Fund raising seems like the new way for artists, both smaller independent ones and bigger names, to make albums nowadays. The fact that something like this works in a time and age where everybody seems content with listening to music through streaming such as Spotify or simply download the music illegally from some torrent site is quite astonishing. I mean, people won’t buy an actual CD from a record store but they’re willing to pay beforehand for a product they haven’t heard a single note from – that’s being a fan, folks. I think it’s a great way to do things and it sure help musicians continue to make music without getting completely ruined financially. Italian guitarist Tommy Vitaly is a bloke who has done exactly that with his new record, his third, through GoGetFunding. Vitaly is a metal guitar player who comes from power metal, the European kind, a kind of metal I’m not all that comfortable with. Still, his Facebook shares shows a guy with a broad taste in music and many of the bands he’s into, I’m into as well, so I found an interest in checking him out because of that. What is interesting in Vitaly’s case is just how many well-known names he has managed to gather for his albums. I mean, Tommy isn’t a big name and an independent musician but still he managed to bring in guys like Thomas Vikström (Therion), Todd LaTorre (Queensrÿche), Mats Levén (Candlemass, Yngwie Malmsteen), David Defeis (Virgin Steele) and Zak Stevens (Savatage). Not bad. Not bad at all.