Amebix/Voivod offshoot Tau Cross part ways with Relapse Records
Tau Cross -- the metal/punk supergroup with frontman Rob “The Baron” Miller of Amebix, drummer Michel Langevin of Voivod, and members of Misery and Provoked -- were supposed to release their third album Messengers of Deception on August 9 via Relapse, and they put lead single "Burn With Me" out on the label this past June, but the band now posted the following:
We regret to say that Tau Cross and Relapse records are now parting company after several successful and fruitful years together. Circumstances have arisen that must put an end to our relationship. We would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to all the staff and crew at Relapse for their work over these past few years and our apologies to supporters who have already bought the new record.
We shall be looking into other avenues to release the album ‘Messengers of deception’ and will keep people updated about that development.
Relapse have removed Tau Cross' music (including the new single) from their Bandcamp and YouTube, and all of Tau Cross' music appears to be gone from Spotify too. (As far as we can tell, some of it is still on iTunes/Apple Music at the moment.) Relapse haven't publicly given a statement, but we reached out to the label for comment. Stay tuned for any updates.
UPDATE: Relapse Records responded, saying the reasoning stemmed from the new album's liner notes "prominently thanking" Holocaust denier/writer Gerard Menuhin, a writer whose 2015 book calls the Holocaust the ”biggest lie in history.” The label adds that Menuhin was "specifically credited in the liner notes for inspiring Rob Miller."
UPDATE 2: Rob Miller’s bandmates have responded with their own statement.
UPDATE 4: Miller says that Michel Langevin (also of Voivod) and Andy Lefton are no longer in Tau Cross, and that he will continue the band on his own.