If you have heard of Midnight Syndicate then you know what Nox Arcana is all about- “imaginary soundtracks” of a gothic horror nature (for the most part). Music production seems to be entirely based on keyboard midi and other sampled instruments, which is in my opinion the one shortcoming of their music (I think the music would be significantly better if it were performed by real instruments, because, let’s face it, while production quality has gotten much better, you can often tell the difference and it makes the music sound a little cheap or cheesy.)
Phantoms of the High Seas is another concept album and obviously the theme this time is ghost pirates and the horrors one might find out at sea. More than any other of their albums this one seems to be more oriented toward battle or action tracks.
My favorite track on here is “The Gallows Jig”. It is a shorter track but is not like much of Nox Arcana’s other works. As you’d guess by the name the song is an upbeat track, a jig that any ghostly pirate could dance too. “Still Waters” is a another good track. It is slow and creepy and there is minimal amounts of melody compared to most of their other songs.
“Maelstrom” is a short sound fx track which sounds like a ship creaking in the midst of a storm. “The Fog Rolls In” is another creaky boat sound fx track, this time instead of a storm there are ghostly whispers and a ringing bell.