Recently, Brooklyn based Black metal band, Woe, were scheduled to play the Droneburg Festival in Germany along with Ulthra and other acts. However, only hours before the festival would open their doors, they notified the two bands mentioned via SMS text messages that they had been kicked off the shows lineup. The reasoning behind this swift and drastic decision was that Woe and the other band in question had toured with Inquisition and played the Conspiracy of the Damned Festival, which took place in Rotterdam and featured Inquisition and other similar acts, and because of this the festival assumed Woe held the same beliefs as Inquisition and decided to prevent them from performing on the Droneburg stage.
For those who don’t know, Inquisition, and most of the artists who make up the Conspiracy of the Damned Festival, are nationalistic, and in some cases openly Anti-Semitic and racist, NSBM artists whose ideologies and beliefs are both reflected in their art and representation of their respective bands and above all, inhumane. Droneburg Festival apparently has a very strict policy about NSBM associated bands performing on their bill, so before doing any further research, they decided to kick Woe off their roster last minute.
Despite touring and playing alongside Inquisition, Woe actually openly embraces an entire different political stance. Woe represents a very anti-fascist political stance, and not only is it embedded in their material, like in the song “No Blood Has Honor”, but they frequently play in front of apolitical black metal crowds while playing this material and even educate concert goers and other black metal fans about how they can also embrace an anti-fascist stance without “sacrificing the harsh, abrasive stance of a black metal band”. This explains their touring with infamous fascist bands and playing festivals that support these acts as Woe is not supporting these ideologies, but directly challenging them, protesting them, and openly opposing them in hopes of educating those in that environment. Woe further explained their response to being unfairly omitted from the Droneburg festival in a well-spoken way in their statement attached below for you to read.
If you weren’t a fan of Woe by now, this statement should definitely help at convincing you to become a fan in the very near future. This political activism and active attempt to grow and help broaden the perspectives of individuals in the metal community is something that is admirable to say the least. Also, political opinions set aside, Woe writes some sensational black metal that is truly impressive to say the least. I enjoyed the New York black metal outfit before this news story initially broke, and I can now say that I am an avid fan and cannot wait until this group makes it to a nearby venue! I’ve also attached the stream of their latest project, “Hope Attrition”, for you to check out below! Let us know what you think about Woe’s response to the Droneburg Festival incident and stay tuned for more metal news!