As hard rock merchants X-Sinner keep rolling on their World Covered In Blood Tour, the band has come to find out just what a success their latest album of the same name has been – albeit as a blessing and a curse. The band’s label, the east coast Image Records has been an online detective ever since the release of the project by attempting to track down all the illegal free downloading sites giving away the collection for free. The initial numbers were shocking but now dwarf in comparison to the latest findings. One site alone has had the W.C.I.B. album downloaded illegally over 169,000 times. Multiply that by the number of these types of sites and the band could be facing the reality that their album has probably been downloaded illegally upwards of what could nearly be the equivalent of certified gold album numbers of 500,000 units. This is extremely frustrating to some of the band members who have had their share of financial difficulties trying to make a living doing their art. “We’ve finally got a hugely successful project on our hands, way larger than we anticipated, but we are being robbed of the enjoyment and success of the fruit of our labors” states lead singer/guitar player Rex Scott. “It just isn’t right” he continues. “It’s very frustrating and really hurts. I think I’d rather just write and record songs just to play live versus putting out an album that everybody steals.” The band has several new songs and ideas in the works for a follow up to World Covered In Blood but just what the band decides to do with that music is yet to be seen. It’s no surprise that one of the new song titles is “Screw Me, Screw You” as X-Sinner has never been a band that waxes poetic. The band has the Legends Of Rock Festival in Germany Sept 18th and winds up the tour in Puerto Rico on Oct 16th. A break for the holidays will ensue and the band will be deciding what direction to go with releasing or not releasing their newest material and considering all their options.
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