On Saturday, December 10 The Tote Hotel (Johnston St, Collingwood) played host to Hellraiser IV, an ‘extreme Melbourne metal showcase’ featuring Iconic Vivisect, Order of Orias, Sanguinary Misanthropia, The Seaford Monster and headliners Perseverance. ‘Hellraiser IV’ was organised by a local promoter called White Noise, an explicitly neo-Nazi record label and promotion that organised previous metal gigs (including Order of Orias and Sanguinary Misanthropia) and also manages the headline act, Perseverance, and released its first album, The Fading Light (2011). (White Noise also organised Hellraiser III @ the East Brunswick Club, October 4, 2009.)
Established in 2008, White Noise was initially a metal promotion with no explicit political agenda. In December 2009, Gareth Sansom was interviewed for the Metal Obsession site by Taigen Gould (inter alia, the guitarist in local neo-Nazi band Ravenous):
White Noise Productions is a Melbourne-based event management company, run by local musicians, for local musicians with no administrative body taking a hefty cut from events that they run while giving the opportunity for high class management for individual bands and artists, both signed and unsigned within the industry. Now with 16 gigs under its belt and two more within months, White Noise Productions is known for hosting big Australian names of the local scene, such as Embodied, Urgrund, Order or Orias, Vrag, Iciclan and even international Anno Domini Mortus.
In the subsequent period, White Noise (Gareth/Jack Sansom) has openly adopted a neo-Nazi perspective, promoting bands associated with and events organised by the local franchise of the international Blood & Honour network and the bonehead gang the Southern Cross Hammerskins.
You may remember the Southern Cross Hammerskins from such reportage as Victorian neo-Nazi used as medic in Afghanistan (The Age, March 23, 2011):
Kenneth Stewart, 36, has worked as a military-trained paramedic, accompanying aid workers around Afghanistan. His Facebook page shows a swastika flag in his room in Kandahar, and another picture shows him surrounded by Afghans he refers to as ”my nignogs” with a friend adding the comment ”it’s lovely to see a white man back in control of the subhuman”. On Stewart’s Facebook page he regularly makes disparaging comments about Afghans, Aborigines, Jews and others.
Sansom’s other band is Waffenbrüder. It played the Ian Stuart Donaldson memorial gig in October 2011 and is releasing its debut album, This Time The World, in January. In addition to Waffenbrüder, Sansom also distros neo-Nazi agitprop (principally NSBM) via War Doctrine.
Note that the White Noise promotion has undergone several incarnations on MySpace and Facebook: one of the latest appears to have been deleted since Saturday. A screenshot of the page reveals the nature of the promotion and its commitments, including to the notion that there should be six million more Jews murdered…
As for White Noise, Stiff Little Fingers done it best:
See also : Mecca-Cola for Sweetman? (January 24, 2006).