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Sounds of Violence

NCJ Number
Intelligence Report Issue: 96 Dated: Fall 1999 Pages: 28-32
Eric K. Ward; John Lunsford; Justin Massa
Mark Potok
Date Published
5 pages
The music young people listen to and its increasing identity with neo-Nazi ideology have an important influence on hate and violence.
Extreme right rock bands are infiltrating the "black metal" music scene in a bid to recruit youth to white supremacist causes. Black metal emerged in the early 1980's and has been called a teenage soundtrack to the battle between good and evil. By definition, black metal bands are anti-Christian. Some follow this line because of their belief in Satan as a deity, while others see themselves as independent thinkers opposed to the sheep-like mentality of Christianity. Over the past 5 years, black metal has grown exponentially in the United States and neo-Nazism, white power, hatred of Jews, and people of color is building in the black metal scene. White supremacists are increasingly turning their attention specifically to black metal music. Such music seems to be becoming an effective vehicle for racist hatred and violence. 6 photographs