Dark Gothic and Nox Arcana

There was a time in which I was absolutely obsessed with the Gothic movement.

The eerie of the darkest shades of the night, the howling of the wolves on the hill behind the ruins of the castle, the bloody eyes of the vampires, the screeching of the hungry bats, the cold fog of the dead people roaming around, the stained sheets of the forever-tormented ghosts. The architecture, the fashion, the grim atmosphere of the moldy dungeons. The myths, the legends, the terrors, the darkness..

But most of them all – the works of Edgar Allan Poe and the music.

I had set up home some dark relics, some amazing artworks depicting the strange and unusual – I had a collage of works depicting macabre, ghoulish, incomprehensible art. One of them was a painting of a skull which had the zodiac signs carved into it – a witch’s skull for the evening rituals – when the cauldron with bat wings and rat tails and poisonous vapors and deadly powders where mixed together, concocting the human’s demise.

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I was reading essays on astrology, alchemy, magic, rituals, Wicca insight. And I was entering a realm of fascinating knowledge. This was not to be taken lightly, because it was all coming back.

From the times in which society decided to burn people for their visions and abilities to heal with natural remedies, with their moral acquaintance of sickness treatment – it was all coming back. And is still is.

But all these were accompanied with the sounds of Nox Arcana. A unique pair of visionaries who can set up the atmospheres for whatever mood you like.

Nox Arcana is a neoclassical dark ambient musical duo of Joseph Vargo and William Piotrowski, established in 2003. These guys took various eras of humankind’s history and brought it back through musical lines. The Victorian era, medieval epochs, ancient mythology, Gothic atmosphere – all in here.

An impressive thing that they did was adding storytelling to their albums, so some of the tracks contain verbal depictions of the album’s story. Also they did one other interesting thing.

In addition to the storytelling aspect of each album, hidden puzzles and interactive quests are incorporated into the album artwork and into the music itself.

Beginning with the Blood of the Dragon CD in 2006, Vargo began a tradition of incorporating a quest or adventure within the album artwork and sometimes leaving clues in his narratives. He later went back and did the same for some of the earlier CDs. Now more than half of Nox Arcana’s CDs contain some sort of hidden puzzle, which is left to the listener to discover.

You can find their music at different events or used as soundtracks. I was pleasantly surprised to listen to “Brides Of Darkness” when I visited Vlad Dracul’s house in Sighisoara, where the father of world-famous Dracula lived.

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I can’t determine which of one their albums is my favorite because I love listening the all the musical pieces. I do have some favorites like “The temple of the black pharaoh”, “Nocturne”, “Winter’s Knight”, “The Raven”, “The forgotten path”.

Discography.

Year Album details Billboard peak
US
2003 Darklore Manor

  • Released: December 15, 2003
  • Label: Monolith
2004 Necronomicon

  • Released: October 10, 2004
  • Label: Monolith
2005 Winter’s Knight

  • Released: July 10, 2005
  • Label: Monolith
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Transylvania

  • Released: October 21, 2005
  • Label: Monolith
2006 Carnival of Lost Souls

  • Released: June 6, 2006
  • Label: Monolith
Blood of Angels (with Michelle Belanger)

  • Released: October 13, 2006
  • Label: Monolith
Blood of the Dragon

  • Released: November 27, 2006
  • Label: Monolith
2007 Shadow of the Raven

  • Released: July 20, 2007
  • Label: Monolith
2008 Grimm Tales

  • Released: April 30, 2008
  • Label: Monolith
Phantoms of the High Seas

  • Released: October 13, 2008
  • Label: Monolith
2009 Blackthorn Asylum

  • Released: June 21, 2009
  • Label: Monolith
Zombie Influx (with Jeff Hartz of Buzz-Works)

  • Released: September 15, 2009
  • Label: Monolith
Winter’s Eve

  • Released: November 27, 2009
  • Label: Monolith
2010 Theater of Illusion

  • Released: July 15, 2010
  • Label: Monolith
House of Nightmares (with Jeff Hartz of Buzz-Works)

  • Released: October 1, 2010
  • Label: Monolith
2011 The Dark Tower

  • Released: September 30, 2011
  • Label: Monolith
2012 Winter’s Majesty

  • Released: December 12, 2012
  • Label: Monolith
2013 Legion of Shadows

  • Released: October 31, 2013
  • Label: Monolith
Crimson Winter: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

  • Released: October 31, 2013
  • Label: Monolith
Ebonshire – Volume 1

  • Released: December 7, 2013
  • Label: Monolith
2014 Ebonshire – Volume 2

  • Released: December 1, 2014
  • Label: Monolith
2015 Gothic

  • Released: October 9, 2015
  • Label: Monolith
Ebonshire – Volume 3

  • Released: December 1, 2015
  • Label: Monolith
2016 Ebonshire – Volume 4

  • Released: December 1, 2016
  • Label: Monolith
2017 Season of the Witch

  • Released: October 1, 2017
  • Label: Monolith
Ebonshire – Volume 5

  • Released: December 12, 2017
  • Label: Monolith
2018 Ebonshire

  • Released: December 7, 2018
  • Label: Monolith
2019 The Cabinets of Doctor Arcana (Game Soundtrack)

  • Released: February 14, 2019
  • Label: Monolith

Below you can listen my today’s mood. Enjoy.

And “D▲rkstep” was born

I’ve been making music 5 or 6 years now.. and I have lots of melodies that I didn’t posted anywhere. And I decided that I should go public.

I’ve followed lots of tutorials on making various genres. I stayed loyal to dubstep, drum’n’bass and electro. Also experimented with raggaeton, break-beat, and I’ve created atmospheric horror stuff. (..and I have my own interpretation of the Game Of Thrones theme).

Not to brag about it but among my tasks at job and my projects for school, I code for my first video-game.. an atmospheric horror visual novel.

That means coding in Python.. And creating the most sadistic story I can imagine.

But among the required tasks for the game are the themes for various scenes. And Darkstep seemed helpful here.

Ohh wait.. You ask who Darkstep is?

That is my 13th personality. The artist. The creator. The poet. The one who stays up at night and creates music. Not only that he seems helpful at times.. but he really has the taste for the genres that can make you dance.

Here is the playlist of the songs that I’ve published this year. Enjoy.