The neo-Nazi black metal festival “Call of terror” banned in Isère was nevertheless organized

A neo-Nazi black metal festival banned in five departments of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region was however organized, against the advice of the authorities in a village in Isère, announced the department prefecture.

France Télévisions – Culture Editorial


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The black metal festival poster "Call of Terror" in February 2024. (DR)

The gendarmerie was deployed to carry out systematic checks around the village, the organizer refusing despite injunctions to cancel the event organized on February 24, the anniversary of the creation of Adolf Hitler’s national socialist party, according to the same source.

The organizers risk up to six months’ imprisonment and a fine of 7,500 euros and the participants a fourth-class fine, punishable by a few hundred euros at most.


The authorities learned “towards the end of the afternoon“Saturday that the banned concert was held at Vezeronce Curtin”in a community hall which had been rented to an individual without the municipality knowing the reason or nature of this gathering” prohibited in the department, the prefecture said in a press release. The organizer of the “Call of terror” festival was notified by the gendarmerie of the ban order but “refused to respect the terms“, according to the same source.

Five checkpoints were set up by the gendarmerie on the main access roads to this town of 2,000 inhabitants, less than an hour’s drive from Lyon, one of the strongholds of the ultra-right. These “systematic monitoring“are carried out in view”proceedings that may be taken against the organizers or participants“, according to the prefecture.

The festival headlined the Polish group Graveland, known “for his pieces to the glory of the Third Reich“, and others, like Leibwächter (bodyguard) in reference to the SS division responsible for Adolf Hitler’s close protection. Announced on social networks without any other indication of location than “Rhône Alpes Region”, the event had been banned in five departments, including Isère, because “close to neo-Nazi ideology“and in order to”prevent any breach of public order“, recalled the prefecture.

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