This project's funding goal was not reached on November 26, 2012.
About this project
Who is Arabella Vash?
We think the world needs to know.
"Our Own Devices" is the alternate history of a highly plausible future... one that could very well become our own! This story contains a strong warning of what may happen if we turn our backs on the importance of Arts, Music, Humanities, and Spirituality in our society.
Envisioning a broken and bleak dystopian society, Arabella Vash is on a mission to awaken and enlighten a world gone wrong. Her message will shake humanity to its very core.
What is Mindcage?
The New Wave of Progressive Metal.
Jeff Hignite - vocals • Dietrick Hardwick - guitars
Brian Howell - bass • Craig Nudo - drums
The band's debut release entitled "Encapsulation" garnered critical acclaim worldwide and established Mindcage as the "New Wave of American Progressive Metal".
Progressive Metal has become one of the most successful markets on the metal scene in recent years, growing exponentially from a small underground to a thriving worldwide phenomenon.
Hear Mindcage here!
What is Steam-Prog?
MIndcage is poised to introduce a new musical culture.
"Our Own Devices" pushes Mindcage to their creative limit as they unleash upon the world what can only be termed as Steam-Prog.
Steam-Prog is a new musical concept pioneered by Mindcage which combines elements of melodic and progressive rock opera music with Victorian era ethos and technology.
This metal form of music associated with Steampunk is a sub-culture within itself, expanding beyond music, encompassing fashion, art, attitude, etc. Literally spawning a new culture of fandom with tremendous promise for bands, festivals, merchandise and more to exploit such a fascinating and infinitely creative space.
We think that Steampunk is largely undiscovered country and has a very broad appeal.
Simply stated, we believe the day of Steampunk has arrived and will enjoy this same explosion into a subculture of epic potential and importance as Goth has.
By way of comparison, the Goth movement has been an enduring romance with elements of Gothic era horror, mythology, literature and dark imagery. It enjoys a vast range of musical forms, comics, movies, festivals and more as a very thriving subculture.
You can read all about Steampunk here:
Ok, so... why is Steam-Prog a game-changer?
Because there is very little music associated with Steampunk. We have always likened our band chemistry and sound to that of an H.G. Wells or Jules Verne type of mechanism. It has the clockwork precision intricacy and often cantankerous and visceral "in your face" appeal.
But it is not all just whirring gears and mechanics. It also has the elements of elegant classical invention and is how we might imagine progressive metal music would sound today if the world had evolved under power of steam and guiding Victorian finery and ideals.
So, this is precisely why we feel Mindcage is the perfect band to spearhead the Steam-Prog movement, and we would like you to join us on this fun and fascinating voyage!
Support Arabella, Support the Arts.
Supporting and preserving the arts, education, and works is a very important cause, wouldn't you say? This is part of Arabella's mission, and now it can be part of yours too! Please take a look at these incredible organization we have right here in NW Florida, the exhibits, youth and educational programs, lectures and events they have are just fantastic. And the exhibitions support very important local, as well as national and international artists!
Contact me via the phone number or email at the bottom of page, or through KS message, to find out what we will be doing to support these organizations if our project is successfully funded.
Pensacola Museum of Art:
Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts:
What is Our Goal?
Mindcage is an exquisite machine that demands exquisite production!
Our goal is to create an amazing concept CD that not only introduces the world to a revolutionary new sound, but also brings to life the Queen of Steam-Prog herself, Arabella Vash.
We are already planning a limited edition beautiful box set, with a stunning graphic novel of the story. Plans are to also include a special bonus disc, signed and numbered artwork, Arabella and band posters.
Legendary Rock Producer Michael Wagener has agreed to produce the lead vocals and guitar solos as well as mix and master the album at his state-of-the-art facility, WireWorld Studios just outside of Nashville!
Mindcage feels that Michael Wagener is the perfect producer to help us bring our vision of the Steam-Prog culture to the world through the story of Arabella Vash.
Michael Wagener is an icon in the recording industry, well known for the phenomenal and classic sounds of his work.
He has recorded, produced and/or mixed platinum-selling albums by Mötley Crüe, W.A.S.P., Overkill, Accept, Great White, Stryper, Poison, Keel, Alice Cooper, Extreme, Megadeth, Janet Jackson, Ozzy Osbourne, Dokken, Metallica, White Lion, and Skid Row.
Over 94 Million Albums sold.
View Michael Wagener's complete discography here: http://www.michaelwagener.com/html/discography.html
We are asking for your help to raise the funds that we need to travel and stay in Nashville and work with Michael Wagener to complete our vision. Your kind contributions along with what we have already saved will make it possible for us to bring Arabella Vash to life and introduce the world to our revolutionary new sound, Steam-Prog!
We believe that by working together we can make this happen. So we've created several different ways for you all to get involved. Maybe you can only give a dollar, but every dollar helps!
You can also help a lot by sharing this page on facebook and twitter, send it around by email!
What is in it for you?
Be a part of something BIG, play a role in "Our Own Devices".
You will be a part of our success no matter what amount you contribute and we will be eternally grateful. A Pledge at every level makes you a permanent member of our Mindcage family, giving you exclusive opportunities, such as access to new music, show passes, limited edition merch, and more.
By becoming a part of our crowning achievement you will be responsible for spearheading the revolutionary new form of music - "Steam-Prog".
"Our Own Devices" will be independently and internationally distributed by Steamworks Music to all markets. Plans include a worldwide press campaign as well as an expansive, theatrical tour production.
It is our genuine hope to meet and personally thank each and every one of you for your contribution!
We appreciate your time, consideration, and can't thank you enough for any pledge you can commit to us in helping reach our goal.
On behalf of the members of Mindcage and the entire Steam-Prog culture, I want to send you a heartfelt "THANK YOU!"
Kind Regards & Progressive Visions;
fon: (850) 736-6406
email: dietrick DOT Hardwick AT yahoo DOT com
Risks and challenges
There are always a myriad of challenges with releasing and distributing a CD.
The biggest challenge for this project is keeping the scheduling on track and getting the work done in a short amount of time. We have hired a great management team, and together we are confident we have the skills to overcome this challenge.
We ask for your help as we face these challenges and promise to put our hearts, souls, expertise, and hard work into making this CD a success.
The rest is in the hands of something much greater than us all and that we all can be a part of!
Thank you for taking this leap of Faith with us!
~DietrickLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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