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Carnival of Lost Souls
Publisher: Monolith Graphics
by Flames R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 02/04/2016 19:56:39

Harlequin’s Lament is a gorgeous gothic song, a blend of repetitious chords with a rich-sounding overlay of a grand piano and harmonized vocals in the background. This piece, while not necessarily “circus-like,” shows off the musicianship of Nox Arcana. Next, strategically placed after the melody, is Calliope; children’s laughter echoes in the background of this brooding, circular tune. Madame Endora follows you around and predicts your future, leading you into the Hall of Mirrors. Even though you run away, you may find yourself Lost in the Darkness.

One of the difficulties with creating a set in a “Circus Diabolique” is that, if not done properly, a haunted carnival can sound campy or lack general appeal. That is definitely not the case here. Of all the Nox Arcana collections, there is a wide variety of music offered on this set, some of which echoes their other work. For example, fans of the Necronomicon collection might find Nightmare Parade and Circus Diabolique appealing. Other than a few songs on this soundtrack, and believe me when I say I’ve listened to all of their collections repeatedly with the exception of Winter’s Knight, each song is more unique than the last.

Carnival of Lost Souls is one of the boldest moves Nox Arcana has made to date. You won’t hear any playful songs; the music isn’t “painful” or monotonous, it’s something new and different and fresh. What causes these differences? Subtle sound effects like silvery bells, children’s laughter, and a heavy use of synthesized chorals are played upon the backdrop of strong melodies written primarily in minor and harmonic keys. Overall, this is a broad composition that utilizes the full spectrum of volume, pitch, and chords. The use of volume, sound effects, and technique is very evident throughout this collection, especially in the song Storm.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Carnival of Lost Souls
Publisher: Monolith Graphics
by Michael H. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 09/22/2010 12:44:28

An excellent and very atmospheric soundtrack- it definitely has a dark, gothic, horror type feel to it. While some of the tracks are clearly very "carnival" oriented, others would work for any genre. The overall sound quality is excellent and you get a good number of tracks which are of good length (2-3 minutes each).



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Carnival of Lost Souls
Publisher: Monolith Graphics
by Devon K. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 08/10/2010 13:13:37

The music is very good and seems to fit a "carnival horror" or an "elegant horror" setting. I only found a couple songs I could use to set the mood for a modern horror game. It's all creepy music with good sound quality.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Carnival of Lost Souls
Publisher: Monolith Graphics
by Erathoniel W. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 08/08/2010 12:35:32

Nice atmospheric music. A lot of it is pretty good, and it'd set the feel. My only gripes are that there are a lot of shorter songs, which wouldn't always last for terribly long in terms of play time, so if you were running a campaign, you would have to constantly fiddle with the music player. My second gripe is that a lot of the music is pretty much carnival-only. Some could be applied more liberally to other creepy mood based settings, but a GM would have to get players to a carnival, and looking through the mass of settings I have, the only ones that work with that are Spycraft (gimmicky), Shadowrun, d20 Modern, and maybe (very gimmicky) Heavy Gear or MechWarrior as a side-plot (though this may be somewhat due to my lack of knowledge of carnivals and how to work them into other settings).

Oh yeah, I have another gripe: The laughing samples: No subtlety. It's like the music is saying "Be scared!" rather than "Big bad things lurk here!".



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Carnival of Lost Souls
Publisher: Monolith Graphics
by Thomas B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 08/08/2010 04:04:40

The Good: Some really nice tracks on this album with some very atmospheric music. The Bad: A few of the tracks kinda ran together on me, and not in the good, thematically connected way. Still, some of the better game atmosphere music I've heard.



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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