The Hot Sound of Hate
In a cramped upstairs den in South St. Paul, Minn., a CD blares with fury. “Hang the traitors of our race,” the singer screams, “White supremacy! White supremacy! Whiiiite supremacy!” Byron Calvert, 33, leans back in his chair, smiling and snacking on veggies. Calvert is a mountainous man with a swastika tattoo, a prison record and a racist dream. He runs Panzerfaust Records, a five-year-old company that has quickly become one of the top “white power” record labels in the country. Hundreds of bands in America and Europe produce such hate music. If Calvert has his way, their fans will soon be multiplying. In September he launched Project Schoolyard, a plan to snag kids 13 to 19 by distributing 100,000 free CDs of such bands as Day of the Sword, H8 Machine and Final War. Calvert cares less about the melody than the message. “We hook ’em with the music,” he says, and then kids learn—and buy—more online. As his Web site declares, “We don’t just entertain racist kids, we create them!”
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