Topic: Politically ambiguous black metal
So I'm looking for some input from the esteemed black metal fans of the board.
I've been listening to a particular LP of sort of pagan BM recently and started investigating the lyrics and motifs. Read quite a few interviews, and although the band haven't said anything dodgy in those, and the lyrics are sort of fantasy / mythology, and they aren't affiliated with anything politically dodgy that I can see - they do use some imagery that's pagan/runic/heraldic in origin but has also been used by the far right. (lightning bolts, wolf's hook, sun cross.) They talk about these in mythological terms, and have said explicitly that their use of the wolf's hook idea refers to the physical object that was used to trap wolves centuries ago.
None of the interviewers or articles in the metal online world have really seen fit to ask or comment about the tainted history of some of their imagery, so I'm wondering if this is just less of a hot topic in metal, so they don't feel the need to issue disclaimers. Would I be kidding myself to think that it's politically unaffiliated? I know a lot of actual NSBM bands have soft-pedalled their "message"...