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Help Legend of Zelda tribute band Master Sword complete their latest heavy metal album: Shadow and Steel!
Help Legend of Zelda tribute band Master Sword complete their latest heavy metal album: Shadow and Steel!
Help Legend of Zelda tribute band Master Sword complete their latest heavy metal album: Shadow and Steel!
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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:

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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!

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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

Rough artwork for Shadow and Steel
Rough artwork for 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:

 

Some of the Kickstarter rewards
Some of the Kickstarter rewards

 

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!

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    DIGITAL COPY OF OUR NEW SINGLE

    Get a copy of our new single 'Sanctuary' before it's available ANYWHERE else.

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    EP DOWNLOAD

    Get a digital copy of our 4 song EP 'Epoch' + the new single 'Sanctuary'.

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    DIGITAL ALBUM

    Download of the full length 'Shadow and Steel' + new single 'Sanctuary' and a special Thank You on our Facebook page.

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    PHYSICAL ALBUM

    Get both the physical and digital copy of 'Shadow and Steel' + 'Sanctuary' and Thank You message.

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    *EARLY BIRD* SUPPORTER SCRIBE

    Autographed copy of 'Shadow and Steel', unique Kickstarter patch, and digital video documentary detailing the making of the album + 'Sanctuary' and Thank You Message.

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    SUPPORTER SCRIBE

    Physical/digital copy of 'Shadow and Steel', unique Kickstarter patch, and digital video documentary detailing the making of the album + 'Sanctuary' and Thank You Message.

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    PATRON SAGE

    Get our limited edition (unisex) Master Sword Patron Sage 2016 tee shirt + all rewards from Supporter Scribe tier. *T-shirt will ship immediately upon successful completion of Kickstarter campaign.

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    MASTER SWORD T-SHIRT

    Get our classic Master Sword black or creme-colored tee shirt (featuring our logo) in either unisex or baby doll style + all rewards from the Supporter Scribe tier.

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    PRODUCER PACK

    You become an honorary producer! Get a special 'Shadow and Steel' poster featuring our cover art, a special thanks in our liner notes, and the album a week early! + all rewards from Supporter Scribe tier.

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    *EARLY BIRD* MASTER PACK

    Get the 'Master Pack': a unique Kickstarter tee, a set of branded Master Sword guitar picks, and a vinyl sticker + all rewards from the Producer Pack tier.

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    MASTER PACK

    Get the 'Master Pack': a unique Kickstarter tee, a set of branded Master Sword guitar picks, and a vinyl sticker + all rewards from the Producer Pack tier.

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    RENNFAIRE WITH MASTER SWORD

    Spend a fun-filled day at the Maryland Renaissance Festival with the band! + Master Pack tier (Includes ticket price and one meal - does not include travel expenses to Maryland)

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    GUEST STAR IN OUR MUSIC VIDEO

    Be in the first full music video for Shadow and Steel! Join the band as they embark on a sea-faring adventure to wake the wind! + Master Pack tier (Does not include travel expenses to Maryland.)

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    GUITARINA OF TIME

    Get a special Jackson JS22 guitar in beautiful metallic blue signed by the band and decorated to look like the Ocarina of Time! + Master Pack tier.

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    HONORARY MASTER SWORDSMAN

    We cover your favorite Zelda tune in a style you choose, you get an ultra-advanced screening of the album as soon as it's done, and you join us on stage for a performance of your song at the album premiere! + Master Pack tier (Does not include travel expenses to Maryland for show - stage shoutout optional)

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