Long Island progressive metal band Painted In Exile have not exactly had an easy go of it since releasing their initial EP back in 2009. Beseeched with a myriad of personal issues and lineup changes, the band have been seemingly in a state of absolute stasis for the past 6 years and change. Though never broken up or officially on hiatus, they played no shows for nearly 5 years until their official “comeback” show last month (check out our photo coverage of the sold out show here). And now after what must have felt like an absolute eternity for the band and longtime fans, Painted In Exile have officially announced their first full-length album in the form of an Indiegogo campaign.

The band will be packing up and traveling to North Carolina in March for a whole month as they produce and record the album with Jamie King (who’s produced albums from Between The Buried And Me, The Contortionist, Scale The Summit, and many more). They also revealed that they will be tracking live piano and drums at The Fidelitorium, site of BTBAM’s recent “Future Sequence: Live at the Fidelitorium” DVD.

To cover all of this and more, the band are asking for $15,000 from fans in this campaign. The number certainly caused a few double takes and raised eyebrows for us, but once you look at what they’d actually be spending the money on, it makes a lot more sense.

Expenses:
Recording, Mixing, Mastering
(including live Drums & Piano @ The Fidelitorium)
+ Traveling to/living in North Carolina for 1-Month – $8,050
CD/Vinyl Pressing – $3,650
Artwork + Perks – $1,800
Indiegogo/Other Fees (10%) – $1,500

I actually applaud the band for being transparent with their expenses for the campaign, as many groups who ask for seemingly large sums for similar crowdfunding campaigns do not bother, leaving fans scratching their heads and wondering what in the world they could possibly need all that money for. It’s still a large number, particularly for a debut album, but the band are clearly serious about going big and all-in for this one. After so much time waiting to make this a reality, I can’t say I blame them.

Beyond that, there are some pretty cool perks in there at reasonable price levels, including merch bundles, video Skype lessons, VIP packages to their album release show, and even having the band write an original song for some very special fans. The band will also be making certain songs from their Bandcamp, including their 2011 teaser track and 2014 single “DM” free for download during the campaign.

IN ADDITION TO ALL OF THAT, we also have something special to premiere for fans of the band looking to garner any further info! At NAMM last month, Marc Lambert and Ivan Chopik spoke with Brendon Williams of A Sense of Gravity as a part of our extensive video coverage of NAMM 2016. They spoke at length about what they’ve been doing the past few years, what their show last month meant to them, their musical influences, and, of course, what to expect from the new album.

So, all in all, quite an exciting time for the band and fans alike. We wish the group best of luck with the Indiegogo campaign (which has already raised over 10% of its goal in one day), and hopefully we’ll have more exciting news to report on from them later this year!

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