We've reached our target! So we're adding a stretch goal:
If we hit £5,000 we'll be able to throw in a sticker and badge set for all physical reward tiers!
We're happy to announce that work on the follow-up to our last album (Ride of the Hoof - 2015) has finally begun. Once again we are recording at Stage 2 Studios in Bath (UK) and this album promises to be our most adventurous yet. The title of this Lp will be 'Terra Solus', so what can we tell you about it? The riffs are vintage, the drums are monstrous and the themes are cosmic. It's gonna be one heck of a ride.
To give you some background on the band, we formed back in 2013 and have been self financed and we intend to remain that way. We have already had 2 successful Kickstarter campaigns which saw both 'Zigurat' and 'Ride of the Hoof' get the vinyl treatment. Both of these campaigns were delivered ahead of schedule. This campaign is different in the fact that we're asking you to help us fund the entire project. We have a very tight budget and so we can only fund the recording up to a certain point before we require additional funds.
So, in order to reward our loyal supporters, we feel we've come up with some awesome goodies. The good thing about this project is that we're ONLY offering these rewards to our Kickstarter backers. You have our promise that none of the deluxe items offered here will be available to buy upon release. So what are we offering? All of the pledges come with the digital download. Here are all the items offered:
1. Digital Download:
This is a digital download of the full album at-least 2 weeks prior to the official release. As many of you will know, we have and always will offer our music on a free or 'Pay What You Want' basis, so only choose this option if you wish to get the album before everyone else! Obviously, your pledge also supports the funding of the album.
2. Standard Edition Cd
The full album in a Cd jewel case with full colour artwork as you would expect. These are not numbered.
3. Standard Edition Double Vinyl
A double vinyl set in an as-yet unconfirmed colour variant. This will be the edition offered for general sale upon release. Beautiful 180g Heavyweight Vinyl in gatefold sleeve.
4. Deluxe Edition Cd
ONLY available on Kickstarter. Comes in a limited numbered slipcase. Also comes packed with an exclusive embroidered patch (large, approx 12cm square)
5. Deluxe Edition Double Vinyl
A double vinyl set in as as-yet unconfirmed 'Kickstarter only' colour variant. Beautiful 180g Heavyweight Vinyl in gatefold sleeve. Comes with an exclusive illustrated Hoof comic, again, only available via the Kickstarter.
6. Holy Serpent Double Vinyl:
Limited to 50 copies, this double vinyl set will be an ultra rare transparent colour variant. Once again this is on 180g Heavyweight Vinyl in Gatefold sleeve and numbered. These also come with a 3D printed Hoof keyrings!
7. The test masters:
Available in the Mother Gaia combo and the Eternal Legacy package. These are the test masters sent back from the pressing plant for the band to approve before full production takes place. Only 5 made. Will come in plain white sleeves, signed and numbered by the band.
8. The Eternal Legacy Pledge:
We don't even know if there's anyone out there who would go for this but we're going to offer it anyway. Basically this is an opportunity for one person to have an emotional investment in the band. You can choose any song for us to cover, we will record it live professionally along with a video for YouTube dedicated to you. Best of all, we will get a 7" single of the song pressed ONLY for you! You will be the only one to own it, not even the band will have a copy. Along with this, you'll get everything from all the other packages together with whatever t-shirts and stuff we can fit in the box. You will also have a 50% discount on any future Hoof items for life (limited to 2 of each item).
Projected release date: We're aiming for April 2018. This gives us enough time to record, mix and master the album. The manufacturing of the vinyls can take 3 months. April is therefore a realistic date. We aim to get the products to our Kickstarter pledgers at-least 2 weeks before it's available to the general public.
Digital copies: Pledgers will receive a Bandcamp download code at least 2 weeks before release so they can get it before everyone else.
Allocation of numbered vinyls: We often have people asking for certain numbers. We feel the fairest way to allocate them is on a first come first served basis. For this reason, numbered vinyls and Cd's will be allocated in this order:
- Number 1 of each item will go to the Eternal Legacy Pledger (if there is one)
- The next 4 numbers of each item will go to the Mother Gaia pledgers in the order that they pledged.
- The next 25 numbers of each item will go to the 'Holy Serpent and deluxe combo' pledgers in the order that they pledged.
- The next 100 numbers will go to the 'Deluxe Vinyl and Cd combo pledgers' and so on
- We hope that all makes sense, feel free to ask any questions although we regret that we will not be able to reserve certain numbers as this would go against the spirit of fairness.
Postage & Packaging: All our vinyl and Cds are sent in industry leading packaging. Vinyls are routinely removed from their sleeves to protect the sleeve edges from damage. We always provide plastic protective sleeves free of charge to add extra protection. Cds are packaged in custom card sleeves. We take every care to ensure products arrive to you safely and we will always put right any problems. We're an unsigned band, we want our supporters to be 100% satisfied.
Shipping costs: All of the shipping costs quoted with the rewards are fairly accurate. As we are based in the UK, a double heavyweight Lp costs about £13.50 to send by standard Royal Mail international post. We swallow the packaging costs to try and soften the blow. We want you all to know that the postage costs are out of our control so we do everything we can to subsidise the items as much as possible.
How many will there be of the Limited/Deluxe editions?: We will only press the exact amount of these editions that are ordered through the Kickstarter. The deluxe Cds and vinyl will be a maximum of 230. The Holy Serpent transparent vinyls are limited to 50. We are unlikely to reach these maximums though so the likely final numbers will be much less, making them even more limited! These variants will NOT be available at any other time, you have our word.
Accountability: This Kickstarter campaign has been created to hopefully break-even on costs. The band nor any individuals will make no profit or gain whatsoever. Every penny we've ever made has gone straight back into recording, merch and so on. If we should surpass the target, we will simply spend more money on the items and/or increase the quantities of the standard stock.
Who's doing the artwork?: We're happy to announce that once again we'll be working with Sara-Jane Swettenham who has so far produced the artwork on our previous 3 releases. We're very keen to maintain the 'Hoof' theme and so this was an easy decision.
What happens if we don't hit the target? Well, unfortunately that would mean that a physical release is not possible. We would still hope to release the album digitally at some point, although the recording would be delayed whilst we try to raise more funds.
What's 'Terra Solus' all about?: Ahh, wait and see!
Will this be released on a label?: No, we intend to remain unsigned.
Got a question? Please don't hesitate to ask!
Risks and challenges
We have fully costed the entire project. Along with our existing budget, the amount we're asking for will fund the recording, mastering, artwork, manufacturing, packaging and delivery. As long as no-one in the band dies between now and April, there are no risks. Our lead singer Dan Flitcroft will oversee the entire project, just as he did on the last 2 Kickstarter campaigns to ensure it delivers on all promises.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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