An MP has been forced to defend an “ordinary, decent” heavy metal band after a collaboration led to claims the group were using Nazi symbols in a poster.
Shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon made a guest appearance on a track by rockers Dream Troll, whose members he has known since he was a teenager, and posted details of the collaboration on his Facebook page.
A story then appeared in The Sun stating that the band’s motto – “We Sold Our Soul For Rock ‘N Troll” – uses two “S” letters in a font similar to Hitler’s SS.
Responding to the report, the Leeds East MP insisted the group has no connections with the far-right and dismissed the claims as “utter, utter rubbish”.
Posting on Facebook, he 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.”