A scumbag on the Melbourne Punx Forum writes:
It’s a well known fact that Bulldog Spirit‘s drummer Joel is a [neo-Nazi]. He was in that shit band GGF and a [neo-Nazi] band called Ravenous [which also] played with [the neo-Nazi] Fortress many times… Oh, and when Marching Orders were first starting out, they had a guitarist called Mick who was also in [neo-Nazi] band Bail Up!…
Shocking and stunning news. Vicious, completely unconfirmed rumour. (And Joel has never played drums in Death’s Head neither.)
I’ve already documented Bulldog Spirit’s various (other) flirtations with fascism, as well as the antics of the heavily tattooed and baby-faced Damien Ovchynik‘s Bail Up!; they, together with Marching Orders, constitute part of the galaxy of stars that regularly play local neo-Nazi venue The Birmy. As for Fortress…
Fortress (circa 1991–1999), was Australia’s most significant and well-known contribution to the pin-headed genre known as RAC (‘Rock Against Communism’), and the success of its peculiar brand of B-grade metal was largely a result of the efforts of one person: Scott McGuinness. Despite being based in Melbourne, it played very few gigs here during its lifetime (for obvious reasons), and attracted its largest audiences among all them foreigners (for equally obvious reasons). Not that playing with themselves unmolested was the band’s only problem; so too was selling their racist garbage. So, while in terms of music distribution the advent of the Internet means that now just about any Tom, Dick & Adolph can relax to the soothing sounds of Fortress, prior to its widespread adoption by neo-Nazis, CDs — vinyl even — were generally only available at gigs, through the post, or under the counter. For fans of RAC and other neo-Nazi muzak, in Melbourne, such tripe was available @ now-defunct shops such as Modern Invasion (nee Pipe Imported), a still-existent label run — typically — by a little rich kid, Daniel Janecka. Modern Invasion is also the current, slightly shabby home of the Brisbane-based White supremacist Abyssic Hate, and the former home of Melbourne band Deströyer 666.
Deströyer 666 released their CD Unleash the Poodles in 1997 through Modern Invasion, and on the inner sleeve the band thanks members of Fortress, Squadron and Ken McLellan from Brutal Attack. Brutal Attack is, in turn, a long-running English bonehead group — formerly known as Dead Paki In The Gutter — which toured Australia in 1996. During this tour, members of Brutal Attack, Deströyer 666, Fortress and Squadron recorded a mini-CD together entitled “Garrison”, which was released through Nordland Records (Nordland Records later mutated into Resistance Records: a cashcow for the National Alliance).
A veteran racist, McLellan was last week denied entry to the US. This particular English Invasion was actually a response to an invitation from the kinky, !cinataS, Hollywood Nazis of the National Socialist Movement (‘America’s Nazi Party’) for the old bigot to prance about on a stage in South Carolina to — what else? — celebrate Hitler’s birthday; mourn Wild Bill‘s long-overdue death; and ‘Rock Against Illegal Immigration’.
McLellan’s non-performance was preceeded by another on the streets of Columbia, where Dozens of neo-Nazis marched against illegal immigration, outnumbered by protesters (AP, International Herald Tribune, April 21).
NSM For Beginners:
[In 2006 the] Minnesota-based National Socialist Movement (NSM), with 81 chapters in 36 states, remained the largest group on the neo-Nazi scene last year and was highly active for the first half of that period. But in July, scandal hit the group in the form of reports that Chairman Cliff Herrington’s wife was a practicing Satanist. Before it was over, both Herringtons had left the group, as had its energetic spokesman, Bill White of Roanoke, Va. White took several NSM members and officials with him to form the American National Socialist Workers Party. Although that group has begun to publish a magazine, thus far it has done little else.
NSM has been pushing immigration heavily, and planned to follow a rally held in Texas last fall with a “Rock Against Illegal Immigration” concert and “mass rally” scheduled for Laurens, S.C., this April. NSM leader Jeff Schoep has led several such rallies, attacking Latino immigrants for “stealing jobs” and more…
Like McLellan, Scott McGuinness has remained a very busy little neo-Nazi bee, being involved both during and after his Fortress fell back into the swamp with numerous other, largely studio-based recording projects, including Axis, Dissident, Exxtrem (with the German band Noie Werte / ‘New Values’), Garrison and Raven’s Wing. And not content with simply exporting shit to the rest of the world, McGuinness — in a possibly desperate attempt to provide himself with an audience — was also involved in the importation of tools to Australia; in 1993, opening up a local Hammerskins franchise. Since then, the Southern Cross Hammerskins have worked closely with Blood & Honour Australia, although of late most activity has been confined to organising yearly road-safety events in memory of Skrewydrivers. Thus the 2003 Ian Stuart Donaldson is Dead Celebration starred Bail Up!, Blood Red Eagle, Death’s Head, Fortress and Ravenous. The gig was recorded live on September 20 @ The Birmy, and released as a tribute to the dead bonehead and founder — along with another good fascist, Nicky Crane — of Piss & Wind.
Interestingly, the only band not to make the cut was Gospel of the Horns: the band which recently had an album launch @ The Tote — just up the road from The neo-Nazi Birmy. (NB. Tote management claims to not like racist, sexist, homophobic, neo-Nazi fucking scum.) Notwithstanding their exclusion from the album in question, GotH paid minor tribute to one of their ideological mentors, Ian ‘Stop sign? What Stop sign?’ Stuart, by including a photo of themselves playing at an earlier B&H gig in the booklet accompanying the The Eve of the Conqueror EP (2000). And in an interview with some schmuck from the German metal zine Voices from the Darkside, lead singer Howitzer opines that “One of the highlights [of his trip to Europe] was going to Nuremberg, to see where the NSDAP had their annual rallies…”. Note also that Howitzer played on Unleash the Poodles; the 1997 Deströyer 666 release in which the band thanks Fortress for inspiration. Oh, and he also recorded albums with the neo-Nazi Garrison and Raven’s Wing.
One band what’s been removed from the online Encyclopaedia Metallum is Raven’s Wing:
- Genre : Traditional Metal
Lyrical theme(s) : National-Europeism*
Origin : Australia
Last label : Resistance [Through the Looking Glass (2000)]
Last known line-up :
Julie – vocals
Scott McGuinness – vocals (Fortress (Aus), Axis (Aus), Dissident (Aus), Garrison)
KK Warslut – guitar (Deströyer 666, ex-Bestial Warlust, ex-Corpse Molestation)
Aussie Nigel Brown – bass (Retaliator (Aus), Broadsword, White Lightning (Aus), No Remorse (UK), Fortress (Aus), Celtic Warrior)
Coz – drums (Deströyer 666, Gospel of the Horns, Garrison)
Submitted by einvolk on September 18th, 2005
Last modified by Napero on June 29th, 2006
*Winner, 2004 Award for Best Fascist Euphemism
Another is Dissident :
- Genre : Traditional Heavy Metal
Lyrical theme(s) : Nationalism, Heritage**
Origin : Melbourne, Australia
Formed : 2000
Label : Old Guard [A Cog in the Wheel (2000) / II Unity Drum (2006)]
Current line-up :
Scott McGuinness – vocals (Fortress (Aus), Garrison, Axis (Aus), Raven’s Wing)
Billy – guitars (Retaliator (Aus), Celtic Warrior)
Paul – drums (Fortress (Aus))
Submitted by Cantusbestiae on September 10th, 2005
Last modified by GraveWish on September 5th, 2006
**Runner-Up, 2006 Award for Best Fascist Euphemism