BLACK METAL & VON
The textbook definition of “von” is listed as meaning hope in some Scandinavian, Norwegian and Icelandic dialects. According to the band, the name and meaning is only represented by "nothing but images of darkness, blood, and exposing the pure evil within all species, within in all lifeforms, a primal and pure form of darkness that dwells inside the hearts and souls of all human beings".
In the early years, the controversy surrounding even the letters of the band's name were inaccurately thought to be an abhorrent acronym that many thought stood for "Victory Orgasm Nazis". This repugnant mischaracterization of the American band and musicians, was solely based on a phone interview/statement made by a European black metal artist "Varg Vikernes" (Mayhem/Burzum), who foolishly used those words and his own personal belief and propaganda to spell the band's name to the interviewer, who apparently claimed did not hear the name VON correctly. The creators of VON, not aware of this controversy until many years after they disbanded, have always maintained they were a collective of free thinkers and never associated or supported any group, idea, philosophy, ideologies, religions, beliefs, propaganda, or any other forms of constraint or submission.
Enter the era of collective group think and political based propagandist, many of which have been militant throughout every decade of the band's existence. The troll sentries of the digital era, along the fringes of extremist correctness and ideological madness, have from time to time emerged and feel the urge to label/categorize the band VON, it's music, its meaning, and/or it's creators within the context of all black metal bands and their agendas and beliefs. In the age of click bait and likes, anonymous trolls have even gone as far as attempted to stain the band with accusations of the band being supremacist, fascist, racists, nazis, and every other isms or phobics that they can conjure due to their simple minded misconceptions and demented interpretations. The arguments are diminished due to the simple fact that VON was created by two individuals that are both rooted in multi-cultural and ethnic backgrounds and do not believe nor support any or all of the false and highly contested accusations made against them. Co-creator VENIEN is a proud Filipino American, a military veteran, and father that says "racism has no roots in my world, that which is darkness and evil is the only concept I expose for all to witness in my work, unfortunately that gets lost inside the circles of the escaped schizophrenics and medicated lunatics that are now running out in the open"