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Burton C Bell

Burton C Bell commented

Dear #AoTW Pledgers,

Your outpouring of support from the #PledgeMusic fallout has been overwhelmingly positive and inspiring.

We are currently working on our best option so that #AscensionofTheWatchers may move forward to complete #Stormcrow for the pledgers that made this album possible.

Please stay tuned for more information regarding AoTW’s Stormcrow journey.

Sincerely,
Ascension of The Watchers

Artist response
Burton C Bell

Burton C Bell commented

Dear Ascension of the Watchers Pledgers,

It is with deep regret that AoTW announces PledgeMusic's failure for it’s inability to fulfill their obligation toward our campaign.

In January this year, AoTW began recording the new album 'Stormcrow' following a successful pledge campaign that saw the project surpass the initial threshold by hitting 120%of our goal. It was during this first week of recording that PledgeMusic informed us of it’s immediate halt to all PledgeMusic campaign platforms, with a further statement requiring 90 days to put right all business affairs.

We had no other alternative but to wait out the 90 days patiently as we continued production for the new record, with the information of a 'potential’ investor, and that PledgeMusic had not filed bankruptcy, or any administration process to liquidate their business.

It is now absolutely apparent that PledgeMusic will not pay any bands at this point. Our regular and transparent communication has ceased, and our concerns have been further heightened with more insight into the shameful quagmire PledgeMusic finds itself in. Without this payment from PledgeMusic, AOTW cannot manufacture or ship our cd’s, vinyl and other pledge items.

We advise all our pledgers to directly contact your credit card company to inform them that you have not received your order from PledgeMusic, and that PledgeMusic has no intention to fulfill your order, so that you may be fully refunded.

We wholeheartedly apologize to you, our pledger, for the failure of PledgeMusic. We are ALL victims to the failure of what was once an honest option to all working musicians and their supporters. This irresponsibility has affected everyone involved.

As a band, we are moving forward with our own limited resources. Mixing has begun, and we are determined to finish this recording.

Sincerely,

Ascension of The Watchers

Das Tor

Das Tor commented

thats sad to read...
cant you go to kickstarter or something and found it there?
I want the album and i want the vintage pack :D

Das Tor

Das Tor commented

Hy guys! Is it still possible to pledge and will the album and merch be released as announced? I would really like to pledge but since this site isnt paying the artists since a few month i am not sure about this all...
thanks!

David

David commented

How long is this open for? I really want to pledge but, unfortunately, pledges are suspended?

Dan Griffiths

Dan Griffiths commented

What is the latest on this please - Jayce or Burton. A lot of artists have been affected and apologies - I'm a fan of all your musical discographies (FF, Jayce and Ascension) but haven't pledged because of the situation/BS.
The album is being released on Cargo Records, but I don't see anything/update on their site at all.
Cheers, Dan

Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson commented

Artist response
Burton C Bell

Burton C Bell commented

Hello Eric,
Thank you for the link. We did see this, too. MANY bands have been affected. AOTW has not been affected, other than the campaign being suspended, just like all the bands on pledgemusic.
We have recorded the album, and will begin mixing next week.
PledgeMusic has informed us that there will be a resolution in 90 days (as Of January 25). At that time, we will also have an answer. Until then, we are proceeding with our plans.
Thank you for your support and concern!
AOTW

Trent Dernbach

Trent Dernbach commented

Artist response
Burton C Bell

Burton C Bell commented

Hello Trent,
Thank you for your inquiry. To be honest, we do not have an answer. AOTW has not been affected like other bands, so we are moving forward and finishing the album.
We were informed by Pledgemusic that there will be a resolution in 90 days, so we will proceed with our plans until we have further information.
Thank you for your support and concern.
AoTW

Tony Wright

Tony Wright commented

I'm so excited about the signed vinyl. There's a spot on my wall just waiting for it lol. I've met and talked to Burton 3 times (New Orleans, Houston, and Cincinnati) and he's truly the nicest artist I've ever met. He's always willing to take the time to meet with folks which means a lot to me because FF have been a staple for me for over 2 decades. I cannot wait for this project to be completed. Thank you for everything thru the years.

Artist response
Burton C Bell

Burton C Bell commented

Hello Tony!
Thank you for your continued support! I do enjoy meeting and speaking with fans wherever I may be, and though I may be terrible with names. I do remember faces!
Just so you know, we are proceeding forward and finishing this album. We are not going to make any decisions until Pledgemusic resolves their issues.
Sincerely,
AoTW

Amberlee Evans

Amberlee Evans commented

Just ordered my signed Stormcrow CD by Burton C Bell to add to my collection. Ascension of The Watchers speaks to my soul and I can’t wait to add this music to my meditation ️ Thank You

Artist response
Burton C Bell

Burton C Bell commented

Hello Amberlee!
Thank you so much for supporting this band! I am very excited about this new album, and even more excited for the people interested in hearing it! I will say this, NO ONE SOUNDS LIKE THIS ANYMORE.
Sincerely,
AoTW

Julie Laudermilch

Julie Laudermilch commented

So excited for you. Heath and I can't wait to hear the new album. Hope to see you soon.

Artist response
Burton C Bell

Burton C Bell commented

Thank you Julie! We are excited to begin production so that we may bring the new songs to you and Heath!
Sincerely,
Burton