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Update: Stretch Goals!
We did it you guys: with 2 days to spare, we've conquered Kickstarter and reached our $5,000 goal! Where do we go from here? I'll tell you: stretch goals! Every $500 more we receive over our base goal will unlock a new tier of rewards that EVERYBODY who buys the album through this campaign will get for absolutely FREE (well, unless you choose to raise your contribution to help us reach that target - which we encourage if you're able!) Here's what we're offering:
We hope you'll continue backing us and reach out to friends who might want to do the same. Thank you so much for your support!
Original Campaign Post:
HEY! LOOK! LISTEN UP, ZELDA FANS!
MASTER SWORD, the Washington DC-based Legend of Zelda tribute band, is in need of your help!
Rising from the ashes of two renowned mid-Atlantic metal/hard rock bands, Cassandra Syndrome and Lies, Inc., Master Sword takes a new approach to both video game covers and metal music in general: the perfect marriage of complexity and catchiness, with no self-imposed boundaries set to tell us where we can't go with our music. Progressive rock, classic metal, ambient, jazz, folk...we touch on them all.
Last year we released our debut EP, Epoch, to glowing reviews. Featuring guest vocalists like Nina Osegueda (A Sound of Thunder) and Rob Bradley (Aries, Thrillkiller), Epoch cemented Master Sword as one of the more interesting VGM bands to come out in recent years. Here's what some reviewers had to say:
"It all adds up to a imminently [sic] listenable batch of songs that deftly straddle the balance between melody, punchiness, classiness and just the faintest dollop of cheesiness...if you like power metal you owe it to yourself to get down with the Master Sword." - Neil Pretorius, The Metal Observer
"You can tell by listening to this that these guys are fans of the games, obviously; but you can also tell that these are fans that know the source material and not only pay proper homage to it, but embellish it further with their own interpretation....when you listen to each song, you can see the world of Hyrule (or Termina, in the case of “A Terrible Fate”) opening up before your eyes." - Christiana Skÿe, Script the Darkness
Shadow and Steel
This brings us to the present and where YOU come in. We're ready to hit the mics again, returning to Wright Way Studios with engineer Matt Bittman (The Mars Volta, Mac Miller, At The Drive In), who did our last song, Behind the Mirror. We're pumped to be working with him again and even more excited to share the finished results with you guys.
Our new album, Shadow and Steel, features 9 tracks inspired in part by classic Zelda games, with vocals and instrumental sections added to help transport you, the listener, back in time to when you first heard these amazing melodies. Some of the original compositions that inspire our arrangements include:
- Dragon Roost Island (The Wind Waker)
- Stone Tower Temple (Majora's Mask)
- Sanctuary Dungeon (A Link to the Past)
- Hyrule Field (Ocarina of Time)
- Plus more!
To get us to our goal, here are a few of the things we're offering:
Risks and challenges
Obviously, creating music is a very time-consuming and potentially expensive venture. While we were able to make our debut EP by ourselves, Shadow and Steel is an album with a much bigger scope: more songs, more recorded parts, and an attitude that we want to make this release the very best it can be. We have 9 songs to be recorded at Wright Way Studios, which will require many sessions and time mixing for Matt Bittman. In addition, there's costs like artist fees, manufacturing, and advertising.
None of this is completely out of the realm of feasibility, but we do absolutely need your help to make it happen. Let's create some magic!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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