Protests against black metal band in Montreal

Protests against black metal band in Montreal

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The Polish band GRAVELAND, which was scheduled to appear at the Théâtre Plaza, has drawn criticism for the National Socialist political views of singer Robert “Rob Darken” Fudali.

The festival’s organizers have released the following statement regarding the decision to call off the event: “For safety reasons, we are forced to cancel tonight’s concert. Know that the Théâtre Plaza’s administration, as well as the Messe Des Morts’ organisation have put every effort to find another conclusion. Despite this announcement, we invite you to go back home calmly and to show the same respect you have shown since the festival’s debut. Understand that we cannot give you further details for the moment.”

GRAVELAND is extremely popular among National Socialist black metal (NSBM) fans and generally seen as a National Socialist band. Darken, however, has publicly rejected this label, telling Decibel magazine: “I do not think GRAVELAND is an NSBM band. GRAVELAND is regarded as a NSBM band because of my political convictions, [which] most people would call extreme right-wing, National Socialist convictions.”

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