I was watching FoxNews just now with Jim, and a news snippet came on with Laura Ingle sharing the story of a heavy metal band from Baghdad, called Acrassicauda. The band members lived through missile attacks and death threats in order to try to play their music in their homeland. There’s a documentary, Heavy Metal In Baghdad, which chronicles their struggles and their journey to America as refugees.
The FoxNews snippet was quick but highlighted the band’s journey as well as well as featured my personal childhood heavy metal heroes, Metallica. It seems James Hetfield gave them the guitar off his back after their latest show in New Jersey.
While this is a great story, Acrassicauda is not the only band struggling for the freedom to pursue heavy metal dreams. Remember a while back when I highlighted a story about Brutal Impact, a heavy metal band from Iraq going through similar struggles? These are the two we’ve heard of so far … so how many more are out there?
Here’s a vid of Hetfield presenting the guitar:
OK, Metallica … you’ve done some really assholish things over the past few years, but that was just freakin’ sweet! Just for that, I created a new category for any ‘good’ posts that I write about you — “Ok, maybe they’re not so bad” LOL!
Seriously though, rock on, guys. Rock on!