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The new "Watching From A Distance" reissue.
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Dan



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:36 am    Post subject: The new "Watching From A Distance" reissue. Reply with quote

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Official Statement from Patrick Walker

It was recently brought to my attention by a Warning fan that my 2006 album, Watching from a Distance, was being reissued on vinyl. ‘Would I be receiving any copies?’ he asked, ‘and would I have any for sale?’
I felt rather embarrassed to say the least as this was certainly the first I had heard of it. After a brief online search I came across the website of Kreation Records in America advertising pre-sales of a vinyl reissue of the album.
I immediately telephoned the label and asked who the record was licensed from and what the deal was; to my knowledge Cyclone Empire had exclusive rights to the album.
It transpired that Cyclone Empire had been licensed the album for CD release only. Miskatonic Foundation had licensed the record to Kreation for a vinyl reissue (the first vinyl release was the attractive but hard-to-find Metal Supremacy release in 2008).
I was angry and upset that this record has been reissued without my band’s knowledge and consent, without our involvement in its conception and design, and that no offer has been made to us to participate in the profit of this release.
This morning I received a shipment of the reissued album from Kreation Records (our share of the deal, apparently) and I was heartbroken and utterly deflated. Everything from the bastardised cover art, badly photoshopped and redesigned text layout, bad quality packaging and even a new “thanks list” penned by The Miskatonic Foundation is reason enough for me to ask you that if you care about Warning and its music then to consider this statement before investing.
While it is not in my nature to vent publically, I feel I have no choice now other than to offer an explanation and an apology of sorts for the poor-quality release which, regrettably, bears the name of me and my band.
I was hoping to one day produce an “official” vinyl reissue of this album that we could be proud of. We have a small handful of bonus materials that I’d like to have been used, and would like to have overseen the release from its conception right through to the finished article.
The bottom line is, I want it to be known that Kreation Records’ reissue of Watching from a Distance is, as far as I am concerned, unofficial, does not reflect myself or Warning and is not something that we are profiteering from in any way. The shipment of records I received this morning are going to be returned.

Thank you for reading.
Patrick Walker
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sucks.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, that sucks. Glad I have the Metal Supremacy edition.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fuck, I was going to get this but after reading this I'll pass.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The fuck is going on these days? How a label could conceivably think that it makes sense and everything will be OK by not involving an artists in a release at all is beyond me. It's not like it's that's hard to get a hold of people these days, either.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where did this news originate from?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shadow Kingdom wrote:
Where did this news originate from?


The bands Facebook page.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fallen_Empire wrote:
Shadow Kingdom wrote:
Where did this news originate from?


The bands Facebook page.


Link?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.40wattsun.com/
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crepuscolar wrote:
http://www.40wattsun.com/


Their facebook link please?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shadow Kingdom wrote:
Crepuscolar wrote:
http://www.40wattsun.com/


Their facebook link please?


https://www.facebook.com/40wattsun?ref=ts&fref=ts
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't understand - isn't Miskatonic Foundation run by Rich Walker, Patrick's brother or do I have this information totally wrong?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Piotr Sargnagel wrote:
I don't understand - isn't Miskatonic Foundation run by Rich Walker, Patrick's brother or do I have this information totally wrong?


Cousins I believe.

This all sound very odd
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

msp666 wrote:
Piotr Sargnagel wrote:
I don't understand - isn't Miskatonic Foundation run by Rich Walker, Patrick's brother or do I have this information totally wrong?


Cousins I believe.

This all sound very odd


Ok. Still very weird...
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1. I contacted Miskatonic a short while ago and was rejected because of the Kreation deal. Bummer. But the guy seemed cool enough through e-mail.

2. Thanks for posting this, I passed my info on to them.

3. When I first started licensing, I was told by a MAJOR LABEL, NOT to EVER contact the band. Because the band (or manager) could easily hold up a release, even though it's not their legal right to do so.

I ignored this info and have contacted every single one. In fact, nowadays when it's not a newer major label signing, I always contact the artist at the same time to make sure the rights are properly in order.

Labels are very often not interested in contacting the bands due to rights struggles or whatever else. They just want the money in their pocket and no frills. Many bands do not even realize that this sort of thing is possible (sub-licensing of rights).

I had one band who was absolutely pissed off that I licensed their record, and we dropped the deal.

All of them proper, but not always common, etiquette.
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