RAHOWA (Racial Holy War)

If you were around in the appropriate newsgroups you already know what kind of divisions there about hate music. This will be addressed, but more importantly a look at the album "Cult Of The Holy War" will come first. The editor's position is at the end.

Appropriately stated in their promotional material, RAHOWA's "Cult Of The Holy War" can be best described as Neo-Classical Gothic, but don't let this mean they are without heavier and faster elements. By starting with a slow and very melodic intro, you are quickly put into a mood appropriate for listening. Following is "Man Against Time", one of the heavier songs, yet not lacking very harmonic elements. The distorted guitars often seem to be a little too noisy, but by no means as a result of lack of ability. By the third song, "When America Goes Down" you'll assume they are just playing some atypical metal with some very strong music. But once you hit Latvis' classical interlude "March Of The Dead", things start to branch out and explore other areas of music. As with most gothic music now, the use of keyboards and non-rock instruments is essential in the sound of RAHOWA. From simple piano openings to a nice sustained violin as a part of the song, the album is a mastery of combining many instruments to add to overall effect of each song. In future recordings, and live performances, RAHOWA also intends on adding more live instruments rather than synthesized. They have acquired a violinist, and are looking at some very well qualified musicians for other instruments.

It's very shocking to first hear the song "In The Fires Of 1945". You just won't be expecting to hear a slow melodic song; more like a rock ballad than anything else. This song should get attention well outside of the Hard Music genres. Vocally Hawthorne does a good job on this song, but there is room for improvement. Forcing his voice into a lower hollow voice he is unable to maintain a clarity required for some parts; as noticeable in the slight change in style and pitch to achieve what is needed. Generally his voice is excellently suited for gothic music. Hawthorne's lyrics are very long, but not very repetitive at all. For being considered a hate band by some the lyrics are very much atypical hate lyrics; but that'll be discussed elsewhere.

Not interested in having a monotonous album, almost every sony changes drastically from the previous one. When listening to "Might Is Right" you'll quickly start to get tired of those riffs accompanying the very structured verses. Just so you don't it breaks out into pure thrash; fast and without melody. Same structured verses but sung a lot faster. Then just before you get tired of that it has a few organ chords and goes back to the starting style of the song.

Ignoring the cheesy "Anvil Of Crom" spoken word track, this is a very impressive album, musically and lyrically. Not one to be ignored despite everything else about the band. Of the best albums of 1995, in my opinion and as reported by Impaled Existence.

Lineup as stated on album (missing new violinist):
  • Jim Jones - live bass
  • Jon Latvis - lead guitar, keyboards, piano, backing vocals, studio bass, cello
  • Graham Stolz - rhythm guitar
  • Carl Alexander - keyboards
  • Wolfgang Mortuus - drums
  • George Hawthorne - vocals, guitar

    Interview With George Hawthorne (Vocals)

    Hawthorne is the driving force behind this band. He is very interested in, and aware of what, everybody has to say and was very cooperative when putting together this profile of RAHOWA.

    What other bands/musicians influence you?

    We are influenced by Danzig, Morbid Angel, Moonspell, Type-O Negative, Laibach, Death In June, Blood Axis, Sol Invictus, Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Pouledaris, Wagner, and Nietzsche (his piano compositions).

    What are some inspirations for song lyrics?

    I read a lot of literature and poetry. I would say that my main prose influences come from Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky and Cicero, and my main verse influences are Shakespeare, Poe, Wordsworth, and Ezra Pound. Topics that we write about include the occult, social upheaval, raganarok, negative, hateful emotions, love for our kin and culture, and many others. My personal experiences are very broad, for although I am only 25 years old, I have seen a lot of the world and gathered much wisdom from studying history and religion.

    What has the crowd response been like at live shows?

  • What are future touring plans?
    We have perhaps one of the most intense cult followings that anyone has ever seen. Hundreds of people come out to see us in concert, many people travelling hundreds of miles to be there. The whole audience goes insane, singing along with the band, moshing violently, and generally losing their minds. The pit at our shows is like a whirlwind of anger and energy.

    Are there any plans for a new album yet?

  • Any expected lineup changes?
    Since Cult Of The Holy War just came out, we are content to just promote the new album and let things unravel as they should. We have secured a lot of attention in the mainstream media for our new album, and sales are going extremely well. So we just want to get behind the new album and work hard to help it get heard. We put such a massive amount of time and energy into the album, that we just want to get it out to as many people as possible and have it get heard. If people love it or hate it after that is of secondary concern, the main thing is giving the album a chance to stake its claim.

    We have just added a 7th member to the band, a female concert violinist. Cult Of The Holy War uses real cello, but MIDI violin. We like the natural sound better, so it will be excellent to employ the real thing in future recordings and even live.

    Do you feel the music is being unfairly judged due to the nature of the band and lyrics?

    We get asked this all the time. There is no doubt that this affects our ability to get positive press. The problem is that our new album is impressing a lot of people who expect to sound a lot different than it does. And even though they want to slag us for our lyrics, they can't help but acknowledge that the music is unique and talented, and that the ideas are attractively and intelligently presented. There is a hard-core group of people who try to follow us around wherever we go, attacking and smearing our name, and they are a self-appointed morally elite group that don't respect freedom of speech and opinion. They try to intimidate people into ignoring us, but it doesn't work. Too many people believe in freedom, and want to listen to our music and let us speak our minds. Besides, it is ridiculous to claim that people will hear one of our songs and immediately become brainwashed into agreeing with us on everything we say. That is not our goal. We want to create art, and make people think about issues and ideas that they might otherwise overlook.

  • Do you feel the issue is separate from Christian, Satanic, of other belief influence bands?
    In a way. We are atheists, and promote ideas based on science, logic, history and common sense. We look at the world around us, and call it as we see it. We pay absolutely no attention to what is "politically correct". We could care less whether our ideas will be met with mass approval or widespread condemnation. We simply seek to speak our minds and express ourselves. So many bands today just read the lyrics to ten albums and write the eleventh. It is stupid really. If you don't have anything original or thought-provoking to say, why not just do instrumentals? To me, poetry and lyric writing is about communicating something dynamic - encouraging people to think about things that they may have avoided. I think that Christian bands are a joke - I mean their whole world-view is like this cryptic, dark age lie that glorifies defeatism. And Satanic bands often think that Satanism is about worshipping Satan and shocking people. But it is not. I question whether these people are just following trends or exploring new courses.

  • Should people listen to even if they strongly disagree with your views?
    Yes, absolutely. Everyone should listen to RAHOWA. People should turn off the lights, lay back and relax, and listen to our album really loud. Then they should concentrate on the emotion that is being conveyed through the music, which says a lot more than the lyrics, really. I have yet to talk to one person who disagrees with the emotion of the album. You can feel the energy and the dark, haunting power of the music, and as long as you agree with this energy, you are closer to us than you realize.

  • How do you deal with this part of your fanbase?
    To us, as musicians, we create music, and then release it to the world, and in a sense, it no longer belongs to us. It is open to definitions and interpretations that we can no longer control, and do not seek to. There is so much in our lyrics, so many ideas and metaphors and encrypted concepts, that we cannot attempt to restrain it or force it into a restrictive definition. So, however a listener may choose to hear our music, and whatever it means to them, is beyond our control or our desire. If they appreciate its power in their own way, then we are happy. People that think our ideas are limited have never opened their minds to the megalithic opus we have crafted.

    Would you consider your music "hate music"?

  • What do you say to those that say it is/isn't?
    Absolutely not. Our music is not exclusively about "hatred" or "love". Our music is about emotion, it is about conviction, it is about pain, anger, and the full dynamic range of human emotions that one can feel. To be truly alive, one must appreciate and seek to understand the magnetism of intense stimuli. If you want to know joy, you must feel sorrow. If you want to know pleasure, you must feel pain. And if you want to know love, you must understand hatred. People that say that they only love, and that there is nothing that they hate are lying to themselves. Life is about the conflict of opposite energies, the continuous and infinite clashing of forces. Without this friction, life becomes stagnant, meaningless, contemptible. Perpetual war is the price of survival.

    If it meant a lot larger exposure and greatly increased popularity, would you compromise the lyrics to be less fascist/white power oriented?

    No. My inspiration comes from my ideology, and my ideology is fascistic in nature. I cannot create music that is severed from my energy, detached from who I am as a man. Shakespeare said "To Thine Own Self Be True", and I have that tattooed on my right arm. I live by it. Anyone that listens to our new album would have to admit that if we changed our lyrics a bit, and perhaps our band name, we would be able to make a comfortable living from it. But in the process of selling out for gold, we would be betraying our blood. And we cannot replace the part of ourselves that would be lost if we forsake HONOR.

    Why are there short latin segments in some of the lyrics?

    I greatly admire the Ancient Romans, and the culture and Paganism of them, and they spoke Latin exclusively. Many of the greatest pieces of the wisdom of our ancestors is encrypted in Latin, and I like the mysterious and gothic feel that Latin gives a song.

    Who is Robert Mathews (the man against time)?

    Robert Mathews was the leader of a group called The Silent Brotherhood, an underground revolutionary army founded to overthrow the U.S. Government. I suggest that anyone interested in Mathews should go to a bookstore and pick up "The Silent Brotherhood" by Kevin Flynn and Gary Gerhardt, published by Signet.

    What's RAHOWA and the significance of it?

    RAHOWA stands for RAcial HOly WAr, and it signifies the struggle that all life must wage for survival in a harsh and untamed world. White people represent only 8% of the world's population, and only 2% of the babies born last year were White (source: United Nations). The Racial Holy War is the battle that the White People of the world must wage in order to stake their claim on an over-crowded planet. The battleground is your mind ... you are being driven into obscurity and pushed towards extinction by false ideas and the prevaricating elite that provide you with information.

    What is the Cult Of The Holy War?

    The Cult Of The Holy War is the global army of ideologically committed fanatics of RAHOWA, who are prepared to fight until death for our right to life as a people and a culture.

    A Letter From George Hawthorne

    Dear Friends, Foes, and Everyone in-between:

    Critically acclaimed, RAHOWA's Cult Of The Holy War is perhaps the single most controversial album in the WORLD today. Yes, this seemingly incredulous statement is supported by the fact that CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, A&E, and hundreds of underground zines have done massive stories on RAHOWA, despite HUGE system pressure to keep our record off store shelves. We will not go away! We are a dynamic, talented band that performs neo-Classical Gothic Metal in a style that is reminiscent of Wagner and Bach put to modern metal. We have a seven piece band, including a concert violinist, a grade nine concert pianist, and a grade eight concert cellist. We incorporate these instruments plus orchestral and choir samples, heavy, distorted guitars, classical guitars, timpani, and even the archaic instrument known as the harpsichord!

    So, you might wonder, what is the reason for the controversy? RAHOWA stands for 'RAcial HOly WAr', and we are Euro-Centric men and women. Being pro-White in today's music industry is not easy, and the thought police are practically breaking down doors to silence our powerful voice.

    Contact me yourself if you want more information.

    Blood alone moves the wheels of history.

    George Hawthorne
    Vocalist, RAHOWA

    Editor's Position

    As a promise to the band RAHOWA, but more importantly to my readers, I gave this album a fair review despite what negative images and circumstances that surround the band. I took a lot of heat over trying to do this. Indeed when I was going to do a large look at this group of music nobody wanted to participate in it. It quickly became apparent how hard it would be to do a profile of RAHOWA without getting caught up in the politics. But I'm interested in the music more than anything else. I know some will hate me for saying it's a good album, and some will agree that it's a good album, and others may applaud me for doing a fair review.

    What many people say is that by supporting the band I am supporting their cause. My arguments are that by supporting any other band I don't support any of their lyrics; and that supporting the music doesn't necessarily mean I agree with what the band does. However, as pointed out to me is that if the major purpose of the music is to help spread their cause, then I'd have no choice but to support their cause if I support the music.

    All music has questionable lyrics in them. Some speak of killing and raping, others speak of the terrible destruction of mankind, some speak about religion, and some talk of hatred. Nobody thinks twice about people who say that a Christian band is good, nobody considers what it means to buy Gangsta' rap, and hardcore albums. Despite what we know about the lyrics of those other bands there are no disputes about supporting their cause. It appears racism is a sensitive issue; so instead of doing anything about the many lyrics of many black rap bands that speak of hatred towards whites, we'll put all out effort on finding the pro-white and doing something about that. There are grave double-standards in what we are doing.

    RAHOWA's lyrics are not hate lyrics. They are speaking of a world they would like to live in; they speak of points in history through the eyes of those living in their world. In the songs "In The Fires Of 1945" and "The Snow Fell" they speak of historical events. The latter of the two correctly accounts for the Germans being destroyed by the Russians because of the cold winters. Other lyrics are about fascism, and if many haven't checked fascism is legal in the states and other countries (but some such as Canada it is not allowed). The attitudes of fascism could be derived souly from Darwin's theory's, and many people do hold to fascist views. The other component to RAHOWA is the hatred of religion; for this the band deserves no more opposition to than do black metal bands. The album is not about hatred towards non-whites.

    Does anybody consider that viking metal promotes ancient Norse ways? Does anybody consider that christian bands promote christianity? Look through the history of both of these. Consider what place non-whites and non-believers have in both of these systems. Because 6 million Jews died during the holocaust we're willing to forget about the other 8 million non-jews and the millions of soldiers that died fighting. It's not like hatred is absent from our world and these bands are creating great political unrest.

    Everybody hates some other group. And those that claim not to are mistaken, you just have a hard time identifying that group. We would like to think that we don't have provisions or distinctions when it comes to race, or ancestry.

    But where does this leave music? There is music supporting almost every cause in this world. If we were to not listen to music based solely on the message or intent of it then you may find that you wouldn't be listening to much of anything. It should come down to listening to music that is good, despite what the band believes. I think it will create more problems that it will solve to ignore these pro-white bands, and all racist bands for that matter. So maybe some would choose not to have these people promote their cause with music; what is left then (public rallies, violence)?

    I doubt I can change your mind about anything. The only thing I can say is that although I support the music of RAHOWA I disagree with their cause. All I want to ask of you is that you think about it carefully and look at all the points involved, not just one or two.

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