Personnel: Robert Kinkel (vocals, keyboards, background vocals); Alexa Goddard, Rob Evan, Valentina Porter, Jennifer Cella, Dina Fanai (vocals, background vocals); Jay Pierce, Bryan Hicks, Tim Hockenberry, Jeff Scott Soto (vocals); Dave Wittman (guitar, drums); Chris Caffery, Trey Tosh, Paul ONeill , Al Pitrelli, Alex Skolnick, Paul O'Neill, Angus Clark (guitar); Roddy Chong (violin, strings); Anna Phoebe, Chizuko Matsusaka, Sarah Shellman, Lowell Adams, Karen Dumke, Alison Zlotow, Caitlin Moe (strings); Jay Coble, Jay Coble, Peter Evans (trumpet); Luci Butler, Luci Butler (keyboards, background vocals); Shih Yi Chiang, Derek Wieland, Jon Oliva (keyboards); John O. Reilly, John Reilly, Jason Gianni, Jeff Plate (drums); Danielle Landherr, Zak Stevens, James Anthony Austen Lewis, Tany Ling, Abby Skoff, Steve Broderick, Bart Shatto, Kristin Lewis Gorman, Ireland Wilde ONeill, Tony Gaynor, Allison Flom, Evan Shyer, Britney Christian, Scout Xavier, Danielle Landherr, Sanya Mateyas, James Lewis, Tommy Farese, Kelly Keeling, Andrew Ross, Zachary Stevens, Steve Broderick (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Dave Wittman.
Recording information: Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY; Morrisound Studios, Tampa, FL; Soundtrack Studios, New York, NY; Stellar Productions Inc., New York, NY.
Translator: Doctor Clement Kuehn.
Arrangers: Paul ONeill ; Paul O'Neill; Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
NIGHT CASTLE appears just in time for the big 2009 holiday season but don't be fooled: this isn't a Christmas album, even if it's sonically indistinguishable from Trans-Siberian Orchestra's other seasonal releases, and the fact that it's been dubbed "Capra-esque" certainly brings it within the realm of the season. NIGHT CASTLE brims with all the drama, pomp, and circumstance of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's other records but channeling these traits through a newly created narrative does have the effect of hearing it in a somewhat new light, shifting the focus entirely to the band's attack, not melody. Still, there's not that much new here -- and the coda of seasonal covers, including the first sober version of "Nutrocker" ever cut, doesn't do much to break that spell. But for those already enchanted by the Orchestra, this will continue to enthrall.