Bleeding Through have officially lost their shit with label Trustkill, read this lengthy tirade they recently posted:
It has been months and we have kept silent. But this latest slap in the face from our supposed record label has pushed us over the edge. We just read on the Internet that Josh Grabelle plans to release a â€œspecial editionâ€ of our 2006 album â€œThe Truthâ€ one month before releasing our new album.
Let it be known that Bleeding Through is 100% against this so-called â€œspecialâ€ edition. We did not approve the title, cover artwork (whatever it is), track-listing or bonus features for this transparent and obvious cash-grab of a re-release from a record label that despite selling a quarter of a million of our albums worldwide is having problems.
Over a year ago we suggested the idea of a re-release of the album to Trustkill â€” on our terms, of course, with our artistic vision â€” and he said heâ€™d consider it if we could land a â€œbigâ€ tour. We confirmed a tour with Marilyn Manson and Slayer, followed by a tour with HIM, and he said, â€œNOâ€ to us. He thought we should put out a new album instead (click â€œmoreâ€ to read to rest of Bleeding Throughâ€™s guest blog).
Now we have a new album finished that we are very proud of and he wants to squeeze our fans and our band by throwing out an unapproved â€œspecialâ€ edition in a fast and overt attempt to pay some bills.
Trustkill no longer employs his sales guy, his art director or his publicist. â€œTrustkillâ€ is now Josh and one employee in his basement, as far as we can tell.
We have kept silent about the fact that we made our new album with a loan from our singerâ€™s dad, a loan from our management and less than 25% of our recording fund from Trustkill. They breached our contract (not for the first time) on March 31st, 2008 when we hit the studio without proper funding and have failed to cure the breach.
In five years we have never gotten a royalty statement on-time, let alone paid on time. Right now he has owed us royalties since March 31st, coincidentally the same day this album began and when 50% of the budget was due!
We wanted to keep our business with Trustkill private but with this so-called â€œspecialâ€ edition going forward despite our numerous, outspoken and clear objections, we feel like our fans have a right to know what is going on here with both this obvious attempt to milk money from them to pay his debts and what is happening with our new album.
Several labels have contacted Josh to help put out our album but he has jerked most of them around and has not come to terms on a deal to get this album out, which we are SO proud of, with the push it deserves. As of right now we have no idea who is supposed to be releasing our album overseas, or even really in the US for that matter.
Joshâ€™s website says our album is coming out in August but he hasnâ€™t paid for it so we donâ€™t see how thatâ€™s possible. For years now, weâ€™ve watched photographers, graphic designers, equipment companies, bus companies and producers struggle to get paid their invoices and wait for months and months before being compensated for their work.
Josh Trustkill will undoubtedly respond in public to this as a â€œmiscommunicationâ€ as he did with Hopesfall but our real fans and peers will know this is THE COMPLETE TRUTH about the situation.
Whatâ€™s great is we did that Manson / Slayer tour in a van and trailer and we have always been self-sufficient and have relied on our road crew, our families, our manager, our booking agent in the US and overseas, clothing sponsors, merch companies and others to help to pay our rent and feed ourselves. And most of all, OUR FANS!
That is why we are confident that thanks to loans and credit cards, weâ€™ll be able to go out with BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE this summer and to go to Europe to play festivals as we have always been self-sufficient.
This is the last â€œoptionâ€ in our Trustkill contract. And despite the fact that he is in BREACH and has not cured it, we have still been patient about him getting his crap together because we want you to hear it so badly, and we want our INCREDIBLE producer Devin Townsend to get the rest of his money. We have waited and waited.
Josh has told us â€œtoday or tomorrowâ€ in numerous emails and conversations for MONTHS now.
Joshâ€™s distributor has been working to help resolve this financially and we appreciate their efforts. But this isnâ€™t their fault or their responsibility. And Joshâ€™s financial problems are not our fault and shouldnâ€™t be our concern as weâ€™ve sold a quarter of a million albums for him and countless t-shirts while taking very little in tour support over the years.
Itâ€™s now June 6 and nothing has really changed about the situation. We have sat back too long and we are tired, frustrated and beyond angry.
We have weighed all of our legal options with Trustkill but we really wanted to resolve this face to face and direct. Josh has given us no resolve other than a lot of broken promises. We have told him we donâ€™t want the fight. We just want our album to be paid for and to come out so we can move on from this crappy situation. He still hasnâ€™t paid.
Meanwhile while we waitâ€¦ He comes up with this â€œre-releaseâ€ scheme. Itâ€™s one slap in the face too many. In better news, here are the song titles (for the first time anywhere) from DECLARATION, which we hope actually comes out someday! We want you all to hear it so bad. We know Trustkill doesnâ€™t have the resources to get it out there and weâ€™re prepared for low sales as a result, BUT, thereâ€™s NO WAY weâ€™re handing over a master without the minimum money that was due to everyone so we can pay off Devin, Brandanâ€™s dad, our manager and credit cards.
Josh PROVE US WRONG by meeting your obligations, or LET US OFF YOUR RECORD LABEL ENTIRELY.
1. Finis Fatalis Spei
2. Declaration (You Canâ€™t Destroy What You Can Not Replace)
3. Orange County Blonde and Blue
5. There Was a Flood
6. French Inquisition
7. Reborn from Isolation
8. Death Anxiety
9. Beneath the Grey
10. Sellerâ€™s Market
11. Sister Charlatan
We will see you on the road, where we have always survived and thrived.
With Love and Respect,
Brandan, Brian, Ryan, Derek, Marta & Jona AKA Bleeding Through