Dreams in the Witch House

Available on double LP, CD and digital download - October 12, 2013.

The Birth of a Lovecraftian Rock Opera

How the dream of “Dreams in the Witch House” became reality

It was on a transatlantic flight to Stockholm on September 1st, 2011 when I discovered H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Dreams in the Witch House.”  My trip was to be a mixture of business and pleasure, and my colleague, Andrew Leman had recommended I read the story just prior to my departure.  A few days later in Stockholm I was to have a meeting with my long-time music co-writer, Chris Laney, who would eventually provide Industrial Metal tracks for a short film I was working on, using deleted Black Pharaoh footage from the HPLHS Motion Picture, “The Whisperer in Darkness” (directed by Sean Branney).  Andrew suggested I read “The Dreams in the Witch House” to gain more insight into the Black Pharaoh, a mighty Lovecraft character who appears as different forms, identified by a variety of ominous names – Nyarlathotep, The Crawling Chaos, and The Black Man of the Witch-Cult.

As the flight continued, “The Dreams in the Witch House” quickly left an impression on me and I began to envision the story on a theatrical stage.  It was when I read the following passage that I visualized the Broadway stage ---

And now, too, there was a growing feeling that somebody was constantly persuading him to do something terrible which he could not do.  How about the somnambulism?  Where did he go sometimes in the night?  And what was that faint suggestion of sound which once in a while seemed to trickle through the maddening confusion of identifiable sounds even in broad daylight and full wakefulness?  Its rhythm did not correspond to anything on earth, unless perhaps to the cadence of one or two unmentionable Sabbat-chants, and sometimes he feared it corresponded to certain attributes of the vague shrieking or roaring in those wholly alien abysses of dream.

In this one passage Lovecraft made numerous references to sound; faint suggestions pertaining to rhythm and cadence, vaguely shrieking or roaring.  I immediately heard a Heavy Metal soundtrack in my mind and the seeds of a Lovecraftian Rock Opera were planted.

During my Black Pharaoh meeting with Chris Laney in Stockholm, I pitched the idea of producing a “Dreams in the Witch House” Rock Opera concept album.  Chris had just finished reading Dan Brown’s “Angels & Demons”, and was craving to compose a Gothic Heavy Metal Musical with religious, end-of-the-world undertones.  On September 5th, we decided to join forces to produce “Dreams in the Witch House – A Lovecraftian Rock Opera.”  Studio production began in February of 2012, and nearly 20 months later, with the added fire-power of producers Lennart Östlund, RingMan, Sean Branney and Andrew Leman, we present the results of an epic project of passion which features 17 dynamic singers, 14 awesome musicians and a lifetime of infinite Lovecraftian dreams.  Rock on!

 

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Mike Dalager
Executive Producer

 


Platform Studios, Polar Studios and the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society present

Dreams in the Witch House - A Lovecraftian Rock Opera

Music by

Chris Laney  Anders Ringman  Lennart Östlund

Lyrics by

Mike Dalager  Andrew Leman

Book by

Sean Branney  Andrew Leman

Executive Producer

Mike Dalager

A concept album based on “The Dreams in the Witch House” (1933) by H.P. Lovecraft

 

ACT ONE

The Confession / Arkham Overture

Dreams in the Witch House

High Fire / Breaking me Down

Bridge to the Stars

The Nightmare

No Turning Back

Signum Crucis

Nothing I Can Do

 

ACT TWO

Legends and Lore

The Sleepwalker

Blessed are the Faithful

Crawling Chaos

Azathoth

The Sacrifice / No Turning Back (reprise)

Between Reality and Dreaming

Madness is my Destiny

 

Cast of characters (in order of appearance)

Frank Elwood  

Father Iwanicki 

Walter Gilman

Keziah Mason

Joe Mazurewicz

Professor Upham

Brown Jenkin

Mister Desrochers

Judge Hathorne       

Landlord Dombrowski

The Crawling Chaos

Choirs & cultists

 

Andrew Leman

Sean Branney

Mike Dalager

Alaine Kashian

Stuart Ambrose

Jesse Merlin

Chris Laney

Seth Ayott

Ray Rochelle

Anders Ringman

Jody Ashworth

Mike Brown, Ulf Larsson, Conny Laxéll, Lisa McClenahan, Marc Thomas, Liny Wood

 

BRAIN FEVER – The Witch House Band

Johan Koleberg           

Chris Laney

Conny Laxéll

Nalle Påhlsson

Anders Ringman

Lennart Östlund

Additional musicians -

Soma Allpass       

Daniel Arévalo

Masato Baba
                   

Patrik Bonnet

Bruce Kulick

Ulf Larsson    

Douglas Blair Lucek

Peer Stappe

 

Drums

Guitar

Percussion

Bass

Guitar and keyboards

Guitar

 

Cello on “Nothing I Can Do” and “The Sleepwalker” 

Additional drums on “Madness is my Destiny”

Shinobue on “No Turning Back”, “Nothing I Can Do”
and “Legends and Lore” 

Oud on “Blessed are the Faithful” 

Guitar on “Signum Crucis” and “Nothing I Can Do” 

Grand piano on “Legends and Lore” 

Guitar on “The Nightmare” and “Between Reality and Dreaming” 

Drums on “No Turning Back”, “Blessed are the Faithful” and “The Sacrifice” 

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Homepage art by Carlos Garcia Rivera (Mutated Trinity)

Webpage art by Keith Thompson (Dreamscape); entire composition available on LP

Social Media Management:  Melissa Salpietra

PR Scandinavia:  Ira Keelyn of Triada Communication

Manager: Katrina Bleckley for Siren Management

Website design:  DKNG Studios

Legal: Vaquerano Law, P.C.

 

Available on double LP, CD and digital download

 

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