NewsJune 6, 2008 10:33 PM ET11,940 views

Bleeding Through calls out Trustkill Records

Bleeding Through has publicly voiced their displeasure with Trustkill Records over the label's recent announcement of plans to release a "special edition" of Bleeding Through's 2006 album, "The Truth." The group had the following to say on the Headbangers Blog: "Let it be known that Bleeding Through is 100% against this so-called 'special' 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 — on our terms, of course, with our artistic vision — and he said he'd consider it if we could land a 'big' tour. We confirmed a tour with Marilyn Manson and Slayer, followed by a tour with HIM, and he said, 'NO' to us. He thought we should put out a new album instead. "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 'special' edition in a fast and overt attempt to pay some bills." Additionally, Bleeding Through goes on to accuse Trustkill of mishandling the band's new album and failing to pay royalties, etc. on-time: "We have kept silent about the fact that we made our new album with a loan from our singer'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 'special' 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." You can read the entire blog entry here.

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