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Latest Minor Threat News

Below is our complete Minor Threat news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

OpEd

Varg Vikernes Was Always a Ticking Time Bomb

This is an opinion article, not a news story, and it doesn't necessarily represent the views of the other contributors at Metalunderground.com.

My reaction to yesterday's arrest of Burzum's sole member Varg Vikernes wasn't shock, it was laughter. The guy was convicted of manslaughter and arson and the French were dumb enough to not only let him into their country on a farm far away from prying eyes but also purchase a number of firearms that he even photographed himself with. What exactly did the Gendarmerie Nationale think he was going to do? The only part of this that's shocking is that it took this long for the French to actually arrest him.

To expand on why exactly this scenario was inevitable, it's that Varg believes in the innate supremacy of all Germanic people while living in a country of Southern Europeans that also has a large Arab minority. This along with his self-imposed isolation was probably going to bring him to his breaking point.

After the British were involved in a scandal where it took them years to finally deport two radical clerics with ties to Al Queda, why would the French bother with somebody who's even more obviously a security risk? Even if the authorities were jumping the gun and there was no terror plot, Varg has to take some responsibility for his reputation. I mean, really, does this photograph look innocent to you? More...

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Pig Destroyer Streaming Bonus Tracks Online

Pig Destroyer's fifth album "Book Burner" sold over 4400 copies in its first week of release. This accolade saw the band coming in at #102 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, #2 on the Heatseekers Chart, #11 on the Hard Music Chart, and #20 on The Independent Chart.

AbsolutePunk.net is hosting an exclusive stream of the entire bonus disc from the deluxe edition of "Book Burner." The disc contains Pig Destroyer's take on seven punk tracks including songs from: Black Flag, Misfits, Angry Samoans, Negative Approach, Circle Jerks, Minor Threat and Void. Stream the bonus disc right here.

You can also check out the recently posted music video for "The Diplomat" in the player below. More...

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Hardcore to Me

I remember being at an Articles of Faith show back in the early 1980s in Chicago and thinking, "This is where I belong, these are my people." It's not 1982 anymore and you can't expect things to sound the same. The lines have blurred and you can nearly start a riot on some corners trying to define who and what is hardcore. Much of what is called hardcore these days has strong metal influences and sounds much different from what was called hardcore back in the day.

I'm a fan of lots of the old school stuff which came out of the punk scene but I also like a some of the newer 'metalcore' stuff. That being said, here are some of the recordings that are in my player or in the car on a regular basis: More...

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Reports Of Ian MacKaye's Death False

Various reports announcing that legendary hardcore punk icon Ian MacKaye (MINOR THREAT, FUGAZI, Dischord Records) died on Monday night in Baltimore are false. The Baltimore Sun has reported that he is indeed alive after speaking to him on the phone today. He told the newspaper that, “I am happy to report that I am not dead.”

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Nike Apologizes For Minor Threat Ad Campaign

Nike has issued an apology for using a Minor Threat poster as part of their recent ad campaign without permission. Part of the apology reads as follows:

"Nike Skateboarding sincerely apologizes for the creation of a tour poster inspired by Minor Threat’s album cover. Despite rumors being circulated, Wieden & Kennedy and Odopod had nothing to do with the creation of this tour poster and shold not be held accountable. To set the record straight, Nike Skateboarding’s “Major Threat” Tour poster was designed, executed and promoted by skateboarders, for skateboarders. All of the Nike employees responsible for the creation of the tour flyer are fans of both Minor Thread and Dischord records and have nothing but respect for both."

The entire apology can be viewed here.

An astute blogger pointed out that Nike posted the apolgy in a graphic file (Why Apologize in Text when a GIF Will Do?) and as such, it will never be picked up by the Search Engines.

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Nike Steals Minor Threat Artwork for Ad Campaign

It appears the folks in the ad department at Nike have stolen Minor Threat artwork for an ad campaign. You can read the details below as quoted directly from Dischord.com -

"Many people have now noticed that Nike has appropriated the Minor Threat artwork and logo for a new skateboard demo / ad campaign. To set the record straight -- Nike never contacted Dischord to obtain permission to use this imagery, nor was any permission granted. Simply put, Nike stole it and we're not happy about it. We are not yet sure what options, if any, we have to stop Nike from using our images to sell their shoes, but if you would like to direct your complaints to Nike that would be a good place to start. More...

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