French progressive symphonic metal act Adagio will return with the new album “Life,” the first release since the 2009 effort “Archangels in Black.” The band created its own label under guitarist/composer Stephan Forte called Zeta Nemesis and is now set to launch a crowdfunding preorder campaign via Indigogo on May 5th.
The band recently added violinist Mayline (Indensity), but has not yet announced a new vocalist.
As for the upcoming campaign, the band posted the following message and video clip:
“You Are The Label!
“Since the beginning of our career, like most bands, Adagio has been working with third party record labels. Today, after a successful test with Stéphan’s 2nd solo album ‘Enigma Opera Black,’ we have decided to sign Adagio and release our fifth album ‘LIFE’ along with the band’s back catalogue (‘Archangels in Black’ excepted) through Stéphan’s label Zeta Nemesis. The Zeta Nemesis team will fully handle publishing, management, merchandising, PR, Marketing, graphic design, web design, physical and digital distribution duties internally.
“Now, to do things correctly, releasing music internationally requires a huge investment (approximately 50.000 Euros). For a young label such as Zeta Nemesis, without the backing of any investors, it’s almost impossible to obtain the funds required to release ‘LIFE’ properly.
“So we’ve been thinking, and realized the most obvious fact ever! Who are the buyers? The fans. So, why should we ask anyone besides the fans for an advance?
“Zeta Nemesis has already financed half of the costs, approximately 25.000 Euros. To cover the second half of these expenses and release this new Adagio album under the best possible circumstances, we need your support.
“In exchange, not only will you be able to preorder the new Adagio album, but since the label is now the band, we have some fantastic and rare Adagio items to offer you!
“So get ready to be part of Adagio and see you on Indiegogo on May 5!”