"Permanence" is the new album by Deathmøle, an instrumental metal project from Jeph Jacques, author of Questionable Content.
That's me, by the way!
Let's dispense with the whole awkward third-person thing since I'm the one writing this. Hello! Nice to meet you.
Let me give you a little bit of backstory before we get to the meat of this project: Although I've been making a living doing Questionable Content for almost a decade now, music is my other great passion in life. It's what I studied in college and eventually got a degree for! I've been recording songs under the moniker Deathmøle for around 8 years now. I play all of the instruments and write all the parts, and record everything on my computer at home. It's a lot of fun, and I'm really proud of the music I've written!
OKAY ENOUGH BACKSTORY
As much as I enjoy recording music at home, I've never made an album in a proper recording studio. It's always been a dream of mine, but I've never had the money or time to do it. I think this new batch of songs I've got are some of the best I've ever written, and I would love, love, love to go to an actual studio and get an actual professional to actually record them.
TELL ME MORE ABOUT THIS ALBUM THING
Okay! Permanence is, like I said above, instrumental heavy metal. It sounds closer to bands like Meshuggah and Isis than, say, Dragonforce. The songs are all fairly long and have lots of different parts and go from super super heavy to quiet and melodic, often multiple times within the same song. They are ridiculously fun to play. If you'd like to check out some of my older material, you can visit http://deathmole.bandcamp.com and listen for free. I particularly recommend the album "Advances."
CAN I HAVE A TRACK LIST?
Absolutely! These are just working titles for now, but here you go:
2) Nothing Is Permanent
4) Snow In Sun
6) Everything Is Permanent
These are the songs I've currently either finished or have written but not recorded yet. The album should be 45 to 60 minutes long, depending on how long the unfinished tracks end up being. I'll be recording and mixing the album at Sonelab with the excellent and extremely talented Justin Pizzoferrato. When it's done, we'll send it over to John Golden at Golden Mastering to master the album prior to manufacturing. Finally, I have commissioned the incredible, inimitable John Keogh to design the album art, band logo, and t-shirt designs.
WHAT DO I GET ALONG WITH THIS ALBUM???
You have many options, my friend!
The Malice Shrew reward tier gets you your name in the liner notes of the album as a thank-you for supporting the project!
The Terror Vole reward tier gets you your name in the liner notes AND a digital download of the album!
The Plague Marmot tier gets you your name in the liner notes, the digital download, a Deathmøle sticker, and a CD copy of the album!
The Pestilence Mouse tier gets you your name in the liner notes, the digital download, a Deathmøle sticker, and a CD signed by Jeph!
The Famine Bat tier gets you your name in the liner notes, the digital download, the CD, and a Deathmøle shirt!
The Tragedy Squirrel tier gets you your name in the liner notes, the digital download, a signed CD, and a Deathmøle shirt!
The Platypus of Horror tier gets your your name in the liner notes, the digital download, a signed LP, a sticker, and a Deathmøle shirt!
The Doom Wombat tier gets you your name in the liner notes, the digital download, a CD, AND a fancy limited-edition screenprint signed and numbered by Jeph and John!
The Badgerpocalypse tier gets you your name in the liner notes, the digital download, a signed CD, a shirt, and a signed and numbered screenprint by Jeph and John!
The Morbid Platypus tier gets you your name in the liner notes, the digital download, a signed CD, and the original album artwork by John Keogh, signed by John himself!
The Party Echidna tier gets you all of the physical rewards and tickets for you and one guest to an exclusive album release party in Northampton, MA! Come hang out with Jeph, get stuff signed, and listen to some good tunes!
The Moose Armageddon tier will get you your name in the liner notes, the digital download, a signed CD, a shirt, AND a chance to have lunch or dinner with Jeph! All you gotta do is get yourself to Northampton, MA and Jeph will take care of the rest!
WHY ARE YOU DOING A KICKSTARTER FOR THIS:
Hooray, we have an add-on menu now!
Deathmøle t-shirt: $20 ($30 outside the U.S.)
CD of Permanence: $15 ($20 outside the U.S.)
Vinyl copy of Permanence: $25 ($30 outside the U.S.)
Second patch/sticker/tattoo/guitar pick pack: $10 ($15 outside the U.S.)
To add any of the above items to your pledge, simply pledge that additional amount above the reward tier you're receiving. For example, if you're pledged at the $60 level and would like a copy of the CD as well, pledge $75 ($60 + $15). When the campaign is over, we'll collect your add-on orders via an emailed survey.
Making an album costs a lot of money! Recording, mixing, and mastering will take up the bulk of the funds raised by this Kickstarter. Beyond that, the rest of the money goes toward manufacturing the CDs, paying for the album art, and hosting the digital downloads, with a small buffer for unforeseen costs. And if we overfund, all of that money will go towards making our stretch goals as amazing as possible! Basically, the more money we can raise, the more stuff we can add to the album.
SPEAKING OF MORE STUFF:
We've unlocked guitar picks, patches, temporary tattoos, and buttons, which will now be included in every reward for people who pledged $20 or more. The 20-page Deathmøle comic will be provided as a PDF to all backers of $10 or more. A digital download of "Advances" will also be made available to all backers of $10 or more.
SWEET. LET'S DO THIS THING.
Awesome! This is the most exciting musical project I have ever been involved with and I am so, so thankful to you for helping make it a reality. YOU'RE GREAT.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
There are always risks inherent in producing an album- equipment failure, studio problems, blisters on the guitarist's fingers, etc- but I am working with an extremely reliable engineer and have reserved a generous amount of time to get the songs recorded, mixed, and mastered. Since I'm the one playing all of the instruments, as long as I don't break my fingers or arms it should be totally doable.
Fulfilling the orders will be a challenge, but I'm making this album with the help of Make That Thing. It's a subsidiary of TopatoCo – my partner in producing and shipping Questionable Content books and other merchandise for many years. They are super good at what they do! And I am 100% confident that they can get everything shipped on time to the correct destination with the minimum amount of wailing and gnashing of teeth.
We're offering digital downloads through Bandcamp, so you will have your choice between MP3 (VBR and 320), ALAC (Apple Lossless), FLAC, and Ogg Vorbis.
The vinyl LP is available at the $60 pledge level. If you have one of the other reward tiers, you will be able to purchase the vinyl as an add-on. We're currently working on the add-on menu! It should be ready early next week.
What are the other stretch goals? What about a music video? What about a comic book? What about a rocket launch and we put a Deathmøle logo on the moon?
The later stretch goals will be announced after we hit some of the first ones! A man has got to have some mystery to him. You'll get updates through Kickstarter and on Twitter, so stay vigilant!
That said, music videos are REALLY EXPENSIVE, and we want to focus on making the album as good as it can be.
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