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IMPERIAL AGE - NEW WORLD

Help us record our new album & Film 5 new music videos!

US$ 30,346
pledged of US$ 40,000 goal
76%
333
backers
21
days to go
Project runs until 15th August 2021. Values are updated once a day.

UPDATES

   23 Jul 2021 - New Song fragment + video from Jane! (read more...)
   17 Jul 2021 - 50% of Goal Reached in 1.5 Days! (read more...)

Whats this?

Greetings, Metalheads! 
We are IMPERIAL AGE, and we are ready to present you with our 3rd studio album ‘NEW WORLD’ - together with 5 new MUSIC VIDEOSThe creative part (musical, textual and visual) is mostly done, and we are very proud of the result.

The next steps, however, require a significant investment of capital - and thats where we need your support.

Whats the album about?

Just like the meaning of the title ‘New World’, the music on this release has multiple layers. 

It is a rare combination of classic grandiose symphonic metal on the one hand with upbeat high-energy hit songs on the other - all with a huge orchestra, choir and various lead vocals, as usual. Besides the bagpipes, fiddles and balalaikas which we have already used before, this record features instruments which are new for us - such as a huge cathedral organ and medieval lutes. 

Lyrically, this album is about freedom, change, exploration and evolution in all meanings: inner and outer. It is a call to move out and beyond - embodied in the final 20-minute epic metal symphony titled “The Call of the Towers” (you can hear its intro in the video above).

While writing this album we went through quite a lot of things, and we put all of ourselves into each note. This album is literally packed with tons of concentrated energy, and this aspect has to be reflected in the visual side and the scale of the release.

Each new project we do is much bigger than the previous one - and thats how it should be. But bigger ideas also mean bigger budgets to materialise them.

How much do we need?

In order to properly produce the new album and film 5 music videos, we need at least $40,000 USD. Thats the floor - bare minimum.

The more we raise on top of that, the better will our overall sound, visuals, music videos, packaging and other things become. Only the sky is the limit here.

The budgets for the biggest bands in the genre are around $500,000 for album production, and another $500,000-$1,000,000 for promotion (PR and advertising).

WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?

  • Recording (studio time, musicians) - approx. $2,000
  • Mixing and mastering by Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Gloryhammer) - approx. $7,500
  • ​Manufacturing (CDs, Vinyls, Mediabooks, T-Shirts, Hoodies etc.) - approx. $7,000
  • Filming 5 Music Videos (crew, props, costumes, studio time, post-production & CGI) - $3,000 x 5 = $15,000 (bare minimum)
  • ​PR (by the leading EU and US agencies) - minimum $3,000
  • ​Advertising (Facebook, Instagram & YouTube) - minimum $3,000

What if we raise less?

This is unlikely, because:

a) Our ‘Live on Earth’ concert raised $11,477 in donations on 25th April 2020

b) The subsequent DVD & Live Album ‘Live on Earth: The Online Lockdown Concert’ released in October 2020 sold for another $22,000 during the first week of pre-sales alone (and still selling, we haven’t counted properly yet).

So thats $33,477 just from playing old songs and releasing them for the 3rd time (the first 2 times were the studio albums and the ‘Live in Wroclaw’ live album).

This time, however, we are talking about a HUGE NEW ALBUM - the first in almost 4 years! 

And we only set the goal for $40,000….

However, in this unlikely scenario, we would just have to do the bare minimum of what can be done (the rewards wills till be produced and shipped of course). So please don't let this happen and support us!

what if we raise more?

We hope that this is the more likely scenario, and we will introduce stretch goals:

1. More and better graphics in the music videos (due to hiring more expensive and better studios and specialists): we have tons of very cool ideas but they are very expensive to film - its like making a real movie.

2. More music videos.

3. A huge online concert right before the New World Tour (January 2022).

4. More and better stage props.

5. More tour dates (if we have enough money to organise the concerts ourselves).

…and maybe restoring our legendary tour van if you give us just a wee bit more ;)

why not sign with a label?

Over the past year we were contacted by 3 record labels.

In all cases the negotiations ended with us saying: “if we sign that deal we will need to find ourselves a day job”.

Labels not only take 87-90% of all music income. They also deduct most of their promo expenses from the musician’s share - the remaining 10-13%. 

So yes, they would give the cash. But it would be a loan, which we would have to pay back from our 13%… and other things which are good for them but bad for us (for eg. 50,000 of you learned about us from our ‘7 free songs’ offer - which is totally impossible under any label).

Most bands are signed when they have no fans - and thus have no choice. But we are blessed to have you.

And we decided to remain independent so that we can keep this special relationship with you. 

This campaign will run until 15th august 2021 only !!!

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All the rewards are 'backer-only' which means they are only for the backers of this campaign!

All the CDs, Vinyl, T-shirts, Hoodies etc here are different from what will be sold when the album is out - these items are unique!

VERY IMPORTANT!!!
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Thank you!!

WE LOVE YOU!!!

-  Aor, Jane & Co

    SUPPORT US

    Pledge without a reward

    Back it because you believe in it

    Support the project for no reward, just because it speaks to you.

    • Digital Album: .wav & .mp3 download of NEW WORLD 1 month before release date
    • ​Digital Booklet: all the booklet art & lyrics in 300dpi quality
    • PDF: file with exclusive photos, sketches, notes, and other making-of materials
    Estimated Shipping: December 2021
    Ships to: Worldwide
    Claimed: 23 / unlimited

    Pledge $30

    Digital Bundle
    • ​Digital Album: .wav & .mp3 download of NEW WORLD 1 month before release date
    • ​Isolated Tracks: drums, orchestra, bass, guitar, choir and vocals - all separate .wav 24bit files - make your own mix
    • ​Instrumentals: All songs without vocals (digital download) so that you can sing along
    • ​Your Name in album booklet & music video titles
    • PLUS: Digital Booklet, PDF
    Estimated Shipping: December 2021
    Ships to: Worldwide
    Claimed: 23 / unlimited

    Pledge $75

    Bronze Bundle
    • CD Jewelcase: signed, backer-only limited edition
    • T-Shirt: backer-only limited edition
    • ​Thank-You Card: signed
    • PLUS: Digital Album, PDF, Isolated Tracks, Instrumentals, Name in Booklet & Titles
    Estimated Shipping: December 2021
    Ships to: Worldwide
    Claimed: 23 / unlimited

    Pledge $150

    Silver Bundle
    • Golden Vinyl: signed, backer-only limited edition
    • ​Flag: signed, backer-only limited edition
    • ​Patch: signed, backer-only limited edition
    • Poster A3: signed, backer-only limited edition
    • PLUS: CD Jewelcase, T-Shirt, Thank You Card, Digital Album, PDF, Isolated Tracks, Instrumentals, Name in Booklet & Titles
    Price includes special packaging & shipping.

    Estimated Shipping: December 2021
    Ships to: Worldwide
    Claimed: 23 / unlimited

    Pledge $300

    Gold Bundle
    • Double-CD Mediabook: signed, backer-only limited edition with extra bonus tracks & extra artwork
    • Zipper Hoodie: backer-only limited edition
    • ​Guitar Tab & Song Book: signed
    • Guitar Pick: backer-only edition
    • Drum Stick: backer-only edition
    • Poster A2: signed, backer-only limited edition
    • PLUS: Golden Vinyl, Flag, Patch, T-Shirt, Thank You Card, Digital Album, PDF, Isolated Tracks, Instrumentals, Name in Booklet & Titles
    Price includes special packaging & shipping.

    Estimated Shipping: December 2021
    Ships to: Worldwide
    Claimed: 23 / unlimited

    THE REWARDS

    Here are some big pictures of the rewards. They are clickable!
    Some items such as "Your Name in the Titles" are not depicted here since we don't know how to do it :)
    Digital Album + Digital Booklet + PDF file with tons of behind the scenes photos, scetches etc.
    Isolated Tracks (guitars, bass, drums, vocals etc seaparately - make your own mix!)+ Instrumentals + Your Name in Titles + Digital Album + Digital Booklet + PDF file with tons of behind the scenes photos, scetches etc.
    CD (Jewelcase, Signed, limtied backer-only edition) + T-shirt (limited backer-only edition) + Thank You Card + Isolated Tracks (guitars, bass, drums, vocals etc seaparately - make your own mix!)+ Instrumentals + Digital Album + Digital Booklet + PDF file with tons of behind the scenes photos, scetches etc.
    GOLDEN VINYL (Signed, limtied backer-only edition) + Patch + Poster A3 + Flag + CD (Jewelcase, Signed, limtied backer-only edition) + T-shirt (limited backer-only edition) + Thank You Card + Isolated Tracks (guitars, bass, drums, vocals etc seaparately - make your own mix!)+ Instrumentals + Digital Album + Digital Booklet + PDF file with tons of behind the scenes photos, scetches etc.
    DOUBLE-CD MEDIABOOK (Signed, limtied backer-only edition with bonus tracks and bonus artwork) + ZIPPER HOODIE (backer-only limited edition) + Guitar Tab & Song Book (signed) + drum stick + guitar picks + GOLDEN VINYL (Signed, limtied backer-only edition) + Patch + Poster A3 + Flag + CD (Jewelcase, Signed, limtied backer-only edition) + T-shirt (limited backer-only edition) + Thank You Card + Isolated Tracks (guitars, bass, drums, vocals etc seaparately - make your own mix!)+ Instrumentals + Digital Album + Digital Booklet + PDF file with tons of behind the scenes photos, scetches etc.
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