Help Katagory V resurrect the latest album and get it released!

Katagory V recorded and completed a new album in 2011 and has been unable to get it properly released -- help them "Resurrect the Insurgence!!!"
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Dustin Mitchell
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Music
Salt Lake City, Utah
United States
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The long and short of it all…

 

Hello friends and fans -- we are Katagory V!

For those not familiar with us, you may read a great many details concerning our humble band on Wikipedia, or continue reading here if you wish.  We are a progressive metal band that started in Salt Lake City, Utah near the turn of the century (1999, to be exact).  In the beginning of 2001, we released our debut album, "Present Day."  It had a limited run of 1,000 copies and sold out within a year.  It has never been re-released, nor has it been made available digitally (due to legal issues, much to our chagrin).  Today, due to its rarity, copies that end up on eBay sell for anywhere between $20 and $100! 

Because of the debut album's popularity, we signed on to various labels here in the U.S. and abroad and released three more albums.  Katagory V went on to perform several metal festivals and one-off shows across the U.S., sharing the stage with fantastic metal acts such as Helstar,Tad Morose, Morgana Lefay, Vicious Rumors, and the legendary Anvil.  The band briefly acted as a backing band for lead singer Ronny Monroe ofMetal Church  on some of his solo shows, and bassist Dustin Mitchell even stood in with the godfathers of classic heavy metal, Riot, when their then-bassist was injured and unable to perform.

It was all going well for several years.  The band was on track, and things were looking up, right?  Well, not really…this is where this campaign comes into play!


About the "Resurrect the Album" campaign


With the band's preceding success and large underground following of fans near and far, why are we doing this campaign to raise money to get our latest album released?  Why is an album from 2011 STILL not released, and why has it taken this long to get around to doing it?  Why hasn't a label picked it up yet? Why has the band not released it on their own already?  Why should you care? Truthfully, it is very difficult to keep it brief, as it is a very long and torrid tale… with that said, it would mean a lot to us for you to take just 10 minutes and allow us to explain.

Let's start at the top, shall we?

...Ready?

...Here we go!

Economic recession, loss/changing of day jobs, divorces, having kids, mortgages, rent, home repairs, loss of homes, health problems, health insurance, medical bills, travel expenses, internet piracy, and, finally, record label hesitation and/or general disinterest due to the current music industry climate.  Sure, this all sounds like a bunch of whining, complaining and excuses, but this is the honest truth: no B.S. here.  This is why the latest album has been sitting on a shelf (or inside of a hard drive) collecting dust for almost 4 years.


We know what you're thinking: "How is this possible?  It shouldn't be that expensive.  Just pool your money together, throw down the cash, and put it out already!," right?  Contrary to popular belief, most musicians are not swimming in money.  In fact, we only keep ourselves afloat with actual day jobs, just like everyone else in the real world!  If we had an abundance of extra capital (i.e. disposable income), we would most certainly put it into our music!  However, it's been 15 years since Katagory V was formed, and everyone in the band is in their 30's now.  At this point in our lives, we have all gone far past our days of working low-paying, high turn-over jobs to supplement our craft.  We've grown up and stopped living with mom and dad, and we now have families of our own  as well as other responsibilities pertaining to REAL LIFE.  Add this to all of the scenarios mentioned in the previous paragraph, and it's clearly obvious why the new album hasn't been released yet.

When life happens, hobbies have to take a back seat, especially ones that cost a lot of money to maintain.  We would love for Katagory V to be more than just a hobby.  In fact, for years we treated it as much more than a hobby, and we invested thousands of our own dollars into it beyond what the record labels would provide, hoping it would be a self-sustaining career down the road.  Sadly, however, nothing fell into place.  As we got older, the music industry changed.  Technology changed the way that people consume and listen to music.  Maybe our timing was wrong, or perhaps the cards were stacked against us.  We arrived too late to be considered a "heritage band" and too early to make a sizable impact in an already flooded music scene.


At the end of the day, when you are spending more money to create and release your music than what you make back and you still work a day job, it is classified as a "hobby."  

 

Internet killed the radio star...



There are many myths concerning the music industry as a business, and we should dispel them here and now.  Technologists feel that we just need to "adapt and get with the times" by taking a massive pay cut, because today's technology has made it much more affordable to record music than it was 20 years ago.  Free Culturalists feel that what we create should be free for everyone to share, that it is just "digital information" on the internet, that "sharing is caring," and that we should feel privileged to pay out of our own pockets to make music because it is a "blessing" for us to have the internet, allowing millions to hear our music without the presence of any gatekeepers. Finally, there are those who are not professional, semi-professional or even musicians at all who feel that it's all about endless touring and selling merchandise at shows to recoup recording, pressing, distribution and promotion costs, not understanding that touring costs money, too.  All three of these groups are wrong: dead wrong.  None of these business models are self-sustaining, nor are they logical in any economic situation within OR outside of the music industry.


What these three groups all have in common is that they uphold the views of those who are not the real creators.  They are only the consumers; they are the listeners of our creation.  As such, it's only natural that they would view music in a way that would solely benefit them, not the artist creating what they enjoy so much.  Let's face it: no matter how honest or moral we are as human beings, it's hard to justify paying for something when you can have it for free, right? Outside of our dedicated fans and close friends -- whom we know will support this campaign regardless of the reason -- we would like to give these three groups of people the benefit of the doubt and trust that they honestly don't understand what it takes to actually do this for a living, let alone as a very expensive hobby, and allow them to redeem themselves by putting their money where their mouths are.

By making a contribution -- and if we meet and/or exceed our goal -- you will help us acquire a quality designer to create the artwork and graphic design for the album, have CD's pressed, distribute physical and digital media, and promote the new album.  If we exceed our goal by 50%, then we will have new t-shirts made as well!  Every little bit can go a long way for this campaign.  This album has been sitting on the shelf for years, just waiting for the opportunity to be properly released upon the public, and now is as good a time as any to do it.


What we need and what you get!


We need a minimum of $5,400 USD to make this happen.  A portion of the contributions will go toward paying for quality album artwork and a 12-page color booklet for the CD -- and if you contribute enough to reach the first tier, your name will be printed in the liner notes as a huge thank you for helping us!

A larger portion will go toward the pressing costs of the physical CD's.  We know that some fans prefer to download the digital version off of iTunes, Amazon, or another digital retailer.  However, we also know that a majority of our fans prefer having a CD and a colorful, detailed booklet in their hands. It's not just a reward for us to provide it, but also a reward to many fans that like having the proof of their contribution in their hands.  If you contribute enough to reach our first tier, not only will you get your name and a big 'thank you' in the liner notes, you will also receive a copy of the CD as soon as it becomes available!



Do you still prefer a digital version over a CD?  That's okay.  We've got you covered…when you get the CD, just rip it down, then give it to a friend who you think will like our music.  You can even turn around, sell it on eBay, and make some of your contribution money back!  In either case, we don't mind, because that's the kind of "sharing is caring" we can get behind 100% -- we just ask that you KEEP IT OFF THE TORRENT AND CYBERLOCKER SITES!  That kind of sharing is NOT caring.

A smaller portion of the contributions will go toward the shipping, distribution, and promotion expenses of the new album.  We don't want this album to go unnoticed -- we need to get the word out that the new album has finally been released, get promotional copies into the hands of magazines, webzines, and radio, and give potential new fans the opportunity to get the album as well.

So, what are the standard perks?

Tier 1: $15+ gets your name in the liner notes as a contributor and a copy of the new album with shipping to anywhere in the world included.

Tier 2: $25+ gets you the same perks as you would with tier 1.  However, if we exceed our goal by 50% (i.e. we get above $7,500), you'll also receive a limited edition t-shirt!

****Exclusive perks****

On top of the standard perks for helping us out, we are offering our fans a limited amount of exclusive perks.  These exclusive offers include a rare bootlegged live DVD, a drum head signed by the entire band, lessons for drums, guitar, or vocals via Skype, t-shirts made available for the band's two previous albums, and copies of the band's previous albums on CD (including sealed copies of the super-rare debut album)!  There's even a perk that's so outrageous that you'll have to read the side bar to find out more! These top-tier perks also include a pre-ordered copy of the album and, if we reach above our goal by 50%, a limited edition t-shirt.

 

What if we don't reach our goal?


Your money will be refunded!  We don't believe in keeping your money if you are not going to get something out of your investment.  After all, that is what your contribution is -- an investment!  If you want to make sure you get your money's worth, and if you want to see this campaign succeed as much as we do, then help us reach our goal by spreading the word to ensure you get a copy of the new album!

 

Other ways you can help Katagory V 

 

We know that not everyone has the means to contribute financially but may still want to be involved with the campaign.  You can still contribute by getting the word out for the campaign using the Indiegogo share tools -- posting our campaign to your Facebook page, a message board or forum, on a mailing list, or even Twitter is just as good as money, especially if it gets someone else to contribute! 

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$3,005USD
raised by 90 people in 2 months
56% funded
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$5,400 USD goal
Fixed Funding This campaign did not meet its $5,400USD funding goal by the deadline.
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This campaign ended on August 19, 2014
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  • $1USD
    Ka-tato salad!

    Would you like to see this campaign succeed, but you're too short on dough to pre-order the CD? Here's your chance to make a minimum contribution while getting a little something back! Apparently, making potato salad is what the cool kids are doing, so if you contribute a minimum of a buck, we'll send you a video of Dustin and Al making potato salad on the condition that we reach our goal! It's Ka-tato salad!

    1 claimed
  • $15USD
    Pre-order for the album!

    If you contribute $15 or more, you'll not only get your name in the album, but you'll also be put on the pre-order list to get a copy of the new album when it is released!

    47 claimed
  • $25USD
    Limited edition t-shirt!

    If you contribute $25 or more AND we exceed 50% of our target goal ($7500+), we will put your name in the CD credits, put you on the pre-order list for the CD, and send you a limited edition T-shirt along with the album!

    14 claimed
  • SOLD OUT

    $30USD
    Bootleg live DVD!

    If you contribute $30 or more, we will put your name in the CD credits, put you on the pre-order list for the CD, and send you a bootleg copy DVD of Katagory V live at Club Abyss! This show was recorded on January 9th, 2010 and featured songs from the upcoming album. This DVD will only be available for this campaign, making it a collector's item! If we exceed 50% of our target goal ($7500+), you will also get a limited edition T-shirt on top of it!

    10 out of 10 claimed
  • $30USD
    Bootleg live DVD--part deux!

    Back by popular demand, and this time with no limit! Now you have another chance to get everything that was available in the sold-out $30 package. However, we still promise that contributing to this campaign will be the only way to get your hands on this DVD.

    5 claimed
  • $50USD
    Honorary package deal!

    With this perk, not only do you get your name in the liner notes, a pre-ordered copy of the album, and a t-shirt (the t-shirt being included only if we meet or exceed 50% above our target goal), but you also get the DVD bootleg AND a drum head autographed by the entire band! Claim this perk while it lasts!

    5 out of 20 claimed
  • $50USD
    Skype lesson with Bizzaro!*

    Attention drummers! With this perk, you get your name in the booklet, the Bootleg DVD, a pre-order for the album, a limited edition t-shirt (if we reach 50% above our goal), and an opportunity to have a 30-minute lesson via Skype with Bizzaro himself! There are only 5 lessons available, so claim one or more of them for yourself! *Lessons are scheduled based on Bizzaro's availability and are in accordance with Mountain Standard Time.

    0 out of 5 claimed
  • $50USD
    Skype lesson with Kris!*

    Are you an aspiring guitarist? With this perk, you get your name in the booklet, a pre-order for the album, The bootleg DVD, a limited edition t-shirt (if we reach 50% above our goal), and an opportunity to have a 30-minute lesson via Skype with Kris Krompel! There are only 5 lessons available, so claim one or more of them for yourself! *Lessons are scheduled based on Kris's availability and are in accordance with Mountain Standard Time.

    0 out of 5 claimed
  • $100USD
    Silver package deal!

    With this perk, not only do you get your name in the liner notes, a pre-ordered copy of the album, a limited edition t-shirt (the t-shirt being included only if we meet or exceed 50% above our target goal), the DVD bootleg, and a drum head autographed by the entire band, but you also get a copy of all of the band's three previous (and now out-of-print) albums: "A New Breed of Rebellion," "The Rising Anger," and "Hymns of Dissension!"

    2 out of 10 claimed
  • $100USD
    Voice lesson with Albert!*

    Are you aspiring to be a great singer? Well, so is Albert! With this perk, you can have everything that's included in the $30 DVD package PLUS an hour to pick Al's brain regarding the mechanics of the voice! These lessons are available via Skype, but if you live in the Chicago area, Albert will be happy to give you the lesson in person! *Lessons are scheduled based on Albert's availability and are in accordance with Central Standard Time.

    0 out of 5 claimed
  • $100USD
    Hathenbrook Photography

    With this perk, not only do you get a pre-ordered copy of the album with your name in the liner notes, a t-shirt (the t-shirt being included only if we meet or exceed 50% above our target goal), and the DVD bootleg, but you also get an 8x10 print of your choice from our sponsor Hathenbruck Photography! Check out his brilliant work and take your pick! https://www.facebook.com/mhathenbruck

    0 out of 20 claimed
  • $100USD
    Dustin plays bass for you!*

    Do you want some bass lines laid down for one of your songs? With this perk, you can have Dustin track bass for you in his studio! Do you want to hire him to play on your whole album? Buy up all 10 and have him be YOUR bassist! You'll also get everything in the bootleg DVD package. All that plus Dustin's bass tracks on your recordings = winning! *All recordings must be quantized, prepared, and sent in a Pro Tools session, or separate tracks must be quantized and submitted in WAV. format.

    0 out of 10 claimed
  • $100USD
    Albert sings your song!*

    If you like Al's voice and would like to have it featured on one of your recordings, now's your chance! Lead vocals, harmonies, spoken parts, random noises--if you can imagine it, Al will vocalize it! Buy one perk for one song, or buy up to all ten to have Al on your entire album! You'll also get everything in the bootleg DVD package! *All recordings must be quantized, prepared, and sent in a Pro Tools session, or separate tracks must be quantized and submitted in WAV. format.

    0 claimed
  • $200USD
    Gold package deal!

    With this perk, not only will you get everything listed in the silver package deal, but you will also receive a "Hymns of Dissension t-shirt (available in XL only) and your picture in the album as an honorary member of the band!

    3 out of 5 claimed
  • SOLD OUT

    $350USD
    Holy f'n grail package!

    THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE! With this perk, not only will you receive everything included in the gold package deal, but you will also receive a now-rare "The Rising Anger" t-shirt (also only in XL) and...get this...a SEALED COPY of the super-rare debut album "PRESENT DAY" direct from the vault!

    1 out of 1 claimed
  • $4,000USD
    WTF!? perk!

    With this perk, you get everything in the Holy f'n grail package, but with the addition of...Dustin's braided goatee!? You read that right; the braided trademark that has donned Dustin's chin for over a decade will be your reward. Disgusting? Yes! However, Dustin doesn't really want to part with it, hence the ridiculous price for a ridiculous perk! Many people have dared him to chop it off over the years. Do you have the balls (and money) to actually make it happen?

    0 out of 1 claimed
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