Many ask about the relationship about the Greek nationalist party Chrysi Avgi/Golden Dawn and the Black Metal scene.
There is an important relationship between Golden Dawn and black metal. In fact, many members of Chrysi Avgi are metalheads, and a portion of them are blackmetallers. Some of these blackmetallers also adhere to the principles of the Hellenic national socialist ideology – resulting in the so-called Hellenic National Socialist Black Metal (NSBM) scene.
By the way, if you’re interested, here’s a list with the best Greek NSBM black metal songs.
Members of these NSBM bands do not disguise that they support Golden Dawn (why shoud they?), and the relationship is visible in some details. For example, this is the cover of Bannerwar’s album “To Honour Fatherland”, which features a meandros (“meander”) on the artwork – the meandros being of course the Golden Dawn’s main emblem.
This another album belongs to another band, Wolfnacht, and it also features the meander. Additionally, the album’s title “Aima ke Timi” means “Blood and Honour” (Blut und Ehre was one of the mottos of the German SS). If you haven’t spotted it, there is also a drawing of a golden dawn on the picture. Golden Dawn = Chrysi Avgi.
This is yet another album by Wolfnacht (“Dawn of Heathens”):
This is yet another album featuring the meandros of Chrysi Avgi. It’s made by black metal band Patris (Greek for “Fatherland”). The band’s logo also displays the double-headed eagle, the medieval symbol of the Greek Byzantine Empire and an emblem of Hellenic imperialism in the Middle Ages.
Finally, this album from the Hellenic National Socialist band Der Stürmer also features the meandros as part of the cover artwork at their album “Transcendental Racial Idealism”
Of course, the relationship does not stop in the artwork sphere.
The members of Legion of Doom, one of the most famous Greek national socialist black metal bands, are self-confessed members of Chrysi Avgi / Golden Dawn.
And they have a song called “The Rise of a Golden Dawn”.
Legion of Doom was once in the news for the artwork in their albums – one of them featured a swastika. This is very old news (about 1995).
Another black metal band with a relationship with Golden Dawn / Chrysi Avgi is Naer Mataron. The band’s bassist Kaiadas (Georgios Germenis) is a Golden Dawn politician and an elected deputy at the Greek Parliament. He’s kind of a celebrity in Greece and has been interviewed in TV together with his wife. If you happen to watch the interview you’ll notice that they are a wonderful couple.
Notice the swastikas – an ancient Hellenic symbol – on Zeus’ clothes in this Naer Mataron’s album.