ProgRock Records, the label behind Henning Pauly's FRAMESHIFT progressive rock project, has issued the following press release:
"After recording an album about the ramifications of violence in society — FRAMESHIFT's 'An Absence of Empathy' — vocalist Sebastian Bach [ex-SKID ROW], on his website, has resorted to veiled threats of violence against FRAMESHIFT mastermind Henning Pauly. Pauly, who hired DREAM THEATER vocalist James LaBrie on 2003's 'Unweaving the Rainbow' (with no incidents), had the entire album written, recorded and partially mixed using scratch vocal tracks by lyricist Matt Cash to show Bach where the melodies went. Enter Bach. Tensions flared early as Bach stormed out of numerous recording sessions screaming, 'I can't sing these words,' ultimately co-rewriting about half the lyrics on two songs and changing around some words on five others.
"Then the demands started. Bach demanded composer credit, then publishing rights. ProgRock Records saw fit to, indeed, give him credit on the two songs. Finally, upon the album's worldwide release, Bach, on his website, trashed Pauly in an elongated rant. Pauly fought back on his own website and on www.blabbermouth.net, the popular metal sounding board. The protracted battle escalated into a war of words on the Internet, resulting in the veiled threats. Science guru Isaac Asimov is quoted on the cover of 'An Absence of Empathy' as saying, 'Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.' That quote serves as the springboard for the album's lyrical content. How ironic that Bach — in answering Pauly's challenge for a song-off on VH1 in which both parties would lock themselves in a room for two days (Bach with his new band/Pauly with Matt Cash and a computer) to see who could come up with the better song in the feel of their recently-completed project — used the veiled threat of violence as his last refuge."