Watain, a Swedish metal band, announced it has temporarily parted ways with its guitarist after a picture circulated online showing the musician making the Nazi salute.
The band’s frontman, Erik Danielsson, said Set Teitan would be “stepping aside for a period of time” due to the outcry from the photograph, NME reported. Teitan joined Watain in 2007.
Danielsson claimed Teitan’s gesture in the photograph “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,” Danielsson told MetalSucks, a website that reports on metal bands.
Danielsson said the band “spit upon the ill-willed ignorance” who claimed the guitarist had “any political agenda whatsoever.”
He ended the statement saying, “Finally, we would like to send a heartfelt f--- off to all who insist on feeding the mindless moral witch-hunt hysteria that is now festering on worldwide heavy metal culture. Hail Satan!”
The band responded to the video stating, “As everyone should know by now, Watain band members have no ties to Nazi ideology, neither publicly nor personally.”