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Music: Nox Arcana
Incarnatus iure,
Benedictus ave,
Nox Arcana glorium-
Ad limina tempus,
Vestigia cantus,
Nox Arcana glorium!

Nox Arcana, a Gothic Classical group creating self-described music from the shadows, formed in 2003 as a collaboration between gothic fantasy artist Joseph Vargo (of ex-Midnight Syndicate fame) and musician William Piotrowski. The group's first album Darklore Manor introduced the music world to what would become Nox Arcana's signature style - a darkly beautiful, but wonderfully eclectic sound that centered around the brilliantly realized backstory of the album's concept.

With the albums being published by Vargo's company Monolith Graphics, the group put out new record after new record, each with an entirely new concept. Concepts ranged from the works of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe to dark carnivals, Transylvania, pirates, fairy tales, and (surprise!) a Holiday album.

Perhaps the most unique aspect of Nox's work is that it is not simply music. The music is only one part of the whole - albeit the most important part. The band creates stories that tie in with/tell the backstory of the album's concept. On the official website, an interactive area known as The Arcanum allows listeners to enter the world of the music. Vargo's artwork adorns the album covers and booklets. All of these things come together to create the world that is Nox Arcana.

In 2009, the band put out two more albums (Blackthorn Asylum and a second Holiday album, Winter's Eve), within a few months of each other. In 2010, it was announced that a new album entitled Theater Of Illusion was to be released over the summer. The artwork, story, and sample tracks were revealed as of early July, and CDs are now out.

As of October 1st, House Of Nightmares, the band's second collaboration with Buzz-Works has been released.

The band's discography is as follows:

  • Darklore Manor (2003)
  • Necronomicon (2004)
  • Winter's Knight (2005)
  • Transylvania (2005)
  • Carnival Of Lost Souls (2006)
  • Blood Of Angels (2006) - Collaboration with Michelle Belanger.
  • Blood Of The Dragon (2006)
  • Shadow Of The Raven (2007)
  • Grimm Tales (2008)
  • Phantoms Of The High Seas (2008)
  • Blackthorn Asylum (2009)
  • Zombie Influx (2009) - Collaboration with Buzz-Works.
  • Winter's Eve (2009)
  • Theater Of Illusion (2010)
  • House Of Nightmares (2010) - Another collaboration with Buzz-Works for the Halloween season.
  • The Dark Tower (2011)
  • Winter's Majesty (2012)
  • Legion of Shadows (2013)

Nox Arcana provide examples of the following:


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alternative title(s): Nox Arcana
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