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Rob Darken

Rob Darken
Born Robert Fudali
(1969-12-13) 13 December 1969
Wrocław, Poland
Occupation Musician, singer
Musical career
Also known as Rob Darken, Darken
Genres Black metal, pagan metal
Instruments Guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, drums, vocals
Labels No Colours Records
Associated acts Graveland, Lord Wind, Thoth, Woodtemple, Infernum, Legion, Mysterial

Robert Fudali (born 13 December 1969) better known as Rob Darken, is a Polish musician and singer, best known for being the frontman for black metal band Graveland.[1]

He has also contributed to other local bands, such as Veles, Infernum, Oppressor (present Baphomets Throne), Legion, Wolfkhan, Behemoth and North, most of which as either session keyboardist or artwork contributor.

Contents

  • Ideology 1
  • Graveland 2
  • Lord Wind 3
  • References 4

Ideology

Rob Darken expressed neo-Nazi views in early interviews, in which he exacted an "Aryan Heathen war" on "Judeo-Christianity",[2] democracy and an alleged Jewish conspiracy.[3]

Darken sees himself as a Heathen and Christianity as the worst enemy of white Europeans. He exalts the latter’s return to their ancestors' heritage, and has spoken out against “race mixing”.[4] On the Graveland EP Raise Your Sword!, he declares Heathendom to be the religion of white Europeans.

Darken has been accused of being a Neo-Nazi. However, he has made statements to contradict this accusation, even speaking out against the Third Reich and their ideology: "I do not see any point in referring to NS because I do not see any point in referring to any ideologies that lost. It is against logic and eternal law of evolution."[5] and "If you are White proud of being White and proud of your forefathers faith, if you politically incorrect, if you dare to criticize the politicians and it you point at the existence of a strong powerful Jewish lobby supporting Israel – you are called nazi and anti-Semite. And the special institution start to persecute you. I am called ‘Nazi” but no one has any proof of my nazi background. They just repeat once heard someone else words having no proof of it." [6] and "In Poland many people refer to Slavonic heritage as many refer to German. And I think that those who refer to Slavonic culture are the majority but they do not make big show of it. For me there is no difference between pagan beliefs of Vikings and Slavs. The names are different but the core is the same. Different stories but the same Gods with the same attributes. The ideologist of the Third Reich were responsible for the division between German Aryan world and Slavonic world. They distorted the historical facts in order to separate from Eastern world. Communist did the same but they of course favouritized [sic!] Slavs."[7]

Graveland

Lord Wind

Darken began Lord Wind as a solo project 1994. After releasing a demo on his own label and the debut on Full Moon Productions, Darken moved to No Colours Records where he is still signed. The music of Lord Wind is characterised by epic, lengthy melodies and repeating main themes and is, according to Darken, influenced by medieval folk music, Dead Can Dance and the Conan soundtrack. His label names old folk music, music of the Middle Ages (which they claim to have been pagan, contrary to popular belief), and soundtracks as inspirations.[8] German authors Dornbusch and Killguss describe the music as a soundtrack for historical battles, sounding like the element of war cleansed from the latter one and focussed onto its atmospheric quintessence.[9]

Discography
  • "Forgotten Songs" (1995, demo)
  • Forgotten Songs (1996)
  • Heralds of Fight (2000)
  • Rites of the Valkyries (2001)
  • Atlantean Monument (2006)
  • Ales Stenar (2012)
  • In to Samhain (2012, split with Mysterial)

References

  1. ^
  2. ^ Dark Philosophies, no. 1, 1996, p. 22.
  3. ^ Ablaze, no. 6, Sept/Oct 1995, p. 53.
  4. ^ Rob Darken’s reply to Wolf-Rüdiger Mühlmann’s article "Der rechte Rand im Black Metal" in German Rock Hard magazine.
  5. ^ Decibel Magazine, March 2006 http://www.thepaganfront.com/graveland/w_decybel.htm
  6. ^ Tyrannie, 2006 http://www.thepaganfront.com/graveland/interviews.html
  7. ^ The most interesting fragments of interviews with Darken. Interviews, accessed on 30 June 2013.
  8. ^ Band biography on the Internet Archive.
  9. ^ Christian Dornbusch, Hans-Peter Killguss: Unheilige Allianzen. Black Metal zwischen Satanismus, Heidentum und Neonazismus. Hamburg/Münster 2005, p. 241.
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