When Canadian George Burdi founded one of the first North American racist music companies in 1993, he said a part of the goal of his Resistance Records would be to remedy a situation in which whites had "no clue where they could purchase a White Power CD or cassette."
Today, white youths have more than a clue; they have the Internet. Although Web-based commerce has grown more slowly than expected for many industries, it is critical for racist music, which is very difficult to find in music stores.
Here are two Web sites that make buying "hatecore" simple:
Styling itself "The Soundtrack for White Revolution," Resistance Records sells books, clothing, flags, and over 319 CD titles from bands around the world. A highlight is Resistance Radio, which streams white power music 24 hours a day.
The site also features the current issue of Resistance magazine, which is part of the music operation, and explains how to become a local distributor. Resistance, owned by neo-Nazi William Pierce and headquartered at his National Alliance compound in West Virginia, says that its mission goes beyond music.
"You are not merely consumers of a product," the site instructs its readers. "And we are not merely distributors of a product. Together we are fighting a war to awaken the survival instincts in a dying people. ... Ours is not just a culture worth preserving. It is the only one worth preserving."
Featuring black-and-white photos of the Third Reich, this site boasts of the international bands among its 252 CD titles. Of one disc, it exhorts readers to "Get your copy now before it gets confiscated by the German government!"
Owner Anthony Pierpont, who has close ties to the extremely violent Hammerskin Nation, runs Panzerfaust Records from Minnesota.
The firm's name reflects how it sees its role. "During the fratricidal conflict of the Second World War," the Panzerfaust site says, "National Socialist Germany developed a portable, hand-held anti-tank weapon ... suitably dubbed 'Panzerfaust,' which in German means 'armored fist.' Effective only to 100 meters, it took tremendous courage to confront the enemy with [it]. Success was possible, but not guaranteed."
Its music, Panzerfaust adds, is "the audio ordnance [for] today's racial struggle."