Earlier this year, Avatar released their adventurous melodic metal concept album Avatar Country. Now, the theatrical Swedish outfit are celebrating the eclipsing of a Kickstarter goal of $50,000 for a featurette film to accompany the LP, a feat that took just an hour and a half to meet. In fact, as of this writing, nearly $115,000 has been raised!

"Citizens of Avatar Country and people of Earth!" the group breathlessly declared in a statement. "The King and His elite orchestra, Avatar, are excited to announce that their Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of Legend of Avatar Country, a musical featurette to the album Avatar Country, has surpassed its goal in a mere 90 minutes!"

As detailed by Avatar frontman Johannes Eckerström, the group, "are not a normal band and Avatar Country is not a normal album." That led to the idea to bring to life a film to go along with the record. With three videos already done for the short film, the group "spent all the label's money," which led to the need for the Kickstarter campaign.

"The whole idea was always to take our audience on a crazy journey into the stranger parts of our minds and the heart of our love for metal music," Eckerström says. "As a very visual group, this is the natural conclusion of the Avatar Country saga and we hope people will be as excited to see it as we are. It will be a great document of a very special time in our career and in the life of our fans. We have some very special rewards lined up to make it worth people’s while."

Avatar are currently on the road in the United States with Trivium on the "The Sin and the Sentence" tour. It wraps up in just a few days, but the band will be back on the road in Europe at the beginning of the year. For a full list of dates, head to this location.


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