MindMaze spent 2015 celebrating the release of our fan-funded limited edition Dreamwalker EP, self-funding a tour with Iris Divine, and doing a first official support tour with legends Saxon and Armored Saint. It was a year of immense growth and development in the saga of burgeoning band, seeing us also joining up with Infinity Concerts and doing support gigs with Evergrey, Enchant, and others.
2016 will be a year of preparing and constructing our third full-length album, tentatively planned for an early 2017 release. We spent much of 2015 writing this album in pieces, determined not to rush anything about the writing and arrangement process. This was by far the most collaborative writing we've ever done, and the variety and dynamics of the material is very reflective of that.
The new album will also be our first-ever conceptual album, the details and story of which will be further revealed as time goes by. We've chosen to eschew any elements of Science Fiction or Fantasy and instead focus on the human element we've always tried to maintain in most of our music. This album will be an emotional rollercoaster showcasing an immense range of moods while taking the listener on a journey from chaos to self-realization stemming from emotional loss. The moods of each track will showcase different stages in the internal evolution over a passage of time, and will run the gamut in terms of length, structure, dynamics, and overall tone. There's no question whatsoever that this is our most diverse album yet, and sees our sound graduating into the undoubtedly "Progressive Metal" world.
The band is happy to confirm that we will continue our partnerships with Brian J. Anthony Studios, Inner Wound Recordings, and artist Carl Andre Beckston so the listener will once again be greeted with an absolutely top-notch finished product, currently expected in early 2017. As always, we want to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their enduring support of everything we do. This band's lifeblood is you guys who care so much about it, and we never would've been able to accomplish a fraction of what we have without your backing emotionally as well as financially. You're truly the reason we're here.
Risks and challenges
Current Recording Timetable:
-Preproduction: January-February 2016
-Instrument Tracking: March-June 2016
-Vocal Tracking: June-September 2016
-Mixing: September-November 2016
-Release: February 2017
Our projected total budget for this project is close to $10,000 between studio costs, artwork costs, pressing costs, various merchandise costs, shipping fees, and various other related costs. Ideally, we'd love to wait to ask for funding assistance until we're further along in the process than preproduction, but in order to get the album made in a timely fashion, we actually NEED the funds to really get to work.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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