-->''[[OminousLatinChanting Incarnatus iure,]]''\\
''Benedictus ave,''\\
''Nox Arcana glorium-''\\
''Ad limina tempus,''\\
''Vestigia cantus,''\\
''Nox Arcana glorium!''

''Nox Arcana,'' a {{Goth}}ic Classical group creating self described music from the shadows, formed in 2003 as a collaboration between gothic fantasy artist Joseph Vargo (of ex-Music/MidnightSyndicate 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 Creator/HPLovecraft and Creator/EdgarAllanPoe 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.
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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)
* ''Gothic'' (2015)
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!! ''Nox Arcana'' provide examples of the following:

* AbandonedHospital: ''Blackthorn Asylum'', which has been abandoned ever since a mysterious tragedy.
* AllThereInTheManual: An extreme example with the puzzles inside the [=CDs=], and a more mild example with the stories and the contents of ''The Arcanum.''
* AnotherDimension:
** ''Theater of Illusion'' features the shadow realm, which is a mysterious dimension hidden between space and time.
** In ''Blackthorn Asylum'', [[MadDoctor Dr. Aldritch]] performs his [[PlayingWithSyringes inhumane experiments]] to gain insight into another dimension.
* BaldOfAwesome: William.
* BedlamHouse: ''Blackthorn Asylum.''
* CircusOfFear: The Carnival of Lost Souls and the Circus Diabolique.
* ConceptAlbum: ''19'' of them.
* CoolHorse:
** ''Steeds of Thunder''.
** ''Ivory Steeds''.
* CreepyChild: The children's voices narrating "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HA9YB4CDbsc Nursery Rhyme.]]"
* CreepyCircusMusic: Pretty much every song on ''Carnival,'' but especially: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhjEVO0_FoU Ghosts of the Midway,]]" "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_gmkw0_81E Calliope,]]" and "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdpXoAPiadI Shadows Fall.]]"
* CreepyMonotone: Several of the narrations sound like this.
* {{Curse}}: ''Darklore Manor'' is a classic case -- Natives called it: "the place where shadows walk," it became a hot spot for black magic, a bunch of deaths and other tragedies happened, and... You get the point.
* DontGoInTheWoods: ''Shadow Forest''.
* {{Dracula}}: ''Transylvania'' is a musical adaptation of the story.
* DragonHoard: The Treasure of the Four Crowns is protected by a dragon named Flame Tongue.
* DramaticThunder: A frequent sound effect in their music.
* ElectricTorture: ''Shock Treatment''.
* EldritchAbomination: ''Necronomicon'' has several, being based of [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraft's]] Franchise/CthulhuMythos.
* EtherealChoir: All the time. The "Gregorian Shadow Choir."
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: ''Highland Storm''.
* EvilLaugh: In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SP7EVNNc07w Hall of Mirrors.]]" [[spoiler: Might want to not press stop after the end of "Storm," either...]]
* EvilSorceress: Sinistra, the witch queen.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness:
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwKUbPDWrs4 Castle of Nightmares,]]" anyone?
** ''The Dark Tower''.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Their album ''Necronomicon'' is about... ''The Necronomicon.''
* FlyingDutchman: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk_mDIF8v9g The Tempest]], from ''Phantoms of the High Seas''.
* FallenAngel:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9lPV7TFCUc ''Children of Heaven'']] is the story of an angel who fell from Heaven after desiring a mortal man.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZmLLm3c0XI ''Blood of Angels'']] is a song from the perspective of the descendants of fallen angels.
* ForDoomTheBellTolls: Bell noises are used quite a lot in their music. At least a couple times on every album, but especially on ''Winter's Knight.''
* FracturedFairytale: The whole concept behind ''Grimm Tales.''
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Sinistra, the witch queen.
* HauntedCastle:
** ''Castle of Nightmares.'' [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin It says it right there in its name.]]
** ''The Dark Tower''.
** ''Castle Dracula''.
* HauntedHouse: ''Darklore Manor'', ''House of Nightmares'', and ''Grimstone Manor''.'' ''Blackthorn Asylum'' and ''The Dark Tower'' could count as well.
* HeartbeatSoundtrack: Used to great effect in "Darkness Rising."
* HiddenTrack: At least once per album. Usually twice. Sometimes three times.
* HollywoodVoodoo: ''Voodoo''.
* IdiosyncraticAlbumTheming: All of ''Nox Arcana'''s albums (that weren't assistance to other artists) have 21 tracks. As Joseph put it in the page quote, "We are contractually bound to put 21 tracks on all our [=CDs=]. It's part of our [[DealWithTheDevil pact with the Devil.]]" Every CD also has a hidden track, one or more.
* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace:
** ''Blackthorn Asylum''? [[SarcasmMode Sounds like your friendly neighborhood hospital!]]
** Edmund ''Darklore'' should not have named his mansion after himself if he wanted it to sound nice...
** Grimstone Manor in ''Gothic''.
** The Dark Tower, from ''The Dark Tower''.
** ''Castle of Nightmares'' and the ''Hall of the Witch Queen'', from ''Grimm Tales''.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4_dmT2S41U Dragon Riders]]" in ''Blood.''
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Joseph first teamed up with William when he (William) was 15 years old.
* IronicNurseryTune: "Nursery Rhyme" is a perfect example.
** Another good one is ''The House Beyond the Graveyard'' from the ''Gothic'' album
** Grimm Tales' intro has hints of it too.
* KnifeThrowingAct: "Diablo" and "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdglkD8KT9w The Devil's Daggers.]]" [[ForegoneConclusion This being the Circus Diabolique, it doesn't go well...]]
* LighterAndSofter: ''Winter's Eve'' had almost none of the darker elements of the other albums, consisting mostly of pretty piano and guitar pieces. Despite this, it was ''very'' well received in the fandom.
* LonelyPianoPiece: 30-50% of their songs are this.
* {{Lust}}: Sephiriel, the main character of ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9lPV7TFCUc Children of Heaven]]'', is an [[FallenAngel angel who falls from heaven because of her desire for a mortal man]].
* MadDoctor: Dr. Neville Aldritch.
* MagiciansAreWizards: ''Theater of Illusion'' is about stage magicians who use real magic.
* MasqueradeBall:
** ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3MfwOtT9zo Grande Masquerade.]]''
** ''Masque of the Red Death''.
* MegaMaelstrom: ''Maelstrom''.
* MonsterClown: The clowns in the ''Carnival of Lost Souls.''
* MrFanservice: Just ask any Joseph Vargo fangirl. William has his fair share of female fans as well.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast:
** Dr. Neville Aldritch, whose last name is a play on "[[EldritchAbomination Eldritch.]]"
** Sinistra, whose name is derived from "sinister".
* {{Necromancer}}: Well..."[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Necromancer.]]"
* OminousLatinChanting: Many songs, but "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6XRyS7PFMk Gregorian Hymn]]" stands out as a shining example.
* OminousMusicBoxTune: "Music Box" and "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lvC8b1_2bI Pandora's Music Box,]]" which kindly have "music box" in the title to alert you. Also, the background music on "Hypnos." [[spoiler: Also on the hidden track of ''Carnival of Lost Souls.'']]
* OminousPipeOrgan: Several songs, but "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFmUAeqXDHs Melancholia]]" takes the cake.
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eczq0jLe-LI Masque of the Red Death]]" and "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pM7SoBVkLjE Oblivion]]" are also very organ heavy.
* OneWomanSong: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fovJqI-gFbo Belladonna.]]"
* PirateBooty: The lost treasure of the Tempest.
* ReligionOfEvil: ''The Arcanum'' (from the Theater story) could be seen this way.
* SanitySlippageSong: Most of ''Blackthorn Asylum,'' but especially, well, "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4axARHfgG6Y Sanity Slipping.]]"
* SecretCircleOfSecrets: Actually, ''The Arcanum'' fits this trope much better.
* SorcerousOverlord: Sinistra, the witch queen from ''Grimm Tales''.
* StartMyOwn: Heeey, remember that band Joseph was in before ''Nox Arcana''? Oh yeah... Music/MidnightSyndicate.
* TechnicolorFire: ''Black Fire''.
* ThemeNaming: All the winter albums begin with ''Winter's *Noun*,'' which is why they are often referred to as the ''Winter's Trilogy.''
* TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow: In ''Necronomicon,'' some songs center around this.
* TheXOfY: So many. "Sanctuary of Shadows," "Temple of the Black Pharaoh," "The Haunter of the Dark," "Guardian of the Gate," "Lords of Darkness," "Ritual of Summoning," "Ghosts of Christmas Past," "Reflections of Long Ago," "Spirit of the Season," "Sentinels of Stone," "Night of the Wolf," "Ghosts of the Midway," "Hall of Mirrors," "Theatre of Sorrows," "Citadel of Secrets," "Treasure of the Four Crowns," "Legions of Darkness," "Steeds of Thunder," "Defenders of the Realm," "Chamber of the Immortals," "Blood of the Dragon," "Legacy of Sorrow," "Mysteries of the Night," "Labyrinth of Dreams," "Castle of Nightmares," "Edge of the World," "Lords of the Deep," "Fate of the Tempest," "Legacy of Darkness," "Threshold of Madness," "Tapestry of Decay," "The Rose of Winter," "The Ides of December," "Gifts of the Magi," "Season of Wonder," "Winds of Change," "Edge of Darkness," "The Mask of Arcana," "The Swords of Kali," "Lord of Illusions," "Path of Shadows," "King of Fools," "Days of Olde," "Spirits of the Past," "Rites of Passage," "Legion of Shadows," and "Heart of Darkness."
* {{Uberwald}}:
** ''Transylvania'', which takes place in a version of Transylvania inspired by {{Dracula}}.
** ''The Dark Tower'', which takes place in a fictional location called Vasaria.
* VillainSong: ''Blood of Angels'' is one from the perspective of the descendants of fallen angels.
* WhoDares: "WHO DARES INTRUDE UPON MY DARK DOMAIN?"
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRYeZue7XWA Forlorn]]'', about a character (possibly a vampire) who wants release from the curse of eternal life.
* WickedWitch: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yaul_d3Te5U Hall of the Witch Queen.]]"
* ZombieApocalypse: The plot of ''Zombie Influx.''
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