Playing Heavy Metal In Baghdad: Acrassicauda


After arriving in the United States, the Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda got to have a backstage heart-to-heart with Metallica. Lead singer James Hetfield donated a guitar to the group.

Acrassicauda – Garden of Stones MP3

The Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda formed in a basement in Baghdad under the Saddam Hussein regime — not exactly the easiest place to play thrash metal. But after the U.S. invasion, things got even tougher. The four members of the group — lead vocalist Faisal Talal, guitarist Tony Aziz, bassist Firas Al-Lateef and drummer Marwan Riyadh — received death threats from Islamic insurgents, and their practice space was bombed.

Read the rest and/or listen to the story here:  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125471921

Interesting Article: http://feraljundi.com/2009/02/03/music-the-band-acrassicauda-moves-its-metal-out-of-iraq/

~ by castleqwayr on April 3, 2010.

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