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Heavy Metal In Iraq

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In The War Against Terrorism (or TWAT for short) the ultimate weapon is apparently rock music. Troops working in Fallujah, Iraq have a new weapon of choice - heavy metal!

The armies are reported to have tried using loud blasts of AC/DC, Metallica and other bands to discomfort their enemy.

James Hetfiled had the following to say about the use of his music as an offensive tool, "For me, the lyrics are a form of expression, a freedom to express my insanity," Hetfield told a US radio station. "If the Iraqis aren't used to freedom, then I'm glad to be part of their exposure. We've been punishing our parents, our wives, our loved ones with this music forever. Why should the Iraqis be any different?"

He says that he understands why heavy metal can be used as such a destructive tool for interrogation, "It's the relentlessness of the music. It's completely relentless. ... If I listened to a death metal band for 12 hours in a row, I'd go insane, too. I'd tell you anything you wanted to know."

Source: Metal Hammer

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1. bonescraper101 writes:

See, I wouldnt mund this at all, but for God sakes use some real heavy f***ing metal like Slayer, In flames (old), At the Gates. These are all good too and better. Metallica and AC/DC are nice and heavy, but if you really want to scare the sh** out of the towel heads, use these bands. Believe me, I was there for 2 months.

# Nov 22, 2004 @ 11:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. bleedingtree writes:

yeah they could definitely do better
Slayer would really drive them insane hehe

# Nov 22, 2004 @ 11:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. SFUfan666 writes:

f*** that how about some cannibal corpse, early napalm death or f***ing agoraphobic nosebleed, that will f***ing make them run away.

# Nov 22, 2004 @ 11:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Plan2Damage writes:

...maybe because you would like the people who you are trying to scare away, to actually be able to TELL what the person in the songs are saying?? Just a suggestion...

# Nov 23, 2004 @ 6:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. fallend783 writes:

we need for the USO to come over here and have a heavy metal band do a show...show support to the troops that are over here...the hardest i seen it get was kidrock..f*** did that suck, but at least he came over here...when i get out of the military..i'm going to try my f***en hardest to get my band and some others to go show our troops that love metal, support..anybody will be awesome for the people that love metal music over here.....

# Nov 23, 2004 @ 7:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. shrannahnahnhahanahvah writes:

or you know... they could just throw on some Black Dahlia Murder... or Krisiun... or Nile...

# Nov 23, 2004 @ 3:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. ac666 writes:

Dude, I swear I saw this in a Beavis And Butthead episode once...

# Nov 23, 2004 @ 4:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. fouldeathrat writes:

wasn't this reported like, a year ago

# Nov 23, 2004 @ 8:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. cantspeak writes:

That's awesome, we've shortened The War Against Terrorism to TWAT!!!!! Hahahaha, that's f***ing great!!!!! Anyways, Metallica is awesome, but they need to like blast some Napalm Death at them, or maybe some evil f***ing black metal like Dimmu Borgir, then they'll think that the f***ing world is ending.

# Nov 24, 2004 @ 8:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. a real metal fan writes:

god if they hear dimmu borgir or cradle of filth, they'll think that the enemy is satan himself, god if they are not used to such music, the real heavy metal and espacially black metal is going to scare the hell out 'm.hm that makes me think what kind of music would have been used in like WO ! and !! or against napoleon haha! f***in' beethoven or something =P.

# Nov 27, 2004 @ 6:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. metdallisha07 writes:

Aren't you guys forgetting slipknot? Dimmu Borgir will really make them sh** thier rags. But you guys have cool suggestions too.

# Nov 27, 2004 @ 10:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. hallowshishkebab writes:

Iraq Blows @$$

# Nov 28, 2004 @ 5:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. ac666 writes:

'If I listened to a death metal band for 12 hours in a row, I'd go insane, too.'

What a p***y.

# Nov 28, 2004 @ 8:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. *shite* writes:

death metal blows
fukn crap music

# Nov 28, 2004 @ 8:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Big_Dan writes:

f*** if I listened to metallica for 12 hours in a row I'd f***in' find the nearest gun and shoot you for making me listen to it.

# Nov 28, 2004 @ 10:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Big_Dan writes:

oh wait I meant 12 minutes not hours

# Nov 28, 2004 @ 10:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Hatebreed89 writes:

f*** iraq i f***ing hate them muslims. They can all f***ing die.

# Nov 28, 2004 @ 11:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. MadK writes:

12 hours shiit try 12 seconds. I would suicide bomb myself! Esp. Black album and
above!

# Nov 29, 2004 @ 11:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. MarineChick007 writes:

that's mean. there is a man at my church who's wife used to be a muslim, and she is one of the sweetest ladies i have ever met.

# Dec 2, 2004 @ 11:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. brokenwings13 writes:

hey, those troops were gentle. They did what they could to get info.

# Dec 6, 2004 @ 1:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. tattoocreator writes:

maybe if James listened to some real metal for 12 hours Metallica's next would be better than the knob job that was their last album. I like metallica but james needs to keep his mouth shut, he is sounding like an old man with erectile problems more and more.

# Dec 6, 2004 @ 2:06 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. MarineChick007 writes:

they were, and that's all i want for Christmas.

# Dec 7, 2004 @ 10:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Metal one writes:

Dude! You offended another religion just because u hate Iraq. If somebody hates the US, does that mean s/he must hate Christians?

# Dec 10, 2004 @ 7:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Creeping-Death writes:

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH BONESCRAPER BAHAHAHAHA TOWEL HEADS..... BAHAHAHH!!! class...if i got to listen to metallica for 12 hours i would be in heaven...hey wait i do that pretty much everyday anyway.......i'd say go for some slipknot 12 hours non stop would get those fukn arabs to budge.... METAL!!!!!!!

# Dec 11, 2004 @ 11:03 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. MarineChick007 writes:

that's a good qustion, because Christians don't just exist in the United States.

# Dec 11, 2004 @ 5:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Creeping-Death writes:

fukn christians...fuk religion...worship satan...the only gods that we metal heads should pray to are those of the 80's metal and pantera..and nirvana...i pray to james hetfield..he is my god..fuk christians and arabs and anythying else....METAL!!!!

# Dec 12, 2004 @ 5:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. fade-to-black writes:

i agree with creeping, dude 12 hours of Metallica is heaven and btw slayer is that heavy from the songs that i have heard, yeah blast out some slipknot to get them all arabing out of iraq fuken muslims
DEATH METAL IS S HIT

# Dec 12, 2004 @ 8:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. FUNDAMETALIST writes:

I'm in egypt and there are more arab metalheads here than some of you can imagine..but it wasn't enough that you had to insult the religion and place as well altogether when it came to Iraq...then you wonder why americans got a bad rep these days..it's from c***s like you...

# Dec 12, 2004 @ 10:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. FUNDAMETALIST writes:

\,./Pantera\.,/ [rip dime]

# Dec 12, 2004 @ 10:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. sex writes:

f*** iraqi terroists cant they understand that we are there to help but they make the situations ten times worst when we are being attacked by the people that we are trying to helo

R.I.P. dimebag

# Dec 12, 2004 @ 1:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. metdallisha07 writes:

They don't understand sh** but to destroy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
f*** all the Christans you guys all p***ies. It wouldn't be right to see a metal head listening to death, black metal and the fact their a christan that's some bullsh**. He/she would be abandoned from the heavens and welcomed in hell. Now that would be really cool.

# Dec 12, 2004 @ 3:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. brokenwings13 writes:

Sex has an excellent point.

we're over there trying to give them freedom, and they're killing us for it!!

and shut up metdallisha07!!

i'm a christian and i listen to black/death metal.

# Dec 12, 2004 @ 4:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. MarineChick007 writes:

my name is Andie and i believe that Gos sent his son to die for me.
one of my favorite bands is Slayer.
if you have a rpoblem with that. deal.

# Dec 12, 2004 @ 4:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. MarineChick007 writes:

oops! that was supposed to be "God."

# Dec 12, 2004 @ 4:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. metdallisha07 writes:

Brokenwings13 YOUR A f***EN DISGRACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Every one of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

# Dec 12, 2004 @ 4:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. ac666 writes:

'we're over there trying to give them freedom, and they're killing us for it!!'

If you believe what the media tells you about Iraq. I don't. Let's see - your army were over there shooting them, now you're trying to tell them you're helping them, right.... You're not freeing Iraq, all Bush wants to liberate is oil and cultivate a climate for American commerce in the country. Sure Saddam's gone, but now they are to be enslaved by western society's bullsh**. I can see why they're fighting back.

# Dec 12, 2004 @ 4:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. metdallisha07 writes:

MAN YOU GUYS GET f***EN HURT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I WAS JUST PLAYING I DON'T BELIEVE IN ANY THING CUZ I THINK IT'S bULLsh**. HA, NO OFFENSE
JUST TESTING YOU, ARE YOU THAT PROUD.
HA SORRY IF I HURT YOUR FEELINGS I.M BEING A b**** TODAY CAN'T TAKE MY MIND OFF OF THE WORST TRAGIC THAT HAPPENED IN METAL OF ALL TIME.

PEACE, I'LL TRY TO KEEP TO MYSELF.

# Dec 12, 2004 @ 4:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. metdallisha07 writes:

f*** IT

# Dec 12, 2004 @ 6:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. Sean writes:

haha i can;t believe you people think we're freeing them or that they want us there

# Dec 13, 2004 @ 2:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. MarineChick007 writes:

they do want us there. when we pulled out of Baghdad, they were asking us to come back.

# Dec 13, 2004 @ 12:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. Creeping-Death writes:

DUDES WE'RE SUPPOSE TO BE f***ING METAL HEADS!!! STOP TALKING ABOUT THIS POLITICS sh** THATS NOT WHAT WE DO!!!!! WE PLAY LOUD MUSIC AND PISS LAMERS OFF!!!!!!! f***EN ARABS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and by the way im not american and i don't care about what the americans do in iraq..fukn iraqi's METAL HEADS UNITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

# Dec 15, 2004 @ 10:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. Creeping-Death writes:

yep that kinda killed this topic..

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