Dear Aristocratic readers,
A thought is being stuck in my mind, a question strictly and inevitably related to the nowadays' situation your beloved webzine is living. As it happens, over the last years, the band-fans relationship has got so strong that the first manage to get actual, economic support from the others through mostly successful crowdfunding campaigns; something nobody would have believed to be possible, some time ago, but let's face the truth: it's actually become a thing.
I'm thinking of over-squandered Wintersun, whose album release and game...hum, rehearsal studio building project has been (and still is) funded by an astonishingly high number of people from all over the globe, but also of Ne Obliviscaris, who's been trying to focus only on their musical career quitting their other full-time jobs (and thereby insuring themselves some incomes); also Italian power metal act Trick Or Treat chose to relate on crowdfunding to release their latest, fantastic record — an album filled with metal covers of old cartoons and animes' Italian opening tracks. Such phenomenon, though, it's not only linked to the bands' world, it spread. I believe Sam Dunn's name should be known to most of you, as much as his decision to base his BangerTV's existence on crowdfunding, via Patreon.
Well, Wintersun hasn't released good music in a while — it's been some time since their last time [pun intended] — but nonetheless they're seriously close to manage to build their own personal headquarters, sooner than expected, too! What's the above mentioned question that haunts me? There's also tons of underground projects that try to rely on crowdfunding campaigns to survive, but they don't get — and I believe, sadly, they never will — it, when at the same time bigger bands do get shitload of moneys for silly things as they already have big labels' backup.
How useful is this to the single act? And how does it affect the whole «scene»? Does it intensify the already heavily marked difference between mainstream and underground in a world that already is underground?
We keep on thinking that music should be supported in a certain way as much as we are pretty sure that "The Forest Season" is only less abominable than Jari's promo videos. What about you: are you sure you're supporting the world you live in the right way?
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Cruachan - Nine Years Of Blood [2018: folk metal]
Gravecoven - Coughing Blood [2018: death metal]
Sojourner - The Shadowed Road [2018: black metal]