Labour MP defends metal band after Nazi claim

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.

Shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon posts Dream Troll's poster next to a Black Sabbath album cover on Facebook in defence of the band, who have been accused of being Nazi supporters by The Sun.
Mr Burgon posted Black Sabbath artwork on his Facebook page to show Dream Troll’s inspiration

“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.”

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