tl;dr – We’ve said our goodbyes to Van666 in June 2013. We tried to not be too trenchant about his dismissal as we had nothing but the greatest respect for him yet the fact is he was fired. We are stage ready with our new vocalist, and will hit the Old no 7 venue hard in 2 weeks time as Bloodbeast. Thanks for your continued support. Galaxy, Werner and Choroz. Read further if you want the boring details. EDIT: Please see bottom part of post for his reply.
We’ll try and state the events as simply and unemotionally as possible. You make of it, what you can.
After six months of internal issues and various band meetings and discussion, a majority vote was taken and Van666 was voted out of Bloodbeast, mostly for not treating the band members as equals and not listening to the rest of the members being unhappy with his actions and decisions without consultation.
On 22 June 2013 Bloodbeast fired Van666. This might be an odd decision, as seen from the outside, but it is not one we made before confronting the issues for almost six months, trying to make the status quo work. Much deliberation and thought went into this.
We believe in a band as a unit, and considering the amount of time we invest as fellow hobbyists and non-session musicians penultimately want to have fun, listen to good metal and mostly keep going.
On 5 July 2013, Van666 sent a lawyer’s letter to Galaxy and Werner, notifying them that he has registered the ‘Bloodbeast’ word as his own personal trademark. What is interesting here, is that
- Werner and Galaxy put out a call for members (having worked together in FTC), and Van666 then contacted them to join after AoA wasn’t happening anymore
- Werner, our drummer, chose the name, and
- we worked together as a group for two years, to build it as a band and brand
A short time after Van666 also registered all Bloodbeast material as his property at SAMRO, forgetting that we all crafted these songs together, and have been gigging them together for almost 2 years.
We tried reasoning with Van666, but the impression was and still is very clear in his mind, that he wrote everything, chose the name, and owns everything – which was in fact created and nurtured by a team of four (not one) people over 2 years.
Earlier this year Kerry King decided he _alone_ was Slayer (although he wasn’t fired, you probably read up more on this than we did), the fans begged to differ.
A press release does not imply truth. We apologize for losing face with Van666 and executing our decision via email. In South Africa, the scene is small, and people talk. We want to make music, and will continue doing so, with every member allowed his input, his ideas, his timelines and his focus. We’d rather make music than talk to lawyers, we’d rather drink beer than fight about ownership of something crafted together over time, we’d rather spend time with you the fans, than tell you made up fictions about our internal worlds. We’ve tried solving this amiably and even suggested that Van666 take his six new songs and just fire up a new project, ready to go with new musicians, instead choosing the litigious path, the path of lawyers and unofficial press releases, released when some members were on holiday, unable to refute the nonsense.
Thanks for your continued support, and for all the fans and fellow musos that went as far as to inquire as to the weirdness of Van666′s press release and article in Muse. We’re sorry that it’s come to this, but time and repeated requests from members has us typing up this email, instead of just hitting the stage again.
We’d like to thank you for your support – we have a metric fuckload of old songs and new metal coming your way, in the new energy (and with a new vocalist) that is Bloodbeast (as you know and love it).
Bloodbeast hasn’t miraculously become two beasts, it’s one band, with a single ex-member who simply won’t accept reality, keeps creating new FB groups and misleading unwitting fans with false information.
Please keep checking back for some more of what you’ve learnt to expect from Bloodbeast. Werner, Galaxy and Choroz. Oh, and if you’ve read this far, tittysprinkles.
Van666, replied with this PDF in Afrikaans. Names removed as an edit. Choroz wants to state that in the firing email to Van666, he only disagreed with Werners method of delivery (which was email) and timing but didn’t disagree with Van666′s dismissal. He did however want this to happen around a round table as a discussion between adults.
We are going to leave it here, for you, the fans, to draw your own conclusions.