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Wondering what it sounds like? Here is a collection of short clips of each song from the EP...

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Robots vs Monsters will be a 6-song EP on green vinyl. Side one will contain three songs about Robots, and on side two will be three songs about... you guessed it.. Monsters. The robot songs will be done in an angular, clanky electronic style somewhat akin to early Kraftwerk, while the monsters will be good-ol' grungy heavy metal.

Sounds like fun, right? But it'll be even more fun when they start crossing sides to end up in each others songs. Hip-hop-style diss tracks and hilarity ensue. And I don't want to give away any spoilers but it's possible that a certain giant sea monster may make an appearance as well.

The best part of this is that the songs are already written and recorded. All I need to do is get the artwork done, and have it mastered and pressed to vinyl. Green vinyl!

The mastering will be done by Noah Mintz at The Lacquer Channel. Noah has mastered albums by acts such as Sarah Harmer, Broken Social Scene, Billy Talent, and many more.

The artwork for the record will be double sided, with "Robots" on the front and "Monsters" on the other front. The illustrations will be done by Peter Chiykowski of RockPaperCynic.com.

 

I'm Mike Bryant, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist for Kraken Not Stirred.

Kraken Not Stirred is a nerd music band, of which I am the only member. I write songs about sci-fi and fantasy movies, TV shows, and such in styles ranging from mellow acoustic to electonica, to hard rock, to straight up death metal. It all depends on what I feel the song needs.

I have written, recorded, and released 18 albums with four different bands. "Robots vs Monsters" will be the third release for Kraken Not Stirred.

Previous Kraken Not Stirred songs cover such topics as Pacific Rim...

 What not to do if you ever get stuck in a movie...

And an alternate history of the Battle of Middle Earth in which some Hobbits start a band and go on tour in order to sneak the One Ring into Mordor...

There's plenty more for your enjoyment here:  http://www.youtube.com/krakennotstirred

 

Mastering is the final step in treating audio before releasing it to the public. Part science, part art, and possibly part voodoo, mastering involves taking the almost-final, mixed recording and treating it with EQ, compression, limiting, and other audio-nerd stuff to make sure all of the songs on a given recording sound the best they possibly can while also sounding like a cohesive whole. Lacquer Channel Mastering has been in business for 40 years, and have mastered acts like Rush, KISS, U2, Peter Gabriel and many, many others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Stretch goals will be revealed soon.

 

Risks and challenges

Since 1991, I have written, recorded, and released 18 albums with four different bands. So I know how to make an album. The songs have already been recorded, so even if some horrible tragedy befalls me, this project can still be completed.

Visual artist Peter Chiykowski is a full-time cartoonist and musician. He has published two books of his artwork and recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign for two more. He has a solid reputation for delivering good work on time. In the event that Peter is unable to deliver the artwork, I will find another artist. I already have several backup artists in mind, just in case.

Lacquer Channel Mastering have been in business for over 40 years, mastering albums by some of the biggest names in the business. In the extremely unlikely event that something happens to them, there are other mastering facilities available.

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