Grimm Tales (album)

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Grimm Tales
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Studio album by Nox Arcana
Released April 30, 2008
Genre Gothic, Dark ambient, Neoclassical dark wave, New Age
Label Monolith Graphics
Nox Arcana chronology
Shadow of the Raven
(2007)
Grimm Tales (2008) Phantoms of the High Seas (2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Fangoria Magazine 5/5 stars [1]
Metal Sound 5/5 stars [2]

Grimm Tales is the ninth studio album by gothic musical duo Nox Arcana. Like several of their other albums, this music is also inspired by classic literature. In this case, the folktales of the Brothers Grimm. Instrumentation includes piano, violin, cello, acoustic guitar, glockenspiel, and various wind and percussive instruments, which serve to establish the intended theme. In keeping with the dark fairy tale theme, ominous narrations from a "Witch Queen" and the deep, resonant voice of her male counterpart are featured on several tracks, as well as the raspy voice of an aging Crone as she invokes a magical spell.

Artist and composer Joseph Vargo also wrote an original fable for this cd. Expressed in poetic verse, it tells of a wicked Witch Queen who has cast a spell upon the land of Faerie, condemning its inhabitants to a never-ending darkness, and two children who fall asleep one night to awaken in the dark realm. The wayward children set out upon a quest to find a magical "Crystal Key" which is rumored to open a gateway between the "Realm of Fable" and their home.

The release date for this album coincides with Walpurgis Night.

Universal Studios' "Halloween Horror Nights" in Orlando, Florida based their 2008 haunted attraction design, "Scary Tales: Once Upon A Nightmare", on the realm of fable explored in Nox Arcana's Grimm Tales album.[3] [4] [5]

Tracks[edit]

Music composed and performed by Joseph Vargo and William Piotrowski.

  1. "Fable" — 2:03
  2. "Twilight" — 2:56
  3. "Once Upon a Nightmare" — 3:58 [3]
  4. "Shadow Forest" — 3:49
  5. "Eyes in the Dark" — 2:58
  6. "The Hollow" — 1:11
  7. "Sylvan Spirits" — 2:45
  8. "Wicked Heart" — 2:50
  9. "Conjuration" — 1:49
  10. "Night Wraiths" — 2:30
  11. "Deep in the Woods" — 2:21
  12. "The Forgotten Path" — 5:05
  13. "Fairy Tale" — 2:09
  14. "Crone’s Caverns" — 2:42
  15. "Rise to Destiny" — 3:16
  16. "Labyrinth of Dreams" — 2:53
  17. "Castle of Nightmares" — 4:01
  18. "Hall of the Witch Queen" — 3:21
  19. "Ave Sinistra" — 4:27
  20. "Black Spires" — 2:52
  21. "Darkly Everafter" — 3:28
A hidden track features a short dialogue between an evil queen and her sorcerer.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fangoria review
  2. ^ Metal Sound review
  3. ^ a b ""Scary Tales: Once Upon A Nightmare." Universal Studios's 2008 Haunted Attraction", Halloween Horror Nights, September 13, 2008, archived from the original on September 13, 2008, retrieved 2008-09-15 
  4. ^ Koster, Rick (October 7, 2008), "Nox Arcana", The Day, New London, CT., retrieved 2008-10-12 
  5. ^ Teresenza, Serena (October 2008), "Interview with Joseph Vargo", Gothic Gateways, retrieved 2009-08-26 

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