Rahowa (band)

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Origin Canada
Genres Hard rock, gothic metal
Years active 1989-1997[1]
Labels Resistance Records
Past members
  • George Eric Hawthorne, aka George Burdi (lead vocals/guitar)
  • Jon Latvis (lead guitar/piano/cello/keyboards/backing vocals)
  • Graham Stolz (rhythm guitar)
  • Carl Alexander (synthesizers)
  • Jim Jones (bass guitar)
  • Joe Rahowa (bass guitar)
    After their album Cult of the Holy War was recorded, three new members were added:
  • Mike Nochtem (drums)
  • Eric Wolf (aka Eric Fairburn) (rhythm guitar)
  • Angelo Ables (tech support)

Rahowa was a Canadian white power rock band that was formed in 1989. The band name is an abbreviation of Racial Holy War. The band was founded by lead vocalist George Burdi, who used the pseudonym George Eric Hawthorne. Burdi was a white supremacist, at one time the Canadian leader of the World Church of the Creator, and the owner of Resistance Records, which released the band's material. The songs on their first album had racist and violent lyrics, but the second album was devoid of expletives and racial slurs.

Rahowa played hard rock on its debut album Declaration of War. It changed its line-up and switched to gothic metal with some neo-classical and neofolk instrumentation, citing Moonspell, Type O Negative, Death in June, Morbid Angel, Laibach, Blood Axis, Sol Invictus, Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Poledouris, Wagner, Ezra Pound and Nietzsche as influences.[2]

Burdi was convicted of assault causing bodily harm in 1995 for kicking Alicia Reckzin, a former Anti-Racist Action member, in the face during a riot following a Rahowa concert in Ottawa in 1993.[3] The band performed its final concert in London, Ontario, on June 30, 1996.

Rahowa split up in 1997. Burdi formed a new band called Novacosm later that year.


Studio albums[edit]


  • "The Rain Will Come Again" (White Pride World Wide Vol. 3)
  • "Final Call" (White Pride World Wide Vol. 3)
  • "When the Boats Come In" (Project Tribute - The Flame That Never Dies)

Before the release of Declaration of War, they released a few demo tapes that contained early versions of some of the tracks from Declaration of War and a cover of Skrewdriver's "When the Boat Comes In" on the A-side plus a side-long speech by Hawthorne on the B-side.

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See also[edit]

List of neo-Nazi bands