Tonight Also Tonight: Free (Nazi?) Black Metal @ King Cobra
posted by October 6 at 9:45 AMon
Monday, October 6th at KING COBRA
Doors are at 8PM
Show starts at 9PM
This show is falling on one of our normal Up The Punks nights so aside from the no cover there is also Happy Hour prices all night.
Nachtmystium, you may recall, kinda sorta actually totally released a record via a Nazi-affiliated record label. AWKWARD! Wikipedia:
Nachtmystium’s first album, Reign of the Malicious, was released on Unholy Records, a National Socialist black metal label. In 2006, Judd said that, “In the past, we’ve had some indirect ties to labels and bands that are part of the NS scene. At one point not too many years ago, it wasn’t uncommon for NS labels or bands to trade and work with non-politically motivated bands and labels because at the end of the day, we’re all trying to promote, release, and be involved with music—all politics aside. Today it seems like there’s less of a connection, at least for me and my label. We don’t oppose people’s right to be ‘NS’ or whatever—that’s a personal choice, and if you live in the USA, you have the right to that opinion. Even though I personally, my band(s) and my label have absolutely no interest in being a part of that scene, I will ALWAYS take their side when it comes to their freedom of speech being imposed upon.”
There’s nothing particularly scary about Blake Judd. If anything, he looks a little ridiculous: a tall, blonde-haired, vaguely heavy dude with a thick California accent, stuffed into too-tight black clothes with a bit of white makeup splashed onto his face.
In the anti-Nachtmystium corner, Jessica Hopper:
Seeing that black metal locals Nachtmystium are nuzzled in hipster embrace these days, I’m left wondering if homophobia and anti-semitism is just accepted now? Was there a memo on this I missed? Or is the heinousness of throwing “faggot” and talk of Zionist conspiracy around in interviews blunted by the wider context— i.e. the scores of NSBM-aligning bands who are essentially Nazis in crypt-face? Like Nachtmystium can’t be that bad because they are down with Isis and not putting swastikas on their clothes? Or is that no one has bothered to do their homework (you don’t have to dig farther than the second google hit for “Nachtmystium+interview” ) before putting these assholes on blast?
Happy Monday, everybody!
Bonus: Olympia’s green anarchist black metal band Wolves in the Throne Room are currently touring with Nachtmystium (though they’re playing without them at Vera tonight); WITTR denounce Nazi ideology thusly:
Let me be totally 100% clear: We find nothing good or worthwhile in NS ideology. We have never said anything positive about any right wing idea…
If I say that the Nazis used some powerful ideas, I refer to these good things that have been stolen by the Right. These ideas have nothing to do with fascism, but have become unfairly associated with it. We support things such as radical environmentalism, heathen spirituality and, in regard to black metal, a certain esoteric ancient spirit. We want these good things to be a part of our progressive life-vision.
For instance, I feel that I am spiritually connected to a European heathen tradition and a certain way of life because of my heritage. This natural and good idea has been stolen by the Right Wing and has become, in Europe, connected to racism and xenophobia. With our music, we reconcile this idea with our progressive, anti-racist, anti-fascist ideology.