Houston music has been in a decidedly “fuck Nazis and their Nazi bullshit” mood for the past few years. The latest skirmish in that fight was a public outcry against an upcoming show by Horna at White Swan. After organized public resistance, the club will no longer host the show. The Finnish metal band has had gigs regularly cancelled thanks to their connections to white supremacy. Though the band members themselves say they have “never been and never will be anything but Satanic Black Metal” and that they have “zero interest in politics, left or right,” accusations of racism have been consistent. Guitarist Shatraug was previously in Blutschrei, which featured openly white supremacist lyrics. In a 2003 interview, Shatraug expressed admiration for fascism, saying it, “means to be proud of their own inheritance and the country, to believe in the brothers in arms and to the values which exclude any foreign influence or religion.” Meanwhile, vocalist Spellgoth is also the keyboardist for Peste Noire. The band denies being a part of the National Socialist Black Metal scene, but their 2001 demo was called Aryan Supremacy and they regularly release on NSBM labels like Militant Zone and La Mesnie Herlequin (Hat tip to Axl Rosenberg of Metal Sucks for the excellent reporting on the relationships between bands). Houston Socialist Movement, Houston United Front Against Fascism, Pantsuit Republic Houston Racial Justice Committee, and the Young Communist League launched a call-in campaign against the April 3 performance. People were encouraged to call and use *67 to block caller ID.
via houstonpress: Horna Show at White Swan Cancelled After Outcry Calling Them Nazis and Unwanted in Houston
siehe auch: FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK – Antifa and Proud Boys Clash Over Black Metal Band With Alleged Nazi Ties. A Finnish black metal group has spurred protests in L.A. and New York over alleged ties to white nationalism.In 2006, a Finnish black metal guitarist named Ville Iisakki Pystynen recorded with a controversial, short-lived band called Blutschrei. That year, Pystynen—who tours under the moniker “Shatraug,” but has also gone by “Hellseeker,” “Ghoul,” “Fornicator” and, incredibly, “Malice Pooper”—played guitar on their first and only album. The record, The Voice of Forbidden Pride, featured tracks like “White Agony,” and lyrics like, “Mother Europe, here I stand, a proud son today and a white father tomorrow,” or “Let us take the course of time and turn our heads toward the rising of a better Reich.” Unsurprisingly, it led more than one metalhead to align Blutschrei and its members with a smallish, pro-Nazi subsect of black metal called National Socialist black metal, or NSBM. Years later, Pystynen is poised to begin a North American tour across 11 American cities with his other band, Horna (Finnish for, in a burst of originality, “hell”). But when a writer for the metal gossip site Metal Sucks addressed the group’s alleged NSBM ties, he sent music scenes on both coasts into conflict: with antifa and Satanic groups on one side calling for boycotts; fans and some Proud Boys defending Horna on the other. (…) Still, evidence of Nazi ties didn’t end with a single, 13-year-old album. The Metal Sucks article went on to point out that Pystynen had once owned Grievantee Productions, the label behind bands like Kristallnacht and Hammer, which has a swastika logo. A June 2018 article from the Austrian paper of record, Wiener Zeitung, noted that Pystynen had been affiliated with other NSBM bands, whose names translate to “Aryan Art, Aryan Blood, and Final Solution.” Horna’s lead singer, Tuomas Rytkönen or “Spellgoth,” has played with Peste Noire, a French black metal group that identifies as “right-wing anarchist,” but has often been labeled NSBM over its frequent use of blackface, lynching imagery, and their lead singer’s hardline stance as “a racialist, an ethno-pluralist, absolutely against race-mixing,” according to an interview with noted NSBM label, Militant Zone. Horna has noted on social media that the members of Peste Noire are “good friends.” In 2017, after Peste Noire was banned from a festival for their views, Horna bowed out in protest, citing “antifa bullying.”