Black Metal Bassist Elected To Greek Parliament

Giorgos Germenis, who plays bass in Greek black metal band Naer Mataron, has been elected to the country's parliament.

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According to Blabbermouth.net, Giorgos Germenis, who plays bass in Greek black metal band Naer Mataron, has been elected to the country's parliament.

Germenis, who is known by the stage name "Kaiadas", will represent the extremist Golden Dawn party, which is described as perhaps the most extreme of the far-right parties in all of Europe. Comparisons are made to Germany's neo-Nazi National Democratic Party and many say Golden Dawn's logo resembles a swastika.

Stefanos Stefanopolous from the Rockway.gr webzine tells PRI's The World, "[Giorgos] wasn't a well-known musician here in Greece. And to be honest, not many webzines were paying attention to Naer Mataron. It was just another black metal band, a mediocre one, so no one was really paying attention."

Golden Dawn, an extreme right nationalist party with patriotic symbolism and an anti-immigrant stance, won between 5 and 7 per cent of the vote in Greece's general elections on May 6, enough for them to gain representation in parliament for the first time in Greek history.

Germenis says there's an easy solution for Greece's myriad economic problems. First, he says, "Greek factories must be reborn, their chimneys must be filled with smoke once more, and of course all illegal immigrants must leave. If all the illegal immigrants left - and there are more than three million - there would be three million jobs for Greeks." Germenis was also quoted by PRI's The World as saying, "We Golden Dawn say that Greece is a rich country. In order to rebuild Greece, we also need to revitalize our factories and small workshops. In this way, Greece can stand on its own two feet. We won't need the European Union or anyone else. We'll just need Greeks."

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    Lightning_Ray
    GrungeHippie26 wrote: The amout of musical irrelevance is astounding to say the least. I know everyone's all "OMG" just cuz it says metal...but come on...really?
    I couldn't agree more, this is actually a very frightening thought. With the financial/economical/social status getting worse, extreme political Parties gain more supporters. What happened last time extreme Parties reached power? Dictatorships all over Europe and a World War...
    iommi600
    "So... what kind of people inspire you in politics?" "Well, I like that guy, Winston Church arson... *cough* Churchill..."
    Metallica1554
    UG should remove this article, it's best to take all attention away from the far right party.
    GrungeHippie26
    The amout of musical irrelevance is astounding to say the least. I know everyone's all "OMG" just cuz it says metal...but come on...really?
    x0vincent0x
    As a Dutchman and a European, I'm afraid. Because of the stupid elite in Brussels, who only fill their own pockets, we see communism and national socialism reappear in politics. I think that especially in the southern European countries there is a real chance that a civil war will break out. Luckily i live in northern Europe, but this will get really bad in southern European countries.
    KTbass
    im greek and i can tell you golden dawn is as fascist as it gets. really ashamed of my people's choice but every time there is a crisis people go to extremes.
    Shayne777
    x0vincent0x wrote: As a Dutchman and a European, I'm afraid. Because of the stupid elite in Brussels, who only fill their own pockets, we see communism and national socialism reappear in politics. I think that especially in the southern European countries there is a real chance that a civil war will break out. Luckily i live in northern Europe, but this will get really bad in southern European countries.
    ' socialism and communism are left wing politics these golden dawn guys are about as far right as hilter
    DickHardwood
    I am Greek..and the Golden Dawn is a bunch of Neo-Nazis.They routinely assault immigrants and leftwings,the day after the elections they trashed and internet cafe owned by a group of legal immigrants from Afghanistan(with political asylum) and left swastigas.Their leader was an outspoken fan of Hitler who,by the way,was a painter..I don't think he's celebrated in art websites for this.
    Pagan_Poetry
    GrungeHippie26 wrote: The amout of musical irrelevance is astounding to say the least. I know everyone's all "OMG" just cuz it says metal...but come on...really?
    It's seen as a novelty, especially because it's a black metal musician, but, I mean, jeez. This really can't be good.
    joey-only
    am I the only one who hopes he wears the spikes and corpse paint everyday?
    Sallycanwait96
    From what I understand, the last time a fascist party was coming to power in Europe, I don't think Americans like myself or our good friends on the continent agreed with them too much.
    dingotron
    I didn't realize Brandon DiCamillo was the lead singer of this shitty band.
    xplosive59
    I don't care, as a big fan of black metal, I can say that they suck compared to other black metal bands, nothing original, terrible generic vocals, brings nothing special to the table. Oh and something about politics I guess. LISTEN TO DRUDKH PEOPLE!!!
    Samkarmo
    i am greek and the greeks are still stuck back in the ancient times when they were smart, now majority of them are lazy fools
    x0vincent0x
    Shayne777 wrote: x0vincent0x wrote: As a Dutchman and a European, I'm afraid. Because of the stupid elite in Brussels, who only fill their own pockets, we see communism and national socialism reappear in politics. I think that especially in the southern European countries there is a real chance that a civil war will break out. Luckily i live in northern Europe, but this will get really bad in southern European countries. ' socialism and communism are left wing politics these golden dawn guys are about as far right as hilter
    your history books have probably learned you that Hitler and the german Nazis were extreme right. But that is not true for a large part. The german nazi's actually were very socialistic. But ONLY for the "real" germans. their policy was called National Socialism. Nazi's are actually very left oriented for their own population. But they are right oriented if you look how they treat immigrants. Its just not true that nazi's are far right, they are Nationalistic, but also socialistic
    samhell
    When reporting from the far left, everything right of center is "far right"...
    anthivalavani
    It's just so scary that beings like him can influence people through music... It's just so scary!