Remember earlier this year when All Shall Perish fans were being sued for downloading the band’s latest album This Is Where It Ends on Bittorrent, resulting in a mess of confusion and the band publicly denouncing the lawsuits and the practice of suing music fans? Well as it turns out, Nuclear Blast was involved in the whole thing, and ultimately did the cool thing about it and dropped the suits when All Shall Perish fought back:

“Nuclear Blast and SKP Enforcement UG, who are experienced in tracking illegal downloads and the file sharing of music, recently decided to cooperate with World Digital Rights to fight against file sharing piracy in the USA. In the United States, the providers are obligated by law to hand out the IP addresses of the computers from which the downloads / file shares were generated. By collecting this information these companies are also acting in the interest of our artists, which is essential to the future of both our bands and the label.

To be able to recoup the investments both parties have made, is crucial in order to produce new music and to survive in this business. Nuclear Blast, SKP Enforcement, and World Digital Rights want people to be aware that the peer-to-peer file sharing is illegal and hurts the bands and record companies they love.

That said, Nuclear Blast also respects bands such as ALL SHALL PERISH that do not wish to pursue file sharers. ALL SHALL PERISH was not consulted about this course of action and did not wish to participate in it whatsoever. When they learned about it, they immediately asked us to cease all legal action against their fans, file traders or otherwise, as soon as they learned this action had been taken in their name. Therefore Nuclear Blast and World Digital Rights decided recently to stop legal actions against the file sharing with songs from the band ALL SHALL PERISH.

In all other cases, the parties involved pursue those violating copyright laws to avoid the financial loss they incur and to protect the value of their copyrights.

Nuclear Blast counts on the loyal fans which have been supporting the label and our bands for over 20 years now. Every sale helps support metal and the people that work hard to bring metal to the masses. For those that continue to buy music legally, that is something every loyal fan can be proud of.”

As much as it pains me to see a modern label dedicated to metal admit to being actively involved in the act of pursuing legal action against music fans (something which has lead to massive despise of the RIAA and mainstream music labels), it is incredibly awesome of them to respect the wishes of All Shall Perish and cease that activity. It’s a tired debate that I certainly won’t dive further into, but suing music fans is counter-productive and absolutely ridiculous, and it’s refreshing to see a band such as All Shall Perish openly agree.

Perhaps you should at least give All Shall Perish’s latest album This Is Where It Ends a cursory spin as a thank you for standing up for their fans. If you like it though, it wouldn’t hurt to spare a few dollars, surely?

– JR