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Exarsis Comments On "New War Order" Cover Art

Exarsis recently unveiled the cover artwork for a new album (check it out below), which led to a slew of negative comments from fans about stereotyping and antisemitism. The band has now issued this response to the situation:

"Since we received some negativity by a number of people concerning the front cover of our upcoming record 'New War Order,' we have to set the record straight here. First of all, here comes an explanation of what the controversial part of the artwork depicts.

"What we see is a rabbi, a priest that preaches the Jewish religion. He holds a Talmud, the central text of Rabbinic Judaism, which drips blood. This record talks about religion and holy wars (hence the blood). How organized religion has led to the demise of zillions of human beings since the dawn of time and continues to this day. Deaths in the name of dieties and political power.

"Our biggest influence on that are the conflicts on Palestinian soil. Hence the Jewish figure, hence the intro track called "Zionism (The Reaping)" - it's NOT against the people of Israel, but IT IS against any type of religion and religious manipulation. And we definitely NOT support ziomism. Other parts of the cover have to do with our lyrical content concerning political empowerment and control, the New War Order, death and aliens. Yes, aliens.

"We had no idea about the 'Der Stürmer' caricatures - as some people said - while creating this artwork in conjunction with Andrei, and that coincidence disappoints us. That's definitely not the point of our artwork. There's a simple explanation on the face of the figure: that's our mascot. 3 albums before he has appeared as a general, a politician or a mad surgeon. He could be an Islamic or a Christian priest as well, and we might do it in the future. For us, all organised religions are the same.

"We are in NO FUCKIN' WAY antisemitic and we definitely do NOT hate any nation and its people. We do not judge people by the colour of their skin ?r the place of their origin. We have friends from Israel and they know our intentions. We are all brothers. We totally support unity between every human being and we hate politicians, war, ?organised religion, fascists and the New World Order. That's what our lyrics are about and whoever knows our band is aware of that.

"?xarsis is openly 101% ideologically AGAINST any form of fascism and we are not interested at all in any neo-nazi fans supporting our band. On the said album, there's an anti-nazi song called 'Just Buried'which is about the nazi parties' empowerment through mass media - unfortunately not just a Greek phenomenon. Nazi metalheads FUCK OFF.

"We will not respond to any 'your artwork is nazi-friendly' accusations furthermore. Our above statement is clear. Our message is unity and awakening. Powers that be WILL NEVER WIN. FUCK ALL FASCISTS. FUCK ALL POLITICIANS. FUCK ANY FORM OF RELIGION."

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