Active for a couple of stints from 1994-2001 and 2005-2009, Harlow-based UK doom metal band Warning achieved a bit of a cult status in their time. An acclaimed album in each period of activity (1999′s label debut The Strength To Dream, and today’s subject, 2006′s Watching From A Distance) were accompanied by a couple of tours with Solstice and Jack Frost.
You might also recognise the name 40 Watt Sun, which is frontman Patrick Walker’s new project since Warning disbanded three years ago. Warning’s drummer Christian Leitch is also involved in that, and an album – The Inside Room – was released last year to big praise from some big publications.
Walker was recently asked by a fan if he would be selling copies of the forthcoming release himself, and was embarrassed to admit that he didn’t even know about it. Investigation yielded that Cyclone Empire, whom he thought had exclusive rights, only had rights to the CD release contrary to his original belief, and that original label Miskatonic Foundation had in fact licensed the record to Kreation Records for a vinyl reissue.
Walker is fairly upset. He had received a box of the product himself, and said this of it:
They have reportedly been promptly returned.
As damning as that is, we wanted to offer the other side, as people don’t go around licensing old records they don’t care about. This appears to be the case in this instance, as we spoke to Stephen at Kreation Records, who offered his take regarding Patrick’s gripes:
I just assumed the label I licensed it from [informed Warning of the licensing], as that is their job to do so, not mine. I know I would have if the tables were turned!
Very few changes were made, but they were made because we were told we should slightly alter the layout to make it look somewhat different from the original release.
I learned of [the issues] after the record was already completed at the pressing plant. I spoke with [Patrick] on the phone and mentioned that I would be willing to pay him some additional money, but I already have over $10,000 invested into this project and he didn’t want to get money out of me, but certainly the person who has now licensed this album several times without paying him…
I am very sad about all this as this is an amazing album and the artist should feel proud and well compensated for making it.
This is an unfortunate turn of events. Certain protocols have been overlooked by someone, and it has clearly led to a lot of stress on the parts of both Patrick and Stephen. I haven’t seen a copy of the release myself, so I will leave it to anyone who does pick up a copy of this to decide for themselves.
Either way, for context, below is the titular track from the album for those who haven’t heard it.