They're not Nazis says Leeds Labour MP caught up in heavy metal storm

Richard BurgonRichard Burgon
Richard Burgon
The shadow justice secretary has hit back at claims that he is involved with a heavy metal band which appears to use Nazi symbols in a poster.

Leeds East Labour MP Richard Burgon said he had made a guest appearance on a track by rockers Dream Troll, reading out some spoken lines, but insisted the group had no connections with the far right.

Mr Burgon was responding to a report in the Sun which stated the band’s motto: “We Sold Our Soul For Rock ‘N Troll” uses two “S” letters in a font similar to Hitler’s SS.

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Posting on Facebook, the shadow cabinet member said: “The other week, a local Leeds band - the wonderfully-named Dream Troll, whose members I’ve known since we were all heavy metal-obsessed teenagers - asked me, for a bit of fun, to do a guest appearance on their new song, reading a few lines to add dramatic effect to a classic swords and sorcery- style heavy metal narrative.

“I grew up in Leeds with members of this band. I have known them since we were teenagers. They are not politicians. They play in a (non political) heavy metal band for fun after work and on weekends. They are ordinary, decent blokes and there’s not a racist or Nazi bone in their bodies.”

Mr Burgon said the font was a copy of a classic heavy metal album.

“The real story is, they made a spoof/parody of the cover of a famous Black Sabbath record from the 1970s (Black Sabbath - We Sold Our Soul For Rock ‘N’ Roll).

“They are fans of Black Sabbath not neo-Nazis.”

Tory MP Charlie Elphicke told the Sun: “It’s a terrible misjudgment to associate with anyone who appears to enjoy Nazi iconography.”

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