I know that not everyone is into the idea of bands crowdfunding stuff. Personally, I like it. It’s a way to show your support for a project before the artist has to commit to it, which means that artists can produce things that they might otherwise shy away from because they wouldn’t know if the market would justify it. It’s also a way to give a little extra to projects that really excite you, and maybe get a cool perk or two along the way.
Anyway, if you’re feeling in a pledgy mood, here are three crowdfunding projects that I’ve backed recently that I think are worth your attention.
talanas Asylum digibook: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/halsinden/talanas-asylum-digibook-album
This project has made its goal for producing the digibook, but is a little over 100 pounds away from meeting its stretch goal of including a DVD in the package. What would be on this DVD? I have no idea. I’m not sure if talanas have any idea. But if you’ve seen any of the videos over on frontman Hal Sinden’s Youtube channel, you’ll have no doubt that there will be hilarious mayhem involved.
Mortad’s music video recording: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/691463671/mortad-music-video-recording
You can hear a few snippets of Mortad’s upcoming album in the video on the project page, and I think it sounds pretty killer. I liked their debut full-length, The Myth of Purity, but if the stuff in the video is any indication, the forthcoming album is going to be more complex, more melodic, and draw on more varied influences, while still remaining satisfyingly heavy. The band are trying to raise 2,000 pounds to make 5(!) music videos of songs from the album. At 400 pounds per video, that’s quite a bargain!
Arcane Dimension merchandise: http://igg.me/p/merchandise-for-arcane-dimension/x/822440
I caught this local band when they opened for Atrocity, Leaves’ Eyes, and Moonspell back in February. They meld tribal belly dance with heavy metal. Pledge and get a signed CD, a hoodie, or, if you’re feeling flush, have the band come play at your house.