Watain‘s live guitarist Set Teitan (aka Davide Totaro) has decided to step away from the band after a photo of him appearing to give a Nazi salute surfaced online. MetalSucks shared the picture, which you can see at the bottom of this post. This news comes after the group previously denied allegations of Nazism after Teitan made a similar hand gesture onstage in Stockholm, Sweden.
Frontman Erik Danielsson commented:
“The gesture on that picture was done in jest that’s as much as we have to say about that, but to put an end to this tiresome and time-consuming nonsense the guitarist in question has decided to step aside for a period of time to avoid further hopeless discussions on the subject.
“We furthermore spit upon the ill-willed ignorance of all those who maintain that Watain have any political agenda whatsoever, for 20 years we have proven otherwise and people should know better by now. Finally we would like to send a heartfelt fuck off to all who insist on feeding the mindless moral witch-hunt hysteria that is now festering on worldwide Heavy Metal culture. Hail Satan!”