Welcome to the Official VERMITHRAX CD/Merch package pre-order campaign for VERMITHRAX's NEW VOLUME II: Imperium Draconus EP Limited Edition CD Package Releases to be mastered by Chris "ZUESS" Harris (QUEENSRYCHE, SANCTUARY, ICED EARTH, ROB ZOMBIE, ).
This Kickstarter campaign is being run in a shorter timeframe (35 days) to truly keep this special, limited and with a quick turnaround from preorder timeline completion to shipment. It's important to note that the highest tiered packages and then by earliest orders placed will be the determination for the lowest numbers of this first pressing of the limited edition, hand-numbered copies, so there is a true sense of urgency to place your order. The packages contained are unique, limited edition items and in some cases, personalized, so they make not only cool collectable pieces, but incredible gifts for any metal fan that you may know. Treat yourself as a collector or buy for a true metalhead friend a truly exclusive metal gift package!
For those that are new to the band, VERMITHRAX was formed late 2012 with a strong focus on producing the music that the members grew up (old school 80's thrash). VERMITHRAX quickly got to work on their debut EP, appropriately titled, “Volume 1”. The EP’s release was met with immediate praise with the metal press corps hailing the band’s deft blend of progressive and thrash elements. You can hear cuts from their Volume I EP on their site, as well as join the band's email list at the bottom of the page at: https://www.VermithraxBand.com/media
A Few Past Media Quotes:
"Riffs and song ideas that are putting much of the competition to shame. VERMITHRAX created music somewhere between NEVERMORE/SANCTUARY, FORBIDDEN and TESTAMENT. 'Croy' proves his vocal range can go from Warrel Dane over Tim Aymar to Chuck Billy impressively, without sounding like a copy of the vocalists mentioned. We need them to set free the fires of this dragon from the city of Pittsburgh, PA (USA)." - Strike Magazine / Streetclips.TV -(Germany)
"Without a doubt, the influences of Testament, latter day Exodus, Metal Church and King Diamond looms large over their music, but the two bands that really spring to mind when listening are Sanctuary and Nevermore. There are plenty of time and tempo changes that will keep you guessing but it all fits together wonderfully well and along with some really powerful vocals and fabulous guitar work you’ll be head banging from start to finish." -Ever Metal Mag -US
"The riffs are savage, the tempos are relentless, and the hulking Croy tempers his angry shout with enough melody and character to keep the vocals interesting. Everything about Vermithrax’s stage presence and songs screamed professionalism. They were tight as hell, and took no prisoners. Vermithrax were just a precision killing machine from beginning to end. Moody modern thrash rarely hits the spot for me, but this was fantastic." -TrueMetaLives
“You really have no excuse not to check out what this lot have to offer, especially if you are a fan of Iced Earth, Nevermore, Testament, Sanctuary and Metal Church. There's no messing around, Vermithrax go for the throat and breathe fire with the best of them." - Brutiful Metal Radio -US
"The 5-song Debut EP is just called Vermithrax, Vol.1. And it is a kick in the ass, get your head banging rocking piece of gold. This IS some good old school thrash. Croy sounds like Halford when he is screaming the lyrics, wow. Yes, this is how good thrash used to be played." - ProjectMetalMusic - US
“The tracks that are delivered on this EP are furious, crushing, technical thrash reminiscent of recent Testament and Nevermore. The vocals are as thought out and intense as the rest of the music. There are no empty deliveries on these tracks. The songs are belted out in a flurry of emotion that delivers an aural sucker punch.” - Mösh & Höps
“Vermithrax is the baby of singer, Croy (Chris Roy, ex-Reading Zero / Visionary) and drummer, JR Jameson (aka Jer, The Butcher, ex-Nunslaughter / Icarus Witch), with this, Vermithrax express their love for the mid-tempo thrash in the intersection between Heathen, Testament and Nevermore without dropping from the level of the above mentioned." - Deaf Forever- Issue 1 (Germany)
"Pittsburgh had one more offering, in the form of old school thrash monoliths Vermithrax who delivered a brutal hardcore set of vicious, non-stop, old school thrash, reminiscent of Testament or Exodus and caused the first mosh pits of the evening. Frontman, Croy has incredible stage presence and a vocal cadence similar to Chuck Billy that demanded respect, telling the crowd “Show me your fucking horns.” The rabid fans heard his war cries and took full advantage of their last opportunity to mosh and lost their collective minds as the pit spiraled out of control. Expect big things for the future of Vermithrax." - The Front Row Report -
This band just breathes metal! This is top class US Metal like in the good old days. You will hear the strings scream for mercy. What a great melody line, what an introduction! This band made my day, week, month, year? Reviewing is easy, as I can only praise them from the bottom of my heart...They get easily 90/100.” - Metal To Infinity - Belgium
“Their Volume 1 EP is a collection of melodic power thrash metal inspired by the thrash metal of the late 1980’s and early 90’s. A technical thrash vibe similar to Bay Area metallers Forbidden. Vocalist Croy’s growl is reminiscent of Chuck Billy....yet vocals can take on a more Warrel Dane (Sanctuary) higher pitched tone. Vermithrax is a band with plenty of upside, the music is a throwback to an earlier time when thrash was the heaviest of the heavy... This will appeal to fans of old school thrash like Slayer, Forbidden, Testamentand Exodus as well as newer bands like Arsis, Havoc & Municipal Waste” - Lady Obscure Metal Reviews - US
The band spent the last few years writing, recording, mixing and building their live performance resume performing with such powerful acts and influences, like QUEENSRYCHE, ICED EARTH, FATES WARNING, OVERKILL, METAL CHURCH, LIZZY BORDEN, EVERGREY and SABATON.
The band's music is reminiscent of a strong combination of diverse metal influences from the 80's "Speed" / Thrash / Power metal era, featuring, but definitely not limited to bands such as FORBIDDEN, SLAYER, SANCTUARY, MEGADETH, KING DIAMOND, TESTAMENT, FATES WARNING, VIO-LENCE and FLOTSAM & JETSAM.
While the band has been in discussions with some labels, that may make some time to sort out, so in the meantime, the band wanted to release some new unreleased material. They decided that it should be something special that will only be available in this first pressing, as a very limited, hand-numbered run for their friends, fans and collectors of metal. If there are enough pre-orders some incredible stretch goals kick in for different tiers! More details on that in a few minutes.
While the writing process has remained very much just as focused, the recording and mixing side held parts of the project at bay for a variety of reasons for quite some time. To resolve this moving forward, the band has spent a great deal of time re-building and fortifying their own studio, "The Lair" to handle all future recording/mixing duties and one of the songs on this EP was 100% recorded/mixed by the band at the studio. Included on the new VOLUME II EP, a tribute medley to a classic thrash band where all of the recording and mixing happened in the band's new studio and it sounds KILLER!
The time has finally come to start to release these viciously heavy tunes into the world and take you on this journey with the band. VERMITHRAX needs your support to ensure that it’s done properly and at the level we would all expect. The band needs your help with helping spread the word and in your choosing one (or more!) of these preorders to help cover some of the costs and make sure that you get a superior product that will make your hearts pump like fists and your ears bleed with joy.
Our main first level goal is $4,800 to cover those expenses to produce these cool prize packages, to offset the Kickstarter fees, to help cover the licensing fees to Flotsam & Jetsam's publishing company for our tribute medley to them, (included on this EP!), to cover professional mastering by Chris "Zuess" Harris and the art/design/manufacture of these limited edition CD/merchandise pre-order packages, as well as some of the other exclusive merchandise listed at reach reward level.
We have also set some stretch goals, so that we can even further reward multiple tiers that were able to truly pay forward in helping us take this next evolutional leap with some amazing extremely limited pressings of items previously never released in these formats.
Stretch Goal #1: >$8,000 = A Limited Edition, Hand-Numbered 1st full pressing signed release of VERMITHRAX'S Volume I EP will be produced in full color packaging. If reached, a free copy will be sent to those that donated at the $50 or above pre-order level with their package.
Stretch Goal #2: >$16,000 = A limited edition, hand-numbered first pressing of VERMITHRAX's Volume II: Imperium Draconus on either colored vinyl or Picture Disc. If reached, a free copy will be sent to those that donated at the $100 or above pre-order level. They will be available at a discounted price at a later date for those who supported at other levels.
Stretch Goal #3: >$24,000 = A limited edition, hand-numbered first pressing of VERMITHRAX's Volume I on either colored vinyl or Picture Disc. If reached, a free copy will be sent to those that donated at the $200 or above pre-order level. They will be available at a discounted price at a later date for those who supported at other levels.
We hope that regardless of which level you’re able to be part of at this time that you will share and post about it, so that others that may be just discovering us can join in on this new way of creating a special connection between our band and fans. Maybe you're a die-hard metalhead, friend/fan and want to buy a pre-order gift for a friend or twelve!
Maybe you have a massive passion for music, metal and/or simply reached a point in your life where you can afford to do something you hadn't even dreamed of, such as be listed as the, "Executive Producer" of a piece of thrash history (Dragon King Level - There can only be one!). That level supporter would be a HUGE help in reaching the main goal, helping others reach higher tier stretch goals for even more cool free products for their higher participation levels and will forever be listed on this CD, as part of the band's recorded history (Priceless)!
What can be promised to those that take the time to help us make this happen is that the band has fought through the challenges with all heart and will give you a piece of their souls in every track released. They would much rather under-promise and over–deliver, in regards to time-frame, so they are stating June. While there are many variables that they can’t control, they promise that they will be making every effort to get you your well-earned prizes, as soon as physically possible.
We truly thank you for any and all support that you are able to allow.
Regardless of your ability to help us at this time, please sign onto our mailing list at the bottom of our webpage at: www.VermithraxMetal.com
Risks and challenges
There is very little risk, since the band has both Volume I and Volume II releases already recorded. The band has the artwork and simply need to get the final recordings mastered, CD layout design complete and having it manufactured at the highest quality level. The timeframes for other merchandise currently has been less than the turnaround time for the CD manufacturing side. The stretch goal tiers for Vinyl may have to be shipped at a later time than the rest of the packages, as they were unable to secure Vinyl manufacturer timelines without finance and proofs.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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