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I have a quick question for you. I love Midnight Syndicate's music but haven't been able to purchase any of their CD's yet. The first one I planned to get was Vampyre, so I happened to look it up on Amazon and noticed that the entire album (14 tracks) can be downloaded in MP3 format for only $8.99. So now I'm just wondering what else comes in the liner notes that might make it worth buying the physical CD for $5 extra. Can someone who owns their CD's tell me what features, if any, are in the liner notes? Normally I strongly prefer physical CD's because I want to have the album art, lyrics, photos of the band and any other information/features that may be in there. Of course lyrics aren't going to happen with Midnight Syndicate, so what else is in there and how many pages is the booklet? Thanks in advance to anyone who can and will answer this for me.

Edited to add: The same goes for Nox Arcana, if someone would like to share that too/instead.
 

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I have 3 of their cd, and vampire is the best (I didn`t listen to the new one yet). I highly recommend it to get the cd. I myself never buy downloads, due at seeing people buying lots of music on line just to loose it all when their ipod dies and so on...
 

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I buy the CDs, and I don't like the downloads. But, I usually get the CDs in the Halloween stores after Halloween for $5.00.
I have also bought some off Ebay cheap. I love their music and use it in my haunt.
 

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I would be burning the songs to CD so I wouldn't lose them. I don't even own an MP3 player, just my computer and CD's. I'd love to find them for $5 after Halloween! But the only store that sells them is Spirit, and it always works out so that their one day of post-Halloween clearance (they need to stay open longer!) is a day I can't make it to the store. But I'll be crossing my fingers that this year I will be able to. Maybe now since I've thought of it in advance I can arrange it even if I wouldn't be able to otherwise. Thanks for the idea, darkmaster! There is something special about going to an actual store and buying an actual CD. I can't do it most of the time because the bands I usually listen to aren't well-known or sold in this country, so they have to be bought online.
 

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It seems every time I want something on eBay, the price suddenly goes up really high, so I normally just stick with Amazon to make sure I'm getting things that are in good shape. But I'll keep that in mind anyway, thanks Front Yard Fright.
 

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It's worth buying Midnight Syndicate's CD's for the cover artwork and the designs on the discs themselves, I think. The only one I would suggest to steer clear of is the soundtrack to "The Rage" (barely recognizable as the work of MS, in my opinion), and I'm not sure about the "Dungeons & Dragons" one, since I don't own it. Otherwise, they're great.

As for Nox Arcana's, for sure, BUY THEM!! Vargo's art is amazing and is featured throughout the booklet for each, and the CD's look very cool, too (to see what I'm talking about, check out http://www.noxarcana.com/music.html, then click on an album and move your cursor over the cover to get a peek at the CD itself). I passed on "Blood of the Dragon" and any collaborations ("Blood of Angels" and "Zombie Influx"), but, other than "Necronomicon" (which is just okay, as far as I'm concerned), I LOVE them.

These are among the only groups that I will actually buy albums from, rather than downloading them. Also, going by my experiences, if you do decide to order directly from the artists, both are pleasures to deal with and sometimes they'll throw in extra goodies. Just an FYI.
 

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Thanks for that info Garthgoyle. For some reason, it never really even occurred to me that I could buy them from the artists' official websites. They look pretty reasonably priced (especially Nox Arcana's) and the possibility of free extra goodies definitely sounds great. That will probably be the way I end up going.
 

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Glad to be of service, spiderqueen;) You've got great musical taste:cool: If you sign up for the bands' e-mails (usually a few each year), you'll be kept up-to-date on the latest news; might be worth considering.
 

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I own "The Rage" because I was going to be married to "Dr. V's" theme. I LOVE every song on the CD. I would prefer to own the physical CD in case something happens to my computer.
 

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I was actually thinking of joining Midnight Syndicate's mailing list when I was at their site earlier, but I left the site too soon for whatever reason. I think it's a good idea and will probably do it soon.

I've never heard any of the songs from "The Rage" but I am curious because RAGE happens to be the name of one of my favorite bands. Even though I know it will sound absolutely nothing like them, and would find it very weird if it did! (They are a German heavy metal band . . . though they have done many songs with an orchestra, which are in fact some of their best work.)
 

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New ep is out and really good.

from their web site
The Dark Masquerade ...Destini Beard with Midnight Syndicate
Destini Beard's haunting and mysteriously alluring lyrics and vocals blended with classic Midnight Syndicate tracks including a previously unreleased remix. The Dark Masquerade pulls you into a story of gilded romances and the foreboding shadows that lurk within your darkest nightmares. Let the music summon you to another time and place, where dreams aren't always make believe.



$7.50 including shipping & handling
I liked it, creepy. and not a bad price.
Also the Dead Matter movie in a couple of weeks....
 

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I have every one of their cd's and I think the 13th Hour is the best. I'm looking forward to the next release. When I love all or most of the songs on a CD, I usually want a copy not just a download. I don't think Born of the Night is sold in stores anymore because of legal issues with Joseph Vargo (now of Nox Arcana).
 

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I don't think Born of the Night is sold in stores anymore because of legal issues with Joseph Vargo (now of Nox Arcana).
In addition to Born of the Night, Realm of Shadows is also only available online, due to the same legal issues. Both are out-of-print, which is why they cost a bit more. I'm pretty sure that Out of the Darkness was created partially as a way to get around the legal woes, since the majority of the songs on the album are "remastered" ones from those two discs; either way, it's still a great album and some of the songs sound drastically different. Just an FYI:p
 

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The Dead Matter

The DVD/CD set Garthgoyle was talking about is also available for pre-order on Amazon for $23.49 (Edited to add: the price was slashed, but has gone back up about $2 since I posted this). The extra CD's add $9 as opposed to buying the movie by itself. Since I know mall stores' prices can be a lot higher anyway, I'm not sure if the "free" CD's make it much cheaper at Hot Topic or not. I looked for it on HotTopic.com, but it wasn't shown on there yet, so I guess we'll have to wait until it's released to see how much it costs there. Even if it is cheaper, some people might not have a local Hot Topic, or might just want to preorder it to make sure they get their copy. So here is the link to the set on Amazon:

The Dead Matter: 3-Disc Deluxe Edition
 
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