SPLCs analysts registered 11 Hate music chapters in 2020, a drop from 15 in 2019. Hate music has been a powerful vehicle for recruiting young people into the white power movement internationally since its emergence within the racist skinhead scene. In recent years, hateful black metal – particularly National Socialist Black Metal, or NSBM – has proven a potent recruiting force, especially among youth. This trend is reflected in our count. Labels focusing on hateful black metal are more engaged with their scenes: pressing new releases; partnering with other likeminded labels, even internationally; and holding more of a presence on social media. Long-running racist skinhead labels generally operate more static catalogs, often going months or even years without updating their websites.
The American Defense Skinheads, which is listed under the racist skinhead category of SPLCs Hate Map, held a hate music concert in Pennsylvania in October that featured racist skinhead bands, new and old. The show attracted, perhaps, a few dozen attendees.
Hate music will continue to serve as potent tool for white supremacist recruiters internationally. As a subculture, the scene plays a pivotal role, re-propagandizing the aesthetics and esoterics and the bigotry and brutality of the Nazi party. Through the 1980s to mid-2000s, concerts organized by racist skinhead crews represented the scene’s core. Today, hateful black metal events such as Asgardrei Fest, held each year in Ukraine since 2014, have eclipsed the relevance of racist skinhead concerts.
In the early 1990s, hate music grew from a cottage industry into a multimillion-dollar, worldwide industry that was a primary conduit of money and young recruits to the radical right. Although the subculture originated in Britain in the early 1980s, it is now popular among hard-core racists throughout the world.
The scene grew up around the English band Skrewdriver, led by the late Ian Stuart Donaldson, and has spawned hundreds of bands. Hate music spans numerous genres of music.
For several years beginning in the late 1990s, Resistance Records, a label owned by the once-powerful neo-Nazi group National Alliance, dominated the hate music landscape. The label made hundreds of thousands of dollars for the group, formerly led William Pierce. But as the Alliance shriveled, so did Resistance. Today, the music scene is no longer dominated by a single label, but instead fed by scores of labels and distributions.
2020 hate music groups
Black Metal Cult Records
Shawnee on Delaware, PA*
ISD Records/NS88 Video
Maple Shade Township, NJ*
United Riot Records
New York *
Vinlandic Werwolf Distribution
Winter Solace Productions