We are a metal band from Sacramento CA, ready to release our third album with the help of YOU our fans!
Hi everyone! Welcome to our Kickstarter project! We are Conducting From The Grave, a metal band out of Sacramento, CA. We have been a band for about 10 years now, and have had our ups and downs, but have always bounced back with an even greater passion to make music for our amazing fans and friends!
During our existence we have released 1 EP independently "Trials of the Forsaken" in 2005, and two full length albums via Sumerian Records "When Legends Become Dust" in 2009 and "Revenants" in 2010. We are now free of our contract with Sumerian and want to move forward in the future independently. As an independent band we get to retain all rights to our music and all creative control, but we NEED YOUR HELP to make this dream a reality!
One of the most frustrating things in the music business is not being able to be heard due to the power that record labels have and the advantages and disadvantages that come with being on a record label. For instance, not being supported or believed in enough to produce the record that we as a band want to make, or having a release continually delayed because, for a label, there are too many business decisions and risks involved with putting an album out. Due to these frustrations we have decided to stay away from record labels for the time being and want to focus on our relationship with our fan base. We want to get this new album to our fans the most direct way possible. That's where this beautiful Kickstarter site, and most importantly, YOU come along.
Making a kickstarter for this type of project is an AMAZING idea because it gives the power to make this come to fruition directly through YOU. We would love to throw in every penny of what we have earned from our daily jobs (and we already have, some of the members having personal debts easily into the tens of thousands of dollars range!) but sadly we just cant keep doing this on our backs alone. So we need help from YOU!
Our kickstarter goal is $15,000, and to alot of people that seems like a HUGE sum of money to just release 1 album, but let us break it down for you. This is what our $15,000 dollar budget covers:
-Paying off debts for tracking/mixing/mastering
-Paying for artwork and the hard copy album pressing (5 page layouts can be expensive!)
-Promotional expenses (publicity, youtube content, google ads, flyers, magazine ads, facebook promotion, as well as other site promotion, ect.)
-Music video/single release expenses (and we want something extra special for you guys to see, not just your typical music video!)
-Tour support (including van and trailer repair/maintenance, Ole Betsy is getting kinda weathered now!) We want to be able to tour and play these songs for you live! ALL ACROSS THE US and possibly THE WORLD!
-Merch expenses (we need to be able to print you guys some awesome exclusive prizes for donating, and each merch run for us can easily cost about 1.5-2k EACH TIME WE RESTOCK!)
Just to name a few....(the list goes on and on)
Honestly, the amount we are asking for is pretty much the bare minimum to do all this comfortably but we do have some stretch goals:
-IF WE HIT $30,000: We can get some VERY much needed equipment upgrades. We have managed to keep our equipment in decent condition after all these years but bands need to evolve and get better, and having quality gear is one of those things that just makes the experience better! Not to mention a professional stage lighting set up for a more intense live show for our fans!
-IF WE HIT $45,000: We could afford decent home studio equipment to make our writing process much quicker and more cost effective for future releases! Who doesnt like a lot of new material from their bands?
-IF WE HIT 70,000: We could FINALLY afford to book a tour for our fans across the seas! This would cover flight expenses, bus/van rental, equipment rental, driver pay, hotel/lodging, food expenses, ect.) WE REALLY WANT TO TOUR OVER THERE!
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Once we reach our goal it will be in our hands to handle the arduous task of pressing and shipping out the albums and merchandise you amazing people have ordered from us. In times past this has been the job of others, such as label and merch company, and now it will be up to us. At the closing of this project if we have reached our goal, we will set a solid release date and immediately put in all orders necessary. Then we will spend countless hours personally packaging your orders and preparing them to ship. We will do our best to ensure all orders ship on time, and if you have any problems we will do our best to resolve them. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or via our Facebook profile and we will resolve any problems if they should arise. At the end of the day we do this just as much for our fans as we do this for our own enjoyment, and we look forward to rocking a stage near you and having a beer with you!
You will have a choice between the Vader design or album art shirt. Hoodie packages will be album art only on a pullover hoodie, and you will still also have the choice between album art or Darth Vader shirt:
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Shipping costs are calculated with the cost of the pledge. Thats why, for instance, a CD/Shirt combo is 30 bucks instead of 25. International orders already have extra shipping costs factored in.
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CHECK FAQ FOR ARTWORK MOCK UPS OF THE EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT DESIGNS YOU CAN GET ONLY FOR SUPPORTING THIS KICKSTARTER!Estimated delivery:
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3 bucks gets you an album art sticker. For all you broke jokes that are probably going to download this for free illegally when it drops anyways, the least you can do is rep us on the bumper of your car!Estimated delivery:Add $2 USD to ship outside the US
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6 dollars gets you an album art poster! Also, we are ADDING THESE POSTERS AUTOMATICALLY TO ALL T SHIRT AND HOODIE PLEDGE PACKAGES!Estimated delivery:Add $4 USD to ship outside the US
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If you donate $10.00 you will receive a digital download of the album once its released!Estimated delivery:
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$12 gets you a hard copy of the album once it's released.Estimated delivery:Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
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If you donate $30.00 you will receive a digital download of the album as well as a physical copy of the album once its released! You will also receive an exclusive CFTG shirt that will only be printed for Kickstarter donations!Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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If you donate $40.00 you will receive a digital download of the album as well as a physical copy of the album once its released! You will also receive a CFTG Hoodie!Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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If you pledge 40 bucks you get BOTH EXCLUSIVE SHIRTS (Album art and Darth Vader party shirt) as well as a digital download and physical copy of the album once its released.Estimated delivery:Add $14 USD to ship outside the US
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If you donate $50.00 you will receive a digital download of the album as well as a physical copy of the album once its released! You will also receive a CFTG Hoodie, and an exclusive CFTG shirt that will only be printed for Kickstarter donationsEstimated delivery:Add $12 USD to ship outside the US
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If you donate $60.00 you will receive an EARLY RELEASE of the digital copy of the album. You will also receive a physical copy of the album once its released! You will also receive a CFTG Hoodie, and an exclusive CFTG shirt that will only be printed for Kickstarter donations! Estimated delivery of physical items is September but you can expect the digital version by August.Estimated delivery:Add $12 USD to ship outside the US
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ULTIMATE MERCH PACAKGE! 65 bucks gets you a CD, digital download, and BOTH SHIRTS AND ALBUM ART HOODIE!Estimated delivery:Add $18 USD to ship outside the US
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ULTIMATE MERCH PACKAGE + EARLY DIGITAL RELEASE! This package includes everything in the 65 dollar package (both shirts, hoodie, CD, poster) plus you get a digital version a few weeks before the hard copy versions are sent out.Estimated delivery:Add $18 USD to ship outside the US
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If you donate $100.00 you will receive everything mentioned prior! (except the rap song made by John) plus you can attend a Conducting From the Grave practice/barbecue/party at drummer Greg Donnellys house. Party, eat food, watch us work our suckiness out, and go mudboarding with Greg like in the video! Clean! Travel expenses to Elk Grove (Sacramento) CA not included. Find your own ride!Estimated delivery:Add $12 USD to ship outside the US
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If you donate $150.00 you will receive EVERYTHING mentioned prior, (Early digi release, hard copy, shirt and hoodie) Our guitarist John aka Abernasty will also write a little rap song with a subject of your choosing just for you! Estimated delivery of physical items is September, your rap verse recording may take longer.Estimated delivery:Add $12 USD to ship outside the US
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If you donate $150.00 you will receive EVERYTHING mentioned prior! (except the rap song made by John aka Abernasty). You will also receive a special thanks in our album booklet! YOUR NAME WILL FOREVER BE LINKED WITH THIS METAL MASTERPIECEEstimated delivery:Add $12 USD to ship outside the US
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If you donate $300.00 you will receive everything mentioned prior! (except the rap song made by John). You will also be one of the few who will receive signed copies of the album by all of the members of the band! You will also receive a lifetime guest list spot to our shows! (permitted this can be arranged with the promoter of the venue we are playing in your area.)Estimated delivery:Add $12 USD to ship outside the US
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