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Watain Deny Allegations Of Nazism After Set Teitan's Onstage Salute

Watain issue a statement denying allegations of Nazism after their live guitarist Set "Davide Totaro" Teitan was seen doing what looked similar to a "Sieg Heil" salute. The gesture was made while the band were taking to the stage during Watain's recent live appearance at the Kraken in Stockholm, Sweden this past weekend. Footage of that can be seen above.

States the band:

“It has come to our attention that people have misinterpreted an arm movement of Set at our Kraken show as a “nazi salute”. Fucking hell, come on folks! As everyone should know by now, Watain band members have no ties to nazi ideology neither publically nor personally, and with this statement we want to put an end to further uneccesary speculation in this tiresome subject.

What we give praise to in our songs and in their lyrics could very well be seen as the very anti-thesis to some utopian right wing ideology of the past. “Saluting” one of our many enemies on the sacred ground that is our stage would not make much sense. That is something we are sure our fans and supporters -who we are proud to say are from every possible “race”, gender, nation and cultural background- can testify to.

As would the fact that our line-up and working crew are also of a widely diverse ethnical background. And the list goes ever on, eliminating all possible forms of soiling by political or ideological agendas, allowing the Devil’s fire to burn clear and untainted in the sanctuary that we have created for ourselves.

It is of course highly regrettable that these unwelcome, inconvenient and misplaced accusations are even allowed to arise and we hope we can now put this behind us and focus on the many important tasks at hand.

Thank you for understanding.

Now let us fearlessly and doubtlessly move forward into the raging chaos of metallic deathnoise madness that is Trident Wolf Eclipse.


Watain released their new effort "Trident Wolf Eclipse" last week.

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1. J-B writes:

Set (their live guitarist) has done the "nazi-salute" lots of times, both live and off stage, so the argument that it's "misinterpreted" is BS. I don't know what he wants to accomplish with it though, since the type of Satanism that he says that he's a part of is not compatible with national socialism or any type of white superiority bullsh**.

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2. Diamond Oz writes:

Whether he meant it politically, it was just taken mid wave or whatever else, the whole black metal - Nazi accusations are really boring now. Using Nazi imagery may have been shocking in the seventies but like smashing a guitar, it's just lame now. No idea if Watain are Nazis. Probably not. Either way, Nazism isn't cool and nor are accusations.

# Jan 10, 2018 @ 4:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Dirk writes:

Except Set is not even white, he's Italian and from Italy so this whole argument is absurdly ridiculous.

Oh people are stupid.

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4. Blindgreed1 writes:

Musolinist? XD

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5. Drum_Junkie writes:

^ For an Italian it would be Fascist which was brought to prominence by Il Duce. Coincidentally, Hitler admired the authoritarian and nationalistic principles of Mussolini's Totalitarian approach and modeled the Nazi party after it.

So, being Italian is not a cover to distract from Nazi accusations. That said, Watain's satanic lyrics of anarchy and chaos are completely opposite of the Nazi version of order through power. I agree with Oz. It's gotten old and blasé long ago.

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6. JoeRush writes:

its always fun watching these watain clowns on their knees apologizing. Okay boys, now you can go and pretend to be "wolves" on the underage girls and hipsters that follow you.

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