20 11 12 - 19:40Zero Tolerance Magazine published an expose of how anti-fascist group ANTIFA shuts down black metal gigs in Europe and the US.
They promptly retracted it after it was found to be less than 100% neutral to ANTIFA.
ANTIFA GO ANTI-METAL
POSTED BY PAWEL PALICA ON NOV 15, 2012 IN UNCATEGORIZED | 0 COMMENTS
They say antifacist of yesterday will be the facist of tomorrow and boy do the stormtroopers of Germanyâs Antifa (more and more questionably an antifascist movement) do much to prove it right. On their neverending quest to fight with non-existing enemies the brainless scumbags (yeah, fuck off!) have recently caused the cancellation of âStorm of Damnationâ show, which was supposed to be held on November 11th in Berlin (the day after Nuclear War Now! Festival), apparently accusing Swedenâs black/death metalheads Kill and UKâs Spearhead of being somehow âfascistâ.
The local promoters (Apocalyptic Visions Of Death and Voces de Ultratumba collectives) have issued a very mean statement: âNot unlike the crusades of the Inquisition or to put a more recent example, the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center) in the 80â²s in USA, we are facing this time a faceless entity taking over the extreme metal underground and turning everyone and everything involved into a fascist. These are the terrorist tactics used by the Antifa: for them everyone from band members and labels to venues, fans, record stores, festivals and organizers, is by definition and by association, suspicious or plainly a nazi. This canât be more ridiculous an argument! They are turning upside down lyrical content inherent to works of music and art; by doing so, they fall into their own trap. Those tactics of persecution may resemble the methods used by the Nazi government themselves during the banning period of Entartete Musik (degenerate music), the evil the Antifa are supposed to eradicate. With such an agenda in mind there is no wonder they see phantoms all over the place. Enough for freedom of speech and tolerance.
We both VOCES DE ULTRATUMBA and APOCALYPTIC VISIONS OF DEATH, as organizers of STORMS OF DAMNATION have never, nor ever will, choose the bands based on a political basis. The only political content is on the Antifaâs mind, and searching for it, they will always find the evil they are desperately looking for. We are not looking for NS bands, the Antifa has created them, spread the news on their blogs and newsletters, without taking into account nor accepting the statements of band members and organizers. As was the case with this event, we had people coming from all over the world and of the most varied ethnicities; Mexicans, Polish, Russians, Japanese, Italians, Guatemalans, Moroccans or Canadians; yellow, white, black and blue, all united together by the same metal spirit and eager to see and support the bands and the true underground, as our pre-sale list testifies. We could also hark back to our very successful work together with a leftist organization like Kill-Town Bookings, though we never had nor were forced to align to their political sympathies, through which we presented a band from Israel twice (Sonne Adam), or a band from latinos from Los Angeles (Sadistic Intent), we are very far from being called a Nazi, nor supporters in any way of such ideologies. Lyrical content and artwork in a purely artistic context canât be held as proof for that, even though there is none of it to be found in any of the 5 bands we wanted to present, same as an actor performing on a movie about the Third Reich is not a nazi for taking a role on it.
We also condemn that the Slaughterhouse club, falling prey of the accusations done by the Antifa, has not only cancelled two concerts by us, with all the severe financial damage that we, as private underground supporters have to deal with now, but also accused us publicly of spreading such ideologies with bands supposedly related to it. When in fact, line up, links to the bands and all necessary information had been provided with several months in advance, and they couldnât find nothing to worry about. When also, the Slaughterhouse had in their own agenda and interest, to present bands from the neo-folk spectrum, something they actually did, and counted on us to succeed and open their own game. Backstabbing of the worst kind.
The concert was moved to Blackland, but then again, the inconsiderate action of the Antifa, that even removing the two bands they were complaining about (Kill and Spearhed), announced a march against the concert towards the venue; plus visits of the criminal police, the green party and a newspaper turned the owners of the location off and the concert got cancelled, on last hours of the Saturday night. Still, against all odds and in face of the frustration, TYRANTS BLOOD and VASSAFOR pulled it off full of determination, and played a spontaneous, historical set on the late hours of the NWN! after party being held there. We are in gratitude with the staff at Blackland for their efforts and for letting 2 bands play a day earlier. Unfortunately, that was an impromptu action, we were unable to inform those having bought a ticket. And also extremely thankful to all three other bands that couldnât perform in any way, namely KILL, MAVETH and SPEARHEAD, that even facing the disgusting of the situation gave us their support and understanding. Same to ALL the maniacs that bought tickets from us in advance, to the ones that donated the funds to overcome part of the damage, for a concert they never got to see happen the way it was planned. And to the Nuclear War Now! Festival and their staff for hosting us and let us work as a parallel event.
Antifa, the enemy that you sought to fight is in your own mind. Move on and get a life!
Nothing canât stop the Iron Will. Crush, Kill, Destroy!â
That said, yeah, fuck Antifa! - ZTMag
In the ensuing discussions, it became clear that (a) metal has gone from being a genre where people believed in extreme things and everyone knew it, to being a genre where those extreme things have been formalized into a set of political classifications, and that now metal is waffling about fully inheriting what has always been among it, and (b) ANTIFA are bullies and racists of a different sort; instead of discriminating against a single race, they discriminate against any race that is not a mixed-racial group. Clever sleight of hand.
Finally, some interesting comments:
Art should explore the unknown, feared, hoped, etc.
well, it's the same old story, people always going out of their way to point out flaws of others, finding things they dislike and putting their noses in what doesn't concern them.
Extremity is interesting on many levels, whether it's the madness of the Westboro baptist church, a Howard Chaykin comic book or a recording by Nicole 12. I'd rather it be in existence and inform our existence, casting some light on areas of life that repel and appall the herd, than it be extinguished due to moralistic tripe. The irrational behaviour by this brigade of do-gooders is absurd. PMRC similarities stated are correct. - Nuclear War Now!
I am not saying that political classifications do not exist. You are either on the left or the right, because you're either into reality (right) or you like human feelings (left).
That being said, joining some political movement is not the healthiest thing. It is better to be part of a cultural movement changing attitudes, for example endorsing a radical traditionalist agenda instead of cheering for boring two-note bands and their angry "bubble world" audiences.