Mpls. law firm discovers partner runs a neo-Nazi record label

Aaron Davis’ second life operating a neo-Nazi-leaning record label has cost him his job as partner at a Minneapolis law firm.

City Pages writer Susan Du began the take-down of Davis and his Behold Barbarity Records last week with a cover story tying the intellectual-property attorney to his vile side gig.

On Monday, the firm told City Pages that Davis no longer works there. “Prior to the story, no one in the firm had any inclination regarding the allegations in the article,” Patterson Thuente said in a statement to City Pages.

Behold Barbarity has released an anti-Semitic T-shirt, a record titled “Behead the Semite,” and tracks by the band Aryanwulf titled “Kill the Jews” and “At the Dawn of a New Aryan Empire.” If you need further proof of the label’s leanings, just read the entire City Pages story.

We wrote about Behold Barbarity here last week, too, noting its status as a “hate music” company, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

  • MrE85

    You sometimes find Nazis in the most unlikely places. Hat tip to City Pages for shining a light in a very dark corner.

  • Cody Nelson

    I wish you would elaborate on this…as a bit of a metalhead, I wouldn’t say black or death metal are either mainstream music genres, nor are they based on anti-Christian themes.

  • lindblomeagles

    Like Cordy, I too need some clarification. Generally speaking, Rock, Disco, Pop, and even Jazz and Blues were viewed by ultra-religious parishioners as anti-Christian music at one point or another. There was a joke once back in 1980 on a TV sitcom named “WKRP in Cincinnati” (season 1) where the Reverend Pembroke, a former wrestler, sold questionable items during his Sunday morning time slot while calling the radio station’s rock format “heathen music.” A little context here would be very helpful considering KFAI’s community-based focus.

    • theoacme

      It’s heathen at KFAI because it isn’t preregurgitated redigested pap like iHeart and the other commercial corporations broadcast…

    • jon

      Remember when the beetles were the anti-christ?

      So quaint of a notion now.

      • Jim in RF

        I remember Elvis Presley, who won Grammy’s for his gospel music, being denounced. That gang has issues with anyone who challenges the status quo.

    • Also, another one of the “soap box” episodes of “WKRP” was when Carlson and Travis defended the station’s playing of John Lennon’s “Imagine” to a holy-roller preacher, who took offense to its lyrics (“… imagine there is no religion …”).

      With regard to heavy metal being “anti-Christian,” its beginnings were more pagan (e.g. Led Zeppelin) which did not necessarily make it anti-Christian (any more than being Buddhist makes someone anti-Christian). Its reputation for being “anti-Christian” was more the creation of groups like the Parents Music Resource Center.

    • RBHolb

      According to one fellow some friends and I once talked to so we could mock him later, the syncopated rhythms in popular music excite the fluid in your spinal cord. This causes one to do all manner of unspeakable things in public.

      Like, for instance, engaging crackpots in conversation so as to mock them later.

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  • Nick Decker

    Just a quick heads-up: if you’re referring to the religious imagery popular among these bands, the use of pagan imagery/influence is just as anti-Christian as being Jewish.

    And on the off chance you’re obliquely referring to Iron Maiden’s “The Number of the Beast,” I’m hard pressed to find an example of a more mainstream anti-Satanist song.

  • RBHolb

    Your post fails to mention why an article about a neo-Nazi record label would need to discuss every offensive iteration of a musical genre.

  • You should hear what they are saying when they play it backwards!

  • joetron2030

    Because we all draw our lines at what’s offensive somewhere. If you don’t like it, don’t listen to it. KFAI obviously has no issue with them having a show on their station.

  • joetron2030

    And maybe some of us are drawn to those genres because of those themes. What of it?

  • joetron2030

    There’s very little Christian black metal. It’s out there but it’s fairly rare.

    • X.A. Smith

      This brought back memories of listening to the flex-45 of their big hit, “You Make Me Sick.”

  • Dan

    Probably something like how there aren’t metal heads/bands actually going around looking for Christians to beat up, as opposed to the neo-nazi/skinhead/white power bands and their followers looking for Jewish/black/gay kids to beat up (or worse).

    The quote at the end of the City Pages article wasn’t B.S., you know. Says diehard metal fan Sam Wagner: “No, I’m not willing to cede any territory to these ideas. I don’t want to see any one venue become a white power venue again. Not everyone remembers how hard everyone literally fought to get these f**kers out of town. I don’t want to see that happen again.”

    But, I’d guess the head of 666 records probably doesn’t hold a prominent role at a law firm, and if they did, probably wouldn’t for long.

  • Dan

    Well, and the murders… thanks, Norway.