antifa notes (may 9, 2018) : aryan nations, murder, right wing resistance, muzak

[Update (May 13) : Yeah nah — Hellraiser IX (see below) has been cancelled — or at least, is no longer taking place at The Last Chance; ‘BANNED BY ANTIFA’ according to the nazi wankers from Woodend. Talk about melodrama … ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Update (May 10) : It appears as though Hellraiser IX will no longer be taking place at The Last Chance as the venue has removed the gig from its Facebook page.]

Briefly:

Ordinary Mums & Dads

Yesterday, Perth couple Robert Wayne Edhouse, 22, and Melony Jane/Jayne Attwood (Taylor), 37, were sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder in April 2016 of Alan Taylor, 42. Edhouse and Attwood were members of neo-Nazi grouplet ‘Aryan Nations’. The pair also played host to their comrades in the now-defunct ‘United Patriots Front’ when they travelled from Melbourne to Perth to attend the ‘Reclaim Australia’ rally in November 2015. UPF fuehrer Blair Cottrell took the opportunity to announce the launch of the UPF’s stillborn political party, ‘Fortitude’, at his comrades’ house — which only five months later was the site of the grisly murder.

See : Neo-Nazi Aryan Nations lovers Robert Edhouse and Melony Attwood jailed for murder, Joanna Menagh, ABC, May 8, 2018 | Neo-Nazi killers to serve life terms over Perth dad’s murder, Phil Hickey, The Sydney Morning Herald, May 8, 2018 | Neo-Nazi lovers given life sentences for brutal murder, Tim Clarke, PerthNow, May 8, 2018.

Note that the ‘Aryan Nations’ in Perth re-badged themselves as ‘Combat 18’ following the arrest of Edhouse, while the UPF is now organising around ‘The Lads Society’ in Cheltenham, a project which also incorporates members of neo-Nazi grouplet ‘Antipodean Resistance’.

Patriotik Yoof Down Under

Speaking of Aussie Pride, the little nazis of Antipodean Resistance (AR) have been profiled by Julie Nathan for the ABC’s Religion & Ethics blog. See : Antipodean Resistance: The Rise and Goals of Australia’s New Nazis, April 20, 2018. (Versions of the article have also appeared on the Times of Israel and Executive Council of Australian Jewry website.)

On April 21, the Sydney Criminal Lawyers website also published ‘The Rise of Australian Neo-Nazis: An Interview with Online Activist Slackbastard’ by Paul Gregoire, which discusses AR in the context of a broader discussion of fascism and the far right Down Under.

Right Wing Resistance & Ethan Tilling

Last week, Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Suzanne Dredge, and Michael Workman of ABC Investigations dropped ‘From Neo-Nazi to militant: The foreign fighters in Ukraine who Australia’s laws won’t stop’:

When Australian former Neo-Nazi and registered gun owner Ethan Tilling flew into Brisbane this year, he was returning under the radar of Australian authorities with newfound combat experience from a brutal and forgotten war.

Mr Tilling, who was until recently a member of the Nazi group Right Wing Resistance, had spent the Australian spring in the bitter cold of Eastern Ukraine firing Kalashnikovs, rocket launchers and grenades at Russian-backed separatists …

Go Ethan!

Members of RWRAU were in attendance at last year’s ‘True Blue Crew’ flagwit parade, which will be regurgitating racism and fascism onto Melbourne’s streets again this year; in response, the Campaign Against Racism & Fascism has organised an event titled ‘Unite to Stop The Far Right’ (Sunday, June 24). Note that in September 2016 another RWRAU hero, Ricky White, was arrested for allegedly setting fire to a church in Taree, NSW (but I dunno what the outcome was).

See also : Extremists in the Military A Longstanding Problem, Booth Gunter, SPLC, November 11, 2012.

National Socialist muzak

Neo-Nazis in the local metal scene have organised a gig at The Last Chance Reich Rock ‘n’ Roll Bar on Saturday, June 9. Dubbed ‘Hellraiser IX’, the gig is being hosted by ‘Australibus Tenebris’ and features the glittering talents of Vrag (TAS), Belligerent Intent, Goatblood and Molog.


Above (L to R) : Joey Edwards, Neil Erikson, Dan Newman, Richard Whelan, Gareth/Jack Sansom @ State Library of Victoria, September 2012.

For those of you coming in late, the Hellraisers were originally organised by Nazi-in-Vrag Gareth Jack Sansom, under the auspices of ‘White Noise Productions’. As WNP, Sansom organised various gigs around town, including ‘Hellraiser IV’ at The Tote in December 2011 (the last time I paid attention), and released albums by ‘Perseverance’, among others, in 2011 and 2013, while Sansom also established ‘War Doctrine’ in order to release neo-Nazi muzak by his own band Waffenbrüder (2010–2014) and a handful of others. After publishing a White Nationalist manifesto (A Reckoning Force, 2012), Sansom buggered off to Tasmania, where he continues to make muzak and propaganda and to organise with his neo-Nazi chums.

Responsibility for Raising Hell now belongs to UPF fanboy Luke Nukem of ‘Australibus Tenebris’ (AT, 2013–):

In addition to the usual Blackness, the label distros a range of exciting products, including a 7″ co-released with NSBM label ‘Darker Than Black Records’:

One of the most notorious of the early NSBM bands were Germany’s Absurd, who collectively lured 15-year old Sandro Beyer to his murder in 1993. Led by Hendrik Möbus, the Beyer killing was allegedly motivated by Beyer spreading rumors about the band, including the salient gossip that Möbus had been carrying on an affair with a married woman. While the murder itself was not deemed political in nature, Möbus has always been vocal in his neo-Nazism, having violated his probation shortly out of prison by performing the Nazi salute in concert, and the man currently operates a self-described NSBM record label called Darker Than Black.

The 7″ by WewelSSburg and AT’s Rattenkönig is just one of many similar releases on AT, and if the booker at The Last Chance knew how to use a search engine and/or was familiar with the genre, they’d find much more neo-Nazi nonsense associated with the above artistes and their various projekts.

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See also : Deströyer 666 Australian Tour (November 2016) (October 13, 2016) | NB. Vomitor (May 29, 2012) | A Brief History Of Neo-Nazi Music In Australia (December 2, 2010).

OMGWTF Nazis in Brisbane! Hammered Muzak Festival 2012

LOL.

For reasons best known to itself, Queensland’s Sunday Mail has decided to assist Blood & Honour, the Southern Cross Hammmerskins and White Noise in their efforts to publicise an upcoming ‘Happy Birthday Mister Hitler’ gig aka Hammered Music Festival (April 21, 2012).

The newspaper story (see below) contains all the usual elements, including lulz (“The theme of this music festival goes against Australia’s multicultural values,” Dr Szoke said) but nevertheless a few comments, corrections and clarifications are in order.

First, this is the third, not second, year in a row that the Festival has been held in Queensland. Previous performers include Deaths Head and Ravenous (Melbourne) and Open Season (Brisbane).

Secondly, both B&H and the Hammerskins have experienced legal difficulties overseas. Thus, B&H is banned not only in Germany (where, as in Austria and a number of other European countries, the open promotion of neo-Nazism is illegal) but also Belgium and Portugal, while the Hammerskins are outlawed in Germany, Portugal and Spain. (The leader of the Portuguese Hammerskins, Mário Machado, is currently serving a seven-year sentence for coercion, robbery, kidnapping and illegal possession of weapons.) In September 2009 a half-hearted attempt to bring about a ban on B&H in the UK was fail.

Thirdly, while it’s technically possible for a ‘concerned citizen’ to lodge a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission regarding the gig, this depends upon them actually being in attendance (or having the misfortune of overhearing it). However, as the Hammered Festival — like all such events organised by the neo-Nazis concerned — is held at an undisclosed location this seems extraordinarily unlikely. (In order to attend the gig, a member of the public must first make contact with B&H and arrange to meet; and only if they meet with the approval of the organisers will they be provided with further details.)

In any event, the neo-Nazis involved have been successfully organising gigs for the last 20 years in Australia (indeed, Hammered 2012 is intended to celebrate the boneheads’ 20 years of stoopid), their gigs have never been the subject of a complaint, and in only a handful of instances (that I’m aware of) have the groups experienced any real difficulties as a result of these activities.

Might be an idea to avoid being too Jewish in Brisbane around Hitler’s birthday but…

See also : A Brief History Of Neo-Nazi Music In Australia (December 2, 2010).

Controversial Hammered Music Festival for neo-Nazis to be held in Brisbane in 2012
Sunday Mail
January 8, 2012

A CONTROVERSIAL neo-Nazi music festival will be held in Brisbane this year, drawing white supremacists from around the world.

The controversial Hammered Music Festival, already being advertised through white pride websites, will take place in a secret Brisbane location in April and feature race hate music from international and local bands.

The white pride gathering attracted protests and nationwide criticism last year when it was held on the Gold Coast, and a range of groups have already spoken out against the event.

Federal Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Helen Szoke this week slammed the white pride festival as “abhorrent to our community”, and said offended parties could complain under the Racial Discrimination Act.

“The theme of this music festival goes against Australia’s multicultural values,” Dr Szoke said.

Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia chairman Pino Migliorino said the festival was the work of a “lunatic fringe” and he was concerned about the underlying message of the festival.

“It’s an appalling set of beliefs that they have,” he said.

“The reality is a great majority of Australians are not racist and are comfortable with cultural and linguistic diversity.”

The event is being organised by the Southern Cross Hammerskins, the Australian arm of a worldwide group.

Another organiser, Blood and Honour, was banned in Germany in 2000 after a number of foreigners were attacked by neo-nazis inspired by music at the group’s events.

But Queensland Police Service and the Brisbane City Council have said the groups can legally hold the event.

A QPS spokesman said as long as the groups and the festival-goers abided by the law, the police would not become involved.

“Police are aware of the festival in question. However, until such a time that a law is broken or a complaint is made, it is not a police issue,” he said.

Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the Gold Coast City Council reported no problems when the event was held there, and the group had the same rights as any other organisation.

Nazis @ The Tote. Again.

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).

A Brief History Of Neo-Nazi Music In Australia

‘Rock Against Communism’ (RAC) is the term given to a genre of racist, right-wing rock ‘n’ roll music popular with boneheads (neo-Nazi skinheads). It emerged in England in the late 1970s in the wake of punk rock and the music festivals celebrating ‘Rock Against Racism’. Rather than being concerned solely with opposition to ‘communism’, as a literal reading of the term would suggest, RAC music is closely identified with the promotion of (White) nationalist, neo-Nazi, racist (especially anti-Semitic), and violent themes. [1] Its leading proponent, until his death in 1993, was Ian Stuart Donaldson of the band Skrewdriver. [2]

RAC and bands advocating ‘White power’ or neo-Nazism have tended to have a very low profile in Australia, punctuated by periodic scandals in the tabloid media. [3] The political marginality of neo-Nazism reinforces this fact. The obscurity of the genre is further reinforced by the common desire of performers and followers to remain relatively anonymous, at least insofar as state and other authorities are concerned. Although not named as such, interest in the genre probably peaked with the release of Geoffrey Wright’s 1992 film Romper Stomper about a gang of boneheads in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray and a soundtrack which featured a number of RAC songs written specifically for the film.

Probably the first group in Australia to adopt a White racialist ideology–and thus become Australia’s first ‘Rockers Against Communism’–was Perth-based rock ‘n’ roll band Quick & The Dead. Other pioneering RAC bands which followed in Q&TD’s boots were White Noise, Open Season, White Lightning and, later, Fortress.

From the late 1980s, the genre has followed wider musical trends to incorporate hardcore and heavy metal within the overall rubric of promoting White racial consciousness. The 1990s was in some ways a fairly barren decade for White power music, but the 2000s have witnessed the emergence of a few more bands to add to the somewhat meagre roster, and the recent reformation of some of the older generation of bands (Q&TD, Open Season) may also inspire some of their younger fans to pick up an instrument.

Another key development has been technological, with the advent of the Internet bringing with it possibilities for communication and exchange that were not possible, or very much more difficult, prior to its emergence. [4] On the flip-side, the easy reproduction of digital music requires followers to sustain higher levels of financial commitment to the milieu, a commitment which generally only accompanies greater ideological fervour. Merchandising and live performance can augment sales of music to some extent, but the problem is ongoing, and reflects wider trends within the music industry as a whole.

Quick & The Dead

Quick & The Dead (Andrew Baird aka Andrew Bored: vocals / Murray Holmes aka Murray OHMS: bass / Mark Oakley: guitar / Andy McPherson aka Andy Priest: drums) formed in 1979 as Audio Damage (one of several names the band adopted), becoming Q&TD in 1981. Q&TD released two albums, one self-titled and the other Kickin’ Into 1982 (both on cassette), a 5-track 7″ EP (Another Violent Night) and a live album. The band’s ouvre has recently been re-released on a limited edition 4-disc compilation CD: The Intimidation is Intentional, Another Violent Night (Coldsweat Records).

After the band split in mid-1983, two members went on to form another ‘White power’ skinhead band named ‘White Noise’; bassist Murray Holmes went to England and joined Skrewdriver in 1984 (leaving again the next year), one of two Australians to play with the band at this time (along with guitarist Adam Douglas). This line-up recorded the seminal album Hail the New Dawn (for which Nicky Crane provided the cover). Q&TD reformed in 2007 in order to play the annual Ian Stuart Donaldson (1957–1993) memorial gig in Melbourne, Donaldson being both Skrewdriver vocalist and the driving force behind RAC in its earliest years.

White Noise

Formed in 1985 following the disbandment of Q&TD, White Noise (Jim King: vocals / Glen Sheridan: guitar) was known for a short time as ‘Final Solution’. WN recorded a few titles: several 7″ singles on the Street Rock ‘N’ Roll label (an imprint of German label Rock-O-Rama)–‘Sick Mind/Rebels’ (SR12, 1989); ‘Clockwork Violence/Head Kicked In’ (SR13, 1989); ‘Ace Of Spades/Thinking Of You’ (SR50, 1990); ‘On The Streets/Violence’ (SR51, 1990)–and the album The First Assault, also released on Rock-O-Rama (RRR 77) in 1988. Reckless Aggression (RRR 100) was a live album released in 1990. Panzerfaust Records released a compilation album in 1999 also titled The First Assault.

White Lightning

Make a stand for your great nation / Against the scum who are going to die. White Lightning released just the one album, We Rule, in 1988. It was re-released as Destiny on French RAC label Rebelles Européens (1987–-1994) in 1990 (RE332190). Although apparently collapsing in 1994, in 1995 Rebelles Européens made a short-lived recovery assisted by an Australian label, White League (White League released a handful of CD recordings before it too dissolved). Former guitarist ‘Aussie’ Nigel Brown (Broadsword, Celtic Warrior, Fortress, No Remorse, Raven’s Wing, Retaliator, Wolfseye), together with Billy (Violent Storm), re-recorded and re-released Destiny as We Rule on Welsh label ‘Independent Voice Records’ in 1998. Two of White Lightning’s other members–Chumley (vocals) and Simon (drums)–now play in the band T.H.U.G., and continue to perform some White Lightning material.

    No Remorse formed in 1986. Vocalist Paul Burnley was born Paul Bellany, son of Scottish painter John Bellany. Bad luck seemed to follow the band around in the early ’90s. In 1992, they were scheduled to play a gig in Spain with Welsh band Violent Storm: three of its four members were killed in a car accident; vocalist Billy survived to record songs with Paul as Celtic Warrior. In 1994, No Remorse played a gig in Wisconsin (US) to commemorate the death in 1993 of Ian Stuart Donaldson. Following the gig Joe Rowan, a Hammerskin and vocalist with the band ‘Nordic Thunder’, was shot dead during an altercation at a petrol station.

Open Season

A short-lived (c.1988–1991) but well-regarded band from Sydney, Open Season released a few titles: a split 7″ with French band ‘Legion 88’ on the ‘White League Australia’ label (a continuation/imprint of French label ‘Rebelles Européens’) and the album Front Line Fighters in 1991, also on ‘Rebelles Européens’. The band played a number of gigs with Fortress (Phoenix Rising) and White Lightning in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. According to vocalist Jim: “In Sydney we had no trouble getting gigs, however in Melbourne it was slightly more difficult… only the one time a venue cancelled [on] us and that was when they [were] threatened to be blown up if we played. We still played that night but in another venue.”


Above: Demonstrators outside neo-Nazi group National Action’s short-lived HQ in the Melbourne suburb of Fawkner, 1997.

In 2009, Open Season reformed to play a few dates in Australia, including that year’s Ian Stuart Donaldson memorial gig, and a gig in April 2010 on the Gold Coast to celebrate Adolf Hitler’s birthday.

Blood & Honour

In the late 1980s the local scene became organised under the banner of Blood & Honour, the organisation Ian Stuart Donaldson helped to establish in England in 1987 following clashes with the White Noise Club, the organisation the National Front had established to capitalise on the popularity of RAC. After Stuart’s death in a car accident in 1993, B&H was subject to further, even bloodier conflict between rival factions, one of which came to be aligned with the openly terrorist ‘Combat 18’. (Charlie Sargent, the former leader of Combat 18, is now serving life in England for the murder of a fellow fascist.)

B&H Australia was the first of many foreign franchises to be established by B&H, which has revived in recent years in the UK, but is also a strong presence in parts of Europe, North and South America. It was also in the late 1980s that the Hammerskins–a bonehead gang founded in Texas which soon expanded to other states and then overseas–was brought to Australia, where the gang is known as the ‘Southern Cross Hammerskins’. The two organisations have worked together closely during the last few decades, and established a hegemony over local boneheads that is only rarely challenged, most recently by another bonehead gang called Volksfront Australia (the parent organisation of which was established by boneheads in an Oregon prison in 1994).

Blood & Honour/Combat 18 has had an even more marginal presence in Australia. Its latest excursion into the public domain followed the conviction of one of its members for his involvement in a shooting incident at a mosque in Perth. Blood & Honour, Combat 18 and the Hammerskins have become proscribed organisations in a number of European countries (Germany, Spain, Portugal) over the last few years, but are legal associations in Australia.

Fortress

Repatriate, ship ’em out, send the bastards back / If they don’t fucking like it, it’ll be in body bags. Fortress were the mainstay of neo-Nazi rock ‘n’ roll in Australia in the 1990s, outlasting both Open Season and White Lightning but not being joined by many other bands until the end of the decade. Like a number of other Australian bands, Fortress proved to be far more popular in Europe than they were in Australia, although their extremist political views placed them in a different category to others.

The band kept the flame of RAC music alive throughout the 1990s, releasing a number of recordings and touring Europe. Originally known as Phoenix Rising, Fortress released their first, self-titled mini-album on the German Rock-O-Rama label (RR 130) in 1992. Their second album Seize The Day was released on Victory Records in 1993 (‘Victory Records’ being one of many substitute titles employed by Rock-O-Rama’s owner Herbert Egoldt (–2005) to avoid the various legal and political difficulties associated with releasing neo-Nazi music). Their third album Into Legend was released on Resistance Records in 1996 and their fourth and final studio album The Fires Of Our Rage was released on Great White Productions in 1999.

Vocalist Scott McGuinness also recorded albums as Dissident (A Cog In The Wheel and Unity Drum as ‘Dissident II’), Axis (Agitate) and Exxtrem (with members of German band Noie Werte). Scott was the vocalist for several other projects, including Garrison and Raven’s Wing. Garrison was recorded with the assistance of drummer Coz (aka Mark Howitzer) and touring English band Brutal Attack in 1996. (In a similar vein, members of touring Belgian band Kill Baby, Kill! recorded Garrison II with Deaths Head and Ravenous, released in 2008 on Strong Survive Records.) The Raven’s Wing album Through The Looking Glass was recorded for German label Destiny Records. Originally released in 1997, it was re-released by Rock-O-Rama in 2008, and featured the talents of ‘Aussie’ Nigel Brown, Keith (KK) Warslut of Deströyer 666 and Coz (again on drums).

Bail Up!

Originally based in Canberra later Melbourne, Bail Up! featured the talents of Damian on vocals and Rod on guitar. They played a number of gigs (including a brief tour of Europe) and released one album On The Rampage in 2002, a split with English band Battle Standard on Rampage Records (UK). Damian, however, is best known for having held the world record for the longest tattoo session:


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Very Metal

The last 10–15 years has seen a relative decline in RAC as a specific genre and a proliferation of other musical forms employing similar themes. The most notable is heavy metal, especially black or thrash metal. The convergence of the two has produced a genre known as ‘National Socialist Black Metal’ (NSBM). [5] Generally speaking, however, racialist themes in heavy metal, where they exist, have been submerged in more general exhortations to misanthropy, Satanism and the glorification of violence. Thus, outside of the very few who self-consciously describe themselves as NSBM, relatively few bands adopt an explicitly racist or fascist identity, preferring to flirt with neo-Nazi imagery and racial symbolism. In Australia, bands such as Spear of Longinus (Brisbane) are the exception rather than the rule.

One, reasonably prominent band which has come under scrutiny for its links to racism and fascism is:

…Melbourne band Deströyer 666, which recently released their CD “Unleash the Wolves” through Modern Invasion Music (based in Frankston). Though their lyrics are carefully coded to avoid any obvious racial attacks, their inner sleeve thank-yous go to the members of Fortress, Squadron and Ken McLellan from Brutal Attack (the British bonehead group, formerly known as Dead Paki In The Gutter, toured Australia in 1996). Members from all of these groups recorded a mini CD together in Australia over two days last year entitled “Garrison”, also released through Nordland – an incestuous scene, it is.

How seriously the histrionics associated with metal acts should be taken is an open question. That said, heavy metal bands have on occasion been more than happy to share a stage and to raise funds for neo-Nazi groups: Deaths Head, Ravenous and Vomitor played a White Christmas B&H gig in Brisbane in December 2000 (Blood and Honour zine, No.21).

Apart from Spear of Longinus, few Australian metal acts have embraced NSBM. One-man band Arysk is another exception, as are (arguably) Abyssic Hate, Deströyer 666, Gospel of the Horns and Vomitor, although apart from some lyrical allusions and the collaboration of individual members in neo-Nazi recording projects–KK Warslut/Deströyer 666 (Raven’s Wing), Ryan Marauder/Gospel of the Horns (Deaths Head) and Mark Howitzer/Gospel of the Horns (Garrison, Raven’s Wing)–none of the latter are self-proclaimed neo-Nazis. A few metal bands who are explicitly neo-Nazi in political orientation are Deaths Head and Ravenous.

Deaths Head / Ravenous

Originally based in Brisbane, Deaths Head (1999) and Ravenous relocated to Melbourne in the early 2000s. Ravenous is–or was–Shannon (bass/vocals), Joel (drums) and Donovan (guitars). The band released one album, Blind Faith, on Midgard Records, in 2001.

Deaths Head is Andrew (guitar) Jesse (vocals–also Kilgore and Spatter Pattern) Ryan (bass–also Gospel of the Horns) and Joel (drums). The band has been one of the most prolific and long-lived of local RAC performers. Their first album Onslaught (2001) and second album Feast Of The Jackals were both released on US label Panzerfaust Records. (A demo tape called Hang The Traitors was released in 1999.) The band toured Europe in April 2003 playing gigs in France, Germany and Switzerland. Their third album Hatreds Disciples was released by North X Records in 2005, followed by a live album Metal Skin in 2006 and Kriegslied in 2008 on BHS Service. A Decompilation of the band’s songs was released on Moloko Plus last year and the band’s latest is a concept album titled Baldr on GKS33. (Deaths Head also released a split with Purification on Ingo Knauf’s German V7 Versand label in 2004.)

Viking Power Rock & Roll!

Music to save your soul / Viking power rock and roll. Blood Red Eagle were formed in Newcastle (NSW) by Douglas Schott. BRE has released several albums: The Warrior EP (Barracuda Records, 2003), An Evil Shall Break Forth (Viking Thunder, 2005), Return To Asgard (Barracuda Records, 2005 / Dim Records, 2008), Teutonic Atavism (Eigenproduktion & B&H Finland Magazine, 2005), Australiana (Pure Impact, 2005) and Burning Down The Churches (Free Your Mind Productions, 2007). Once closely associated with B&H and the SCHS, the band has been rejected by them and realigned itself with rival neo-Nazis in Volksfront. BRE have played shows in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

Others

In 2001 the band Blood Oath garnered some media attention on account of the fact that its members were also members of an Australian Army unit 3RAR. [6] Originally the vocalist in the equally obscure Southern Cross before Blood Oath, Gideon later loaned his vocal talents to Code 13 (US). Brisbane band Honour Guard were about in the late ’90s and early ’00s. They released one album, titled The Beckoning Of The Blood. ZOG pulls strings destroying our lives / Laughing in your face my people will rise. More recently, Indigenous Hate formed in WA to play, but seem to have crashed and burned soon after launch. Ultraviolence is seemingly Adelaide’s only contribution to RAC, which is somewhat surprising given the relative popularity of National Action in that town.

Finally, an honourable mention must be made of Xenophobe from Napier, Aotearoa/New Zealand, New Zealand’s only neo-Nazi band on New Zealand’s only neo-Nazi distro, Blood Sacrifice Productions.

Gigs

Given the paucity of bands, gig are fairly rare, and when they do occur are organised in semi-secrecy to avoid legal and/or ‘political’ complications. The central event on the neo-Nazi calendar is the Ian Stuart Donaldson memorial gig, held every year in September on or about the date of his death. The first such gig was held in 1994; 2010 was the 17th year in which the occasion has been commemorated. Other gigs have been less frequent–to celebrate Adolf Hitler’s birthday (April 20), ANZAC Day (April 25), or for other reasons. As noted, all such gigs are held in relative secrecy, both in order to avoid harassment from media, police or anti-fascists (although none has ever been directly attacked) but also in order to avoid potentially negative repercussions for venues willing to offer neo-Nazis a platform. A list of recent ISD gigs and their line-ups include:

    2003: Bail Up!, Blood Red Eagle, Deaths Head, Fortress, Ravenous
    2004: BRE, Bully Boys (US), Deaths Head, Fortress
    2005: Bail Up!, BRE
    2006: Bail Up!, BRE, Ultraviolence
    2007: Bail Up!, Final War (US), Fortress, Q&TD
    2008: BRE, Kill Baby Kill! (Belgium), Ravenous
    2009: Open Season, Ravenous (The Commieknockers)
    2010: Blue Eyed Devils (US), Deaths Head, Open Season, White Knuckle Driver (US)

Distros

9% Productions

Run by and with the support of members of Blood & Honour / Southern Cross Hammerskins 9percentproductions.com derives its name from the supposed fact that 9% of the global population may be classified as ‘White’. 9% sells music, patches, pins, tees and other neo-Nazi merch as well as a handful of books and pamphlets.

Heathen Noise

Closely allied with Volksfront Australia, Heathen Noise is a relatively new distro based in Sydney.

Scythian Services

Ken Cratchley is–or was, until very recently–a member of the NSW Humanist Society‘s Committee of Management. He’s also a member of the ‘Christian Separatist Church Society’, [7] the Stormfront website (joining it in November 2002, where he posts using the handle ‘Pastor Bullets’) and runs a neo-Nazi music distro known as ‘Scythian Services’ (SS). Sydney-based band ‘Southern Storm’ have two albums on the SS label: Stormtroopin’ (2004) and Suden Sturm (2003), and have also released a split with ‘Runes of War’ titled It’s Time To Get Revenge On Our Enemies (2009) on US-based NSM Records. (SS also released the album Aryan Law by Runes of War.) According to the National Socialist Movement, Southern Storm features an Australian member of the neo-Nazi party (note that the NSM has entered into a very fruitful collaboration with the Phoenix, Arizona Police Department of late in a continuing war on illegal immigration). A song by Southern Storm appears on an ISD Records compilation released in 2004, a curious fact given that ISD Records was allied with Combat 18.

War Doctrine / White Noise Productions

White Noise Productions is a local promotion established in mid-2008 by Adamus Exul vocalist Gareth/Jack Sansom aka Mord (ex-Wood of Suicides bass/vocals). Originally intended to promote local metal acts, for unknown reasons Gareth decided in early 2010 to convert WN into a tool for promoting B&H and other neo-Nazi music. Gareth also manages local (non–racialist) band Perseverance and recently opened a (neo-Nazi) distro named War Doctrine which markets NSBM and other neo-Nazi agitprop (books, clothing, flags, etc.).

Notes

Three articles in the Australia/Israel Review provide further background reading on the Australian neo-Nazi music industry: The Music of the Nightmare by Allon Lee (December 2007), Sounds of Hate by Tzvi Fleishcher (August 2000) and Sounds of Violence by Michael Shannon (April 1997).

[1] “The decline of the original skinhead subculture by the early 1970s, and its rebirth later in the decade under the influence of punk rock, opened the way for new influences. Not only did fresh musical genres arise around which skinhead identity could coalesce–above all so-called “street punk,” or “Oi!” music–but, for reasons to be discussed below, right-wing politics became fashionable and were embraced by increasing numbers of skinheads. This politicization–which became prominent at the end of the 1970s and reached a peak in the early 1980s–produced a crisis of identity in the skinhead scene. A schism developed between–on the one hand–right-wing skins ambivalent toward, or dismissive of, the subculture’s black roots, and–on the other–left-wing or “unpolitical” skins who upheld these roots as being central to skinhead identity. The conflict between the two sides in this debate became a struggle to define the essence of the subculture, a fight over authenticity.
Music played a crucial role in this process in two ways. First, music appreciation–specifically, knowledge of the reggae classics around which the skinhead subculture was originally organized–became, for one group of skinheads, a litmus test for authenticity. Second, genre itself became a contested site. On the one hand, the skinhead revival of the late 1970s crystallized around a punk-infused revival of the Jamaican sounds of Ska (a precursor to reggae) centered on the Two Tone label and bands like the Specials and Madness. These multiracial bands were explicitly political in their support for racial unity centered on appreciation for music. Yet their fortunes were inextricably linked with the skinheads who embraced them, yet all-too-frequently wrecked gigs with politically-inspired violence. On the other hand, the skinhead version of punk rock–Oi!–arose to supply the basis for the creation of an explicitly political style of skinhead music. Although the majority of the Oi! bands considered themselves “unpolitical,” by providing an artistic forum for skinheads to express their own ideas, Oi! became a mirror of the left-right divide within the skinhead scene. It was out of this polarization that the genre of “Nazi rock” developed, and through it that successive iterations of the struggle for skinhead identity were played out.” Timothy S. Brown, ‘Subcultures, pop music and politics: skinheads and “Nazi rock” in England and Germany.’, Journal of Social History, Vol.38, No.1 (2004).
[2] See White Noise: inside the international nazi skinhead scene, edited by Nick Lowles and Steve Silver (Searchlight, 1998) for further information on the roots of RAC.
[3] The most recent example of which accompanied a gig on the Gold Coast in April 2010.
[4] An early analysis of some aspects of this is contained in Gareth Norris, Robyn Lincoln and Paul Wilson, ‘Contemporary comment: An examination of Australian internet hate sites’, [email protected], Humanities & Social Sciences papers, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, January 2005 (PDF).
[5] See the Definitive Metal Family Tree from Sam Dunn’s 2005 documentary film Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey for further classification.
[6] See Admiral Barrie announce[s] team to investigate 3RAR, PM Archive / Nazi accusations against members of 3RAR, The World Today Archive / Army Battalion Identified As Having Neo-Nazi Links, AM Archive: ABC, December 19, 2000.
[7] “For many the means of interpreting the Bible is part of their argument that our society has been “corrupted” by the Jewish conspiracy throughout history. The Christian Separatist Church Society (CSCS) is one of these groups that subscribes to such beliefs. The CSCS proposes that because the King James Version of the Bible was originally written by Jews, it was meant to hide the actual truth. Instead of taking their scripture from such versions as the King James, New International, or Revised Standard Versions, they only recognize the Anointed Standard Translation (AST) derived from the Greek Septuagint, which is argued to be the earliest translation of the Bible from Greek to English. On the CSCS’s web site they quote numerous scriptures to support their claims that God advocates the hate and separation of all sinners, interpreted by many followers of such groups as minorities.” Wes M. Toole, Religious Extremism: Christian Right or Wrong (2000).

Bonus!

100 Per Cent WhiteA Diverse Production for Channel 4. Filmed, produced and directed by Leo Regan — is an excellent (Geraldine Doogue:) “fascinating” documentary film, examining the lives of several boneheads (including Neil Parish) 10 years after the filmmaker first encountered them, at a time when they were each actively involved in C18 and allied groups.

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The second installment in the Scott Hull (PIG DESTROYER, AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED) curated series of compilations, ‘This Comp Kills Fascists Vol. 2’ collects the very best from today’s sprawling underground grindcore, hardcore and punk scenes. ‘This Comp Kills Fascists Vol. 2’ features new and exclusive material from legends like DESPISE YOU, LACK OF INTEREST, CROM, and APARTMENT 213 as well as material from NOISEEAR, OWEN HEART, EXTORTION, and more that must be heard to be believed. ‘This Comp Kills Fascists Vol. 2’ is an indispensable look at the worldwide underground, and fast becoming the crucial compilation series of this generations grind scene.

Note that the most recent fascist entry into the local metal scene was conducted by way of Gareth Sansom’s ‘White Noise Productions’ [www.myspace.com/whitenoiseaustralia]. Despite the *nudge nudge / wink wink* name, normally, budding entrepreneurs of this kind have the noûs not to parade their views too openly, but Sansom made the mistake of promoting local neo-Nazi network ‘Blood & Honour’ on his MySpace page.

D’oh!

The fact that the Victorian organiser of ‘Blood & Honour’, Justin O’Brien, is the man behind the counter at Hold Fast Body Art in Burwood, or that he’s promised to violently put an end to my blogging activities, does not appear to have resulted in any significant downturn in trade, however, so maybe Sansom should have simply stuck to his guns… or is there really no Lebensraum for fascists in heavy metal these days?

See also : This Comp Kills Fascists Vol. 2 on Facebook | Metalheads Against Racism | This Comp Kills Fascists | “What Will The Nazis Think?” (I don’t care!) (April 28, 2010) | N – – – – r lovers and faggots // Bullets in your head! (December 29, 2009).

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