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Help Axis of Empires Finish "Awakened by Chaos"

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Hello friends,

We are Axis of Empires, an independent power metal band from Marietta, GA. Our first album, Into the Shadow, was released in 2019 to a great response. Our new album, Awakened by Chaos, has been in production throughout 2020 with a target release date of March, 2021. The writing and recording process has been a wonderful journey for us in these trying times and we are excited to share this album and its wondrous journeys into the human spirit with all of you.

Our band has, until this point, been funded entirely by our leader, Jordan, who had been saving up for the final stage of the album before needing a new transmission in his car which required emergency financial attention. As if to add insult to injury, Jordan was in a car accident a few weeks after the replacement which totaled his car. This has been a financial sucker punch for Jordan and, in an effort to keep the album on track, we are launching this crowd funding campaign so that friends, family and, of course, the Axis faithful, can contribute towards its ultimate release.

But above and beyond that, we have a really cool backer rewards idea that will set this apart from the traditional crowd funding campaign...


We want to emphasize that recording of the album is complete. This is not an effort to fund the entire recording process (which is usually the most expensive aspect of making an album.)

Our goal of $3000 will go to cover the cost of mixing and mastering the album, making it ready for commercial release. This is a flat rate we agreed to with our post-production engineer and we will not require further funding once this amount is raised.

For scheduling reasons we would, ideally, like to have the money raised by December of 2020. The fundraiser will be closed once we reach our goal.


The core Axis of Empires studio band consists of guitarist Jordan Owen, vocalist/keyboardist Shelby Lee, and bassist Elliot Stotler. The three of us also have another project: the jazz band Other Strangers.

Earlier this year Other Strangers released its first single, a cover of the classic jazz standard "Gee, Baby, Aint I Good to You," made famous by Louis Armstrong among many others. This was later followed by an original composition titled "We're All Hopper Paintings Now." Both can be heard on Spotify, Apple Music, and all other major streaming sites. 

So here's our idea: Other Strangers will record a jazz rendition of a song of your choosing. Because OS is a smaller project we can record, mix and master it ourselves on our own equipment. We want you to have a something to show for your contribution and a personalized recording is a great gift for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and other special occasions.  

And as a bonus: all of the covers that we record for this project will be released on a digital EP for everyone to hear!

If you want to take advantage of this reward package we will work with you to create a new interpretation of your song. Just contact us via GoFundMe or through the Other Strangers Facebook page.


All donors will receive a free download of the album. Additional packages include:

$100 Axis Faithful package: you get a physical copy of the album signed by Jordan, Shelby and Elliot as well as a thank you in the liner notes.

$300 Other Strangers cover package: all rewards from previous tiers plus our jazz group, Other Strangers, will record a personalized cover of your favorite song in our own style. Your song will be released on our bonus covers EP.

$500 Live Streaming Concert: all of the above plus Other Strangers will play you a one hour personalized private concert via webcast.

$1000 Live in Person Concert: All $100 and $300 rewards plus Other Strangers will perform a 90 minute concert in a location of your choice. (Offer limited to the US states of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, North and South Carolina.)


Awakened by Chaos has been a labor of love for all of us and we will be deeply grateful for every contribution towards our goal.

Thank you for taking the time to check out our campaign.

Kind regards,
-Jordan, Shelby, Elliot


Jordan Owen
Marietta, GA

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