Releasing music to the public is fine, as there are outlets for music that still generate revenue. However, I think the major problem with releasing music, particularly music that is in the more off-pop styles, is that in recent years we have had the music fall on the ears of an audience who has grown increasingly ignorant and disdainful of new or different musical ideas.
I find that even in the goth/industrial/ebm scene that I enjoy, the members themselves inhibit the growth of the scene by being unwilling to allow new acts, people, or styles in to their environment.
So I don't see much point in releasing music to the public anymore. Does this make me unhappy as a VAC fan? ABSO-FUCKING-LUTELY!
Also, none of this kept me from buying the special edition of the RevState album.