Rings of Saturn is now an independent band thanks to guitarist Lucas Mann. In a statement from Nuclear Blast, Rings of Saturn was dropped after Mann began threatening the label by saying he'd make public statements "'condemning Nuclear Blast in the strongest terms possible' if the label does not give in to his baseless demands."
Nuclear Blast ended their statement by saying they will not tolerate threats from artists. Mann and Rings of Saturn have not yet responded to being dropped.
"Nuclear Blast has a long-standing history of supporting its artists, treating them with the utmost respect and integrity. This included Lucas Mann and Rings of Saturn. Nuclear Blast is proud to provide this support and strives to make all its artists feel comfortable that they have a transparent, honest relationship with their label.
"Sadly, Lucas Mann on behalf of Rings of Saturn has brazenly threatened to issue public statements 'condemning Nuclear Blast in the strongest terms possible' if the label does not give in to his baseless demands. While Nuclear Blast is truly shocked and saddened by Lucas Mann’s actions, Nuclear Blast also does not tolerate threats. Accordingly, Rings of Saturn have been dropped from the label."
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