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BTBAM Don’t Want You to Buy Their Old Music


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Between the Buried and Me split from Victory Records after 2009’s The Great Misdirect and have been with Metal Blade ever since. But, as is so often the case with any band’s former label, record contract language has allowed Victory to re-package and re-release the band’s output that was recorded during their tenure. Much to the chagrin of Metal Blade, Victory decided to release a BTBAM “Greatest Hits” comp within weeks of the band’s first Metal Blade release in 2011, The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues. Now they’ve decided to release another, and the band isn’t so happy about it.

Bands don’t typically have any say in what their old label does with their old material, but BTBAM have made it clear they’re not thrilled with Victory’s latest re-packaging — a CD entitled Snapshot that promises “ten great tracks + four collectible snapshots” — and have advised their fans to steer clear. From BTBAM’s official Facebook page a couple of hours ago:

Just so everyone knows, we have a merch button at the top of our page that is a listing of all our OFFICIAL merch stores. Please don’t bother buying from anywhere else as it does not in any way filter through to us, nor do we have control over the quality of the product.

Also, I know our fans are smart enough to know that if there is a new release coming out that we haven’t advertised, then we obviously have nothing to do with it and again it is only profiting some third party that has no association with the band. We’d be more than happy if you just downloaded our old (ie: pre-Parallax) music and just continue coming to see us live.

Again, OFFICIAL BTBAM recognized merch sites at the button below and at the top of our page. THANK YOU! See you all soon.

Seems like the more prudent thing for BTBAM to do would have been to ignore the Snapshot release entirely rather than drawing attention to it (albeit in a negative light), but I certainly can’t blame them for being a bit peeved. Thankfully BTBAM have a large and loyal following at their beck and call and shouldn’t need to worry too much about it.

[via Lambgoat]

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