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Explore the shadowy realms of voodoo in "Tales from the Deadside", a sweeping concept album based on Valiant Entertainment's SHADOWMAN!
Explore the shadowy realms of voodoo in "Tales from the Deadside", a sweeping concept album based on Valiant Entertainment's SHADOWMAN!
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* JUST ADDED: Free BOOK OF DEATH #3 ASoT Exclusive Variant with all orders containing a vinyl album!  That's the $80+ level, or the $35 "Vinyl Junkies" level.  (Please be aware the "Vinyl Junkies" level is a non-stacking reward and does not contain the CD, t-shirt or bonus tracks.)

BOOK OF DEATH #3 Exclusive Variant
BOOK OF DEATH #3 Exclusive Variant

 *Stretch goal unlocked: Free BONUS CD included with all Abettor/Senior Abettor Packages (bonus CD includes all 5 Kickstarter-exclusive bonus tracks plus past ASoT rarities)

* "Pleasure Slave" (MANOWAR cover) bonus track added for ALL BACKERS!

*Add Shadowman Vol. 1-5 Set: Increase your pledge above your reward tier by - US: $45.  Canada: $60.  International: $70.

Shadowman Vol.1-5 Trade Paperback Set
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Hail, Legion of Thunder...and welcome all!

"TALES FROM THE DEADSIDE" is the latest album from heavy metal band A SOUND OF THUNDER. Recorded at Assembly Line Studios with RIAA platinum-awarded producer Kevin '131' Gutierrez (Shinedown, While Heaven Wept, Raven), the album tells the story of Shadowman, one of the flagship characters of Valiant Entertainment's comic book universe.  

A SOUND OF THUNDER is an independent and completely fan-funded band from Washington, DC. Our fans, the Legion of Thunder, have helped us grow from a local band to a national Billboard-charting band while maintaining complete independence and control over our creative output. As a result we're able to focus on making music for you, the fans, with complete creative freedom. We don't answer to any record company...we answer only to you!  

With this campaign we hope you'll continue to support our musical endeavors. In return we've cooked up a slew of Kickstarter-exclusive rewards. Explore the rewards in-depth below...we think you'll find something you like!  

The album release date is currently set for September 25th!

Out of the shadows...the story of "Tales from the Deadside"  

At the 2013 Baltimore Comic-Con we approached comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment with a crazy idea: a heavy metal album about SHADOWMAN. And when we say "approached", we mean we literally walked up to their booth with no warning, put a copy of our latest album in their hands and said "we're Valiant fans, and we'd like to make some music about your character!"  And so "Tales from the Deadside" was born.

The story of Shadowman, his alter-ego Jack Boniface, and the many characters in his world inspired us to create what we believe is our best album to date. We let the story lead us to places our music has never been before, combining all the elements of supernatural horror, drama, action and adventure found in the comics. Of course everything has gone through our own unique Thunderous filter, and all the familiar ASOT elements will be there. The Shadowman's harrowing journey demanded no less! 

We kept this exciting news under wraps through 2013 and 2014 as we recorded the album in secret. The entire album was written in a blur of excitement and inspiration. The recording process on the other hand began immediately following the recording of our last album and was the longest and most grueling of any album we've made. If you haven't seen much of us in the past year, or noticed an unhealthy uptick in our coffee consumption, now you know why! "Tales from the Deadside" was created with the total dedication of the entire band and with absolutely no corners cut. 

 After 18 months of excitement and hard work, we are incredibly proud to finally bring you "Tales from the Deadside"! Recording of the album and all Kickstarter bonus tracks is completely finished, including mixing and mastering. The advance track "Tower of Souls" and all Kickstarter-exclusive tracks will be delivered immediately at the end of the campaign! Vinyl albums, picture discs, posters and patches were ordered well in advance and are already in stock, to eliminate the possibility of delays. CDs, t-shirts and other rewards will be ordered immediately following the end of the campaign, once we collect your survey responses (for t-shirts sizes, names to print on CD packaging, etc.). Funds from this campaign will be used to manufacture CDs, t-shirts and other rewards. You've helped us grow by spreading the word, and as a result we have to manufacture a lot more of everything. Any remaining funds will be put towards upgrading backer rewards. (We're not kidding: everyone who was supposed to get a paperback book on the last campaign got a hardcover book!) Every cent will be used to bring you more and cooler stuff!

THE REWARDS:

KICKSTARTER-EXCLUSIVES - The following rewards are ONLY available on Kickstarter!  

The Abettors: Just as the Abettors aid the Shadowman, you have come to the aid of A Sound of Thunder, therefore your name shall be proudly printed on the CD packaging, forever enshrined in the halls of the Legion of Thunder!

Digital Bonus Tracks: Three exclusive cover songs featuring special guest performers!  Watch this space for track and guest announcements!

  • "The Last in Line" (Dio) featuring Veronica Freeman (Benedictum)
  • "Space Truckin" (Deep Purple) featuring John Gallagher (Raven)
  • "Pleasure Slave" (Manowar)

Upgraded Bonus Tracks: Includes the three bonus tracks listed above, plus two more!

  • "Death Alley Driver" (Rainbow) featuring Tony Carey (Rainbow)
  • "Icarus - Borne on Wings of Steel" (Kansas) featuring John Gallagher (Raven)

Variant Edition CD: We put the focus on the villains with an epic Master Darque cover painting by Dusan Markovic (standard edition will feature Shadowman).

Kickstarter-Edition CD
Kickstarter-Edition CD

Bonus CD: By popular demand we have added all 5 digital bonus tracks plus more rare ASoT tracks to a physical CD!  This is a free bonus CD that will come with all Abettors, Villain T-Shirt, Senior Abettors and higher rewards!

Bonus CD
Bonus CD

Villain T-shirts: We keep the focus on the villains with your choice of men's/unisex t-shirt featuring full-color Master Darque artwork, or women's t-shirt featuring full-color Sandria Darque artwork.  

Master Darque (available on men's/unisex or women's t-shirt)
Master Darque (available on men's/unisex or women's t-shirt)
Sandria Darque (available on men's/unisex or women's t-shirt)
Sandria Darque (available on men's/unisex or women's t-shirt)

Limited Blue & White Mixed Vinyl: Beautiful 2 x 12" vinyl pressing of the album in full-color gatefold jacket featuring original artwork by Barry Kitson (Amazing Spider-Man, Harbinger) and Bob Hall (Shadowman), poster insert with full lyrics and original art by Roberto de la Torre (Daredevil), and blue & white "Aside/Bside" mixed color vinyl.  Limited to 250 copies.

Vinyl album (blue & white mixed vinyl and solid blue versions shown)
Vinyl album (blue & white mixed vinyl and solid blue versions shown)

Limited "Tower of Souls"/"Punk Mambo" 7" Picture Disc: 45rpm 7" picture disc pressing featuring original art by Roberto de la Torre (Daredevil) on the a-side and art by Russel Dauterman (Thor) on the b-side.  Limited to 250 copies.

7" Picture Disc - Limited to 250 Copies
7" Picture Disc - Limited to 250 Copies

Limited 2-Sided Shadowman/ASoT Poster: 2-sided 24" x 36" full-color poster on heavy weight gloss stock, shipped rolled, not folded.  Features album cover artwork by Barry Kitson on side 1, and Shadowman #19/Aerosmith homage cover by original artist Bob Hall on side 2.  Limited to 250 copies.

Poster side 1: Barry Kitson "Shadowman Family"
Poster side 1: Barry Kitson "Shadowman Family"
Poster side 2: Bob Hall "ASoT vs. Shadowman" (Aerosmith homage)
Poster side 2: Bob Hall "ASoT vs. Shadowman" (Aerosmith homage)

Exclusive Shadowman-themed table-top game cards 3-pack: Stay tuned for details on this exclusive card set!

Shadowman Patch & Guitar Pick: Embroidered Shadowman symbol patch and guitar pick with Shadowman symbol on one side and ASoT logo and album title on the flip side.

Cover Song Deluxe: The band will arrange and record a full album-quality studio recording of the song of your choice.  This is a no-corners cut recording including as much rehearsal and studio time as necessary to bring the song up to our album standards.  Have us update a classic, shed some light on a deep cut, or do something just plain ridiculous!  Stay tuned for a video showing clips from some of the cover songs we've just completed for previous backers.

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This Kickstarter campaign is managed by A Sound of Thunder. All rewards will be produced and fulfilled by A Sound of Thunder. "Tales from the Deadside" is being created under license from Valiant Entertainment LLC. 

Valiant Entertainment LLC has no financial or creative involvement in production or distribution of "Tales from the Deadside" or its affiliated rewards. A Sound of Thunder's "Tales from the Deadside" is a licensed work based on Valiant Entertainment LLC's SHADOWMAN ® character and affiliated concepts.

Risks and challenges

Album recording is complete, including Kickstarter bonus tracks. Vinyl, posters and patches are already in stock. All artwork is complete and has been received. All we need to do is collect t-shirt sizes and backer names for the CD layout, manufacture the CDs (two weeks factory lead time), order the t-shirts (two weeks lead time), and ship everything. This is our 5th album and 3rd Kickstarter...we've got this! =)

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    DIGITAL BONUS TRACKS: 2 exclusive cover songs featuring special guests, plus advance download of album track "Tower of Souls". Songs and guests to be announced during campaign...watch for updates!

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    DIGITAL ALBUM: The complete "Tales from the Deadside" album in high quality, professionally mastered 320kbps MP3. Also includes: 2 DIGITAL BONUS TRACKS

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    COMPACT DISC (with Free Autograph Option): The complete "Tales from the Deadside" album on CD. 6-panel full-color digipak with 20-page full color booklet including full album lyrics, original art, and download code for free copy of SHADOWMAN #1 comic book. Also includes: DIGITAL ALBUM, 2 DIGITAL BONUS TRACKS.

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    THE ABETTORS - LIMITED CD, NAME IN CREDITS, UPGRADED BONUS TRACKS, PATCH, STICKER & GUITAR PICK: Limited Kickstarter-exclusive "Tales from the Deadside" CD with variant MASTER DARQUE cover. Free autograph option. Your name printed in the album credits as an Abettor, sworn to abet the Shadowman in his mission! SHADOWMAN symbol patch, vinyl sticker, and guitar pick (all Kickstarter exclusives). Double your bonus tracks from 2 to 4 exclusive covers with special guests! Also includes:DIGITAL ALBUM, 4 DIGITAL BONUS TRACKS.

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    THE ABETTORS II - LIMITED CD, NAME IN CREDITS, UPGRADED BONUS TRACKS, PATCH, STICKER & GUITAR PICK: Limited Kickstarter-exclusive "Tales from the Deadside" CD with variant MASTER DARQUE cover. Free autograph option. Your name printed in the album credits as an Abettor, sworn to abet the Shadowman in his mission! SHADOWMAN symbol patch, vinyl sticker, and guitar pick (all Kickstarter exclusives). Double your bonus tracks from 2 to 4 exclusive covers with special guests! Also includes:DIGITAL ALBUM, 4 DIGITAL BONUS TRACKS.

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    VINYL JUNKIE: "Tales from the Deadside" 2 x 12-inch colored vinyl pressing in full-color gatefold jacket. 7-inch "Tower of Souls"/"Punk Mambo" full-color vinyl picture disc. Digital "Tales from the Deadside" album. 4 Digital Bonus Tracks. Shadowman symbol patch. Vinyl sticker. Guitar pick. (This reward does not stack.)

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    VILLAIN T-SHIRT: Your choice of Kickstarter exclusive full-color MASTER DARQUE men's/unisex t-shirt or SANDRIA DARQUE women's t-shirt, featuring original paintings by Dusan Markovic. Also includes: THE ABETTORS (Limited CD, name in credits + patch/sticker/pick), DIGITAL ALBUM, 4 DIGITAL BONUS TRACKS.

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    THE SENIOR ABETTORS: Go all in and add the limited blue & white vinyl pressing, 7" picture disc, and 24" x 36" 2-sided poster! 2x12" blue & white vinyl pressing in deluxe gatefold jacket featuring original art by Barry Kitson and Bob Hall. 7" full-color "Tower of Souls"/"Punk Mambo" picture disc featuring art by Roberto de la Torre and Russel Dauterman. 24" x 36" 2-sided premium poster featuring Barry Kitson's album cover on side 1 and Bob Hall's throwback "ASoT vs. Shadowman" art on side 2. (Poster ships rolled, not folded.) Also includes: VILLAIN T-SHIRT, THE ABETTORS (Limited CD, name in credits + patch/sticker/pick), DIGITAL ALBUM, 4 DIGITAL BONUS TRACKS.

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    THE LIBRARIAN: Add a complete set of SHADOWMAN Vol. 1-5 trade paperbacks! 568 pages of comics on which the album is based! Also includes: SENIOR ABETTORS (blue & white vinyl album, picture disc & poster), VILLAIN T-SHIRT, THE ABETTORS (Limited CD, name in credits + patch/sticker/pick), DIGITAL ALBUM, 4 DIGITAL BONUS TRACKS.

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    THE APPRENTICE: Take a guitar, bass or drum lesson from the band members, or just have a Skype chat if you don't play an instrument. (Guitar & bass lessons available on Skype, drum lessons must be given in person in Northern Virginia.) Also includes: SENIOR ABETTORS (blue & white vinyl album, picture disc & poster), VILLAIN T-SHIRT, THE ABETTORS (Limited CD, name in credits + patch/sticker/pick), DIGITAL ALBUM, 4 DIGITAL BONUS TRACKS.

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    THUNDER-CHOIR: Early sign-up for the next fan background vocal session for early 2016. Lend your voice to the next ASoT album...there will be battle cries! Must be available to appear in person at a recording studio in the Washington, DC area at a date t.b.a. in early 2016. Also includes: SENIOR ABETTORS (blue & white vinyl album, picture disc & poster), VILLAIN T-SHIRT, THE ABETTORS (Limited CD, name in credits + patch/sticker/pick), DIGITAL ALBUM, 4 DIGITAL BONUS TRACKS.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER + EARLY BIRD: Get an executive producer credit with your name prominently printed on the CD back cover, exclusive ASoT/Shadowman executive producer shirt, and early access to the album ONE MONTH EARLY! Also includes: THUNDER-CHOIR, LESSON/CHAT, VINYL ALBUM, PICTURE DISC, POSTER, VILLAIN T-SHIRT, THE ABETTORS (Limited CD, name in credits + patch/sticker/pick), DIGITAL ALBUM, 4 DIGITAL BONUS TRACKS.

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    COVER SONG DELUXE: Full album-quality recording of any song of your choice. No corners cut, no punches pulled! You get the full efforts of a pro band and platinum-awarded producer to make your song sound killer. Also includes: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER + EARLY BIRD, THUNDER-CHOIR, LESSON/CHAT, VINYL ALBUM, PICTURE DISC, POSTER, VILLAIN T-SHIRT, THE ABETTORS (Limited CD, name in credits + patch/sticker/pick), DIGITAL ALBUM, 4 DIGITAL BONUS TRACKS.

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