Nox ArcanaHalloween Music

Phantoms of the High Seas

Set a course for adventure and explore the mysteries of the deep with ghostly melodies, pirate anthems and gothic choirs.

Price $10.00

Music by Joseph Vargo and William Piotrowski.
Label: Monolith Graphics
21 tracks. 68 mins.
UPC: 634479876158
Release Date: 10-13-2008

Track List

  • 1. Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • 2. The High Seas
  • 3. Edge of the World
  • 4. Pirates
  • 5. The Gallows Jig
  • 6. Crossfire
  • 7. Oblivion
  • 8. Racing the Wind
  • 9. Siren's Call
  • 10. Trove Island
  • 11. Against the Storm

Set a course for high adventure...

Hearken ye pirates and black-hearted sea dogs. Nox Arcana beckons ye to set sail upon the haunted seas where ghost ships prowl the misty dead of night and ancient treasure lies buried far below the endless waves.
      This epic soundscape explores the mysteries of the deep with dynamic orchestrations, ghostly melodies, pirate anthems and gothic choirs. Aye, and legend tells that this CD holds clues to finding the Lost Treasure of the Tempest. (21 tracks. 68 mins.)

Press Reviews

Phantoms of the High Seas

Swashbucklingly Seductive!

Phantoms of the High Seas 5

Pure orchestral magnificence on all levels... very eerie and mystical... this CD is practically flawless. The sound quality of Phantoms of the High Seas is outstanding.

Phantoms of the High Seas 5

Nox Arcana, already proved to be a master of this sub-genre, will lead you on a journey through mysterious world of pirates an dark deep seas. Surely one of the best efforts from Nox Arcana.

Phantoms of the High Seas 5

Nox Arcana's outstanding body of work pushes Gothic music to the outer limits of its genre. No true Goth fan should miss these albums.

Phantoms of the High Seas

Nox Arcana takes us on a musical journey that is one that you'll return to time and time again.

Phantoms of the High Seas

Nox Arcana goes the extra mile to ensure that there’s no doubt as to their inspiration. Phantoms of the High Seas features 21 tracks of remarkable diversity... the clever inclusion of occasional key elements such as cannon bursts, pirate-specific lyrics, and sea-storms nicely directs the ears and imagination to where they should be. Say it with me now... arrgh, Pirates!

Phantoms of the High Seas 5

So beware the whispering wind... A phantom ship appears in the fog, torn sails, cruising eerily through the night underneath the full moon's blue light, as the ghosts of maritime swashbucklers arise from the deep to tell of deadly adventures... Based upon the travels of an accursed vessel named The Tempest, and beginning with an appropriately gruff narration as if spoken by Blackbeard himself, setting the tone for this morbid excursion (complete with the chanting of "Yo-Ho..." in the background), Phantoms of The High Seas is a splendid Gothic translation of Pirate lore, with choirs and sound-effects to richly compliment and accentuate the tenebrous orchestrations. Also featured is a haunting vocal piece entitled "Fate of The Tempest" sung by 'Ty Cook', which recounts the tale. The lavishly decorated booklet is your treasure map to the musickal gems herein, filled with darksome illustrations from the quest which will accompany you along your journey. 'Neath the black banner of the Jolly Roger do we sail for gold and treasures unimagined in splendor. May greed be your guide, and may the cleverest survive to enjoy the booty!

Phantoms of the High Seas

The Halloween season wouldn't be the same without a new release from the kings of the gothic soundscape, Nox Arcana. Their latest cd, Phantoms of the High Seas, is a spellbinding concept album based on legends of ghost ships and pirate lore. A moody intro, appropriately named "Dead Men Tell No Tales," sets the scene for the 20 sinister instrumental pieces that follow, delivering over an hour of music. Tracks like "Pirates," "Crossfire," and "Skull and Crossbones" are full-blooded pirate epics, while "Widow's Harbor," "Black Sails" and "Still Waters" conjure a haunting mood. Guest vocalist Ty Cook lends his voice to the eerie ballad "Fate of the Tempest," telling the tale of a cursed ghost ship that haunts misty night. Soaring choirs, symphonic orchestrations, moody sound effects and ominous chants create one unforgettable anthem after another, capturing the true spirit of the haunted sea. In Nox Arcana's trademark style, the cd booklet is filled with lavish artwork depicting spectral ships, ancient maps and a hidden treasure quest. Fans of Pirates of the Caribbean are sure to love this cd. Highly recommended.