ANTI FASCIST ACTION BAY AREA (ANTIFA) are already protesting Swedish black metal warriors MARDUK'S 2/18/2017 METRO OPERA HOUSE SHOW for "Known white supremacist ties from Sweden that profits off of glorifying Nazi imagery and songs about Nazi SS officers and anti-semitism"
MARDUK have announced WINTER 2017 U.S. tour dates with SVART CROWN.
MARDUK unleashed "FRONTSCHWEIN", 1/19/2015 via CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS.
FROM ANTI FASCIST ACTION BAY AREA:
Marduk has just kicked off a tour in the U.S. called Frontschwein North America 2017 tour. 'Frontschwein' is the name of their latest album which is entirely about the Third Reich. The term 'Frontschwein' (meaning Frontline Pig) refers to the nickname given to Nazi field marshal Walther Model because he preferred to lead from the front and was known for his abuse and crudity.
One of Marduk's album is called 'Panzer Division Marduk' (referring to the Nazi armored tank division in WWII). Another Marduk album, 'Warschau' (the site of a Nazi concentration camp during the Holocaust), uses photos of Nazi tanks rolling through the rubble of Poland as cover and booklet artwork. The album sleeve of 'Iron Dawn' and album cover of 'Here's No Peace' also show pictures of Nazi tanks. The title on the cover of "Here's No Peace' is arranged in such fashion as to resemble an honorific cuff band, a type of distinction badge which the German Wehrmacht allowed individuals who were serving (or had served) in some elite units (Grossdeutschland division, named Waffen-SS divisions) or who took part of renowned campaigns to wear (North African campaign, assault on Crete).
Marduk's entire discography is full of songs like "The Hangman of Prague", "Night of the Long Knives", "Deathmarch", “To the Death’s Head True”...etc. The song "The Hangman of Prague" is about Reinhard Heydrich, a high-ranking SS officer and Holocaust architect ("The Hangman of Prague" was a moniker of Reinhard Heydrich - second in command of the SS - in his capacity as the de-facto Reichsprotektor of Bohemia and Moravia). They also have a song called “The Blonde Beast” which is also a reference to Reinhard Heydrich, the infamous Hangman of Prague. The term "Blond Beast" is often implied as referring to the Aryan Race stemming from the intentional misreading of Nietzsche instantiated by the Nazis. Their song "Afrika" is about a high-ranking Nazi general Erwin Rommel aka "the Desert Fox" who was in charge of the Afrika Korps.
Morgan Steinmeyer, the guitarist and founder of Marduk, who is a former housemate of Varg Vikernes (the white supremacist murderer and hate crime convict behind Burzum), had this to say about Vikernes having been convicted of hate speech against Jews and Muslims in France in 2014: "It’s strange that it’s illegal to dislike a religion. I find it really strange that you can’t have certain views." http://www.metalblast.net/…/under-a-black-sun-an-interview-… (Vikernes originally drew the attention of French authorities after receiving the manifesto of Anders Breivik, the Norwegian man who killed 77 people in a bombing and shooting rampage in 2011. Vikernes wrote a blog post about how he agreed with much of Breivik’s views, but suspected that the mass murderer was actually working on behalf of a vast Jewish conspiracy. Soon after that, Vikernes’ wife Marie Cachet purchased four rifles, which led the police to arrest the couple as a pre-emptive measure before they could carry out any attacks.)
It's worth mentioning that Incantation, another band on the bill as part of this tour, has a previous association with white supremacists. Incantation previously featured a neo-Nazi vocalist Craig Pillard whose projects include Sturmführer (a play on the word “obersturmführer,” a military rank in the Nazi party) who releases their albums on Elegy Records, a National Socialist Black Metal record label based in Clifton, New Jersey that was started by two former members of the neo-Nazi National Alliance, Robert DiSienna and Greg Pillard. One of Craig Pillard's bands Disma (also based out of Clifton, New Jersey), has been banned from Maryland Deathfest, California Deathfest, Netherlands Deathfest, and Chaos in Tejas fest for Pillard's neo-Nazi, anti-semitic associations. http://www.mourningtheancient.com/sturm.htm http://www.metalsucks.net/…/disma-booted-from-netherlands-…/
The information detailed above was originally sent to the Oakland Metro Operahouse's contact email address back on January 3rd, 2017 but no response of any kind has been received. The promoter of the show, Numbskull Productions, has also been contacted via email but no response has been received either as of this writing. Local activists have since been reaching out and communicating directly with members of Oakland Metro without getting any real answers.
In these times of "alt-right" white supremacists attacking artist spaces in Oakland and elsewhere following the tragic Ghostship fire, and Breitbart's neo-Nazi troll Milo Yiannopoulos having recently attempted to kick off his campaign against sanctuary campuses at UC Berkeley targeting undocumented and trans students with the blessing of the Trump regime before being met with resistance, it would be a huge insult for all affected communities to allow a "crypto"-Nazi band like Marduk with known white supremacist ties to come to town and profit off of their glorification of Nazis. We ask everyone at this time to demand Oakland Metro to cancel the show and in the event that the venue refuses, come together as a community to shut it down.
Event page for the Oakland Metro show on Feb 18th: https://www.facebook.com/events/973472946130833/
Lineup: Marduk, Incantation, Svart Crown, Necrot, Phrenelith
Numbskull Productions (the promoter)
Oakland Metro Operahouse, 522 Second St, Oakland, CA 94607
Dates and locations of Marduk's North America 2017 tour:
02/07/17 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
02/08/17 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
02/09/17 Dayton, OH Oddbody's
02/10/17 Chicago, IL Reggie's
02/11/17 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
02/12/17 Fort Worth, TX Rail Club
02/13/17 Austin, TX Grizzly Hall
02/14/17 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
02/15/17 Phoenix, AZ Joe's Grotto
02/16/17 Las Vegas, NV Adrenaline Bar
02/17/17 Los Angeles, CA Regent Theater
02/18/17 Oakland, CA Metro Opera House
02/19/17 Portland, OR Bossanova Ballroom
02/20/17 Seattle, WA Studio Seven https://www.facebook.com/Mardukofficial/
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-