An MP has been forced to defend an "ordinary, decent" heavy metal band after a collaboration led to claims the group were using Nazi symbols in a poster.

Shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon made a guest appearance on a track by rockers Dream Troll, whose members he has known since he was a teenager, and posted details of the collaboration on his Facebook page.

A story then appeared in The Sun stating that the band’s motto – "We Sold Our Soul For Rock ‘N Troll" – uses two "S" letters in a font similar to Hitler’s SS.

Responding to the report, the Leeds East MP insisted the group has no connections with the far-right and dismissed the claims as "utter, utter rubbish".

Posting on Facebook, he said: "The other week, a local Leeds band – the wonderfully named Dream Troll, whose members I’ve known since we were all heavy metal-obsessed teenagers – asked me, for a bit of fun, to do a guest appearance on their new song, reading a few lines to add dramatic effect to a classic swords and sorcery-style heavy metal narrative.

"I grew up in Leeds with members of this band. I have known them since we were teenagers. They are not politicians.

"They play in a (non political) heavy metal band for fun after work and on weekends.

"They are ordinary, decent blokes and there’s not a racist or Nazi bone in their bodies."

Mr Burgon said the font was a copy of a classic heavy metal album.

"The real story is, they made a spoof/parody of the cover of a famous Black Sabbath record from the 1970s (Black Sabbath – We Sold Our Soul For Rock ‘N’ Roll).

"They are fans of Black Sabbath not neo-Nazis."

(c) Sky News 2017: Labour MP defends Black Sabbath-inspired band Dream Troll after Nazi claim


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