Winterfylleth Comments On Candlefest Appearance
Winterfylleth has issued the following statement regarding reviews of the band's live show at the 2010 Candlefest:
"Friends, over the past few weeks we have been a bit disappointed to read a number of loaded reviews about Winterfylleth’s performance at Candlefest in November last year. Particularly those by a few of the mainstream metal magazines who have, once again, dragged us down a political route for comments passed on the night by me, Chris.
"As I have said during numerous interviews regarding areas of the mainstream press, I feel like there is an assumed political correctness and moral presumption that mainstream magazines think that they need to display in order to pacify themselves about their visible position on issues/situations etc. These things seem to once again be rearing their ugly heads by twisting the sentiments of what was said at Candlefest, sensationalizing the truth behind the message of distaste we were putting across at the extremist behavior shown by a few individuals on Armistice Day.
"To put this in context, Candlefest happened to fall upon St Edmunds Day (The day of one of the true patron saints of England, along with St Bede, that many historians and campaigners would place ahead of the fabled St George as the true icon of England), a date of celebration to many people and from our point of view a day of national pride that we celebrate.
"What I/we take exception too is the way that considered comments (like those that were made on the night) are sensationalized by a subjective spin on the true events that seems to be motivated more by Political Correctness than by truth. To paraphrase what I said on the night.
"I said that we disagreed with the extremism being displayed (with reference to the reported groups of extremists publicly burning poppies on Armistice Day) against people who had given up their lives in war to defend our nation from oppression and to give us all, including the very same extremists, the personal freedom to do things like demonstrate, and that on a day of national pride like St Edmonds Day that we should all be appalled by their abhorrent acts. There was massive support for these comments from gathered masses as far as I could sense and given we've done a lot to dispel the rumors and nonsense about our band I'm disappointed this has, albeit slightly, cropped up again.
"One of the reviews accused us of 'a descent into Daily Mail demagoguery,' which outside of the overt verbalism on display here comprises of an accusation of 'impassioned appeals to the prejudices and emotions of the populace' which couldn’t be further from the truth and only further highlights the moral presumption I was referring to on the part of the magazines. As we have said many times, Winterfylleth are about education, provoking debate and making people investigate interesting topics to make up their own minds about things. If we are guilty of demagoguery then the press are guilty of Cultural Marxism, which to me is far worse and is a much more underhand method of undermining what we as a band stand for. To quote Patrick Buchanan, 'Political Correctness is Cultural Marxism, a regime to punish dissent and to stigmatize social heresy as the Inquisition punished religious heresy. Its trademark is intolerance.'
"If you would like to read a review that actually took into account what happened on the evening I would suggest you look no further than Pete Woods’ review on Metal Team UK: 'The atmosphere was fantastic and we practically felt the pain of wounded Albion bellowing in indignation as with dogged determination it gritted teeth and sharpened claws, ready to fight back. Speaking of which as the far too quickly over set drew to a close an announcement went out to the scum burning poppies on Armistice Day and got a bellow of applause by virtually everyone present. The natural conclusion to this could only be Defending the Realm and you simply cannot argue with sentiments and statements like that!' Cheers...."
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