Russian attack destroys metal goods shop with racist affiliations
Kolovorot, a heavy metal goods store located in Kharkiv, Ukraine, was destroyed following the brutal invasion by Russian forces, in which civilian areas were strongly targeted, although the Russian government claims otherwise. The Metal East Nove Kolo boutique and festival, which is largely held in the workplace, is linked to well-known racially biased artists and far-right political extremism, including anti-Semitism, white supremacy and national socialism.
On the morning of February 24, Russia formally invaded areas of Ukraine’s eastern border as President Vladimir Putin claimed his wartime goal was to “denazify“the neighboring country by coming to the aid of its self-proclaimed independent territories formed by the separatists.
Putin’s claim was widely seen as false and insincere, obscuring a much more tangled and complex list of reasons, but the proliferation of Nazi ideologies by far-right extremists in Ukraine, however, is legit.
the Azov Battalionan official member militia of the Ukrainian National Guard, was formed by a known white supremacist who openly supported National Socialism. Elsewhere, heavy metal artists with similar ideological affiliations are quite prevalent and occupiers of the worldwide black metal sect dubbed NSBM – national socialist black metal.
Kolovorot’s business dealings involved dozens of metal artists, many of whom are not embroiled in far-right extremists or politics and prejudice of any kind. A group frequently touted by the metal dealer was Nokturnal Mortum, whose past lyrical themes concerned anti-Semitism. Current vocalist Knjaz Varggoth was also a former member of Aryan Terrorism, a live member of Russian National Socialist band Temnozor, and Warhead, who in 2003 released an album titled The Rebirth of the Aryan Nation.
Nokturnal Mortum were also tabbed by the organizers of the Metal East Nove Kolo festival as one of the acts at the live event scheduled for June later this year. The store’s name also graced the top of a flyer for a show 2019 with Nokturnal Mortum, Graveland (a Polish black metal band with lyrical themes dealing with Aryanism) and Burshtyn (a Ukrainian black metal band formed by former members of the pro-national socialist band Dub Buk).
Varggoth distanced himself of these political affiliations in 2014 stating that he no longer discusses his opinions, however, Nokturnal Mortum has continued to engage in activities with other notable NSBM artists as evidenced by the aforementioned 2019 show.
On Facebook, the festival lamented the destruction of the Kolovorot shop in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city and the one that was continuously bombarded by Russian invaders who remain determined to capture cities in the ongoing war.
“This is the very small part of the results of the Russian invasion of Ukraine,” reads the post, along with photos of the carnage.
“We are all in Ukraine now. We continue to fight for our land. We ask bands who played at our festival, bands we cooperated with through Musical Hall/Kolovorot, all customers and fans to pass the word and help Stop the war in Ukraine. We will definitely win. And then we’ll see you all at Metal Fest: [Nove Kolo] and in the renewed Kolovorot,” the statement continued.
It is important to note that in this report, Loudwire does not allege that the owners and operators of Kolovorot nor the Metal East Nove Kolo festival explicitly share the same ideological and political views of some of the aforementioned artists.
Nokturnal Mortum too share evidence of the widespread destruction in Kharkiv, calling for support for Ukraine and calling the bombing of civilian areas “an absolutely expected war crime on the part of these [Russian army] losers.”
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