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Spires announce crowd-funding campaign for upcoming album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 5th September 2014 by Pieni

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Manchester progressive metallers Spires have launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for their forthcoming full length album, “The Whisperer”. After the critically acclaimed “Spiral of Ascension” (2010), and the equally praised acoustic mini-album “Lucid Abstractions” (2012), “The Whisperer” is planned to be released in early November, with the Kickstarter campaign ending on 4th October. If you wish to take part of this, please click the following link: ttps://

The album will initially be a limited edition run of 500 copies, on 6 panel digipak, featuring extensive artwork by Daniella Morrison, and a full lyric booklet. The 7 track release will feature over an hour of progressive metal, and expands upon the foundations laid on the band’s previous releases.

“This album is going to be even more expansive and wide reaching,” vocalist/guitarist Paul Sadler explains, “with more varied instrumentation including cello, violin, piano and female vocals, as well as a guest spot on guitar from Tymon Kruidenier from Exivious / ex-Cynic The overall dynamics are pushed to further extremes in both directions. We’re all extremely excited about how it’s sounding. We decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign to give us that helping hand to produce a physical product that’s really worth having. In this day and age we feel this is necessary to convince people its worth parting with their hard earned cash for something you have created.”

The band is also producing a limited run of T-shirts to coincide with the release, featuring artwork from the album, also available through Kickstarter. A small UK tour is also in the pipeline for the end of the year, of which we’ll inform you as soon as the dates are confirmed. They play a one off show alongside Falloch and Jordan Reyne on 17th September at The Flapper in Birmingham .

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Bleed From Within launch crowdfunding campaign

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 1st April 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Bleed From Within have just launched their crowdfunding campaign, to help fun  a very special four track EP. The special release will bridge the gap between their latest release Uprising and their busy tour schedule as well as their upcoming album.

Since the band has already written new material for the next album, which is loosely scheduled for a release in early 2015 on Century Media Records, they are working on the following content for their crowdfunded EP:

–       2 brand new songs feat. guest musicians
–       2 covers, one of the covers voted by the fans

Head directly to this location for all relevant information including different options and perks available. The band about the campaign:

This is something new for us and we want you guys to be as big of a part of this release as we are.

Bleed From Within online:

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Northern Oak set to launch Kickstarter campaign to fund new album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 21st October 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Classy dressed Yorkshire folk metallers Northern Oak are set to launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund the recording of their third album, which currently remains untitled and will be the follow-up to their 2012 release Monuments.

To help promote this campaign, Northern Oak will be embarking on a campaign of the UK next month with Eibon La Furies. The tour, known as The Astral Chaos Tour withh begin with a Terrorizer Magazine Grindhouse Show at the Firebug, Leicester on 15th November. Northern Oak guitarist Chris Mole comments:

We’re really excited about using Kickstarter to raise the money – it’s a great way to communicate directly with our fans and get their support in making this album the best it can possibly be.

Flautist Catie Williams added:

We’ve been working on these songs for a long time, so it’s important to us that they sound perfect – we owe it to everyone who has supported us so far, whether that’s been buying a CD, coming to a gig or even just telling a friend to give us a listen!

Confirmed tour dates are as follow:

15 November – Firebug, Leicester
22 November – The Asylum, Birmingham
23 November – The Unicorn, London
06 December – The Snooty Fox, Wakefield
07 December – Corporation, Sheffield

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ReVamp launch Kickstarter campaign

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 4th June 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Dutch metallers ReVamp, whom are fronted by Floor Jansen who is best known for her recent touring stint with Nightwish, have recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to go on tour. Further details can be found at this location.

ReVamp are also working on their second album at the moment which will be released in August through Nuclear Blast, following the release date being pushed forward from September. The album will feature Stream of Passion bassist Johan van Stratum. The album’s title and artwork are still yet to be revealed.

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Earache launches first Kickstarter campaign, fans have chance at a new printing of classic Nocturnus album

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , on 2nd May 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Earache Records has launched its first ever Kickstarter campaign, offering fans a new 2013 printing of the classic Nocturnus album Thresholds, fully endorsed by the band’s founding member and drummer Mike Browning.

Recorded at the legendary Morrisound Studios in Tampa, Florida and originally released in 1992, Thresholds became a new benchmark for technical death metal and has become a regular request from fans since going out of print.  The fan-funded repressing will see the album taken from the original DAT tape, mastered in FDR (Full Dynamic Range), and cut by Noel Summerville, who was responsible for the original vinyl cut. Head to the Kickstarter campaign page now at this location.

The new Nocturnus vinyl pressing will be available in the following quantities and colours:
100 – Clear
200 – Green
300 – Purple
400 – Black

Fans are able to pledge now for the following options:
* Pledge £15 or more – choice of black or purple vinyl LP
* Pledge £18 or more – green vinyl LP
* Pledge £50 or more – clear vinyl signed by Nocturnus founding member and drummer Mike Browning, plus a CDR copy of the album, a woven Nocturnus patch (9cm x 8cm), and a Nocturnus logo t-shirt in your choice of size
* Pledge £100 or more – black vinyl LP plus your name in the thanks/credits of the entire print run

The campaign is running from now until Monday, July 1st, with orders expecting to be shipped in August if the target amount is reached.

For more information and to put your pledge in, head to the Nocturnus Kickstarter page now at this location.

Earache Records online:

ALT-FEST; brand new alternative lifestyle and music festival announced

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 10th December 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Alt-Fest – a brand new radical alternative music and lifestyle festival with a totally wicked edge, has been confirmed to take place on August 15th, 16th and 17th 2014 at a 50,000 capacity site in the South East of England, to be announced soon.

The organizers AC Promotions, a vibrant alternative clubbing and events company, who have been packing the crowds in at major nightspots across London for over 8 years, promise to curate a unique experience.

Alt-Fest will feature five live music stages, presenting crucial Goth, Metal and Industrial acts, plus the ‘best-of-the-next’ on a newcomers stage, and the absolute ‘best-of-the-best’ on a punter voted main stage line-up.

Alt-Fest will also present a massive clubbing marquee, to be hosted by a different ‘name’ event team each night, a circus big top, an alternative traders’ field, fairground rides and an artists’ village, showcasing installations, body art and sculptures taking shape over the weekend.

A large kids area, with crèche (rarely offered at mainstream festivals), will provide a dedicated area for festival going families throughout the five days of camping available.

What really sets Alt-Fest apart, however, is the innovative alternative means being employed to fund and determine the form of the festival. Alt-Fest will be the UK’s first ever crowd-funded festival, sourced and created by the crowd itself.

As well voting on acts to appear on the bill, festival-goers are stepping forward to volunteer the crowd-sourced resources, labour and finance that Alt-Fest requires to be a truly punter-powered event, where ticket-holders are fully invested in the decision making process.

As reported in the Guardian on 14th November 2012, more than 2.5 million people have helped to successfully back more than 30,000 creative projects on Kickstarter, since the site launched in America in April 2009. The site estimates that around 10% of the films accepted into the Sundance and Tribeca film festivals this year were funded by Kickstarter.

Crowd funding has already been adopted by a myriad of bands and artists to fund their albums, bypassing traditional record companies, whose A&R budgets have become ever more emaciated over the years, but this is the first festival ever to be backed in this way.

Following a summer which saw Sonisphere and The Big Chill pulled due to poor sales, scant attendance at Hard Rock Calling, even after a massive ticket price cut, plus ATP promotions going into liquidation, it seems the time is ripe for a revolution to be staged in the live arena.  The demand now being demonstrated at Alt-Fest’s fledging website confirms festival-goers are not only ready for an alternative, but are committed to creating it.

The support received in these early stages has already been sufficient to secure a 300 acre site, and to open talks with acts of a calibre that will make Alt-Fest a worthy competitor to established events – and this is only the start!  The first acts brought to the Alt-Fest bill with the help of people power will be announced in February, when a Kickstarter campaign launches, enabling punters to contribute to shaping the festival’s next big step forward.

Unlike any event before it, Alt-Fest is inviting the crowd to call the shots throughout the decision making process.  Fans fed up with bumped-up booking fees, food price-fixing and the same old acts offered by today’s festival ‘in-crowd’ can decide to complain – or to come on board with creating the real alternative.


Lost Tape Collective Announces New Releases

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 16th March 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Lost Tape Collective, the DIY label run by members of Man Overboard, has announced a series of cassettes that they are currently taking pre-order for.  Full release info is as followed:


  • NEIGHBORHOODS – Fighting Words (CD & Digital)
  • BALANCE & COMPOSURE – Separation (cassette)
  • THE STORY SO FAR – Under Soil & Dirt (cassette)
  • HANDGUNS – Don’t Bite Your Tongue (cassette)
  • TRUE THINGS – Alone In My Room (CD – re-release)


  • STRIKE ANYWHERE – Exit English (cassette)
  • STRIKE ANYWHERE – Change Is A Sound (cassette)
  • HISTORY – We’re Only Getting Older (CD)

The label has also released a sampler which can be checked out here.