome album!

Li love the lightning in it

Both look like they're 20 yrs old 😉

and there's a Dungeon and Dragons module that came with Gates of Delirium. The module is called Cages of Delirium and it prompts the Dungeon Master to play certain songs for certain scenes.

My first album I purchased and it led me on a path to purchase all your works. Love your music during the spooky season!

I missed this one. Not sure how. I'll have to find it and take a listen.Might be odd but your music relaxes me and removes stress sometimes.

That’s a great picture.

Great album!

My favorite album!

My favorite for sure!!!

My favorite!

I put your discography on at the office every day!

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A rockin' orchestral classic!

Great CD. 😀 I have almost every Midnight Syndicate CD.

I still say that title has got to be a Yes reference for Relayer...

I listen to it at work- on CD lol. I'm old school.

Love this album. Been listening to it since Halloween 🎃 My favorite track is Residents Past.

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ABOUT MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE

For over two decades, composers Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka have been known as Midnight Syndicate, creating symphonic soundtracks to imaginary films that facilitate a transcendental and adventurous escape into the secret dimensions of the mind’s eye. To many of their fans, they are horror music pioneers brewing a signature blend of instrumental orchestral gothic music and movie-style sound effects. To others, they remain the first “haunted house band” that forever changed the Halloween music genre and became a staple of the October holiday season.  Still others, know them for their contributions to the use of music in the roleplaying and board game industries.

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