Trv Kvlt KrowdSourcing Vol. 2


Amazingly enough, it wasn’t as easy as I thought to find worthwhile crowd sourcing campaigns. A brief glance at KickStarter revealed a few duds, mostly from bands that can’t be bothered to write a good description of their project, bands with less than 2 rewards, bands that don’t even seem like they’re trying, and bands that double as some kind of weird church.

After wading through the garbage, I decided to try IndieGogo; KickStarter’s shitty younger brother. The difference between these two sites is minimal; basically, if the project doesn’t make it’s goal, they still get your money… but IndieGogo takes a larger chunk from it. Either way, the site takes a chunk, but this way not only is most of your money not going to the band itself, but how do you even know you’re getting anything out of your pledge if they can’t make their goal?

With this in mind, I found some surprisingly worthwhile projects. However, before I go into them, some advice:

If you’re going to do a crowd sourcing project, you need to get the word out. I found this campaign (Lyraka, Vol 2) while looking for campaigns to feature, and thought, WOW! I’d totally fund that! Except it’s been around since October and I just found out. The campaign is over, now, and they didn’t even make close to their goal. This album apparently has Graham BonnetAl AtkinsVeronica Freeman, and holy shit, Robert Lowe. Yet I’ve never heard of it? That’s a problem. You can have all of the best musicians in the world, but it doesn’t matter if you have no idea that they’re working together on a project. Had I known about this sooner, I would have blasted it to all of my friends. Instead I’m left thinking “why the fuck did nobody tell me?” People, you need to pimp the shit out of your projects. With that being said…


AlkaloidDebut album ‘The Malkuth Grimoire’

This one is for all my prog nerds who don’t like knowing what happens next. It’s like music directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Suddenly you’re hit with a time signature change when you didn’t expect one to be there! What a twist! Anyway, Alkaloid shows some promise. Alkaloid is prog with death vocals, they’ve got some great musicians from bands such as Dark Fortress, Aborted, Obscura and God-Dethroned. They sound like they’re really interested in creating something new and interesting, so I appreciate their approach. After listening to their preview tracks, I can definitely hear some real potential. Their explanation for why they’re crowd funding, “labels like music that you can label”, actually made me pretty happy, because it’s absolutely true. If you want the freedom to be creative, crowd sourcing is where it’s at. I’m interested in seeing where Alkaloid goes in the future and happily throw my money in their direction.


In The SilenceSecond Album

Hailing from Sacremento CA, In The Silence is an atmospheric metal band for fans of Tool, Katatonia, and Opeth. Once again, I’m shocked I had no idea these guys were raising money considering that they played Prog Power USA and apparently were named one of the top upcoming prog metal bands in the US. It seems like prog metal is becoming more popular these days, but who’s complaining? One of their dudes plays a guitar with a bow! BRUTAL! Their IndieGogo campaign is actually very well thought out and has some pretty good rewards. They’ve got a few weeks left to raise $7,500, which isn’t bad at all considering how much professional recording/mixing/printing can cost. Throw them some cash if you dig their vibe, man.

Unfortunately, those were the only two worthwhile campaigns I could find. It’s slim pickings, consider all the crap you have to wade through, but it’s worth it to find some gems that aren’t getting enough attention. If you know of any other campaigns worth sharing, do everyone a favor and post them in the comments.

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  • Ignatius the Wizened

    Servant to their charities, he wakes the day with screams, fingers bled green
    With the frostbite of his insolence, of his pride, of his failure to pay,
    Augustine won’t do when it’s due, your lord beckons for a cheque
    Pay him in your blood, or pay with theirs, cosign with charity, for world’s apart He sits,
    He behind his Gate, his Bills before him, a guarantor to your plight.

  • So I listen to one obscure 80 metal band and now my youtube suggestions are as obscure as the winter is long.

    Check this album cover though. RT’s sword, lol.


    • Akercocke ov Steele

      Chances are Christian Molennar discovered this album when he was 12.


    • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

      Some of the 80’s obscurities on Youtube are pretty doshgarned glorious though. This fer instance

      • CyberneticOrganism

        I found this one randomly one day, pure 80s cheesy brilliance

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          I fucking love Fastway! Any band with Fast Eddie Clark and Pete Way is required listening for any metal fan!

          • DDubya.

            I’m a metal fan, and I’m not going to listen to it.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            How can you deny any band with Fast Eddie Clark of Motorhead? Lemmy would be ashamed!

          • DDubya.

            Pretty easily.

          • You are turning into a serious grouch, mister!


          • DDubya.
          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            This is one of my favorite routines of his.

          • I am not going to watch this.


          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            It’s funny though!

          • DDubya.

            You see, unlike with my denial, you’re actually missing out on something entertaining.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I agree. This is one of my favorite comedy routines ever.

          • GL

          • DDubya.


          • Howard Dean
          • ***HUUUUURRRRRRRK***

          • Tyree

            Gurgles into Pitchshifted microphone, “Pulsating Staph” over and over again. Then, chews on beef jerky into Pitchshifted microphone.

          • Howard Dean

            [chewing beef jerky into pitchshifter]
            [blast beats and muffled guitar]
            “Puuuuuurrrrrrrlllllllsstaaaaattinnnnng Uggggggjnnnn Staaaaaaaaaaaaaaappphhhhhhgr … Bluuuuuuuuuuurrffffdddg Bloooooooooooooooorddddd.”
            [cymbals and whammy bar]
            [guttural stage voice]

          • Tyree

            I just shed many tears. Beautiful sir.

          • Oh, Jenny… ooh, Jenny, Ooh, Jenny don’t stop… Oh, Richard Jeni, your HBO comedy specials have brought laughter to millions. And what a sweet ass.

          • KJM

            The 1st 2 albums are great but I lost interest at this point.

          • KJM

            Weird that Peter King sings for Flogging Molly now.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            He does? Who would have guessed that?

        • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

          Classy stuff, classy stuff!

        • Nordling Rites Ov Killuminati

          Fast Eddie and Pete Way FTW. Not sure either actually play on this anymore tho.

          • Akercocke ov Steele

            Fast Eddie is the man. I love that Motorhead the most (I love all Motorhead lineups, especially cuz Mikkey Dee is a monster drummer). I love Lemmy for what he did with Motorhead not just because some brolebrity can post a pic of them hanging with him and being all like “OMG Lemmy is God bruh, smoke packs and drink jack yo lul.” I always get tired of how people only seem to wanna recognize Lemmy for that stuff without really seeming to truly appreciate his musical contributions of anything other than Ace of Spades. (Crosses arms and hrrumphs in an elitist manner).

          • Nordling Rites Ov Killuminati

            I really, really, REALLY, loved Another Perfect Day. Shame it wasn’t mean’t to be.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I enjoyed A Perfect Day. I can’t say I loved it though.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Killuminati

            One of my all time favorites.

          • Akercocke ov Steele

            My personal favorite post-Eddie is Orgasmatron.

          • Motorhead is a band that I love to listen to to relax. I love all of their albums. If you’ve never seen it, there is an awesome documentary called “Lemmy” that basically goes through a lot of Lemmy’s career including a sizable portion during his tenure in Hawkwind.

          • Akercocke ov Steele

            I’ve seen that, I’ve watched the Classic Albums: Ace of Spades multiple times.

          • shhhhhhhh, don’t mention Hawkwind… you’ll awaken the wrestler/NFL guy!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Yay, Hawkwind! I love their Church Of Hawkwind album as well as the rest of their albums.

        • The Mighty Tapir

          Oh my Shrek! This is fucking horrible!

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            Nuh uh.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            Nuh uh.

          • The Mighty Tapir

            Ya huh!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Nuh uh. Pete Way is my favorite bassist in any rock band.

          • more favorite than Derek Smalls?

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I love Spinal Tap but that’s just a movie. My favorite bassist from a real rock band is Pete Way.

          • more favorite than Valerie Brown?

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Much more than Valerie Brown.

          • more favorite than Rebecca Brown?

          • The Mighty Tapir

            More favourite than Rebecca Black?

          • hot dogs… we have a wiener.
            edit: are we Google+ friends yet?!?!

          • The Mighty Tapir

            I don’t think we are.

          • The Mighty Tapir

            Your opinions are bad and you should feel bad!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            No I shouldn’t. I have opinions you’d probably agree with such as Led Zeppelin are the most overrated band ever and Blut Aus Nord is awesome.

          • The Mighty Tapir

            LZ are bad, but not the most overrated. That would be Beatles.

          • troooooof

          • KJM

            Nah, he’s wrong as usual.

          • The Mighty Tapir

            KJM plz. I’m always right.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            Rolling Stones are the most overrated, apart from that one they did about interior decorating.

          • KJM

            Elvis Presley = most overrated musical act of all time.

          • I… don’t know that he’s even rated among the pantheon of overrated musicians. He was just a really, really popular entertainer.

          • KJM

            That’s why I said “musical act” rather than musician. He never has, and never will, deserve the title of “King Of Rock N Roll”.

          • True. That title belongs to tha god: Liberace

          • BLVKKBEVRD

            Kurt Kobain is the most overrated. I win.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Actaully its Grohl…at least Kurt was original.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Elvis = King….(drops mic)….

            (Pics up mic) Mike Patton/Faith No more = most overrated musical act/singer of all time.

            (Drops mic)

          • KJM

            King of what my cat left in the litterbox maybe.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            lol…no really hes the King!

          • KJM

            Yes, the Burger King!

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Elvis the poop king!

          • JamesGrimm


          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            i keep for getting everything is subjective

          • JamesGrimm

            or not.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            Not even!

    • the lyrics during the bridge.

      • JamesGrimm

        they got big around my area.

      • The Mighty Tapir

        Sooooooooo, what kind of videos do you watch on Youtube?

        • Fat black men giving their advice on what porn is the best to pound my tally whacker to.

          • Tyree

            You mean “To beat your shit too”.

          • KJM

            “Tube Galore, all dat good shit!!”

          • Tally whacker?! Awwwwwwwww the golden terms I used when I was 8 years old, and need to use again! Gotta brush up my Urban Dictionary while I’m at it. Been too long since I gave my creamsicle a new name.

          • I shall give you a list:
            EDIT: These are totally lyrics to a song my friend and I wrote called “Giant Gelatinous Penis Missile”.

















            John Thomas

            Ankle spanker


            Beaver basher

            Bed snake

            Best friend

            Blue-vein sausage




            Ding dong mcdork

            Cum gun

            Dog head

            Drum stick



            Beef whistle

            Flesh flute


            Flesh tower

            Fuck nub

            Goofy goober

            Heat seeking moisture missile



            King Sebastian



            Little alex

            Love rod

            Mushroom head

            Meter long king kong dong


            Purple-helmeted warrior of love

            Purple-headed yogurt flinger

            Sea monster

            Schlong dongadoodle

            Rod of pleasure

            Quiver bone



            Twig and berries


            Uncle dick

            Whoopee stick

            Wing dang doodle

            Giant Gelatinous Penis Missile

          • Poetry, sheer poetry I tells ya!

        • I wonder if he specifically looked for this kinda thing.

          • The Mighty Tapir

            Who wouldn’t?

  • Tyree
  • Nordling Rites Ov Killuminati

    I could, maybe or probably, fund that Alkaoid.

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan

    Damnit, I would have funded the album with Graham Bonnet and Al Atkins!

    • KJM

      They would’ve hired you as their exec producer.

      • The Mighty Tapir

        How much white noise would the album have?

        • the newest Mr. In Your House 4 isn’t as noise-focused; but is super doom-y. have you heard it?

          • The Mighty Tapir

            I haven’t heard it. Link it to me, m8!

            it’s the Sneak Peek EP (tony martin era black sabbath covers) that’ll get ya wet…

          • Commander Shepard


          • The Mighty Tapir

            Oh man, I have to check this out after work.

          • The Mighty Tapir

            I’d say that this is a big improvement over the last stuff.

  • Scrimm

    Lol at some of those links. Wth is a para church band? Although I must say I do know some people involved with the first heavy metal church of christ and it’s just a normal church as far as what they believe but it was created as a come as you are place instead of one of those stuck up places that judges you by appearance. They held their services in a bar for a long time.



  • DDubya.

    Alkaloid is cool.

    • Lacertilian

      Fuck oath.

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    1st vid 50%vol
    2nd vid full vol
    3rd vid full vol
    all at once


    I’m going to start playing all my songs with a twig

  • Sacritastic

    In THe silence, THey are everywhere.

    • DDubya.

      Shhh, don’t summon THem!

    • The Mighty Tapir

      I hope he does something with Claws.


        The question was asked. More specifically about Phlegethon,.

    • i enjoyed this. can i be besties with you and Tapir?



        • how’s the new job going anywayz?

          • BLVKKBEVRD

            This job is pretty straight. Company car, i dont pay for my own gas, 401k, insurance, decent pay. Pretty much everything i’ve never had in a job. So, despite whatever bad working conditions, this job is a win win win.

  • DeadButtDreaming

    War of Change have – in their own words – such hardcore and loyal fans that they raised absolutely zero dollars.

  • Please, if you’re trying to help out a band, don’t in ANY way compare them to M. Night Shyamalan! That’s like yelling that they have late stage Ebola in a crowded rave, everyone’s on X and everyone’s rubbing up on each other!

    • KJM

      If Shyamalan produced music, it would be lolbuttz.

      • Ellipsis ov Flush

        Starts off as solid Tech Death, before revealing that it’s a computer program randomly stringing other Tech Death songs together.