An apology to Death In June, Tony Wakeford, and "Alwc"
This post has been heavily edited, for a variety of reasons.
It turns out that my acceptance of some of the research sources I utilized was perhaps premature. If that is the case, I will apologize. I was mistaken on a few levels.
Initially, I will concede that the possibility that Stewart Home accepted as truth various facts and historical sequences that were not exactly true, or by people claiming to be the individual’s in question. After giving this matter some thought, it would then make sense for Home to sensationalize the events and perspectives as much as possible, even if they lose their objectivity towards the truth. Also, the Wikipedia Talk:Stewart Home discussion page also was quite eye-opening, especially when compares it to what he claims on his own webpage, mainly regarding the level of contact he has made with Tony Wakeford, Douglas Pearce, etc.
With regards towards Home’s opinions on “Waldteufel”, while I am not familiar with them, I agree with “Alwc” that Home made serious mistakes and lapses in judgment when issuing blame. Furthermore, his idea of definitions are very broad indeed, giving him the maximum amount of leverage for accusations against bands/individuals he chooses to dislike.
I was especially surprised at the Uncarved blog post regarding the “Above The Ruins” where Home caustically and viciously claimed that poster “Anathema23” was either a Nazi or a sympathizer (again, based on his broad definition). I applaud her well-written and concise response to Home’s rambling accusations.
In short, I will retract any opinions that could have been applied to Sol Invictus. It seems that the absolute truth in this instance is rather nebulous and grey from both sides. Also, to be completely fair, when I have the chance I will also check out and/or review one of Sol Invictus’ albums. I think I owe them that much, at least.
When considering Death In June, I also felt the need to re-assess and re-define some of my opinions regarding that band. Perhaps the most important difference is that I have a distaste for the history of the band, mainly their persistent use of fascist imagery, and the questionable nature of some of their songs (such as the lyrical content of “Till The Living Flesh Is Burned” and the musical content of “Brown Book”). I will concede, however, that the lyrical content of most of their music is abstract enough to not be offensive to the average listener and that their musicianship is not as bad as I had claimed.
I still have an intense dislike for Boyd Rice. Sorry.
Also, I am still a huge fan of David Tibet and Current 93.
In conclusion, I offer an apology for what I had written previously. While researched to a certain degree, it obviously was not researched enough. “Alwc” opened my eyes to the true nature of where I was receiving my raw materials for my opinions, and I thank them for that. As stated above, my opinions regarding the above-stated bands have changed completely, and while I am not to the point where I can enthusiastically recommends them, I certainly will not persuade anyone NOT to check them out.
In regards to the links, I will keep the links I have previously provided up, along with the important websites that “Alwc” has provided. There, you can come to your own conclusion regarding the matter.
Hopefully this will go a small way in putting things to right.
PS The original article I wrote (though for obvious reasons I do not like to look at it at the moment) has been saved if anyone absolutely has to read it.
PPS Now that I hopefully have achieved closure on the verbal/ideological hole I inadvertently dug myself into, new reviews should be forthcoming very soon (including, if all goes well, the Leagas review). Stay tuned! 🙂
WE MEAN IT MAN: PUNK ROCK AND ANTI-RACISM (S.H. article on DIJ, R.A.R., etc)
TONY WAKEFORD, SOL INVICTUS & ABOVE THE RUIINS (article on Tony Wakeford, etc)
Stewart Home Society
Death In June
Brainwashed Death In June Page
Wikipedia Death In June page
Tony Wakeford (Tursa)
Wikipedia Sol Invictus (Edited On Multiple Occasions)
6 comm (Patrick Legas)
Wikipedia Patrick Leagas
MySpace 6 Comm page
Uncarved Org Blog
Uncarved Org : Satan Is Dead (mentions Rice, reasons why Satanism fails, etc)
Stewart Home Wikipedia Talk Page (alternate perspective)
Uncarved.org blog post (Anathema23 vs. Stewart Home)