Nox Arcana - Winter's Knight
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One of Billboard's Top Holiday Albums. Enter an enchanted realm of ghosts, dark angels and winter magic with a musical ghost story that follows the path of a mysterious knight as he wanders the ruins of a haunted cathedral. The arrangements on this album incorporate acoustic guitars and mandolins to achieve a medieval minstrel sound. Gregorian choirs compliment the moody blend of original instrumentals, and guest vocalists perform on gothic renditions of traditional holiday carols.
The band's name Nox Arcana is derived from two Latin words, which roughly translate to "mysteries of the night." It is a great interest in ancient lore, gothic literature and classic horror that unites these two composers, Joseph Vargo and William Piotrowski, in their neverending quest into shadowy and dangerous realms. Nox Arcana's haunting Gothic soundtracks are often used in independent films, in theme parks during Halloween, and for role-playing games. But this band does not limit itself to just the Halloween season; their gothic-Christmas release Winter's Knight hit the Billboard Top Ten Music Charts for Best Holiday Album of 2006 and 2007, and their medieval battle epic, Blood of the Dragon stormed in at #4 on Amazon's New Age chart. In addition to an extensive repertoir of music, their concept albums feature lavish artwork, captivating original storylines and hidden riddles. Nox Arcana's favorite authors and subjects are Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos, Edgar Allan Poe, Vlad Tepes, Dracula, fallen angels, ghostly knights, sinister carnival attractions, and a mysterious haunted mansion.