I don't have to sit here and tell you about the current political and social climate in America. You know that the alt-right/white supremacist/nazi supporters, like Richard Spencer, are out there. You know that there's plenty of hatred floating around in this country as it is, and that hatred and intolerance of intolerance spilled over onto Marduk in Oakland.
Marduk was supposed to play the Oakland Metro Opera House on Saturday, February 18, but for fear of the band and venue's safety, the show was cancelled. Here's why, according to the venue via Facebook post.
“In the last week we have read interview after interview with Marduk spanning over the last 20 years and found no statements indicating the band are white supremacists, nationalists, or anti-immigrant. That being said, we don’t want to subject our security staff, venue staff or the public to violence. Our staff is almost exclusively POC and/or LBGTQ and they have all expressed the desire to work, but as we are getting threats, we just can’t risk it. So, in the interest of safety, and because the Oakland Police Department would have insisted anyway, we have canceled the Marduk performance on Feb 18.
“The Oakland Police Department has decided in the interest of public safety that the Marduk show on Saturday, February 18 at the Oakland Metro Operahouse be cancelled. Refunds at point of purchase. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
The post also included a screenshot of an email from the Sergeant of Police regarding the cancellation.
I think with the Swedes 2015 release Frontschwein, which deals with the true evils lurking behind the Nazi Party in World War II, it's easy to see where people might get confused. I also don't pretend to know the intricate history of Marduk's entire career since 1990, and if they've ever presented themselves as Nazis.
Though this, to me at least, seems akin to banning Cannibal Corpse because you think they might start brutally murdering people during the show. Here are the rest of the band's tour dates, which… aren't many.
02/19 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
02/20 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven